Dortmund pushes forward and puts Bayern under pressure
A week after conceding a draw (2-2) in Gelsenkirchen against Schalke, Dortmund got back on track by outclassing Cologne (6-1), a success that allowed them to take control of the championship and put pressure on the Bayern.
After 25 matches played, Borussia Dortmund occupies first place in the standings, with 53 points, one more than Bayern (52), ten-time German champions in title and who moves on the lawn of Bayer Leverkusen (9th, 34 points) Sunday (5:30 p.m.).
After the ten-day international break, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern meet on Saturday April 1 (6:30 p.m.) at the Allianz Arena in Munich for a decisive Klassiker in the race for the league title, when he will no longer be only eight days after this shock of the Bundesliga.
On Saturday, Edin Terzic’s players shattered the Cologne defense by scoring four goals in the space of twenty minutes between the 15th and 36th.
It was first Portuguese Raphaël Guerreiro, defender repositioned for the occasion in midfield, who opened the scoring, served by Donyell Malen, author of a small bridge over Cologne defender Jeff Chabot.
Then on a magnificent sequence between Jude Bellingham, Marco Reus, Guerreiro and Sebastien Haller, the Ivorian international doubled the lead.
Half an hour into the game, Reus scored his 159th goal for Borussia Dortmund, becoming the club’s second-highest goalscorer behind Alfred Preissler’s 177 in the 1940s and 1950s.
– Double for Haller and Reus –
Malen participated in the Yellow and Black attacking festival, with a strike that Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe could only deflect.
Dortmund’s demonstration continued in the second half, with classy gestures, like a Bellingham roulette just before the hour mark, and the doubles from Haller (69th) and Reus (70th), to the delight of the 81,365 spectators at the Westfalenstadion.
Marco Reus’ teammates are still undefeated in 2023 in the Bundesliga, with nine wins for a single draw, a series that allows them to still dream of the title before the last quarter of the season.
In the middle of the afternoon, RB Leipzig carried out a bad operation by losing on the lawn of the poorly classified Bochum. Four days after the debacle in the Champions League on the lawn of Manchester City (7-0), Leipzig stagnates in 3rd place with 45 points.
Marco Rose’s men, tied on points with Union Berlin and Fribourg, find themselves at the mercy of a win or a draw against Frankfurt (Sunday, 3.30 p.m.) or from Friborg in Mainz (Sunday, 7.30 p.m.) to losing his place on the podium.
“Every point is important, every victory is important, every away game is important, regardless of the opponent. We have to look forward. The championship is not over yet, the Cup is coming too”, RB Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich commented after the game on broadcaster Sky.