IN a pivotal clash at the top of the Bundesliga Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were on target in a dramatic match that saw Borussia Dortmund gain the upper hand in the battle to secure automatic Champions League qualification.
For much of the season Dortmund and Hoffenheim have battled over third the third position in the German league that guarantee’s Champions League football, like the majority of games at the Signal Iduna Park this one was very dramatic.
Dortmund Talisman Marco Reus was involved in much of the action, opening the scoring with a contentious goal in the fourth minute, he then picked up a yellow card for a challenge that many would deem a red.
Later in the half the German winger won his side a penalty that his strike partner Aubameyang scuffed it wide.
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After Nagelsmann’s side went close with a header that landed safely in the arms of Roman Burki the games frantic start gave way to a calmer spell which saw both teams struggle in the final third.
As the second half began Hoffenheim looked on top until Reus went close with a left-footed volley only to be denied by the Hoffenheim keeper.
As the game went on Dortmund continued to let chances pass them by until an unmarked Aubameyang tapped home Lukasz Piszczek’s effort that had rebounded off of the post.
It looked as if Thomas Tuchel’s side would ease to victory until Ginter dragged Wagner to the ground in the box and gave Kramaric an opportunity he would not pass up.
However Dortmund saw off any late pressure to claim all three points and put themselves in pole position to gain automatic qualification to the champions League.
The game was almost marred by a suspected bomb threat as police investigated a Suspicious package inside the stadium.