Borussia Dortmund ensured they stayed within three points of Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon following an impressive 2-0 win against Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
Both teams cancelled each other out in what was a drab opening 45 minutes. Youssoufa Moukoko was replaced by Sébastien Haller inside 30 minutes following a challenge from Leonardo Bittencourt. As of yet, it’s unclear as to what the diagnosis is.
BVB needed to showcase urgency in their transitions in the second-half and they did just that. Marco Reus forced Jiri Pavlenka into an excellent save just 23 seconds after the break. But it was Jamie Bynoe-Gittens that opened the scoring, just 60 seconds after replacing Gio Reyna.
Julian Brandt then scored his sixth Bundesliga goal of the season and Dortmund’s second of the afternoon to ensure that they would take three points home with them.
Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings
Gregor Kobel, 8 – Denied Mitchell Weiser with a superb save at 0-0. Clean sheet.
Julian Ryerson, 7
Niklas Süle, 6
Nico Schlotterbeck, 7
Raphael Guerreiro, 8 – The Portuguese left-back is playing for his future with a contract that expires in the summer. With impressive performances against Freiburg and Werder Bremen, BVB fans will be hoping Guerreiro remains at the club. A better left-back option that Marius Wolf and Julian Ryerson. Assisted Julian Brandt for Dortmund’s second.
Emre Can, 6
Jude Bellingham, 8
Julian Brandt, 8 – Quietly becoming an influential player in the final third for Borussia Dortmund. Now six goals and four assists in 20 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund this season. Superb skill and finish against Pavlenka.
Marco Reus, 6
Gio Reyna, 5
Youssoufa Moukoko, N/A – Substituted before the half-hour mark following a challenge by Leonardo Bittencourt. Replaced by Sébastian Haller.
Others: Salih Özcan (5), Mahmoud Dahoud (-), Sébastien Haller (6), Thomas Meunier (-), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (7)
GGFN | Daniel Pinder