Neymar Makes PSG Squad For Dortmund Clash

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar/ AFP

 

Neymar has been named in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg at Borussia Dortmund, despite missing the French club’s last four games through injury.

The world’s most expensive player has been struggling with a rib problem but was expected to be fit in time for the game at Signal Iduna Park.

The Brazilian missed last season’s surprise last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot injury, while he also sat out the second leg of the defeat at the same stage of the competition by Real Madrid in 2018.

Neymar was rested, along with Kylian Mbappe, for PSG’s remarkable 4-4 draw at Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

“He will be in Dortmund, I’m sure of it, but without being in the best shape he was in two weeks ago,” Tuchel said before the Amiens game.

“But he will help us. I am sure and convinced of that.”

PSG are yet to reach the Champions League semi-finals since being bought by their Qatari owners in 2011, with their run to the last four in 1994-95 still the closest they have come to lifting the European Cup.

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Injured Reus To Miss Dortmund, PSG Champions League Match

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 02, 2019 Marco Dortmund’s German forward Marco Reus (R) leaves the field after an injury during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in Dortmund, western Germany. AFP

 

Borussia Dortmund were dealt a blow on  Wednesday after announcing that captain Marco Reus has picked up a muscle injury that should keep him out of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

In a statement Dortmund said the 30-year-old should be out “for around four weeks” after picking up the injury late in Tuesday’s 3-2 German Cup defeat at Werder Bremen, ruling him out of the home leg of the PSG clash on February 18.

He should, however, be back for the return leg in Paris on March 11.

Germany forward will be a big miss for Dortmund, as he has scored 12 goals and set up seven more this season.

Teenage striking sensation Erling Braut Haaland scored his eighth goal in just four games for Dortmund at Bremen, but could not stop his new side crashing out of the cup.

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Dortmund’s Reus, Hummels Defend Under-Fire Coach Favre

Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match against SC Paderborn in western Germany on November 22, 2019. INA FASSBENDER / AFP

 

 

Borussia Dortmund stars Marco Reus and Mats Hummels have jumped to the defence of under-fire coach Lucien Favre amid reports Saturday he is on the verge of being dismissed.

Germany’s top-selling daily Bild claims Wednesday’s Champions League match at Barcelona could decide Favre’s fate after senior club bosses discussed the situation late into Friday night following a woeful 3-3 draw with Paderborn.

“It can’t go on like this with Favre,” insisted German daily Welt.

Dortmund were 3-0 down at half-time at home to the Bundesliga’s bottom club and whistled off the pitch by their own fans after the first 45 minutes.

Only a fight-back, thanks to second-half goals by Jadon Sancho and Axel Witsel, spared the hosts’ blushes before Reus equalised deep into added time with a crucial header.

The draw puts Favre under pressure on the back of their 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago, but Reus and Hummels insist it is the players who are at fault, not their Swiss coach.

“Everyone has to take a good look at themselves, that’s what we have to talk about, not about our coach,” fumed Reus.

“The coach always prepares us really well. We are the ones who are responsible” for the poor recent displays.

Former Germany centre-back Hummels echoed Reus’ defence.

“It’s us on the pitch who make these mistakes. I want to make it very clear that it has nothing to do with the coach’s position if we give away the ball without any pressure,” insisted Hummels.

Dortmund have taken 20 points from 12 league games and are well off the pace in the title race, leaving fewer voices in support of Favre ahead of the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday.

Sports director Michael Zorc described Friday’s first-half display as “completely unacceptable” and said the club should “apologise to the spectators”.

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After Stunning Inter, Dortmund Turn Sights On Bayern

Dortmund’s Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel (C) and his team-mates celebrate victory after the UEFA Champions League Group F football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan in Dortmund, western Germany, on November 5, 2019./ AFP

 

After their stunning Champions League fightback over Inter Milan, buoyant Borussia Dortmund now have Bayern Munich in their sights for Saturday’s crunch Bundesliga clash.

Dortmund came from two goals down at half-time against Antonio Conte’s Inter on Tuesday as Achraf Hakimi netted twice to seal the hosts’ superb 3-2 win which keeps them on course for the last 16 of the Champions League.

“The second half was outstanding. That gives us a tailwind for Saturday. We are ready for the ‘Clasico’,” said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watkze, referring to Saturday’s Dortmund-Bayern showdown.

Dortmund’s third straight victory buoyed spirits for Saturday’s match at Bayern, who are hunting a new head coach since Niko Kovac was fired last Sunday in the wake of a 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund look to bring their Champions League form to the Allianz Arena where former Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick has been named interim Bayern boss for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home to Olympiakos and Saturday’s league game.

“If we play like that again, then we will also have a good chance in Munich,” said former Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl.

“We need again to have a lot of intensity and the same willingness to take risks.

“The boys played really well – that’s how we need to play on Saturday.”

Dortmund have won four, and Bayern six, of their last 10 meetings.

It’s more than two years since Dortmund last won at the Allianz Arena, a 3-2 win in the German Cup semi-finals in April 2017.

England winger Jadon Sancho and ex-Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer scored the goals when the hosts beat Bayern 2-0 for the German Super Cup in Dortmund last August in the most recent meeting.

Borussia defender Mats Hummels, who returned in June after three years in Munich, helped Bayern win last season’s Bundesliga title and scored against Dortmund in a 5-0 drubbing last April at the Allianz Arena.

“It’s about keeping up against them,” said Hummels on how to beat Bayern, who have won just three of their last six games.

“We had the feeling, right from the start, that we were going to win (against Inter)… and that is exactly the feeling we must not give them (Bayern), he added.

Dortmund, and Hummels in particular, will need to contain Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 20 goals so far in 16 games for Bayern.

The Poland striker has scored in the first 10 league games this season, a Bundesliga record he will be looking to extend and the 31-year-old already has 14 league goals in 2019/20.

Lewandowski is currently on course to beat Gerd Mueller’s phenomenal record of 40 goals scored in 34 league games during the 1971/72 Bundesliga season.

Messi Back As Dortmund Frustrate Barcelona In Champions League Opener

Marco Reus (L) and Lionel Messi vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Barcelona in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 17, 2019. SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP

 

 

Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw away at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half.

Lucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line.

Both sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score.

Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time.

The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box.

Yet Ter Stegen denied Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick.

The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate.

A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well high, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar.

Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.

Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his team mates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Mats Hummels and Axel Witsel.

He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney.

The draw leaves the two teams joint bottom of Group F after one game, after Inter Milan and Slavia Prague played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Tuesday.

Dortmund Win Fortuna 3-2, Extends Title Race With Bayern To Season Finale

(L-R) Dortmund’s Danish forward Jacob Bruun Larsen, Dortmund’s Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney and Dortmund’s Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel celebrate after Delaney scored the 2-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Fortuna Duesseldorf in Dortmund, western Germany on May 11, 2019.
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Bayern Munich missed the chance to wrap up a seventh successive Bundesliga title as they were held to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on Saturday and rivals Borussia Dortmund edged a nervy 3-2 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf.

Chelsea-bound US international Christian Pulisic found the net in his final home game for Dortmund, helping them to battle back to within two points of league leaders Bayern ahead of the final round of games next weekend.

Bayern can now secure the title with a win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday, while Dortmund must win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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Dortmund, who looked dead and buried after slipping four points behind last week, enjoyed the rub of the green as they stumbled to victory over Duesseldorf.

Pulisic, who will join Chelsea next season, bid an emotional farewell to the Dortmund fans before the game and then opened the scoring on 41 minutes.

A howler from stand-in goalkeeper Marwin Hitz allowed Oliver Fink to equalize, but Thomas Delaney restored the lead for Dortmund.

Hitz then gave away a penalty with a foul on Dodi Lukebakio, but the Belgian dragged the ball wide from 12 yards.

Mario Goetze appeared to seal the win for Dortmund on 90 minutes, but Dawid Kownacki pulled one back for Duesseldorf minutes later to make it a nerve-jangling finish for the hosts.

In Leipzig, Leon Goretzka’s stylish scissor-kick sent Bayern into ecstasy after half-time, but the goal was ruled out by VAR.

Serge Gnabry hit the bar later in the second half, but Bayern could not force the winner.

– Nuremberg and Hanover relegated –

At the other end of the table, Nuremberg and Hanover were finally relegated as Stuttgart secured the relegation play-off place with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Hanover went down fighting as goals from Waldemar Anton, Ihlas Bebou and Walace saw them beat Freiburg 3-0.

Yet Anastasios Donis, Gonzalo Castro and Daniel Didavi were on the mark for Stuttgart to condemn Hanover and Nuremberg to the drop.

Nuremberg, meanwhile, suffered a 4-0 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach thanks to an own goal from Lukas Muehl and strikes from Thorgan Hazard, Denis Zakaria and former Nuremberg man Josip Drmic.

The thumping win sees Gladbach go fourth overnight, leapfrogging both Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke, Guido Burgstaller cancelling out Kai Havertz’s opener.

Frankfurt have the chance to break back into the top four with a win over Mainz on Sunday.

Werder Bremen also kept their European hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, and Hertha Berlin snatched a late 4-3 victory away to Augsburg.

Johannes Eggestein’s first-half goal condemned RB Leipzig-bound coach Julian Nagelsmann to defeat in his last home game in charge of Hoffenheim.

Andre Hahn and Michael Gregoritsch put Augsburg ahead three times but goals from Marvin Plattenhardt and Marko Grujic kept Hertha in the game before a late brace from Salomon Kalou secured three points.

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Reus Inspires Dortmund’s Win Over Freiburg Despite Injury

Dortmund’s German midfielder Marco Reus (R) scores the 2-0 past Freiburg’s German goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (L) during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund in Freiburg, southern Germany, on April 21, 2019. THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

 

Captain Marco Reus played through pain to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 4-0 win over Freiburg on Sunday and keep them on the heels of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Reus took a knock to his knee in a heavy challenge from Freiburg’s Janik Haberer in the second half but fired Dortmund to victory with a goal and two assists to keep them a point behind Bayern.

After a heavy defeat to Bayern two weeks ago and a nervy win over Mainz last Sunday, Reus insisted the display showed that his team were back to their best and ready to take the fight to Bayern in the title race.

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“The last few weeks didn’t quite go as we had hoped, but it was important that we stuck together in the difficult moments,” the Dortmund captain told Sky.

“We still believe we can be champions and we want to keep the pressure on Bayern until the very end.”

Dortmund needed three points on Sunday after Bayern beat Werder Bremen 1-0 on Saturday.

Far from buckling in a nail-biting title race, Dortmund delivered one of their most confident recent performances.

A silky move in the box saw Dortmund take the lead after 12 minutes, with Raphael Guerreiro and Marco Reus linking to provide Jadon Sancho with a tap-in.

Guerreiro, returning to action after two weeks out injured, then set up Reus for Dortmund’s second eight minutes after half-time.

Lucien Favre’s side survived a handful of chances for Freiburg before a brutal counter-attack saw Reus set up Mario Goetze to make it 3-0.

Paco Alcacer completed a perfect afternoon for Dortmund, converting a late penalty after a Pascal Stenzel handball.

Dortmund face local rivals Schalke in the Ruhr derby next Saturday before Bayern travel to take on Nuremberg the following day.

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Dortmund Dismiss Reports Linking Sancho To Man United

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho/ AFP

 

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed rumours that 19-year-old rising star Jadon Sancho is set for a move back to Manchester.

English youngster Sancho has flourished since joining Dortmund from Manchester City two years ago, and recently signed a contract extension which keeps him at the German club until 2022.

Yet Sancho, who picked up an assist in England’s 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic on Friday, has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Premier League.

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A recent report in The Sun alleged that Sancho’s agent was in talks with Manchester United, but Dortmund boss Zorc dismissed the rumours as “irrelevant”.

“I have no knowledge (of the talks), but it is also completely irrelevant,” Zorc told Bild.

In a recent interview with the same newspaper, Zorc admitted that it would be hard for Dortmund to hold on to Sancho long-term, but insisted that the youngster would remain at Dortmund next season.

“I can’t put a price tag around Jadon’s neck but I can say that even the biggest clubs in the world struggle to afford him at the moment,” said Zorc.

“Jadon will be playing at Borussia Dortmund next season. But it is obvious that the interest in him will keep growing, especially from English clubs. He will not end his career in Dortmund, that much is true.”

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Bale Benched As Struggling Real Madrid Battle Ajax

Gareth’s troubled season continued on Tuesday as he fails to claim a starting spot in a crunch Champions League clash. AFP Photo.

 

Gareth Bale was relegated back to the bench for Real Madrid’s crunch game at home to Ajax in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Bale had started the defeat to Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but the Welshman departed to whistles in the second half and was dropped for the return against Ajax, with Madrid 2-1 ahead from the first leg.

Isco came on against Barca but was not even named on the bench while Marcelo was again named as a substitute, Sergio Reguilon preferred at left-back.

Ajax started with an unchanged side from the opening leg, with Frenkie de Jong set to play at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time. De Jong will join Barcelona in the summer.

Real Madrid (4-3-3)

Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Sergio Reguilon; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema (capt), Vinicius Junior

Coach: Santiago Solari (ARG)

Ajax (4-5-1)

Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Matthijs de Ligt (capt), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schone, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres; Dusan Tadic

Coach: Erik ten Hag (NED)

 

Reus, Goetze, Alcacer start as Dortmund target Spurs comeback

In the day’s other game, and with his side needing to score at least three goals, Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre thrust Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Paco Alcacer all into Tuesday’s line-up against Tottenham Hotspur.

Having lost their Champions League last 16, first leg at Wembley 3-0, Favre threw caution to the wind for the return at Signal Iduna Park.

For the first time this season, both Germany forward Mario Goetze and Spanish striker Paco Alcacer, normally used off the bench, started alongside playmaker and captain Marco Reus, back after missing the first leg with a thigh injury.

With Thomas Delaney on the bench, Axel Witsel is Dortmund’s sole defensive midfielder up against Spurs’ midfield duo of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

Achraf Hakimi, who made a mistake in the first leg and again in Friday’s 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at Augsburg drops to Dortmund’s bench with Marius Wolf taking his place at right-back.

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has stuck to a three-man defence that caused Dortmund problems in London, while England striker Harry Kane partners Son Heung-min up front.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League last 16, second leg between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday (kick-off 2000 GMT):

Borussia Dortmund (4-3-3)

Roman Burki; Abdou Diallo, Julian Weigl, Manuel Akanji, Marius Wolf; Mario Goezte, Axel Witsel, Marco Reus (capt); Raphael Guerreiro, Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho

Coach: Lucien Favre (SUI)

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-1-2)

Hugo Lloris (capt); Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen; Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies; Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane, Son Heung-min

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Dortmund Too ‘Immature’ To Win Bundesliga Title Race – Sammer

Dortmund’s German forward Marco Reus (R) and Augsburg’s German midfielder Rani Khedira vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund in Augsburg, southern Germany on March 1, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Dortmund have been branded too “immature” to win the Bundesliga title race with Bayern Munich after mistakes by youngsters Dan-Axel Zagadou and Achraf Hakimi contributed to their shock defeat at Augsburg.

Dortmund’s title ambitions were dented by Friday’s 2-1 away defeat after a slip by Zagadou, 19, led to Ji Dong-won scoring Augsburg’s first goal before the South Korean striker pounced on a lazy pass by Hakimi, 20, to score his second.

“They are immature, just immature,” Eurosport pundit and ex-Dortmund coach Matthias Sammer said of the leaders’ defence, which has an average age of 21.

“The game was decided in the head.”

Sammer believes the lack of experience, among the likes of Zagadou, Hakimi and England winger Jadon Sancho, 18, is a contributing factor in Dortmund winning just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

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It’s poor preparation for hosting Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday in the Champions League last 16, return leg tie needing to overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat.

Zagadou and Hakimi’s mistakes in Augsburg could “prevent” Dortmund being champions this season — “and you can’t be a champion at just 19 or 20,” insisted Sammer, 51, an external advisor for Dortmund since August.

Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund’s late consolation goal, but the leaders could finish the weekend level on 54 points with defending champions Bayern if Niko Kovac’s side win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Having so far surrendered 10 league points to struggling teams Hanover 96, Fortuna Duesseldorf, bottom side Nuremberg and now Augsburg, Sammer says Dortmund played “not like champions, but like an average team” in each case.

Following Friday’s defeat, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki said he showed great restraint “not to rip anyone’s head off” while captain Marco Reus said Dortmund effectively scored Augsburg’s goals “ourselves after two individual mistakes”.

Head coach Lucien Favre refused to recognise a growing pattern of defensive lapses “we always have our chances”, but Sammer slammed the Swiss boss for his approach as poor recent results have cut Dortmund’s lead down from nine points.

“If you want to achieve something big, but do not publicly point to the problem, then things can get difficult,” said Sammer “that gets on my nerves”.

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Leverkusen Shock Bayern As Dortmund Go Seven Points Clear

Leverkusen Shock Bayern As Dortmund Go Seven Points Clear
Bayern Munich’s French forward Kingsley Coman and Leverkusen’s Jamaican midfielder Leon Bailey vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Germany, on February 2, 2019. Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Defending champions Bayern Munich crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, allowing Borussia Dortmund to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points.

Second-half goals by Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario inflicted only a fourth league defeat on second-placed Bayern this season as Dortmund added a point to their lead despite drawing 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern, who can drop to third if Borussia Moenchengladbach win later on Saturday at Schalke, had their seven-match winning streak in the league ended abruptly and now have 13 games to catch Dortmund up.

“We have to win every game now,” fumed Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

“If we leave any more points on the road, it will be almost irredeemable.”

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Bayern lived dangerously early on with Mats Hummels coming perilously close to conceding a penalty after a shot by Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland cannoned off his arm.

With half-timea approaching, Bayern’s in-form midfielder Leon Goretzka netted his fourth goal in three games with a superb box-to-box effort, tracking back to snuff out a counter attack, then turned tail to sprint into his own area and head home on 41 minutes.

It should have been 2-0 at the break to Bayern, but Robert Lewandowski had a goal ruled marginally offside, but Leverkusen’s fleet-footed attack hit top gear in the second-half.

The fight-back burst into life eight minutes after the break when Jamaican winger Leon Bailey curled a free-kick past Bayern’s reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, in for thumb-injury victim Manuel Neuer.

Leverkusen then shredded Bayern’s defence to leave Volland with a simple tap in on 63 minutes before Argentinian striker Alario, on for Bailey, tapped home on 89 minutes as Bayern were repeatedly punished on the counter.

In Frankfurt, Dortmund deserved an away point and went ahead after a fantastic run by Raphael Guerreiro, who dribbled past two defenders and drew a third to leave Marco Reus free to fire home unmarked on 22 minutes.

Dortmund playmaker Reus, who has hit 13 league goals and created nine more, could have scored four times in the first-half alone – twice firing wide and also clipping the bar.

However, Frankfurt drew level nine minutes before the break when Luka Jovic, the league’s top-scorer with 14 goals, finally beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki, moments after seeing an effort saved, when he poked home a cross.

At the other end of the table, Nuremberg climbed off the bottom with a 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen as Johannes Eggestein’s second-half goal was cancelled out by a late equaliser from Nuremberg’s Swedish striker Mikael Ishak.

Mid-table Hertha Berlin, who host Bayern in the German Cup’s last 16 on Wednesday, crashed to a 1-0 home defeat at the Olympic Stadium as towering Dutch striker Wout Weghorst scored Wolfsburg’s winner.

And Fortuna Duesseldorf, trashed 4-0 by Leipzig last Sunday, earned a point at Hoffenheim as Rouwen Hennings late equaliser cancelled out Andrej Kramaric’s first-half penalty.

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Barca Striker Alcacer Signs $26m Dortmund Deal

Borussia Dortmund have taken up the option to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer for 23 million euros ($26 million), the Spanish club confirmed on Friday. 

Barca said in a statement that Dortmund will also pay five million euros in additional fees for the 25-year-old while retaining a five per cent stake of any future sale.

“Borussia Dortmund has taken advantage of the permanent transfer option in the agreement with FC Barcelona reached last August for the player Paco Alcacer,” the statement read.

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Alcacer joined Barcelona for 30 million euros from Valencia in 2016 but his playing time was limited at the Camp Nou and he moved to Dortmund on loan last summer.

The Spaniard has been a revelation since then, scoring 16 goals in 20 games for club and country this season, while helping Dortmund establish a six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

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