Borussia Dortmund stayed within touching distance of FC Bayern München at the top of the Bundesliga table after easing to a 4-1 victory over ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt in Matchday 16’s conclusion.
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 0-1 Meier (6’), 1-1 Mkhitaryan (24’), 2-1 Aubameyang (57’), 3-1 Hummels (61’), 4-1 Ramos (85')
Sent off: Medojevic (44’)
Affronted at losing at home to PAOK FC in the Europa League on Thursday, Dortmund began determined to make amends and immediately went on the attack. They had a couple of half-chances early on, but it was Frankfurt who broke the deadlock when Alex Meier fired in from the edge of the area following a swift counterattack. BVB fought back, however, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalising from close range following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s pass.
Aubameyang should have scored just before the break, but he missed a penalty after Slobodan Medojevic felled Gonzalo Castro in the box – an offence for which the Eagles defender received a second yellow. It was one-way traffic towards the Frankfurt box in the second half and eventually the pressure took its toll, with Aubameyang, Mats Hummels and Adrian Ramos each scoring excellent goals to give Thomas Tuchel's men a thoroughly deserved victory.
Man of the match
With the game poised at 1-1 and Frankfurt sitting deep, Dortmund were struggling to break through. Yet suddenly Ilkay Gündogan played an outstanding pass over the visiting defence to Kagawa, whose cushioned ball teed up Aubameyang to net BVB’s decisive second and pave the way for victory.
Dortmund remain unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, having now won seven and drawn one of their eight fixtures at the Signal Iduna Park so far.
- Meier scored his sixth league goal of the campaign, and first away from home.Aubameyang missed a penalty for BVB for the first time, having netted his first five spot-kicks for the club.Ramos’ strike was Dortmund’s 46th league goal this term, meaning they have now scored one more than Bayern.
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Bender, Hummels (c) (Sokratis 79’), Schmelzer – Gündogan, Weigl – Castro, Mkhitaryan (Ramos 82’), Reus (Kagawa 43’) - Aubameyang
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Ignjovski, Kinsombi, Abraham (Rinderknecht 85'), Djakpa – Medojevic – Aigner (Chandler 46’), Hasebe, Meier (c), Oczipka - Seferovic