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Signal Iduna Park (ATT 80,720) 4th March 2011 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: G Perl

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Dortmund stretch lead

Lewandowski strike helps take league leaders 15 points clear

Last Updated: 04/03/11 9:56pm

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Lewandowski: Match-winner

Lewandowski: Match-winner

Borussia Dortmund pulled 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Friday with a 1-0 win over Cologne.

Robert Lewandowski helped to see the league leaders to three hard-fought points shortly before the interval.

Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen will get the opportunity to close the gap which separates them from the summit when they entertain Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Dortmund will be pleased to have put further daylight between themselves and the chasing pack after enduring a frustrating night against Cologne.

Visiting keeper Michael Rensing was in inspired form, repelling almost everything the hosts could throw at him.

He made a series of spectacular saves during the first half, helping to keep the game goalless.


Cologne's resistance was finally broken, though, a minute before the break when Lewandowski picked the ball up on the edge of the box and drilled home off the inside of the post.

Dortmund continued to press at the start of the second half and Rensing was forced to parry a stinging effort from Kevin Grosskreutz.

He was then called into action again moments later to deny Neven Subotic.

Remarkably, Cologne should have levelled on 56 minutes when Milivoje Novakovic raced clear, but he shot wide from eight yards out.

Dortmund hit the crossbar twice in the closing stages, through Lucas Barrios and Nuri Sahin, but they were forced to settle for a narrow one-goal success.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23