Borussia Dortmund, only second to Bayern Munich in terms of their presence worldwide as a German team, but they have struggled so far in maintain themselves with league leaders. They are 13 points behind the Bavarians, whereas they have struggled to cope with the debutant RB Leipzig as well. Leipzig sits at second place on Bundesliga table, and Dortmund closed earn 1-0 victory against relegation threatened Ingolstadt moved them inches closer to Leipzig within three points.
The Black & Yellows didn’t look convincing as they haven’t been so far in the league, but it was a victory they will cherish. Piere-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabon international scored his 23rd Bundesliga goal of the season in 14th minute to secure the victory for the Die Borussen.
Dortmund are not going through a good phase in terms of squad strength. Their star duo – Mario Gotze and Marco Rues are already sidelined for much of the season left, and French teenage winger Ousmane Dembele was serving suspension as well. It wasn’t a good time to host a bottom residing team, but thankfully Aubameyang made the difference again in absence of key players and Black & Yellows inches closer to Leipzig.
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Aubameyang suffered a small dry spell after his stint with Gabon national team during Africa Cup of Nations, but he is back to his very best scoring nine goals in his last five appearances for the club. Marcel Schmelzer, the club captain served the great deal in absence of key figures as he provided his first assist of the season. Schmelzer cross from the left after a good solid run, helped Gabonese international notch his 30th of the campaign in all competition. Only Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and PSG’s Edinson Cavani has managed thirty goals so far this season before Aubamaeyang joins them in the list.
Dortmund could have suffered another defeat of the season, if Ingolstadt wouldn’t have wasted their opportunities. Visitors were quite humble to hand over an easy victory for the hosts as their forward player Mathew Leckie wasted two clear goal-scoring opportunities. Leckie beats Mathias Ginter to enter into Dortmund box, but failed to beat Roman Burki on one to one situation, and in later stages he also has chance to equalize in injury time, but he sends last kick of the match into the stands. Ingolstadt also had a penalty appeal when Dario Lezcano was clearly fouled by Burki in penalty area, but referee dismissed it.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel must not be happy with his team performances, but he will take these three points as something positive for the rest of the Bundesliga season. RB Leipzig will play on Saturday against Werder Bremen, whereas league leader Bayern Munich will also travel to Borussia Park to visit Borussia Monchengladbach.