Borussia Dortmund jumped from tenth to fourth in the Bundesliga after beating Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Borussia derby was a close-fought affair.
With statistics provided by ESPN, separating the possession by a mere ten percent, and each side recording 16 and 14 shots respectively.
It was a solitary goal from Dortmund captain Marco Reus that separated the two teams when it was all said and done.
The hosts had the better of the opportunities.
A first-half header from defender Mats Hummels was tipped on to the crossbar by Sommer.
That was before Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt both had goals ruled out by VAR for being offside.
At half time the score was Dortmund 0 – 0 Monchengladbach.
It was not until the 58th minute of the game that Reus got the goal that broke the deadlock of a very even game.
Reus latched onto a ball from Hazard, to go one on one with Monchengladbacj keeper Yann Sommer.
Cool as you like the play saw the Dortmund captain make no mistake and put the ball through the goalie’s legs.
Monchengladbach almost got back into the game. But for the heroics of Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz.
Hitz who came on for the injured Burki, made a fine save from Neuhaus, who shot from close range.
Fulltime: Borussia Dortmund 1 – 0 Borussia Monchengladbach.
After having drawn their last three league games, the win was much needed to stay in touch with the front runners.
It was apparently in relation to him returning late from international duty.
Monchengladbach is still top of the league on 16 points and Dortmund finds themselves only one point behind them.
After the game, Marco Reus declared the importance of the result.
“It was important to take that first step and we did it.”
“It could have gone the other way because Gladbach was dangerous.”
“But we stayed aggressive and am happy for our win.”
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