Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on champions elect Bayern München after cruising to a 5-1 triumph over a woeful VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.
- Dortmund 5 Wolfsburg 1
- Kagawa opens the scoring for hosts
- Ramos doubles the lead two mins later
- Reus adds a third after half-time
- Aubameyang nets quick-fire brace
- Schürrle nets late consolation
Thomas Tuchel’s men continued their recent good form and were rarely troubled as first-half goals from Shinji Kagawa and Adrian Ramos put them well on their way.
Following a slow start to proceedings after the break, Marco Reus made it 3-0 on the hour mark, before substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals in quick succession to extend the hosts’ advantage.
André Schürrle pulled one back with four minutes remaining, but it had no noteworthy impact on the result as Dortmund cruised to victory.
The hosts made a flying start to the encounter, twice going close to claiming the lead through efforts from Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
They got the breakthrough they were looking for in the seventh minute as Kagawa latched onto a pass from Mkhitaryan before slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner from inside the danger area.
The Wolves were still reeling from the opening goal when Dortmund struck again two minutes later, Kagawa turning provider for Ramos, who converted into the bottom-right corner from the centre of the box.
The visitors managed to regain their composure after the conceding the second goal, with Josuha Guilavogui seeing his goal-bound effort kept out on 13 minutes, before Daniel Caligiuri struck the post with a powerful effort from the left side of the box.
There was very little in the way of goalmouth action from that point onwards, though, with Reus firing wide of the mark in the 32nd minute, while Wolfsburg’s Max Arnold saw his goal-bound effort kept out by Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.
The second half started at a cautious pace, with the opening 10 minutes producing very little excitement for both sets of fans.
However, the match sprang to life on the hour mark when Reus collected a neat pass from Ramos before smashing a driving a low effort into the left corner.
Ramos was eventually withdrawn from the action in the 69th minute, with Aubameyang coming on in his place.
And the Gabon international had an instant impact on proceedings, converting from close range following Mkhitaryan’s inviting cross into the danger area, before notching his second virtually from the restart as he headed home from Marcel Schmelzer’s cross to rub further salt in the wounds of the Wolves.
Wolfsburg eventually managed to pull one back in the 86th minute, but it was nothing more than a consolation as Schürrle converted from the centre of the box following some good work in the build up by Max Kruse.
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