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Match Recap: Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Koln


Borussia Dortmund v 1. FC Koeln - Bundesliga Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

It was smooth sailing Sunday night for the black and yellow, as they comfortably dismantled a struggling Koln side, 5-0. From start to finish, Dortmund completely dominated the game. Maxi Philipp was the first name on the score sheet, as he finished off a nice cross from Yarmolenko in the 2nd minute. The goal marks the first of Philipp’s Dortmund career, and hopefully first of many more to come. Dortmund continued to boss the game, controlling 74% of the possession.

While it seemed Koln would escape to halftime only having conceded once, a certain Greek center back though otherwise, as Sokratis finished up a sitter after a Timo Horn mistake following a corner. Initially however, it seemed as if the goal would be called back after the referee called a foul on Sokratis, but VAR confirmed it was clean. VAR made another appearance in the 59th minute, awarding Aubamayang a penalty kick following a handball in the box by Koln defender. The Dortmund hitman easily converted from the spot, making it 3-0.

Almost immediately after, Auba put away a tap in after a beautiful pass across the box from Lukasz Piszczek, which made it 4-0 in the 60th minute.

To many supporters delight, Julian Weigl made his long awaited return to the pitch, subbing off Sahin in the 67th minute. While Sahin has been a more than adequate replacement while Weigl was injured, Bosz will surely welcome Weigl back into the starting XI with open arms once hes fully fit.

To put the final nail in the coffin, Maxi Philipp added his second goal of the day, chipping Timo Horn following a nice through ball by Dahoud. Both young Germans, Philipp and Dahoud put in a great night of work, proving their class on and off the ball.

After match day 4, Borussia Dortmund finds themselves atop the Bundesliga table, scoring 10 goals in the process while not conceding once. Impressive stuff.

All in all, it was a very convincing performance from Dortmund and a good recovery following the midweek mishap at Wembley.