Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Cologne – Football Match Report – March 18, 2023 – ESPN

Borussia Dortmund climbed to the highest of the Bundesliga standings after demolishing guests Cologne 6-1 on Saturday, with Sebastien Haller and captain Marco Reus each scoring twice.

The Ruhr valley membership, who final received the Bundesliga title underneath then coach Jurgen Klopp in 2012, underlined their title ambitions by blowing away their opponents throughout an explosive four-goal first half efficiency.

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Dortmund at the moment are on 53 factors, one forward of Bayern Munich forward of their Sunday match in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen. RB Leipzig are third on 45 following their shock 1-0 loss to struggling VfL Bochum.

“We showed a really good game today, we started well and instantly took control. The lads enjoyed themselves out there,” Dortmund coach Edin Terzic instructed a information convention.

“We took a step in the right direction today especially in terms of efficiency. Everyone performed really well and did not ease off at any moment, from keeper to striker.”

The Bundesliga resumes on Friday, March 31, after a break for worldwide matches.

“We are happy to go into the break for international matches with this result. We are overall satisfied with our game and our rhythm,” Terzic added.

Raphael Guerreiro, on track final week in opposition to Schalke as nicely, opened Dortmund’s account within the fifteenth minute after very good work down the wing from Donyell Malen.

Ivory Coast striker Haller, again to full health after present process most cancers remedy earlier within the season, thundered in after a fast passing transfer two minutes later.

With Cologne taking part in catch-up it was solely a matter of time till Dortmund scored once more and Reus beautifully rifled in simply after half an hour earlier than Malen additionally received on the scoresheet with a robust shot that keeper Marvin Schwaebe couldn’t hold out.

Cologne briefly got here up for air within the forty second when Davie Selke reduce the deficit along with his first purpose for the membership however regardless of a slower tempo after the break Dortmund nonetheless struck twice in two minutes.

Haller tucked in his second purpose after a Mo Dahoud free kick bounced off the bar and Reus made it 150 Bundesliga targets and a complete of 161 targets in all competitions for the membership within the seventieth.