Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Michy Batshuayi grabs late Borussia Dortmund victor

Michy Batshuayi grabs late Borussia Dortmund victor

Reus, who had scored Dortmund's three previous Bundesliga goals and signed a long-term contract last week, was proving lively while Dahoud created an opening for himself with some clever play, only to fire at Lukas Hradecky.

Dortmund took the lead in the 12 minute courtesy of an own goal from Marco Russ before Luka Jovic equalised for Frankfurt in the 75 minute.

Frankfurt, which had twice come from behind to pull level, is two points behind Bayer Leverkusen, which occupies the last Champions League qualification spot.

They threatened again on 10 minutes as Andre Schurrle directed a header wide at the back post from Christian Pulisic's cross, although they broke the deadlock moments later. Reus, who extended his Dortmund contract on Friday, would have nearly certainly scored either way.

However, Batshuayi rescued Dortmund with another late victor in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the striker showing great composure to bring down Lukasz Piszczek's cross and lash home on the half-volley.

Dortmund dominated the rest of the first half but Frankfurt showed a different face in the second period.

Kevin-Prince Boateng almost scored with a clever backheel just after half-time, but was denied by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki. The Belgian forward had played every league game for Dortmund since his loan winter switch from Chelsea, though he hadn't scored since the 2-0 win over Hamburger SV on February 10.

However, Batshuayi thumped home the victor three minutes later.

Then Blum thought he'd salvaged a draw with his equalizer, but Batshuayi had the final say, stopping the ball with his right foot and turning to smash it in with his left.

- Only Heiko Herrlich, Stephane Chapuisat and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (five each) needed fewer Bundesliga matches for Dortmund to score five goals than Michy Batshuayi (six).

No victor could be found when Stuttgart and RB Leipzig played to a goalless draw at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Timo Werner was booed on his return to his home-town club but couldn't ram the jeers back down the throats of the home fans.

Leipzig, which hasn't won in four games, remains sixth, four points behind Leverkusen.

Both Mario Gomez and Daniel Ginczek headed wide for Stuttgart in the last 10 minutes, while Naby Keita and Willi Orban missed chances at the other end.

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