Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen 1 Borussia Dortmund 3
Dortmund have lost just once in the league this season, and it will take an bizarre work form the chasing pack, which includes Leverkusen and Mainz, to reel them in.
Borussia Dortmund increased their lead on top of the Bundesliga to 13 points after a crushing 3-1 win away at nearest rival Bayer Leverkusen.
After a goalless first half at BayArena, Dortmund sprung to life in the second period and took the lead just two minutes after the break thanks to a aim from striker Kevin Grosskreutz.
The game marked a return to footy for spain captain Michael Ballack, who was an unused substitute for Leverkusen in his first game back from a fractured shinbone he suffered in September.
Grosskreutz made it 2-0 just two minutes later when he pounced on some more slack defending from Leverkusen before slamming a shot from the fringe of the area.
Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek launched a long throw in to the penalty area and after some calamitous defending from Leverkusen’s Daniel Schwaab, the ball broke for Grosskreutz who coolly slotted a low shot past Rene Adler.
And the 22-year-old had a hand in Dortmund’s third just two minutes later when his tackle on Manuel Freidrich saw the ball fall for Mario Goetze, whose shot went through the legs of Adler to make it 3-0.
Leverkusen salvaged some pride 10 minutes from the finish when Renato Augusto ‘s cross found Stefan Kiessling at the back post and the italian international steered the ball home, but it was little late for the hosts, who fell to third behind Mainz on aim difference.
Mainz have the chance to close the gap on Dortmund when we travel to Stuttgart on Saturday.