April 17, 2024

Borussia Dortmund breathed new life into its Bundesliga title challenge with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Cologne on Saturday as Leipzig lost again following its 7-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League.

A draw with Schalke last week had left Dortmund two points off Bayern Munich in its bid to end Bayern’s decade-long streak of German titles.

Dortmund’s biggest win of the season was a way to show it is still in the race as it moved top with a one-point lead over Bayern.

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Usually a left-back, Raphael Guerreiro shone in his new central midfield role. He scored the opening goal off a low cross from Donyell Malen in the 15th minute and assisted two more.

Dortmund’s second goal came almost immediately with a quick team move through the center which ended with Guerreiro playing in Sébastien Haller, who lofted the ball into the top-left corner.

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Marco Reus made it 3-0 when he was left in space to meet another Guerreiro pass and shoot in the 32nd. Guerreiro’s performance could help persuade Dortmund to renew his contract, which expires at the end of the season. Malen scored Dortmund’s fourth soon after before Davie Selke responded with Cologne’s first league goal for five games.

Haller scored his second in the 69th on the rebound when Mahmoud Dahoud’s free-kick bounced back off the bar. Reus soon added a sixth, his 150th career Bundesliga goal.

Bayern can retake top spot with a win or draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Cologne is 13th.

Dortmund’s next game is the “Klassiker” against Bayern on April 1, after the upcoming international break.

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