Borussia Dortmund extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points with a vital 2-0 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday.
Marco Reus' first half penalty was enough to ensure all three points stayed at the Westfalenstadion, and
The hosts had to bide their time but eventually broke their deadlock from the penalty spot. Jadon Sancho bamboozled
Jérôme Gondorf was denied an outstanding equaliser by the underside of the crossbar just seconds later following his long-range free kick.
Piszczek was denied by the same part of the crossbar just before full time, but Dortmund's important second came thanks to another goal from substitute
Key Talking Point
The Black and Yellows were made to bide their time against Freiburg, despite dominating the match and playing with a certain swagger that you'd expect from Bundesliga title contenders.
Their opening goal came at the perfect time as tensions were starting to rise in the stands, but they didn't let their failure to break the deadlock get to them in the opening 40 minutes of the match.
Teams can often get frustrated when they struggle to score the opening goal of a match, but Borussia Dortmund kept their heads down and continued to play Lucien Favre's way, instead of rushing things and trying to force things to happen.
Bürki (6); Piszczek (6), Diallo (7), Zagadou (7), Hakimi (9*); Delaney (7), Witsel (8), Sancho (8), Reus (7), Bruun Larsen (8);
Jadon Sancho was unplayable against SC Freiburg and already looks to be on the brink of being considered as a world class player, but it was actually the performance of a different youngster which stole the show in Dortmund.
SC Freiburg are certainly having their defensive organisation put to the test against Borussia Dormtund. No goals so far at the Westfalenstadion but it looks like it's coming. Achraf Hakimi has been flawless so far, Jadon Sancho also looking very dangerous! #BVBSCF— Ben • Carter (@ben_crtr) December 1, 2018
Achraf Hakimi has been nominated for the CAF Youth Player of the Year award!— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) November 30, 2018
Good luck to our rising star ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/aGFKQDG4Qn
Once again for Borussia Dortmund, it's simply a case of who was the least impressive, as opposed to who was the 'worst player' on the pitch.
And once again, it's veteran defender L
Schwolow (7); Gulde (6), Koch (7), Heintz (5), Stenzel (7); Haberer (6), Frantz (6), Gondorf (6),
Borussia Dortmund can now prepare for one of the biggest games in their footballing calendar. Lucien Favre's side make the short journey to face a bitter rivals Schalke 04 in the