Borussia Dortmund strengthened their grip on third after beating Freiburg 3-0 at the Schwarzald-Stadion. Sokratis and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to separate the sides.

Freiburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund

Goals: 0-1 Sokratis (13’), 0-2 Aubameyang (55’), 0-3 Aubameyang (70’)

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Ousmane Dembele had a busy first 10 minutes, drilling a low cross into the Freiburg box before testing Alexander Schwolow from range. Dembele again proved the source of the Black Forest club’s problem when they did fall behind, minutes later, though. The nascent France star earned a free-kick that Marco Reus whipped into the box, and Sokratis was on hand to nod home for 1-0.

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Reus sprung the off-side trap soon after the restart before a piece of skill out wide worthy of his EA SPORTS avatar. The FIFA 17 cover star bamboozled Lukas Kübler with some sumptuous trickery before putting the ball on a plate for Aubameyang to tap home his 18th goal of the season. Dembele then slipped a through-ball through to Erik Durm, who cut back for Auba to grab an even simpler finish as it ended 3-0.

Man of the Match

Aubameyang pulled onto 19 goals for the season with his brace. Only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski – last season’s top scorer with 30 – has scored as many. Auba has added an admirable ability to time his searing runs, and is arguably the game’s most dangerous striker right now.

Talking Point

This was Thomas Tuchel’s 100th win as a Bundesliga coach. The 2016/17 campaign may have got off to a shakier start than last season, but Die Schwarzgelben still look likely to join Bayern and RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League places come the end of the season.

Match Stats

  • Dortmund are in third place for the second consecutive week for the first time this season.
  • Die Schwarzgelben have won their last 12 Bundesliga games against Freiburg. BVB’s last defeat to Saturday’s hosts came way back in May 2010.
  • Sokratis’ opener was his first goal since December 2015, when he opened the scoring in a 2-1 loss at Cologne.

Line-ups

Freiburg: Schwolow - Kübler, Torrejon, Söyüncü, Günter - Frantz, Höfler (c) - Bulut (Kempf 24’), Grifo - Petersen (Niederlechner 64’), Philipp

Coach: Christian Streich

Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) - Weigl - Castro, Guerreiro - Dembele (Kagawa 76’), Reus - Aubameyang

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

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