Review of Saturday's action in the German top flight
The reigning Bundesliga champions left it late to secure a victory that has left them just three points away from winning their eighth consecutive league title.
Bayern Munich recorded a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday to take one more step towards securing the 2019/20 Bundesliga title.
Hansi Flick’s side took the lead early on after a Yann Sommer howler gifted the ball to Joshua Zirkzee who fired it into the open net.
Monchengladbach, who are in the hunt for a Champions League spot, were soon back on level terms when Benjamin Pavard bundled a Patrick Hermann cross into his own net.
The France international then made amends for his mistake as it was his through-ball that allowed Leon Goretzka to score the winner in the 86th minute. Their victory means that Bayern could seal the title with a victory at Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
Peter Bosz’s side came into their clash versus Fortuna Dusseldorf with the knowledge that only a victory would maintain their 4 point lead over 3rd place RB Leipzig.
However, if there was any urgency in their minds, it never showed on the pitch as Dortmund failed to hit the top gear against Uwe Rosler’s relegation-threatened side.
Their lack luster form during the game could be gauged from the number of shots Dortmund managed on target, as Peter Bosz watched hopelessly from the side with his team managing just three shots on target in the opening hour.
It was then that he decided to bring on match-winner Erling Haaland. The Norwegian didn’t feature in his side’s 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin last weekend after suffering a knee injury in Der Klassiker, but didn’t show any signs of slowness when he headed home what proved to be the winner in stoppage time.
The chances of Paderborn escaping relegation at the first time of asking look slim as they were hammered 5-1 by Werder Bremen at home soil.
Milot Rashica, who has been touted as Dortmund’s preferred choice to replace Jadon Sancho should the England international departs for his home country, missed a penalty at the 19th minute mark before Davvy Klassen opened the scoring for the away side only one minute later.
The remaining 25 minutes of the first half were all dominated by the Bremen as Yuya Osaka and Davy Klassen made the scoreline 3-0 before half time.
It was all one-way traffic in the second half as well as one goal each from Maximilian Eggestein and Niclas Fuelkrug completed the rout of the home side. Paderborn made their presence felt with a 66th minute Abdelhamid Sabiri strike but it was never anything more than a consolation goal.
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