By Oladipupo Mojeed
Third-placed Hoffenheim maintained their home form as they emerged winners in an eight-goal thriller against Borussia Monchengladbach.
A neat brace from Adam Szalai left Yann Sommer looking short of his best, but when Jannik Vestergaard slid in at the back post to convert Gladbach’s first chance the game was on again.
The visitors then levelled matters when Lars Stindl finished off a bizarre move that saw a handball from Jonas Hofmann in the build-up, but referee Christian Dingert waved play on and Gladbach scored.
After four goals in 45 minutes, Kerem Demirbay’s free kick ghosted in at the back post with Sommer again looking flat-footed. to give the home side the lead again,
Mark Uth smacked in a stunning fourth from range, but Dahoud, who was fortunate not to be red-carded for a reckless challenge earlier on, curled in one to reduce the deficit to just one goal again.
Demirbay nodded in his second and Hoffenheim’s fifth to make sure on a thrilling afternoon.
Reus returns with a goal
The goal was one of the more special ones in the club’s history.
On paper, Dortmund won their 15th game of the Bundesliga season but anyone in the Signal Iduna Park felt it was much more than that after the bomb scare.
Overwhelmed with emotion after the game against Monaco on Wednesday, Sokratis hammered in a contender for the goal of the month minutes after Frankfurt’s Marco Fabian had cancelled Reus’ goal at the other end.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seald the point with his 26th goal of the season, finishing off a break sparked by good work from Ousmane Dembele with a smart finish.
Battle of promoted teams
Leipzig also emerged victorious in the battle of the newly-promoted teams, all down to a strong display from Yussuf Poulsen.
An excellent header and an assist put theAubameyang sealday, and Christian Streich’s side, as has often been the case this season, found no answer away from home.
Naby Keita curled in a third just after the restart to make sure Nils Petersen’s apperance off the bench didn’t have its usual impact. Timo Werner’s goal tally for the season rises to 16 and means Leipzig’s have secured a top-four spot.
Ingolstadt relegation fight suffers disapointment
Wolfsburg also came out top in the relegation clash against Ingolstadt
Markus Suttner deflected a Wolfsburg cross into his own net as Ingolstadt couldn’t keep their run alive.
Yunus Malli’s first ever goal for Wolfsburg deservedly ended the contest and Mario Gomez finished neatly for goal number 14 on the season to keep his record of goals against every single team in the Bundesliga currently.
Augsburg secures maximum points
After being on a winless run of six games, Augsburg looked the odds-on favorite to spiral further into relegation trouble, but a spirited display saw them boost their survival hopes and dent Cologne’s European dreams.
Martin Hinteregger’s header gave the host the lead with Augsburg head coach Manuel Baum jumping for joy.
Paul Verhaegh also scored penalty number 17 from 19 attempts and the home stadium was delirious.
Frederik Sörensen made up for giving away a penalty by scrambling in an equalizer with the help of Philipp Max’s knee on the goal line, but Cologne were too lacklustre for too long and paid for it.