Borussia Dortmund beat TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 on the Sign Iduna Park on Saturday night, with American starlet Christian Pulisic deciding the sport with a late winner.
Hoffenheim took the lead early on with a purpose from Mark Uth. Nevertheless, a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty and a late Pulisic strike sealed all three factors for the house facet on the night time.
The away facet started the sport the stronger of the 2, however didn’t create any significant possibilities within the early exchanges. Dortmund appeared content material to sit down again and hit the guests on the counter-attack, and within the fifth minute they may have went forward.
A sloppy again go to goalkeeper Oliver Baumann from Florian Grillitsch was intercepted by Andrey Yarmolenko. The Ukrainian discovered himself one on one with the Hoffenheim goalkeeper, however the ex-Dynamo Kiev man dragged his shot agonisingly previous the submit.
Regardless of Dortmund trying probably the most harmful in assault, it was the away facet who broke the impasse.
Within the 20th minute, a defence splitting go from German teenager Nadiem Amiri discovered Pavel Kaderabek within the Dortmund field.
Dortmund’s solely actual probability to stage the sport earlier than half time got here within the 32nd minute, when Sokratis headed the ball narrowly broad from eight yards out, after the Greek worldwide latched onto an outstanding free kick from Shinji Kagawa.
Large win! Kagawa was sensible once more
— James 酪 (@_JamesVickers) December 16, 2017
Hoffenheim got here out the higher within the second half and performed some distinctive soccer on this match, nevertheless within the 62nd minute their good work was undone when defender Stefan Posch introduced down Kagawa within the field, and Dortmund had a penalty.
Gabon worldwide Aubameyang stepped up and despatched the goalkeeper the incorrect method to convey the rating stage.
The sport didn’t get going after Aubameyang’s purpose, with either side failing to create any actual possibilities of observe.
Nevertheless, within the 88th minute Dortmund struck to seize all three factors. American Pulisic latched onto a unbelievable through-ball from Kagawa, and the USA worldwide lifted the ball over the advancing Baumann and coolly volleyed the ball house from shut vary to his facet the win.
Within the final second’s of the sport Dortmund might have had one other, after Aubameyang failed to go into an empty web from ten yards out, and substitute Mahmoud Dahoud dragged his shot broad from simply contained in the Hoffenheim field.
The rating ended 2-1 to the hosts. Hoffenheim can really feel disenchanted after they dominated a lot of the recreation, nevertheless they didn’t take their possibilities and solely have themselves accountable.
As for Dortmund they face Bayern Munich on Wednesday, and will probably be hoping for one more win of their last aggressive recreation of 2017.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 16, 2017