Borussia Dortmund have ensured they will remain in second position at the end of matchday 26 with a thumping 5-1 victory over SC Freiburg.
The home side scored three goals in a five minute spell at the end of the first half after trailing 1-0. BVB dominated the second half which concluded with Leonardo Bittencourt scoring his first-ever Bundesliga goal.
Two young sides on display at Signal Iduna Park produced an entertaining first half. It was an end to end start to the game in which the visitors weren’t undeserved of the 1-0 lead Jonathan Schmid gave them on 28 minutes.
Poor defending from the Borussians allowed Max Kruse time in the penalty box to collect the ball and aim it towards the back post where Schmid was attacking to side foot home from close range. Roman Weidenfeller had been trapped on his near post whilst his defence were all over the place.
Robert Lewandowski equalised on 41 minutes when he got behind his marker from a Nuri Sahin free kick to head home. That led to a spree of attacks from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the first half. It was Sahin himself, making only his second Bundesliga start since leaving for Real Madrid at the end of the 2010/11 season to score his first goal since returning.
SC Freiburg didn’t know what hit them, and a minute later saw Christian Günter panic into kicking the ball out of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann’s reach as he was about to pick the ball up. The ball went to Lewandowski’s feet and he duly finished in the bottom corner to give the defending champions a 3-1 half-time lead.
The visitors never looked like getting back into the game in the second half and it was a case of how many Borussia Dortmund were going to score and when, not if.
Dortmund’s fourth goal came in the 72nd minute when the ball bounce up kindly to Sahin inside the penalty area for the on-loan player to jump up and poke past Baumann.
5 minutes later saw the introduction of Leonardo Bittencourt for only the second time this season. A minute later he made the scoreline even more emphatic by turning home from close range.
Borussia Dortmund deserved winners of this game. They controlled the ball in midfield and created several chances throughout the match, especially after Lewandowski’s equaliser in the first half.
Overall, Jürgen Klopp’s side had 63% of the possession, firing in 21 shots on goal in which 11 were on target. With the title out of sight this victory will be at least a morale-boost to the team who still have Champions League aspirations when they face La Liga outfit Malaga at the beginning of April.
SC Freiburg are now four games within a win in the Bundesliga and have conceded 10 goals in their last two fixtures. The international break may be a blessing to Armin Veh’s side before the return to action on 30 March to host Borussia Mönchengladbach.