Unbeaten Dortmund back at the summit

Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund replaced FC Bayern München at the top of the Bundesliga table after running out 3-0 victors against Hamburger SV at the Volksparkstadion on Wednesday.

  • Hamburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 3
  • Kagawa gives BVB first-half lead
  • Aubameyang doubles their advantage
  • Pulisic seals win in closing stages
  • Dortmund remain unbeaten in league

Match Summary

Peter Bosz’s side were in command for large spells in Hamburg, but wastefulness in front of goal saw them take a slender lead into the break.

HSV made a bright start to the second half, but a second goal for the visitors quickly took the wind out of their sails before a third goal in the latter stages maintained Dortmund’s unbeaten start of the league season.

Full Report

The first half brought plenty of chances, mainly for the visitors, who will feel they should have had more than just the one goal to show for their efforts.

Dortmund threatened six minutes into the encounter from a corner that Dan-Axel Zagadou steered over the crossbar, before Christian Pulisic fired wide of the left post from 12 yards out after being set up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The DFB-Pokal champions went closer still nine minutes later when Aubameyang glanced Andrij Yarmolenko’s cross against the near post from six yards out, while the hosts had their first attempt at goal on 19 minutes as Walace drew a comfortable save out of Roman Burki with a hopeful strike from 35 yards out.

Christian Mathenia was called into action at the other end moments later with a routine save to deny Lukasz Piszczek as he pounced on a loose ball inside the box, but the goal BVB were threatening to score arrived on 24 minutes.

Yarmolenko’s free-kick was headed down by Omer Toprak into the path of Shinji Kagawa, who converted from close range.

Dortmund were indebted to Burki for preserving their lead seven minutes later when he pulled of a sharp reaction save to keep out Andre Hahn’s powerful header from Lewis Holtby’s cross on the left, and Mathenia was required to save from Pulisic on 33 minutes after a clever pass from Yarmolenko.

The Ukraine star should have doubled Dortmund’s advantage before the break when he latched onto a loose ball in the final third, but he blasted over from 18 yards out, with Gonzalo Castro completely unmarked to his left.

Mergim Mavraj had the first chance after the break as he fired into the side-netting from a narrow angle on the right in the 54th minute, while Walace was a whisker away from getting on the end of Sejad Salihovic’s cross from the right on the hour mark.

But HSV’s promising start to the second half was halted by a second goal from BVB on 63 minutes, as Yarmolenko teed up Aubameyang at close range after Pulisic started the move with a surging run forward.

The hosts looked to respond with Hahn having a pop from the edge of the box two minutes later, but his shot cleared the bar, while the winger failed to test Burki again on 72 minutes with an angle strike that hit the side-netting.

Aubameyang squandered the chance to put the game to bed on 76 minutes after finding himself clean through on goal, with the striker shooting wide of the right post in a one-on-one with Mathenia.

But Pulisic sealed the win three minutes later as he slid home at the back post from Mahmoud Dahoud’s pass. The goal happened to be Dortmund’s 3000th in the Bundesliga.

Wednesday’s other results:

FC Koln 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Freiburg 1-1 Hannover
Mainz 2-3 Hoffenheim