Borussia Dortmund heaped further misery on Borussia Mönchengldbach after coming from a goal down to win the fabled Battle of the Borussias at a canter.
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Gladbach struck early through Raffael, but their lead lasted all of 59 seconds as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang met Marco Reus' lay-off and arrowed a fierce first-time effort beyond Yann Sommer from the ensuing restart. Lukasz Piszczek headed in BVB's second of the afternoon after Gladbach failed to clear their lines from a corner, while only a last-gasp Nico Elvedi challenge denied the returning Reus what looked like a certain goal.
Dortmund set about extending their lead early in the second half as Reus had a goal ruled out for offside, before Aubameyang forced Sommer to tip over. Gladbach were at sixes and sevens defensively and the pressure told just past the hour-mark when Dembele turned Mahmoud Dahoud inside-out and slotted into the bottom corner from 18 yards. Aubameyang added another from Reus' audacious back-heel to compound Gladbach's woes.
Out on his own at the top of the scoring charts on 15 for the campaign, Aubameyang is the first Bundesliga player since Gerd Müller to boast a goals-to-games ratio higher than 1.00 after 12 league appearances in two consecutive seasons.
- Aubameyang has scored eight goals in his last four Bundesliga matches.Making his first start since Matchdays 34 of the 2015/16 campaign, Reus registered three assists in one game for the first time in his Bundesliga career.Winless in their last eight, Gladbach are enduring their longest barren spell since December 2013 - March 2014 when they went nine Bundesliga matches without a win.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) - Ginter, Sahin (Weigl 36') - Dembele (Mor 88'), Castro, Reus (Pulisic 78') - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Christensen, Strobl, Elvedi, Wendt - Kramer, Dahoud (Vestergaard 73') - Hazard (Johnson 78'), Stindl (c) - Raffael
Coach: Andre Schubert