Borussia Dortmund secured a nervy but vital 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon against Hannover, and in doing so, the Black and Yellows consoled the 10,000 travelling fans still reeling over the club's Champions League exit to Juventus last Wednesday. BVB remained in 10th place but are now only six points behind fifth-place FC Schalke. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored twice, was more optimistic than coach Jurgen Klopp afterwards, suggesting the Europa League spots are within reach.
The hunt for Champions League glory came to a disappointing end on Wednesday night at the hands of Juventus, as Borussia Dortmund were abject and outclassed in a 3-0 drubbing. There is no time for condolences, though, as the drab Bundesliga routine is already looming.
Dortmund will travel to Hannover 96, who are in the midst of a nine-games winless streak. This marks a good opportunity for die Schwarzgelben to get back on track after three consecutive games without scoring. Seventh-placed Hoffenheim...
It was supposed to be a magical night, but it turned out to be one of pain for Borussia Dortmund as they suffered a resounding 3-0 defeat in their own stadium against Juventus.
The stage was set in the Westfalenstadion. A magnificently choreographed display on Dortmund's famous yellow wall reminded of the 1997 Champions League win, but little did the BVB fans know that that would be the black and yellow highlight of the night.
DORTMUND, Germany -- Three thoughts on Juventus' 3-0 win versus Borussia Dortmund, which sees the Italian side advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.
1. Juventus assert their authority
The big question looming over this historic tie, a rematch of the 1997 Champions League final -- won 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund -- was whether Juventus' comfortable lead in Serie A, which stands currently at 14 points, would sum up the differences between the Bundesliga and the Italian league.
"It's probably one of the hardest things in football to win against an Italian team when they only need a draw," Jurgen Klopp mused in his Tuesday news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 return leg vs. Juventus. The difficulty of the task of going through is enormous for Borussia Dortmund, who need just a 1-0 win after grabbing a vital away goal in Turin, but that's not as easy as it sounds.
BVB's past two Bundesliga matches have demonstrated they have a very hard time...