After surviving the Group of Death earlier in the week, Dortmund returned to domestic competition with a visit to Mainz. Entering today’s match, the hosts had conceded more goals than any other team in the Bundesliga. Conversely, Dortmund’s attack only recently found its rhythm with their season-high five-goal performance against Dusseldorf.
Any uncertainties surrounding the Black and Yellow vanished during their commanding performance, today. The visitors remained patient after missing a few chances early and reaped the rewards when Captain Marco Reus opened the scoring in the 32′ with a venomous volley from the edge of the box. Dortmund entered the break with a comfortable one-goal lead.
Dortmund continued to control most of the second half as Mainz failed to generate a shot on target in 90+ minutes of football. At the other end, Dortmund created chances with ease. Two goals in rapid succession from Sancho and Hazard increased their advantage to three. Sancho’s persistence and talent have earned him a goal in 6 straight matches in all competitions.
As Dortmund cruised through the final 20 minutes of the match, Nico Shulz redeemed his first-half miss, scoring his first goal with the club in the 84′. Schulz’ goal provided the icing on the cake in Dortmund’s convincing victory.
Despite the absence of star defensive-midfielder Axel Witsel, Dortmund effectively contained Mainz’ attackers. Goalkeeper Roman Burki had an easy day between the posts as Dortmund earned their second consecutive clean sheet in league play.
The Black and Yellow maintained their third-place status as second-place Leipzig defeated Dusseldorf 3-0. League-leaders Borussia Monchengladbach will fall behind Leipzig if they fail to defeat Wolfsburg, tomorrow.
Dortmund host RB Leipzig on Tuesday and aim to decrease the gap between the clubs to just 1 point.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.