Borussia Dortmund brushed 1. FC Köln aside this afternoon as they strolled to a 5-0 victory at Signal Iduna Park.
The reigning champions went ahead as early as the 7th minute when a long ball over the top from Mats Hummels was picked up at the byline by Kevin Großkreutz. He took the ball into the penalty area and picked out Shinji Kagawa who stroked the ball home from 7 yards.
Kagawa was back in the starting lineup this week in place of the suspended Ivan Perisic after the Japanese was dropped to the bench in Dortmund’s 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen last Friday.
FC Köln were missing a number of players, including captain Pedro Geromel, Miso Brečko, Petit, Andrezinho and Milivoje Novakovic. It showed as they lacked confidence all over the pitch and their back four was all over the place throughout.
Michael Rensing denied a Sebastian Kehl blast from 20 yards out after quarter of an hour but it was just a matter of time before the next goal came.
And the next goal came in the 25th minute. Sven Bender tripped when in possession of the ball inside the area but still managed to get a pass onto Marcel Schmelzer who coolly placed his shot into the top corner of Rensing’s goal to score his first in the Bundesliga in his 79th Bundesliga appearance.
Kevin Großkreutz’s attempt to get his name on the scoresheet came two minutes before the break when he had a low effort from 18 yards spilled by Rensing. Robert Lewandowski’s follow up was chipped over the bar from 8 yards but the assistant’s flag had been raised.
Borussia Dortmund were not going to be denied a third before half time. It was 3-0 moments before half time. Sven Bender recorded his second assist of the first half, this time rolling the ball inside the 6 yard box from the right hand side for Lewandowski to tap home from a couple of yards out.
5 minutes into the second half, Robert Lewandowski had his second of the game and 7th of the season as he walked through the unorganised Köln defence and placed his shot into the bottom corner to extend the home side’s lead to 4-0.
Sebastian Kehl completed the scoring midway through the the second half as he connected with Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross with a bullet header. This was the fifth time Köln have conceded at least five goals in 2011.
This victory moves Borussia Dortmund into second place; 3 points behind Bayern Munich who play in Hannover on Sunday.
Dortmund travel to Stuttgart next weekend, whilst FC FC Kölnlook to turn their fortunes around with a home game against FC Augsburg next Sunday.