Kampl cool after Leipzig upturn

RB Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl says a key factor in his side continuing their fine run of recent form will be that everyone at the club continues to pull together.

Die Bullen began the new Bundesliga campaign with just one win in their first four games, but they have since seen off Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and Nuremberg to rise to second place in the table behind Borussia Dortmund.

And, while Kampl is excited about the way things are progressing, the Slovenia international is also wary of reading too much into results over such a short space of time.

He told the official Bundesliga website: "There's always room for improvement, but in recent games we've reached the maximum in terms of overall performance.

"We would readily accept it if we can hold our current second place, but the season is only seven games old, so you can't read too much into it.

"I can only warn against complacency, things can quickly turn against you. One thing is clear: we can only achieve our goals if everyone pulls together.

"We know that we have what it takes to be a good team – but we all need to pull in the same direction."

Following the international break, Leipzig return to action on Saturday 20th October when they head to the WWK Arena to take on Augsburg.

The visitors are 6/5 to win at Augsburg and are 5/2 to secure a draw, with RB Leipzig 4/6 to secure a top-four finish in the Bundesliga come the end of the season.

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Bundesliga: BVB Up and Running

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 RB Leipzig

Lucien Favre got his first win as BVB coach as he watched his side beat Leipzig 4-1 with all but one of the goals coming in the first half.

After being stunned by a first minute Leipzig strike Dortmund piled forward to put the game to bed before the break. It was the final match of Round One in the Bundesliga and the most eagerly anticipated. And the first 45 minutes certainly didn’t disappoint.

New coach Favre will be delighted with this win. BVB has rebuilt over the summer and is set for an assault on the title, and the whole club, owners, fans, coach and players were desperate for a fast start.

The opening day Bundesliga 2018 results saw wins for FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt and BVB was in no mood to lose early ground.

Highlights of the Game

It’s the biggest stand in the Bundesliga and the Yellow Wall is legendary in its support, but the 25,000 fans in the South Stand, along with the rest of the Stadium couldn’t quite believe their eyes when Leipzig went ahead in the very first minute.

Jean-Kevin Augustin found himself with space in the box and he fired low and true into the bottom left-hand corner to stun the home crowd into temporary silence. And then a minute later Yussuf Poulson had a chance to make it two but his header flew wide.

BVB settled themselves down and gradually began to pass the ball around with some authority, and Marco Reus put Thomas Delaney through but the Danish midfielder’s shot from a tight angle was saved. But the Yellow Wall didn’t have too long to wait and it erupted on 21 minutes when Marcel Schmelzer crossed for Mahmoud Dahoud to plant his header low into the corner of the net.

Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg have been a prolific partnership up front for RB Leipzig and the Swede tried his luck from distance to put Leipzig back in front but saw his shot saved.

Then, as Leipzig looked to go in level at the break, within the blink of an eye they were 3-1 down. First, on 41 minutes the hapless Marcel Sabitzer put through his own goal, and then, on 43, new signing Axel Witsel was on hand to poke the ball home from a corner.

Marco Reus has said Witsel is the most important signing of the summer and the new man is already justifying his skipper’s faith.

The Bundesliga 2018 odds have Dortmund as clear second favourites behind FC Bayern and that looked pretty sound after a helter-skelter first 45 minutes.

Leipzig came out fighting at the start of the second half and when Werner crossed for Lukas Klostermann the defender saw his fierce shot saved in the top corner. A flurry of Leipzig corners followed and Forsberg was also denied by a good save.

But BVB weathered the storm and began to take control again towards the hour mark. Reus was at the centre of much of the hosts’ good play and Thomas Delaney came close to making it four, heading just wide from a Christian Pulisic corner.

Leipzig’s 19-year-old signing Matheus Cunha tried to conjure a comeback and he put Bruma in on the left side of the box but his shot was saved.

Marco reus seals the victory for Borussia Dortmund over RB Leipzig after scoring his 100th career Bundesliga goal

Marco in action for Borussia Dortmund versus RB Leipzig in their Bundesliga season opener

Reus continued to pull the strings and he created a chance for Dahoud but the German striker couldn’t get his second. And then the captain got his own reward in injury time, finishing off a fast break with a shot from the left-hand side of the box into the opposite corner, to make it a near-perfect start.

We’re only one game in, but hey, Dortmund is top of the league.

Key Statistics

The us odds had Dortmund to win at 1.82 and it was pretty much nailed on by halftime. Leipzig was well in the game with 53 per cent possession and 11 shots to 10. But it’s goals that matter and those stats are pretty damning for Die Roten Bullen.

Werner and Forsberg plundered 55 goals between then in Leipzig’s superb season, when they finished seventh in 2017, but they didn’t really get a sniff here.

There were five goals the last time Leipzig visited Dortmund but on that occasion, in October last year, they ran out 2-3 winners.

BVB has levelled things up now in recent meetings, making it two wins each and one drawn, and they’ll expect to nudge ahead in the return.

What’s next?

It’s onwards and upwards for Favre as he takes his BVB away to Hannover 96 next Friday, before entertaining Eintracht Frankfurt at the Signal Iduna Park.

RB Leipzig has a crucial Europa tie against FC Zorya, having drawn the away leg 0-0; before hosting Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga. Despite the scoreline, Ralf Rangnick won’t panic after this display and we can expect to see Leipzig get into their stride sooner rather than later.

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Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig: BVB and the Yellow Wall vs RB Leipzig

Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig

The 81,000-capacity Signal-Iduna-Park will be bouncing on Sunday as the Bundesliga kicks off with the 25,000-fan Yellow Wall as big and bold as ever.

Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig is always a huge fixture, and as the season opener, it’s a humdinger! The fans in the South Stand are the most famous in European football and they’ll make a wall of sound as they try to roar their team on to victory.

us is proud to partner the Bundesliga’s best-supported club, but for this game, we’ll be impartial as always! The Dortmund vs Leipzig odds point to a home win, but it promises to be a hard-fought battle. Dortmund finished last season in the final Champions League spot but left it to the very last day, and sixth-placed Leipzig were just two points behind.

Talking Points

New BVB coach Lucien Favre’s first objective is to improve on last season; he has worked hard in the recruitment department, notably bringing in Abdou Diallo from

Mainz in a €28-million deal. The France U21 skipper has arrived in Dortmund with a five-year deal which Favre hopes will see him become a fan favourite at centre-back.

Skipper Marco Reus has said the most important acquisition of the summer period was Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian. The Belgian midfielder has previously been linked with a move to Juventus, and he scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner in the 2-1 cup winner over Greuther Furth last week.

Favre has also brought in Morocco star Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid, as well as Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen and Marwin Hitz from Augsburg. The big question is how quickly can the boss mould his new recruits into a formidable team when he himself has just arrived at the Signal-Iduna-Park?

Dortmund fans have high expectations following recent success under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp which included several domestic triumphs and culminated in a 2013 Champions League final appearance against FC Bayern.

This is a working city with a large-scale redevelopment of industrial space and breweries producing millions of litres of beer a year. They love their beer and they love their football team, and the Yellow Wall will be noisy and expectant come Sunday.

That’s something the visiting Leipzig players will have to deal with. And they have to do it without one big player of the last couple of seasons, following the departure of battling midfielder Naby Keita to Liverpool. Anfield boss Klopp has had a dig at Leipzig, saying it’s not a city with a great football heritage and may not have been the natural home for the Guinean, who doesn’t speak German. That won’t be lost on Leipzig fans who know which Klopp’s favourite Bundesliga club is.

Their own team may not have as rich a heritage, but Leipzig did take their place as the biggest rivals to FC Bayern in 2016/17, picking up second place in the top league.

They couldn’t repeat that feat last time out but made a Europa place with a solid season. Die Roten Bullen did beat the Champions so are always a danger, but Champions League and Europa commitments ultimately proved too much for them to mount another successful top-four challenge.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has been hired to take the club forward next year, and so Ralf Rangnick is sitting in the hot seat and he has plenty to work on. He has been recruiting from South America, bringing in Uruguayan left-back Marcelo Saracchi and, alongside new Brazilian winger Matheus Cunha, he has impressed in pre-season.

Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig: Emil Forsberg returns to club duty after splendid World Cup duty

Leipzig star Emil Forsberg controls the ball in match vs BK Hacken

Leipzig’s 2017 success was built on a prolific strike partnership of Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg who plundered a whopping 55 league goals between them. Can they do it again? Well, Rangnick is trying to provide the service. As well as bringing in Cunha, Rangnick has been pursuing 20-year-old Everton winger Ademola Lookman and would love to bring him in before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. But the Goodison Park club is demanding £28m plus add-ons.

History

The Roten Bullen have a humble heritage compared to their hosts. Second place in 2017 is the pinnacle of Leipzig’s achievements, compared to BVB’s eight titles.

But Rangnick’s team is living in the present, and recent Dortmund vs Leipzig results have been in favour of the visitors with the head-to-heads reading two wins to one and one drawn. The two sides met at the Signa-Iduna-Park in October 2017 and Leipzig ran out 2-3 winners on that occasion, the departed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring both the home side’s goals.

In the run-up to the game, Dortmund followed up a friendly 1-0 win over Serie A giants Lazio with that Cup first-round win over Greuther Furth. Leipzig won their cup match against Viktoria Koln, but have a Europa playoff qualifier against to Zoria Luhansk to contend with before Sunday, though Rangnick is expected to rotate his squad for the trip to Ukraine.

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European commitments made life difficult for Leipzig last season, and while these are early days and legs are fresh, the longer preparation time available to Favre could work in his favour.

BVB recruited well while Leipzig’s business may not yet be completed, and there is a steely determination in Dortmund to recapture former glories.

An alternative view would be to look at the draw at 3.65 or a Double chance Leipzig or Draw at 1.92. But I think the Yellow Wall will be deafening, especially if the outcome is a 2-1 win…and that’s available at 7.40.

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Silva eager to retain Lookman

Manager Marco Silva is adamant that forward Ademola Lookman has a big future at Goodison Park, despite having been loaned out to RB Leipzig last season.

Twenty-year-old England Under-21 international Lookman scored five times in 11 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig during the second half of last season and has been heavily linked with a permanent move away from the Toffees.

However, Silva has high hopes for the youngster and does not want to see him move on.

The Portuguese told reporters ahead of a Saturday trip to Bournemouth: "He is our player. You know what my technical opinion of the player is and the player knows. For me it is not an issue.

"I understand some clubs are interested in him, but I told you last week, I told you two weeks ago, my opinion is he is the present and the future of the club and we have to try to convince him to go in this way as well."

Silva also confirmed that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss the weekend action due to injury, but defender Lucas Digne is expected to shake off a slight knock to feature against the Cherries.

Meanwhile, Silva has admitted that deadline day signings from Barcelona, Yerry Mina and Andres Gomes, are unlikely to feature for the Merseysiders until after the international break next month.

The duo are still some way short of match fitness and Silva is not about to rush them into the fray.

He added: "It looks maybe after the international break they can start working with us. We will see next week how they are and after I can (maybe) give a different update, but it is possible after the break."

Everton are available at 1/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season, while they are 3/1 to claim a top-six finish.

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Leipzig rule out Werner departure

RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick has dismissed suggestions that striker Timo Werner could be allowed to leave the club in the near future.

The 22-year-old forward is under contract with Leipzig until the summer of 2020, but continues to be linked with interest from a number of top clubs across the continent.

However, Rangnick believes that there is a long-term agreement in place already for both the player and the club, who have announced that Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann will arrive to take charge at the end of the current campaign.

Rangnick told Sky Germany of a possible sale in the coming days: "That's just not an issue for us. Timo has made it clear to us as well, as in many interviews, that he will definitely play for us in the coming year.

"Moreover, he has stated that he wants to play at least one season under Julian Nagelsmann.

"With only two years left on his current deal, Leipzig would, however, most likely not allow him to go into the 2019-20 season without committing his future to the club for longer than the summer of 2020.

"We will try to extend his contract ahead of that time."

Werner has scored 42 goals in 77 appearances in all competitions in his two seasons with Leipzig, having started his career with VfB Stuttgart.

RB Leipzig are 8/11 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Schalke priced at 1/1 and Hoffenheim 11/4.

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Kovac hails Frankfurt repeat run

Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac is excited about facing future employers Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB-Pokal in Berlin.

Luka Jovic scored the only goal of the game against Schalke as Frankfurt reached the German Cup final for the second year in a row, with the Eagles having lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund last season.

And, with Bayern waiting in the final Kovac will face the club who he has already agreed to join at the end of the current campaign.

He told the official Eintracht Frankfurt website: "What the boys did underlines their spirit and we're now in the final for the second straight year. This team deserves a Nobel Prize for what they've achieved.

"Of course, we know who we're going to come up against in Berlin, but at the moment the overriding emotion is pride."

Eintracht can be backed at 7/1 to lift the DFB-Pokal for the first time since 1988, with Bayern available at 1/12.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig, who are 33/1 to finish in the Bundesliga top four, accept that they will have to wait until the summer to find out if they have any chance of signing loanee Ademola Lookman on a permanent basis from Everton.

Twenty-year-old Lookman has scored twice in seven appearances for Leipzig and has clearly made a big impression since joining in January.

Sporting director Ralf Rangnick told Kicker magazine: "If it were down to us, I'd already know the answer, but it's not only down to us. We have no clause in the contract.

"I think that we can only answer the question once the season is finished. It also depends on what happens at Everton."

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Germany’s Top Dogs are Up for an Intense Battle!

Last year’s runners-up RB Leipzig and defending champions Bayern Munich meet in this week’s Bundesliga in what is expected to be an all-out affair at Red Bull Arena.

As usual, Bayern Munich remain as the online betting favourites. They are currently running away with the title and a win here would see them one step closer to a repeat. However, with only eight football games left, sixth-placed Leipzig know they need to defy betting odds and get all three points to keep their European dreams alive.

WEEK 27 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs VfB Stuttgart

This match has all the makings of a one-sided affair. Stuttgart have been in great form since Mario Gomez’ return to the club, and they remain unbeaten in five with wins against Gladbach and Frankfurt and a goalless draw with Leipzig.

Freiburg, in contrast, haven’t won in three. Oh, and they also lost to the Swabians 3-0 the last time they met!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 05

It hasn’t been a good stretch for Frankfurt as they lost two of their last three games. Fortunately, they’ll be playing at home where they have won four straight matches. It should also help that they are facing the relegation-threatened Mainz who have been awful defensively this campaign.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are making a late bid for the European spots, but they need to shrug off their poor away form to keep the dream alive. Although the Sinsheimers will like their chances against a Gladbach side that has been on a downward spiral since the start of the new year, they still can’t afford to be overconfident considering their previous performance—a 1-3 defeat—against Dieter Hecking’s men.

Hamburger SV vs Hertha BSC

A run of 13 matches without a win, the latest a 6-0 demolition in the hands of Bayern Munich, won’t put Hamburg’s hopes up in this game (or even for the rest of the season). Sure enough, Hertha Berlin aren’t in a good run of form as well; but at least they know they have what it takes, having played a goalless draw with the Bavarians last month. With that said, pick Hertha 1×2 @ 2.85.

Augsburg vs Werder Bremen

Michael Gregoritsch’s return to his scoring ways couldn’t come at a better time for Augsburg as they now play Werder Bremen. The River Islander will pose a tough challenge, though they will be wary of Gregoritsch who bagged a double in their October battle at Weserstadion.

WEEK 27 SUNDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04

Winners of their last four, the Royal Blues are in great position to make it five. The Wolves just don’t look like a team capable of winning right now after losing five and drawing two in their last seven, all while conceding 13 goals during that stretch—that’s an average of almost two goals allowed per game! If you’re punting, Schalke -0.50 @ 2.21 is the best choice.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96

The first encounter between these two saw six goals and a great Hannover attacking performance. However, fans shouldn’t expect the same thing to happen with Hannover scoring just one goal as they lost three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Dortmund are still undefeated since Peter Stoger took over, and that’s unlikely to change at home.

FC Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen

Although Koln are capable of pulling off a surprise, they don’t have enough tools to beat a team eyeing for a top-three spot. They have the most goals allowed and rank as one of the worst offensive teams this season. To put the difference in quality into perspective, Bayer’s goal tally (47) is almost double of Koln’s (25).

WEEK 27 MONDAY:

RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

Leipzig’s chances of a European spot is at stake in this matchup, so fans can expect them to attack the strong Bayern wall.

It’s not looking good for them, though, as Bayern head into the match in higher spirits after comfortably securing their quarter-final spot in the Champions League. Coach Jupp Heynckes also became the first coach in UCL history to win 11 games in a row.

Surely, the Bavarians won’t allow the Bulls to ruin what has been a fantastic week for them.

I predict a high-scoring affair here, so go for Goals Over 3.25 @ 2.17.

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Germany’s Top Dogs are Up for an Intense Battle!

Last year’s runners-up RB Leipzig and defending champions Bayern Munich meet in this week’s Bundesliga in what is expected to be an all-out affair at Red Bull Arena.

As usual, Bayern Munich remain as the online betting favourites. They are currently running away with the title and a win here would see them one step closer to a repeat. However, with only eight football games left, sixth-placed Leipzig know they need to defy betting odds and get all three points to keep their European dreams alive.

WEEK 27 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs VfB Stuttgart

This match has all the makings of a one-sided affair. Stuttgart have been in great form since Mario Gomez’ return to the club, and they remain unbeaten in five with wins against Gladbach and Frankfurt and a goalless draw with Leipzig.

Freiburg, in contrast, haven’t won in three. Oh, and they also lost to the Swabians 3-0 the last time they met!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 05

It hasn’t been a good stretch for Frankfurt as they lost two of their last three games. Fortunately, they’ll be playing at home where they have won four straight matches. It should also help that they are facing the relegation-threatened Mainz who have been awful defensively this campaign.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are making a late bid for the European spots, but they need to shrug off their poor away form to keep the dream alive. Although the Sinsheimers will like their chances against a Gladbach side that has been on a downward spiral since the start of the new year, they still can’t afford to be overconfident considering their previous performance—a 1-3 defeat—against Dieter Hecking’s men.

Hamburger SV vs Hertha BSC

A run of 13 matches without a win, the latest a 6-0 demolition in the hands of Bayern Munich, won’t put Hamburg’s hopes up in this game (or even for the rest of the season). Sure enough, Hertha Berlin aren’t in a good run of form as well; but at least they know they have what it takes, having played a goalless draw with the Bavarians last month. With that said, pick Hertha 1×2 @ 2.85.

Augsburg vs Werder Bremen

Michael Gregoritsch’s return to his scoring ways couldn’t come at a better time for Augsburg as they now play Werder Bremen. The River Islander will pose a tough challenge, though they will be wary of Gregoritsch who bagged a double in their October battle at Weserstadion.

WEEK 27 SUNDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04

Winners of their last four, the Royal Blues are in great position to make it five. The Wolves just don’t look like a team capable of winning right now after losing five and drawing two in their last seven, all while conceding 13 goals during that stretch—that’s an average of almost two goals allowed per game! If you’re punting, Schalke -0.50 @ 2.21 is the best choice.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96

The first encounter between these two saw six goals and a great Hannover attacking performance. However, fans shouldn’t expect the same thing to happen with Hannover scoring just one goal as they lost three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Dortmund are still undefeated since Peter Stoger took over, and that’s unlikely to change at home.

FC Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen

Although Koln are capable of pulling off a surprise, they don’t have enough tools to beat a team eyeing for a top-three spot. They have the most goals allowed and rank as one of the worst offensive teams this season. To put the difference in quality into perspective, Bayer’s goal tally (47) is almost double of Koln’s (25).

WEEK 27 MONDAY:

RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

Leipzig’s chances of a European spot is at stake in this matchup, so fans can expect them to attack the strong Bayern wall.

It’s not looking good for them, though, as Bayern head into the match in higher spirits after comfortably securing their quarter-final spot in the Champions League. Coach Jupp Heynckes also became the first coach in UCL history to win 11 games in a row.

Surely, the Bavarians won’t allow the Bulls to ruin what has been a fantastic week for them.

I predict a high-scoring affair here, so go for Goals Over 3.25 @ 2.17.

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Werner points to Leipzig stay

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has dropped a major hint that he will stay with the Bundesliga club this sumemr, despite interest from a number of top clubs.

The 22-year-old Germany international is under contract with Die Bullen until the summer of 2022 and Werner says he is in no hurry to move on just yet.

The former Stuttgart frontman joined Leipzig in the summer of 2016 and scored 21 Bundesliga goals in his first season with his new club.

This term he has ten league goals to his name, with Leipzig currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings and facing a battle to secure to return to the Champions League.

Werner told Sky after a goalless draw against his former club on Sunday: "I've got a contract here until 2022 and I'm very happy in Leipzig. I'm definitely still going to be playing here next year."

The World Cup hopeful had earlier hinted admitted that he would relish the opportunity to play in England in the future, as he told FourFourTwo magazine: "Playing in the Premier League is a dream for me, but probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better.

"I'm very comfortable at RB Leipzig. (But) I'm now at a point where at some stage in the future I'd like to play in a team that wins titles."

Leipzig are currently priced at 9/4 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Bayer Leverkusen available at 3/10 and Eintracht Frankfurt 6/1.

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What a Comeback for Reus and Strong Dortmund!

RB Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund failed to get all three points, but they did well to share the spoils against a feisty RB Leipzig side that went ahead at the half-hour mark.

Marco Reus was at the heart of BVB’s come-from-behind draw as he delighted the club’s live betting faithful with a landmark goal.

Pre-match betting tips were evenly split between the two online gambling heavyweights, with both sides knowing the value of getting all the points. And sure enough, Dortmund and Leipzig played out an entertaining first half as they eye for the win.

There were plenty of opportunities to score for both teams right from the start. Timo Werner and Michy Batshuayi uncharacteristically spurned their chances, while Dortmund saw two goals ruled out for offside.

Leipzig, however, were able to finally take the lead through Jean-Kevin Augustin, who fired home from close range off a Naby Keita assist.

Nonetheless, the visitors soon levelled matters when Reus rounded Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi to slot home a wide-open goal.

The Germany forward received a pass from Mahmoud Dahoud at the top of the box and went on to finish with a left-footed shot. That goal was also historic as it put Reus as only the third player after Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gomez to score against every current Bundesliga club.

Neither team was able to score a winner in a scrappy second-half display marred with poor passing. Batshuayi missed a golden opportunity to put BVB ahead at the hour, while Keita couldn’t finish well as he sent the ball wide despite his scoring position.

The result dropped Dortmund to third, one point behind Schalke 04 who moved to second after edging Hertha Berlin  1-0. They are still three points ahead of Leipzig, though, who remain at sixth.

Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen piled more pressure on the other top-four chasers as they bagged victories earlier in the weekend. Frankfurt earned a 1-0 victory over Hannover 96 to stay fourth with 42 points, while Bayer remained fifth with 41 points following a 1-2 domination of Wolfsburg.

Elsewhere, there’s a win for Hoffenheim who beat Augsburg 0-2, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen, as well as Hamburger SV and Mainz, split the honours in their respective matches.

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