Earling Holland put Borussia Dortmund on their way to a rollercoaster 3-2 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday to keep their Bundesliga title hopes alive. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Marco Rose’s side bounced back from a shock defeat in the Cup in the middle of the week, clearing their way to victory that took them overnight within three points of league leader Bayern Munich. “It simply came to our notice then. Hoffenheim were very strong, “admitted Dortmund coach Rose.
Dortmund got off to a great start, with Hoffenheim defense providing Holland a tap-in for the opener with a superb string of passes in six minutes.
Hoffenheim missed many good chances before Andrej Kramerick equalized with a smart volley on a half-time stroke.
Marco Reese regained the lead on the counter-attack before David Roum’s own goal appeared to seal three points for Dortmund.
Hoffenheim pulled a late goal through Giorgione Rutter, and Sebastian Rudy missed a good chance to equalize in the 89th minute when Dortmund escaped with their toothache.
Dortmund Bayer are eight points ahead of Leverkusen, who won 5-1 against Augsburg thanks to a hat-trick from Moussa Diaby.
Karim Belarabi and Diaby gave Leverkusen a 2-0 half-time lead before Arne Meyer pulled back a goal for the visitors at the hour mark.
Diaby was inevitable, however, adding a third to Leverkusen just minutes later before Augsburg erupted on a counter-attack to complete his hat-trick.
Substitute Lucas Allerio added a fifth with a clever backhill ten minutes later.
Union hip pressure on the gladeback
Union Berlin entered the top four as they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1, further hurting under-fire coach Adi Heuter.
Gladback needed a result, winning just one of their last eight in the league and suffering an unexpected Cup defeat against Hanover at midweek.
“We didn’t deserve to lose based on our performance today,” Hooter said, stressing that he could still turn things around in Gladback.
Hutter’s side got off to a sluggish start and Max Cruise gave the Union the lead from the penalty spot after Dennis Zakaria’s handball.
Just before half time, the hosts showed signs of life, with Manu Ko scoring the equalizer after a superb counter-attack.
The Gladbacks had a chance to take the lead themselves in the second half, but they were shocked when Cruise blew home the second to give the Union a smash-and-grab victory.
The victory takes the high-flying Union to a place in the Champions League, but they are just one point ahead of Freiburg, who beat neighboring Stuttgart 2-0.
Just minutes before Lucas Hoffler’s long-range effort, Freiberg took the lead, Stuttgart overturned the penalty in his favor by VAR.
Kevin Shed added another to send Stuttgart struggling in the second half to the bottom two.
Bottom club Gruther Fuerth, meanwhile, battled for a rare 2-1 win over Mainz.
Jeremy Dudziak made the opening opener, giving Fuarth his second win of the season before being forced to self-score by Stephen Bell in the second half.
Japan international Takuma Asano scored his first goal for Bochum in late Saturday’s game, saving one point for his team in a 2-2 draw with Cologne.
Timothy Hubbers and Anthony Modesta’s goals gave Garrett Holtmann Bochum an early lead to turn Colon into a game, but Asno equalized in the second half by striking in the middle and keeping both sides in the mid-table.