Dortmund crash rivals as battle for fourth heats up

Dortmund crash rivals  as battle for fourth heats up

Dortmund crash rivals as battle for fourth heats up

Having seen reigning champions, Bayern Munich, deal with Harmburger SV on Friday night, second place Borussia Dortmund responded quite in style. A visit to Borussia Monchengladbach, currently fourth on the grid, yielded a 3-1 victory for the Black and Yellows to enable the former champions to maintain an 8-point gap behind Bayern.

Marco Reus opened the scoring proceedings in the 41st minute, before turning provider five minutes after the break, as Armenian international, Henrik Mkhitaryan, doubled the advantage. Though Brazilian forward, Rafael, pulled a goal back in the 58th minute for the hosts, Ilkay Gundogan restored the two-goal lead 15 minutes from time, to ensure Dortmund completed a season double over their rivals.

That victory proved crucial, if the battle behind Die Borussen is anything to go by. Third placed Hertha Berlin missed a golden opportunity to break away from the trio of sides fighting for fourth place, and now find themselves 8 points behind Dortmund and only four ahead of Monchengladbach. The capital side played host to FC Augsburg and, while victory was expected, the game ended in a barren stalemate.

It meant that Monchengladbach weren’t really punished as such, what with Bayer Leverkusen missing a vital chance to go into top four, after coming from a goal down, courtesy of Hoffenheim’s Swedish midfielder, Jiloan Hamad, only to draw the match 1-1 through Leverkusen’s defender, Omer Toprak, 15 minutes from time.

However, Monchengladbach and Leverkusen, with only a single point separating them, could find themselves down the pecking order, if Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg win their respective matches against Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Elsewhere, VfB Stuttgart came from a goal behind to win 3-1 away to 1.FC Koln. Anthony Modeste had given the home side the lead, through Anthony Modeste’s penalty, but Daniel Didavi, Timo Werner and Christian Gentner responded clinically, as Stuttgart moved away from the relegation zone.

In other fixtures, Darmstadt 98 overcame Hannover 96 2-1 while Ingolstadt defeated FSV Mainz 1-0 at home.

You can catch the Bundesliga LIVE on StarTimesSports

Sunday 24th January

5:30pm                 Eintracht Frankfurt – VfL Wolfsburg, Sports Arena channel 251

7:30pm                 FC Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen, World Football channel 254

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