Dortmund continue fine start after winter break

Borussia Dortmund comfortably beat 1. FC Nürnberg 3-0 on Friday night to follow up their 5-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen last weekend to make it two wins from two for Jürgen Klopp’s side following the winter break.

Jakub Blaszczykowski scored twice in the opening quarter of the match before Robert Lewandowski grabbed a late goal to emphasise the result.

The Borussians had a great opportunity to take the lead inside 5 minutes. Confusion between two Nürnberg players allowed Jakub Blłaszczykowski to collect a ball he should otherwise not been entitled to. The Polish winger played a one-two with Robert Lewandowski before bursting into the penalty area. As he drew the goalkeeper, he squared it to his countryman who had ran forward with him, only for Lewandowski to poke narrowly wide.

Nürnberg had the next clear-cut opportunity of the match, on 15 minutes. A deep cross from Markus Feulner was met uncontested by Tomas Pekhart, only for the tall Czech Republic striker to see his header very well saved by Roman Weidenfeller. The goalkeeper got himself to his feet as seconds later was forced into a fine one-handed save to deny Feulner.

A minute later and Lukasz Piszczek’s run in behind Timo Gebhart saw the Dortmund full back tugged down by the opponent inside the penalty area. The referee had no choice but to award the penalty. Jakub Blaszczykowski tucked it home into the bottom right corner.

3 minutes after scoring from the spot, Blaszczykowski tucked home a low shot from the closer range. Mario Götze brought down the ball on the edge of the penalty area before drilling a low cross into the box. The defence missed the ball and the Polish forward was able to convert unchallenged from 8 yards, giving Raphael Schäfer no chance.

Nürnberg pushed up field late on with no great threat before they were caught out with few defenders at the back with 2 minutes remaining. Marco Reus was able to square the ball to an onrushing Robert Lewandowski for the striker to slam home from 17 yards with an empathic victory.

Borussia Dortmund have drawn on par with Bayer Leverkusen for second place but with their rivals playing at SC Freiburg on Saturday.