Marco Reus scored twice and chimed in with an assist as Borussia Dortmund moved to within two points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a crushing 7-0 victory over Nuremberg.
Borussia Dortmund 7-0 Nuremberg
Goals: 1-0 Bruun Larsen (9’), 2-0 Reus (32’), 3-0 Hakimi (49’), 4-0 Reus (58’), 5-0 Akanji (74’), 6-0 Sancho (85’), 7-0 Weigl (88’)
In flying form with two goals in his last two games, Christian Pulisic showed his creative side with a sensational through ball for Jacob Bruun Larsen, whose classy dinked finish put Dortmund ahead inside nine minutes. Marco Reus should have made it two soon after, but the BVB captain was thwarted by a strong Bradlow save. Nuremberg showed signs of life as Yuya Kobo tested Roman Bürki and Virgil Misidjan shot into the side-netting, before Reus slammed in Dortmund’s second of the night with the aid of a deflection.
Nuremberg’s task didn’t get any easier after the restart as Reus, leading a blistering counter, turned provider for debutant Achraf Hakimi to send an unstoppable low drive into the bottom corner of Bredlow’s goal. Reus added a fourth from close range, tapping in from Bruun Larsen after Thomas Delaney’s long ball had taken out the entire Nuremberg defence. Bredlow pulled off a spectacular save to deny Pulisic a slice of the goal-scoring pie, but the Nuremberg stopper was powerless to prevent Manuel Akanji stealing in on the follow-up with Dortmund’s fifth. Substitute Jadon Sancho put BVB in seventh heaven with a late goal and assist for Julian Weigl.
- Reus has scored against 17 of the Bundesliga’s 18 current clubs. Only Fortuna Düsseldorf are missing from the set. He has now netted 100 goals in all competitions for BVB and been substituted 100 times in the Bundesliga.Sancho has scored his second Bundesliga goal since joining Dortmund in summer 2017.Dortmund are the first team this season to score five or more Bundesliga goals in a single match.Bruun Larsen and Hakimi scored their first Bundesliga goals.Akanji scored his first Bundesliga goal on his 16th appearance in the German top flight.Nuremberg have failed to score on their last eight top-flight visits to Dortmund and are without a win in 16 Bundesliga matches at the Signal Iduna Park stretching back to November 1990.
Dortmund: Bürki – Hakimi, Zagadou, Akanji, Schmelzer – Witsel (Weigl 62'), Delaney – Pulisic, Reus (c) (Kagawa 62'), Bruun Larsen (Sancho 74') - Philipp
Unused subs: Hitz, Piszczek, Dahoud, Alcacer
Absentees: Diallo (suspended), Toprak (thigh)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Nuremberg: Bredlow – Valentini, Margreitter, Bauer (Löwen 62'), Mühl, Leibold – Fuchs (Ishak 70'), Erras, Behrens (c) – Misidjan, Kubo (Costa Pereira 87')
Unused subs: Mathenia, Jäger, Palacios, Knoll
Absentees: Ewerton (ankle), Lippert (cruciate ligament), Salli (ill)
Coach: Michael Köllner
Watch: Bruun Larsen understandably delighted with an incredible display!