Die Borussen continue to impress.
League leaders Dortmnd eased to victory over Michael Bradley's Borussia Monchengladbach side to enhance their title aspirations.
It was top against bottom as the league leaders Dortmund looked to stretch their advantage over Mainz to seven points who had earlier beaten Nurnberg 3-0. As for the visitors they have only registered the one solitary victory in eleven league games emphasizing their dire need for points.
Die Borussen had won eleven out of their twelve league games and it seemed as if it would be too much of an ask for the away side to get a result.
Shinji Kagawa was lively from the get go as his improvisation very nearly conjured up a goal scoring opportunity for the league leaders. His excellent start to the season has groomed his confidence enormously and his touch and sheer technique was exceptional throughout the opening 45 minutes.
Lucas Ramon Barrios was the first to test the hands of Christofer Heimeroth on 6 minutes as his headed effort tamely drifted into his hands. The opportunity stemmed from Kagawa’s jinked run down the left which had the Monchengladbach backline worried.
The visitors finally had their first attempt on goal on 10 minutes as former Dortmund player Marco Reus tried his luck from just outside the eighteen yard box but his effort was well gathered by Roman Weidenfeller.
Dortmund dominated possession but were coming up against a stubborn side who tracked back tirelessly looking to unsettle the hosts.
Jakub Kuba showed a great piece of improvisation as he gave a drop of a shoulder before a burst of pace to open up a shooting chance outside the box with his subsequent driven effort just flashing past the post. It was a terrific attempt.
Reuss looked to threaten on the counter-attack but the league leaders showed tremendous work ethic to deny any passage of play that the visitors looked to utilizes.
Christofer Heimeroth kept the the score line goalless as he produced a startling save to deny Barrios as he got down to his left to tip the strikers effort out for a corner following some stunning build-up play down the left. Wonderful save by the German
Nuri Sahin’s drifted set-piece was met by the head of Mats Hummels whose header elegantly dropped onto the top of the netting. The opportunity came following a foul by Filip Daems on Kuba
Heimeroth was at it again as he outdone himself with a world class stop to deny Kagawa to get his big left hand onto the Japanese internationals attempt that looked certain to ripple the net. Terrific football by Lukasz Piszczek who whipped in a tantalizing cross that was well met by Kagawa. There is no doubt that the Monchengladbach stopper kept his team in the game.
With Dortumund having over 70% of possession in the opening half hour they were stunned by a terrific goal by former Dortmund man Marco Reus who let rip from outside the eighteen yard box and saw his effort give Weidenfeller no chance despite getting his fingertips to the ball. Reus cut inside and saw an opening after the Dortmund defense opted to back off. The goal stemmed from Michael Bradley’s intervention at the other end.
Dortmund continued with their domination with the ball but was unable to carve out an opening.
Igor De Carmago saw his effort at saved by keeper at his near post as the visitors looked to find another before the break.
Dortmund however deservedly got their equalizer thanks to Neven Subotic who got his head onto a corner by Mario Gotze. A terrific leap by the Serbian to get in front of his marker and drill the ball past Heimeroth with his head to net his first goal of the season right on half-time.
The home side began how they finished the first half as they dominated the second 45 minutes.
Kagawa made it 2-1 as he rounded the keeper and tapped the ball home into an empty net. Great intricate football in the build-up that epitomized the home teams play.
Dortmund continued to dominate the possession as Monchengladbach failed to deal wiht their tempo and power particularly in midfield.
The home team got another before making it 4-1 just before the end as Barrios deservedly got his name on the scoresheet.
Brilliant performance by Dortmund and fully deserved as they continue to enthrall the Bundesliga with their football.