Lukasz Piszczek, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Raphael Guerreiro fired Borussia Dortmund back to winning ways in a supremely confident showing against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Signal Iduna Park.
Usually it's the fans that are star-struck, but a stunning pre-match Tifo from Dortmund's partisan Yellow Wall caught the imagination of players and spectators alike in a game that didn't really get going until the half-hour mark. Guerreiro had already struck the woodwork for Dortmund, when the Portugal international provided the spark for the opening goal with a cute ball into the box for Achraf Hakimi. Piszczek collected the ensuing pass, before firing home left-footed into the bottom corner. Haaland had a shot blocked and Hakimi fired over on the counter as Dortmund ended the half firmly in the ascendancy.
Bas Dost entered the fray for Frankfurt after the restart, but was barely given a sniff as BVB succeeded in putting the game to bed before even an hour had been played. Axel Witsel sent Sancho through on goal with trademark incision in the 50th minute. The England international proceeded to put Stefan Ilsanker on his back, before rifling behind Kevin Trapp. A third followed four minutes later, with Guerreiro and Hakimi the catalyst once more. The rampaging wing-backs combined with Sancho to devastating effect, paving the way for Haaland to get in on the act with his eighth Bundesliga goal in four games. Guerreiro got the goal his performance deserved with a fine strike from 18 yards to draw an emphatic line under last week's 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
- Haaland is averaging a goal every 38 minutes in the Bundesliga.
- Sancho made his Bundesliga debut against Frankfurt in 2017. He has a career-best 13 goals and a joint-league-leading 13 assists for the current campaign.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in the 18 Bundesliga matches in which Sancho has scored, winning 13 and drawing five.
- Piszczek ended a run of 28 Bundesliga games without a goal.
- Guerreiro has scored three of his five Bundesliga goals this season in his last four appearances.
- BVB are the only Bundesliga team yet to lose at home in any competition this season.
- Frankfurt, who were unbeaten in four before the game, haven't won away in Dortmund since February 2010, losing all nine visits since.
Watch: Jadon Sancho tips hat to Dortmund's Yellow Wall
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Hummels (c), Zagadou - Hakimi, Witsel, Can (Dahoud 64'), Guerreiro - Sancho (Reyna 75'), Haaland (Götze 79'), Hazard
Unused subs: Hitz, Schulz, Akanji, Balerdi, Morey, Schmelzer
Out: Brandt (ankle), Delaney (knee), Reus (groin)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Frankfurt: Trapp - Toure, Abraham (c), Hinteregger, N'Dicka - Chandler, Ilsanker, Rode (Sow 78'), Kostic - Gacinovic (Dost 45') - Silva (Paciencia 82')
Unused subs: Rönnow, Kamada, Hasebe, Da Costa, Durm, Kohr
Out: Fernandes (hip), Russ (Achilles tendon)
Coach: Adi Hütter
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