Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi obtained the targets in one other vital Borussia Dortmund win at Wolfsburg.
Borussia Dortmund saved the warmth on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich forward of Der Klassiker with a 2-Zero win at 10-man Wolfsburg on Saturday.
A sixth straight league victory for Dortmund was not practically as spectacular as final weekend’s crushing of rivals Schalke however once more moved Lucien Favre’s challengers to inside some extent of Bayern previous to the late kick-off between the defending champions and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Raphael Guerreiro struck twice within the Revierderby and was on course as soon as extra, breaking the impasse together with his eighth Bundesliga aim of the season – his greatest return in a single league marketing campaign.
Wolfsburg – who noticed substitute Felix Klaus controversially dismissed with eight minutes remaining – stayed within the sport and Dortmund toiled, however Achraf Hakimi’s counter-attacking second clinched a valuable triumph earlier than Bayern go to Signal Iduna Park for a mammoth assembly on Tuesday.
With that distraction looming on the horizon, unchanged Dortmund scarcely troubled their hosts right here earlier than the 32nd-minute opener got here courtesy of Guerreiro’s scientific left boot.
Wolfsburg had been picked aside by neat work down the suitable that freed Thorgan Hazard on the byline, with a low centre simply evading a tumbling Erling Haaland and as an alternative reaching Guerreiro on the far put up for a easy tap-in.
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Hazard miscued from the sting of the world because the guests pushed for a second earlier than the break, but they could have been pegged again inside three minutes of the restart.
Mats Hummels – reportedly nursing a foot damage – made approach for Emre Can at half-time, and Dortmund’s reshuffled defence did not halt Renato Steffen’s run onto a sensible Wout Weghorst go, just for his highly effective end to clip the highest of the crossbar.
Roman Burki swatted away a thumping Steffen volley as Wolfsburg maintained an improved second interval, though Guerreiro drilled throughout the face of aim on the different finish.
Dortmund quickly settled the match as substitute Jadon Sancho raced into the ultimate third and fed Hakimi for a easy second.
A VAR evaluation noticed Felix Klaus dismissed for a problem on Manuel Akanji, bringing an finish to any faint hopes of a Wolfsburg comeback.
What does it imply? Six in a row, Bayern subsequent
Only the consequence actually mattered for Dortmund, and the three factors had been duly delivered. BVB must be higher towards Bayern in midweek, but Sancho needs to be again within the XI for that sport, whereas minutes for Can represented one other increase right here. Favre’s males should now again themselves to assault their title rivals.
Guerreiro the goal-getter
Two excellent finishes helped Dortmund embarrass Schalke final day out, and Guerreiro was quickly at it once more. This very important opener was a far easier effort however illustrated the risk BVB possess throughout the sphere. Wing-back Hakimi was concerned within the build-up earlier than Guerreiro, on the alternative aspect, offered the telling contact.
Wolfsburg can not wield Wout
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Sixth-placed Wolfsburg may need sensed a chance to upset a Dortmund outfit nonetheless not risking Sancho from the beginning. But 11-goal Weghorst was dominated by Akanji, other than the second-half passage that resulted in Steffen’s miss. With the striker starved of high quality service, that was Wolfsburg’s one massive probability.
No Dortmund supporter wants reminding of their subsequent check at dwelling on Tuesday. Wolfsburg are in motion the identical day with a equally difficult encounter at Bayer Leverkusen.