Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund stretched their goal difference advantage over FC Bayern München at the head of the standings with a comprehensive 5-0 home defeat of SC Freiburg on Matchday 7.
Dortmund kick off at full steam
A brace apiece from Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski either side of half-time and a strike from Jakub Blaszczykowski earned Jürgen Klopp's men their seventh straight success against the club from the deep South West, who played the second half with ten men after having Fallou Diagne sent off at the end of the first.
The hosts cranked up their familiar high-pressing game from the off. Neven Subotic headed their first chance narrowly wide from a third-minute corner as a prelude to some typically slick passing movement in the opening 20 minutes, with guest keeper Oliver Baumann and centre back Matthias Ginter respectively making crucial interventions to foil Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Jonathan Schmid's effort at the other end on the 20-minute mark momentarily relieved the one-way traffic, before normal service resumed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heading wide unmarked in the box and Mkhitaryan testing Baumann twice in quick succession.
Diagne off, BVB two to the good
Ten minutes before the interval, the Schwarzgelben made the by now overdue breakthrough as Baumann fumbled a shot from Sven Bender and, after Lewandowski had taken a stab, Reus dinked the rebound into the net. It was the 14th of his 24 competitive goals for Dortmund that had put the team 1-0 in front - and the 15th Bundesliga game in a row that BVB had broken the deadlock, levelling Hamburg's all-time league record.
There was no respite from the home side, with Baumann thwarting Lewandowski at close range and Reus sending a rocket just wide before, on the stroke of half time, Diagne hauled Lewandowski down inside the box, earning a straight red for the challenge. Reus dispatched the spot-kick off the inside of the post to give BVB a two-goal cushion at the midway mark.
Business as usual for Lewandowski
Two up and a man to the good, Dortmund showed no inclination of resting on their laurels after the restart and only some stout defending from the visitors kept the scoreline unchanged over the opening quarter-hour. There was no stopping Lewandowski in the 58th minute however, as he controlled a pass from Reus and finished with an inch-perfect lob over Baumann. In doing so the Polish international extended his personal record of never failing to hit the target in seven league games against Freiburg
The Germany U-21 keeper foiled Aubameyang from a tight angle going into the final twenty minutes, but he was beaten again moments later as Lewandowski nabbed his own second, converting a Jonas Hofmann cross following a corner. BVB were in full flow now and with eleven minutes remaining, Blaszczykowski latched onto Lewandowski's through ball to round the overexposed Baumann and slot home number five, wrapping up Dortmund's sixth win of the current campaign.
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