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Result: Borussia Dortmund too strong for Fortuna Dusseldorf

Result: Dortmund too strong for Dusseldorf
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Nuri Sahin and Jakub Blaszczykowski score for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 away from home in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund have defeated Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 away from home in the Bundesliga.

Last season's German champions took the lead at the Esprit Arena in the 20th minute when Nuri Sahin fired home from 30 yards after being teed up by Moritz Leitner.

Dortmund continued to dominate proceedings but could have conceded the equaliser just three minutes into the second half had Sebastian Kehl not diverted Ken Ilso's shot on target.

Jurgen Klopp's side survived another scare in the 65th minute when Axel Bellinghausen dragged his effort wide from just yards out.

Five minutes later Dortmund punished Dusseldorf for not taking their chances, as Jakub Blaszczykowski latched onto Sahin's pass to slot home.

Dusseldorf were controversially denied a penalty minutes later when Mats Hummels handled Stefan Reisinger's shot inside the Dortmund area.

Julian Schieber and Marco Reus came close for the visitors, before Adam Bodzek pulled one back for the hosts in the 88th minute when he headed home Bellinghausen's delivery.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund1183033122127
2Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach1172226131323
3RB Leipzig116412291322
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1162326131320
5Bayern Munich116232014620
6Hoffenheim116142415919
7Werder Bremen115241919017
8Hertha Berlin114431617-116
9Mainz 05114341012-215
10Augsburg113441918113
11Freiburg113441519-413
12Wolfsburg113351517-212
13Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen113261624-811
14Schalke 04Schalke11317815-710
15Nuremberg112451124-1310
16Hannover112361422-89
17Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf112271025-158
18Stuttgart11227824-168

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