BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS HAMBURG: 3-0
Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburg yet again. Gonzalo Castro, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang mark their presence in the game as Borussia defeated Hamburg. Kagawa Rewarded for his blistering form. With this win, Borussia Dortmund kept in touch with third paced Hoffenheim who beat Bayern Munich in a close encounter. Borussia Dortmund will now travel to Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich on Saturday, Bundesliga.
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From the start of the match in Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund was the undoubted favourite to win the match. Dortmund needs to beat Hamburg as their next match is up against Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund placed an attacking team with the team formation of 3-4-2-1 whereas Hamburg played with defensive mindset with 4-2-3-1. Team line of Hamburg suggested that they will not allow Borussia to play on their strength. Both the teams know each other strategies very well as there have been 5 occasions when these two teams played each other and each of them won two matches while one resulted in a draw. Since 2016 Borussia Dortmund has been in tremendous form and has defeated Hamburg with by 5-3 & 3-0. Borussia continued their dominance over Hamburg with a ball possession of 60% during which they took 11 shot out of which 8 were on target. Hamburg lacks the experience against top teams. In the 13’of the match Gonzalo Castro gave Borussia Dortmund their lead in the match from a free kick. Castro, the midfielder from Germany has been the trusted player of this season for Dortmund. Hamburg had some chances in the match when there were about to score but a fine save from goalkeeper denied them a goal. At the end of first half of the matches, Borussia Dortmund leads 1-0.
In the second half, Dortmund continued to carve open Hamburg’s defence, but both Kagawa and Dembele missed the target. There was a chance in the match when Hamburg looked to equalise the score but they ran out of their luck but the ball landed on the roof of the net. Those chances boosted the confidence of Hamburg but the result didn’t get in their favour as Aubameyang attacking display continues to trouble them. However in 81’Aubameyang sliced a cross into the path of Kagawa and Kagawa put one to perfection from six yards to make a lead of 2-0. The match looked almost complete going to an extra time when Kagawa returned his favour to Aubameyang with a sublime pass, and Aubameyang made no mistakes to one through. At the end of full time to everyone’s expectation, Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburg with a score of 3-0. With this win, Borussia Dortmund put their head high for next encounter against Bayern Munich.
- Borussia Dortmund hasn’t lost any of their last 34 home games in Bundesliga with 28-wins and 6-draws, their longest run at home since Werder Bermen.
- Dortmund has scored in last 18 Bundesliga matches, which is a record.
- This is the first time when Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang managed to score in seven consecutive matches he played for Dortmund.