Borussia Dortmund headmanLucien Favre was in trouble. Serious trouble. He needed results and quickly. Dortmund responded by donning all black uniforms and beat Düsseldorf by five. That should do the trick….at least for now.
The Black and Yellow (emphasis on the former today) attacked early and often. Düsseldorf could not muster any sort of response, just hanging on to keep it close. Düsseldorf’s backline was not giving their keeper any breaks, and Marco Reus finally found the breakthrough less than five minutes from halftime.
Dortmund tore the gates down in the second half, putting four on the board in 16 minutes. Jadon Sancho had a hand in three of them, scoring two. Dortmund just pushed past Düsseldorf primarily on the right side of the field, allowing for easy crosses that were tapped in most every time. Düsseldorf keeper Zack Steffen was not helped by his back line, and could not stop the onslaught. The Reus goal went through his legs and he was caught well out of position on the final goal.
The result put Dortmund in third place at the end of Saturday’s action, five points behind league leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach. Meanwhile, Düsseldorf fell to 16th, the relegation playoff spot.
Fortuna Düsseldorf starting 11: Steffen, Zimmermann, Giesselmann, Hoffmann, Adams, Morales, Zimmer (Kownacki, 59‘), Thommy (Barkok, 67‘), Bodzek, Baker (Fink, 67‘), Hennings
Unused subs: Ampomah, Bormuth, Contento, Tekpetey, Kastenmeier
Head Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Borussia Dortmund starting 11: Bürki, Akanji, Zagadou, Piszczek (Balerdi, 78‘), Witsel, Guerreiro, Hakimi, Brandt (Dahoud, 78‘), Reus (C) (Götze, 73‘), Sancho, Hazard
Unused subs: Alcacer, Morey, Hitz, Schulz, Rezna, Weigl
Head Coach: Lucien Favre
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