Borussia Dortmund picked up a valuable three points on Saturday evening with a 2-1 win away to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Lucien Favre’s side took the lead inside eight minutes with a fine effort from Thorgan Hazard, beating two defenders with a turn to create space to get a left-footed shot across goal, past Yann Sommer into the goalkeeper’s far corner.
Hazard was a thorn in the side of his former club as the Belgian international would later force a save out of the Swiss goalkeeper and create a handful of chances.
However, it would be the hosts who would score the next goal. Five minutes into the second half, Erling Haaland’s decision to drop back onto the goalline from a corner played Lars Stindl onside to poke through the Norwegian’s legs from close range.
Haaland himself had a frustrating day up top for Dortmund with his two efforts being deflected over.
It was right wingback Achraf Hakimi who scored the winner in the final 20 minutes. A well-timed run saw him latch onto Jadon Sancho’s through ball before the attack-minded defender slid the ball across goal and into the far corner to make it 2-1.
Sancho had only been introduced as a substitute five minutes earlier in place of Julian Brandt. 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna would replace Hazard in the final 10 minutes to get another run out.
There was still time for Breel Embolo to mishit an effort from six yards wide of the goal in stoppage time to fluff an excellent opportunity to rescue a point for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Victory moves Borussia Dortmund up to second place following RB Leipzig’s 0-0 draw at Werder Bremen earlier in the day, one point behind leaders Bayern Munich, who are at home to FC Augsburg on Sunday. Gladbach drop to fifth following a win for Bayer 04 Leverkusen today but would move back into fourth by avoiding defeat to in-form rivals Cologne midweek.