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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 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19