Dortmund looked to remain unbeaten at home and secure 3 points against Eintracht Frankfurt. Dortmund struggled to find space up the middle in the opening minutes, but their pace was too much for Frankfurt to handle down the stretch. Piszczek opened the scoring in the 33′ and looked more like a striker than a defender, scoring from the top of the box with his weaker left foot. As classy as the finish was, it wouldn’t have been possible without the brilliant pass from Hakimi to set it up.
Dortmund cruised to the break looking comfortably in control. Picking up right where they left off, Dortmund doubled their lead 5 minutes into the second half after Axel Witsel set up Jadon Sancho’s 13th goal of the season. Sancho currently has more goals and assists than any other player in Europe.
Dortmund refused to take their foot of the gas, as Hakimi’s second assist set up Haaland’s 8th goal of the season. Haaland, who has only appeared in 5 Bundesliga matches, currently trails 8 other players in the race for the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot.
Dortmund could have coasted to the final whistle from there. Instead, Raphael Guerreiro capped his sensational performance with a signature left-footed laser from distance in the 74′, his 5th goal this season. Dortmund settled down for the final 15 minutes, earning 3 crucial points in their push for a title.
After a concerning defensive collapse in Leverkusen last weekend, Dortmund tightened up their defense today. Frankfurt managed just 1 shot, and it failed to reach the target. Dortmund hope to carry this momentum into their upcoming Champions League clash with PSG on February 18th.
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.