It’s fair to say the Dortmund convalescing under Peter Stoger is going quite well, Die Schwarzgelben haven’t suffered a league defeat since the former Koln boss replaced Peter Bosz at the end of last year.
Dortmund have been sturdier at the back since Stoger’s arrival, and that trait was on show again in the Borussia Derby, a first half strike from Marco Reus against his former club Monchengladbach was enough for another league win, which takes them up to second place.
Second place, is more of a European spot than a title charge this season, thanks in no small part to Bayern Munich, who maintained their mountainous lead atop the table at Wolfsburg. It wasn’t plain sailing though, as Die Roten fell behind to a Daniel Didavi header, and Arjen Robben saw his penalty saved.
But Jupp Heynckes and his team wouldn’t be denied, as Robben supplied the cross for Sandro Wagner to head in the equaliser, and with 10 minutes left Wagner would be replaced by Robert Lewandowski, who, when Bayern were awarded a second spot kick in stoppage-time, wasn’t going to miss. The Bavarian now turn their attentions to their midweek Champions League game with Besiktas.
Elsewhere, Stuttgart grabbed another narrow win, this time away at Augsburg, to pull clear of relegation trouble, Leverkusen continued to push for European qualification with a 2-1 win at Hamburg and heap more misery on their relegation threatened opponents.
Bottom of the table Koln could only draw at home to Hannover, and they remain nine points adrift of safety, while Schalke bested Hoffenheim in Gelsenkirchen and Mainz were 2-0 winners in Berlin.
Frankfurt and Leipzig meet on Monday night, an anomaly by Bundesliga standards, as both sides aim to climb into the top three.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 Dortmund
Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayern Munich
Koln 1-1 Hannover
Hamburg 1-2 Leverkusen
Schalke 2-1 Hoffenheim
Hertha BSC 0-2 Mainz
Freiburg 1-0 Werder Bremen
Augsburg 0-1 Stuttgart