Borussia Dortmund took a trip to the black forest today to take on SC Freiburg. A week after a convincing victory against Wolfsburg, Dortmund racked up three goals for the second straight week. Dortmund have now won back-to-back matches in the Bundesliga for the first time since November.
It was a simply dominating performance. A 3-0 scoreline doesn’t sound like a blowout, but it easily could have been 5-0 or 6-0. BVB mustered 26 (!) shots and 10 (!) shots on goal, many coming from the penalty spot or closer. Alas, Tuchel’s men “only” struck the back of the net three times.
One goal would have been enough, though, because Freiburg could barely muster any chances at all. Their first attempt on goal came in the 57th minute off a corner, and they could only find a few more mild attempts after that. The Weigl-Castro-Guerreiro midfield dominated for much of the match, so much so that Castro and Guerreiro could join the rush and help create several great chances.
The first goal came off a set piece. Guerreiro whipped in a beautiful cross that found an unmarked Sokratis, who popped in a header that gave BVB the lead. For the rest of the half, Dortmund generated several chances but were unable to finish them. Aubameyang particularly looked as if he would have another frustrating night.
The second half began, and all that changed. Auba got his goal when Marco Reus made a terrific play. Running along the right side of the penalty box, he nutmegged Freiburg’s right back and whipped in a cross that Aubameyang couldn’t possibly miss.
(Side note: what a pass from Weigl!)
Auba must have heard that Lewandowski had taken the lead in the Bundesliga scoring race, because he struck again several minutes later. A beautiful passing play from Dembélé and Erik Durm set up Aubameyang for his second goal of the day. He is now tied with Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga scoring race.
From then on the match sputtered away, and Dortmund walked away with three points. It was a badly needed victory, because the biggest thing that Dortmund have been missing all year has been traction. Now that BVB have won twice and have dominated three matches in a row, they could really start racking up more points and solidify a champions league spot. If the time is right, BVB might hit their stride just in time to salvage a UCL run.