Borussia Dortmund hosted Fortuna Dusseldorf on matchday 14, looking to build on last weekend’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Dusseldorf has struggled to escape the bottom of the table in a contest that favored the Black and Yellow, on paper.
Dortmund showcased their superiority in a 5-0 slaughter at Westfalenstadion. Marco Reus opened the scoring right before the break following a textbook buildup of quickfire passing. The hosts looked comfortably in control heading in to the break.
Dortmund completely opened the match up in the second half. Thorgan Hazard doubled the lead 13 minutes after the break with a clinical finish on a breakaway. Dortmund’s pace left Dusseldorf seemingly helpless, but the hosts kept their foot on the gas.
Jadon Sancho increased the lead again just 5 minutes later as Dortmund’s pace exposed Dusseldorf’s back line. For the first time in his career, Jadon Sancho has scored in 4 consecutive matches.
The pressure continued and Reus netted his second goal of the match in the 70′ to give the hosts a 4 goal lead. Hungry for more, Sancho followed the footsteps of Reus and scored his second of the match 4 minutes after Reus. While Dortmund have struggled to preserve late leads this season, Sancho’s second goal proved to be the dagger in what is perhaps Dortmund’s most convincing win to date.
Dortmund certainly benefited from Reus and Sancho’s top-form performances. But, as exciting as Reus and Sancho were, the victory was a textbook team performance.
New Attitude, Same Approach
Dortmund looked lively and engaged in the first 45 minutes, but nothing stood out as uncharacteristically impressive compared to earlier fixtures. In previous matches, Dortmund’s patience in the attacking third often turned to frustration and desperation, leading to catastrophic unforced errors.
Conversely, today’s patience and composure laid the framework for Dortmund’s emphatic rebuttal to critics and skeptics, alike. Dortmund have struggled to manage the mounting pressure from pundits and supporters, this season. Today, Dortmund tuned out the noise and embraced the pressure, which, thanks to losses from Bayern and Schalke, earned them a top 3 spot in the league’s table.
Dortmund host Slavia Prague for their final Champions League Group Stage match on Tuesday before visiting Mainz next weekend.
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.