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Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro keep Borussia Dortmund's top-four dream alive against Union Berlin

Borussia Dortmund remain in touching distance of the top four thanks to Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro goals against Union Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Union Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Reus (27'), 2-0 Guerreiro (88')

With no room for error in their pursuit of UEFA Champions League football, Dortmund survived an almighty scare inside 25 seconds. Emre Can's wayward pass on the edge of his own area was picked off by Marcus Ingvartsen, whose first-time strike cannoned back off the crossbar with Marwin Hitz beaten. Union threatened again moments later, but the rampaging Keita Endo shanked wide from inside the BVB box. That sparked the Black-Yellows into action as Reus scuffed wide from 10 yards out. Thorgan Hazard and Gio Reyna made Andreas Luthe work with shots from range, before Dortmund took the lead. Reus was adjudged to have been brought down by Luthe and, after Erling Haaland's penalty was saved, the Borussia skipper turned in his teammate's deflected follow-up from close range. Haaland had the chance to add a second before the half was out, but shot straight at the advancing Luthe's right leg when well placed inside the Union box.

Dortmund continued to knock at the door into the second half as Manuel Akanji went within a whisker of getting a touch on Reus's in-swinging free-kick. Reyna chipped wide from six yards, before having another close-range attempt cleared off the line following a lovely bit of play between substitute Jadon Sancho and Guerreiro. BVB were almost made to pay for their profligacy with little over 20 minutes remaining. Max Kruse whipped a free-kick around the wall from a good 20 yards, only for the fingertips of Hitz to to push the ball onto the woodwork. Haaland should have made the points safe, but failed to make the most of two very presentable openings. Fortunately for the usually ice-cold Norwegian, Guerreiro was able to seal the deal at the end of a blistering counter as Dortmund moved back to within four points of fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, with four games remaining.

Match stats

  • Dortmund could miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 2014/15, when they finished seventh in Jürgen Klopp's final season.
  • Reus scored his 132nd Bundesliga goal, putting him level 22nd with Rudi Völler in the all-time scoring charts.
  • Sancho made his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
  • Haaland has scored two and missed two penalties in the Bundesliga.
  • Luthe saved a penalty in the Bundesliga for the first time, having previously been beaten from the spot on five occasions.
  • Christian Gentner made his 426th Bundesliga appearance. Of currently active players, only Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer has made more.

Line-ups

Dortmund: Hitz - Piszcezk, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Can (Dahoud 59'), Bellingham (Reinier 90'+1) - Hazard (Sancho 59'), Reus (c) (Hazard 76'), Reyna - Haaland
Unused subs: Drljaca, Morey, Schulz, Meunier, Tigges
Out: Knauff (unspecified), Moukoko (shin), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (Achilles' tendon), Zagadou (knee)
Coach: Edin Terzic

Union: Luthe - Trimmel (c), Friedrich, Knoche (Schlotterbeck 73'), Lenz - Andrich, Prömel (Gentner 80') - Ingvartsen, Kruse (Teuchert 73'), Endo (Bülter 58') - Musa (Pohjanpalo 73')
Unused subs: Karius, Ryerson, Gießelmann, Griesbeck
Out: Awoniyi (thigh), Becker (ankle), Dajaku (foot), Ujah (knee)
Coach: Urs Fischer