Reus helps Dortmund past Hoffenheim

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund hold a slight advantage in the race for Champions League football after recording a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.

  • Borussia Dortmund 2 Hoffenheim 1
  • Reus opens scoring early on
  • Aubameyang misses from the spot
  • Gabon star doubles Dortmund lead
  • Kramaric pulls one back at the death

Match Summary

Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead after just four minutes, and the early opener appeared to be enough to secure all three points, before a goal at either end late on made for a dramatic finish to proceedings.

BVB climbed above achtzehn99 into third place, two points separating the two teams with two games remaining in the season.

Full Report

The visitors made a strong start and threatened in the third minute when Mark Uth nodded a long ball into the path of Sandro Wagner, who sent a half-volley over the crossbar from 30 yards out.

Instead it was Dortmund who broke the deadlock moments later out of nothing as Marco Reus latched onto a through-ball from Gonzalo Castro and dispatched his shot past Oliver Baumann.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men looked to respond, with Uth and Kerem Demirbay both drawing comfortable saves out of Roman Burki with their strikes from outside the box, but the hosts were presented with a golden opportunity to take command when they were awarded a penalty in the 13th minute.

Reus’ cross was handled inside the box by Pavel Kaderabek, who breathed a sigh of relief moments later as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent his spot-kick wide of the left post.

Hoffenheim went on to control the match without creating much, although Wagner steered a header straight at Burki from Kaderabek cross on 22 minutes, before Benjamin Hubner headed Sebastian Rudy’s corner narrowly wide of the right post in the 41st minute.

Dortmund took a one-goal lead into the break, but the visitors continued to push for an equaliser in the second half and Demirbay forced Burki to palm away his fierce strike from long range on 56 minutes.

Baumann was then called into action at the other end soon afterwards with a brilliant save to deny Reus, who raced onto Sokratis’ long ball over the top and hit s first-time shot that was tipped over the bar.

Jeremy Toljan wasted a good chance to restore parity on 61 minutes when a mistake from Burki saw Demirbay feed the German defender, who blasted over from outside the area.

Matthias Ginter went close three minutes later after being teed up by Julian Weigl, but his shot from the edge of the box flew over the target, while Reus produced the same result on 73 minutes from Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back from the left.

A second goal for the hosts eight minutes from time secured the win, Aubameyang making up for his missed penalty as he slotted home on the rebound after Raphael Guerreiro’s initial effort struck the post.

But they were made to sweat in the final stages as Hoffenheim halved the deficit in the 86th minute. Wagner earned his team a penalty when he was brought down by Ginter, and Andrej Kramaric made no mistake from 12 yards out as he smashed the ball down the middle.

Saturday’s other scores:

Bayern M√ľnchen 1-0 Darmstadt
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Augsburg
Ingolstadt 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hertha Berlin 1-4 RB Leipzig