Preview - Hamburg vs Borussia Dortmund 21 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 21, 2017, 04:47 AM

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Hamburg vs Borussia Dortmund

Having established the feat of scoring against all current Bundesliga opposition, Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be relishing the trip to face his favourite opponent. In his eight games against Hamburg, the Gabonese has been involved in 12 goals (eight scored, four assists). Hamburg won't just roll over though. They have only lost two of the last 14 home games in the Bundesliga (W9, D3), although one of those defeats came last time out against RB Leipzig. Incredibly, Hamburg vs Dortmund is the most prolific clash in Bundesliga history. In their 100 top-flight meetings, the two sides have produced an incredible 358 goals, with 39 coming in the last 10 games alone. Remarkably, their head-to-head is exactly level - they have 36 wins and 179 goals each, while 28 of their Bundesliga matches have ended in a draw.

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Match Stats:

  • Hamburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
  • Shots: 7-14
  • Possession: 47%-53%
  • Corner kicks: 4-3


Borussia Dortmund reclaimed the top spot in the Bundesliga, whilst also retaining their record of being the only team in Europes top five leagues not to concede a goal this season, after an impressive 3-0 victory over Hamburger SV.

The hosts started the game well, looking to catch out Dortmund in the early stages of the game. Bobby Wood's return to the Volksparkstadion was visibly a boost inside the opening five minutes, the American's pace an obvious threat that die Schwarzgelben were struggling to deal with.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could have opened the scoring after 15 minutes, however, the Gabonese striker's header hit the post. In a similar way to his first assist against FC Köln, Andriy Yarmolenko picked out his teammate perfectly but Aubameyang couldn't direct his effort beyond Christian Mathenia.

Less than 10 minutes later, Shinji Kagawa found the back of the net to put Dortmund in front. A Yarmolenko free-kick was met brilliantly by Ömer Toprak but his powerful header hit the static Kagawa. Reacting quickest, the Japanese international hit the ball over the downed Mathenia to put Borussia Dortmund ahead.

With 30 minutes left, Borussia Dortmund gave Hamburg a lesson in counter-attacking to double their lead. Christian Pulisic broke away from Hamburg's midfield at the youngster picked out Yarmolenko in an acre of space. The Ukranian showed some impressive footwork to get a shot off that, via a heavy deflection, was prodded home by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese striker should have made it 3-0 shortly after. Getting on the end of a sumptuous through ball by Nuri Sahin, Aubameyang half-heartedly tried to find the far corner and he dragged his shot wide of the goal.

The USMNT golden boy spared Aubameyang's blushes with a deserved goal just 10 minutes from time. The 19-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, found a way in behind the Hamburg back-line and directed a shot beautifully in off the post.

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