Reus gives Dortmund win with first goal since injury return

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 21, 2018

Last October, Borussia Dortmund and German global Marco Reus delivered a heartbreaking statement when speaking with GQ, saying that he "would give all (his) money away" to be free of injuries and return to fitness after his latest setback, a devastating ruptured cruciate ligament in the 2017 DFB-Pokal Final.

The Foals created the better chances as Peter Stoger's side appeared to suffer from fatigue, having battled to a 3-2 victory over Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

The win leaves them in 10th place in the Bundesliga table while Dortmund climb two places to second.

After a quiet opening to the match, the hosts created the first chance on the counter in the 13th minute when Lars Stindl drew a comfortable save out of Roman Burki, after his initial pass to Thorgan Hazard had rebounded back to him.

However, Dortmund broke the deadlock four minutes later with their first real attempt.

Andre Schurrle's cross from the left side of the box was left alone by Mario Gotze and made its way to Reus, who fired with his right foot and drilled the crossbar.

Augsburg's Michael Gregoritsch thought he had levelled 10 minutes later but his goal was disallowed for offside by the video referee (VAR).

Hazard wasted another good opportunity just before the hour mark after another crisp passing move, with the midfielder's shot clearing the bar.

Reus nearly bagged a second goal in the 61st minute when Gotze's corner landed in the box between Dortmund's Michy Batshuayi and Gladbach's Reese Oxford, but his volley was caught easily by keeper Yann Sommer.

Nico Elvedi saw his downward header palmed behind by Burki from Hazard's 70th-minute free-kick and Bobadilla tested the Switzerland global on two occasions in the space of two minutes with strikes that he didn't catch cleanly.

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