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Batshuayi stars again as Reus returns for Dortmund

11 February 2018

Dortmund moved to third as it stretched its unbeaten run to seven games under Peter Stoeger, who gave defender Manuel Akanji his first start and Reus the captain's armband 259 days after the Germany forward sustained a cruciate ligament injury in the German Cup final last May. As promised, the Belgian striker celebrated with a somersault.

HSV were superb in the first half to belie their disappointing league standing as Dortmund failed to register a shot on target before half-time.

The deadline day loan signing from Chelsea scored twice on debut in last Friday's 3-2 win at Cologne and again made Dortmund fans quickly forget the departed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by tapping in the 49th minute opener against second-bottom Hamburg. Batshuayi instigated the move with a good pass for Schuerrle. The Chelsea faithful were, understandably, not happy that he was performing elsewhere while we were left short.

"With a bit more effort, we could have gone 2-0 earlier - we still have a lot of work to do".

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The away side looked to play on the counter attack at it was them who had the best opportunity of a first half with very little chances.

Valentino Lazaro calmly netted his first Bundesliga goal to hand inconsistent Hertha Berlin a shock lead at Leverkusen and Salomon Kalou added another after the break to seal the win.

Runaway leader Bayern Munich was hosting Schalke later.

Belgium worldwide Batshuayi hit a debut double in the 3-2 victory against Cologne last week and he made it three goals in two appearances with a poacher's finish less than four minutes into the second half.

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French defender Simon Falette and midfielder Marius Wolf scored in quick succession to stretch Frankfurt's lead to 4-1 before Terrode grabbed Cologne's second with a header.

Hamburg, the only ever-present team in the Bundesliga's 55-year history, are 17th in the 18-club table with 17 points, three adrift of Mainz 05 in the relegation playoff spot.

Freiburg lost for the first time in nine league games, crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Hanover 96, whose midfielder Felix Klaus scored the victor.

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Batshuayi stars again as Reus returns for Dortmund