Dort­mund rout Glad­bach in Real Madrid warm-up

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang scored twice and Marco Reus pro­vided three as­sists as Borus­sia Dort­mund pre­pared for their Cham­pi­ons League clash at Real Madrid by rout­ing Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach 4-1 in the Bun­desliga yes­ter­day.

Dort­mund are fifth in Ger­many’s top flight, six points be­hind lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich, who won 3-1 at Mainz on Fri­day, and RB Leipzig, who host Schalke on Satur­day evening, ahead of their trip to Spain. With both sides al­ready into the last 16, the vic­tor at Real’s Bern­abeu on Wed­nes­day will be con­firmed as Group F win­ners. Dort­mund warmed-up with an em­phatic win over Moenchenglad­bach at Sig­nal Iduna Park.

The fleet-footed Reus was out­stand­ing as Dort­mund fought back af­ter Glad­bach took the lead with six min­utes gone when Brazil­ian for­ward Raf­fael slot­ted home from the edge of the area.

How­ever, Dort­mund were level 59 sec­onds later. Ous­mane Dem­bele drib­bled through the vis­i­tors’ de­fence and his pass found Reus, who laid the ball off to Aubameyang to drill past Glad­bach goal­keeper Yann Som­mer with his first touch.

Dort­mund grabbed a sec­ond on 15 min­utes when Dem­bele’s cor­ner was flicked on by Marc Bar­tra to Lukasz Piszczek, who headed home. Reus had a goal ruled out for off­side just af­ter the break, but there was no con­tain­ing the winger.

With deft foot­work, Reus poached the ball off Glad­bach de­fender Nico Elvedi to al­low Dem­bele to slot home Dort­mund’s third on 64 min­utes. The pair struck again four min­utes later when Dem­bele’s pass and Reus’ back­heel saw Aubameyang score his sec­ond and Dort­mund’s fourth. Hav­ing slammed his team af­ter their 2-1 de­feat at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt last Satur­day, Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel was full of praise. “It was a com­plete per­for­mance from us,” he en­thused. “We had to be very in­dus­tri­ous up front and brave due to the lack of room they al­lowed us. “We kept the e ergy and the ag­gres­sive­ness in our game over the 90 min­utes, that was the key.”

Hertha Berlin held onto third with a 3-2 come­back vic­tory at 10-man Wolfs­burg as Salomon Kalou con­verted the win­ning penalty in the 91st minute. With his side near the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Wolfs­burg coach Va­le­rien Is­mael dropped Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Julian Draxler from his start­ing lineup and his side re­sponded with two goals in the open­ing 20 min­utes. Ex-Real Madrid striker Borja May­oral gave Wolfs­burg a 12th-minute lead be­fore Marvin Plat­ten­hardt put Hertha level by ex­pertly drilling his free-kick over the wall.—AFP

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