Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways in a 5-1 demolition of Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park, with Robert Lewandowski and Nuri Sahin getting two goals each.
There was a shock on the cards when the away side took the lead through Jonathan Schmid, but two goals from Robert Lewandowski, sandwiched in between Sahin’s first of the game, put Dortmund in control at half-time.
Sahin grabbed his second after the interval and Leonardo Bittencourt added a fifth to put the gloss on a win that puts last week’s loss to Schalke at the back of Jurgen Klopp’s mind.
Freiburg made a great start and won the battles across the pitch. They should have taken the lead when Johannes Flum pulled his shot wide from 18 yards, while up the other end, Oliver Baumann made a stunning save to keep Mario Gotze’s dipping volley out.
It was the away side who shocked the stadium when they opened the scoring after 28 minutes. Max Kruse did well to make space for a lofted cross that took Roman Weidenfeller out of the game, and Schmid was there for an easy finish for a well-worked goal.
The lead would only last 13 minutes though, as three goals in five minutes swung this game in Dortmund’s favour. Sahin’s inswinging free-kick was perfectly in the space where Lewandowski twisted his head and nodded the ball into the bottom corner, leveling the score.
Just three minutes later, it was 2-1 to the title challengers. Jakub Blaszczykowski dummied Gotze’s low cross and the on-rushing Sahin smashed it into the top corner for his first goal of the season. The torment was not over for Freiburg as a third goal was added in the first minute of first half injury time.
Marco Reus was denied twice by Baumann, but Lewandowski latched onto the rebound and swept the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot and Freiburg’s hopes of anything from this game went with the goal.
After half-time, Reus continued to lose the battle with the Freiburg goalkeeper as the youngster was denied from close range. Gotze should have added his name to the scoresheet when he failed to connect to Blaszczykowski’s cross with an open goal gaping.
It wasn’t all Dortmund though as they were given a scare when Daniel Caligiuri blazed over from ten yards, but they heeded that warning by adding a fourth. After Reus’ shot was blocked, the loose ball fell to Sahin who expertly poked the ball into the top corner and celebrated his joy wildly.
Soon after, the rout was completed thanks to a wonderful first touch from a substitute. Bittencourt had only been on the field under a minute when he took advantage of Lewandowski’s good work on the left by tapping in at the back post, and Klopp’s day was complete.
Lewandowski still had chance to grab his hat-trick, but Baumann was the villian of the game at least once, as he denied the Poland striker his treble with a stunning save. That failed to deter the atmosphere inside the stadium as Dortmund got their season back on track.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)
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