MX23RW : Wednesday, January 16 02:28:37
Oct 31, 2015 at 2.30pm UK at ​Weserstadion
Werder Bremen
1-3
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Ujah (32')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Reus (9', 72'), Mkhitaryan (44')

Result: Borussia Dortmund edge closer to Bayern Munich with win

Marco Reus scores twice as Borussia Dortmund move five points behind leaders Bayern Munich with a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen.

Borussia Dortmund have closed the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by easing to a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen.

Marco Reus led the way with a brace for the visitors, who are now just five points behind Bayern after the champions were held to a goalless draw by Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Bremen's midfielder Fin Bartels (L) vies with Dortmund's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa during the German first division Bundesliga football match Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, northern Germany, on October 31, 2015.© Getty Images

The lead belonged to Thomas Tuchel's side in just the ninth minute as the influential Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced his way into the box before seeing Felix Wiedwald push a cross out to Marco Reus, who capitalised to fire home from close range.

Werder struggled to cope with the Dortmund attackers for much of the early stages, but Wiedwald produced a fine save to keep out Mkhitaryan as the pace of the visitors continued to cause problems.

However, the hosts quickly improved to get back on level terms as a patient passing move ended with Anthony Ujah finishing calmly after Florian Grillitsch's effort had been blocked.

As Werder started to grow in confidence, Viktor Skrypnyk was left frustrated when a spell of Dortmund pressure resulted in Mats Hummels delivering the perfect cross for Mkhitaryan, who headed in to silence the home fans just before the break.

Poor marking from the hosts early in the second half gifted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang time on the ball in the middle of the box, but he was uncharacteristically wasteful with an effort which sailed over the crossbar.

Despite the pressure being put on the ball by Werder, Dortmund's attacking quarter continued to threaten as Aubameyang's latest effort forced Theodor Gebre Selassie to clear the ball off the line.

Any doubts about whether Dortmund would hold on were put to bed with 18 minutes of normal time remaining as Reus beat the offside trap before chipping over Wiedwald to extend his side's lead.

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Dortmund's Mats Hummels runs with the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund at the Volkswagen arena in Wolfsburg on November 9, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich17113336181836
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1783634231127
7Hoffenheim176743223925
8Hertha Berlin176652627-124
9Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372629-324
10Werder Bremen176472829-122
11Freiburg175662125-421
12Mainz 05175661722-521
13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

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