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Rhein Energie Stadion (ATT 50,000) 25th March 2012 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: F Zwayer

Cologne Cologne vs Borussia Dortmund B Dortmund

Cologne 1

M Novakovic (13)


B Dortmund 6

L Piszczek (26)
S Kagawa (47, 80)
R Lewandowski (52)
I Gundogan (78)
I Perisic (84)

Dortmund hammer Cologne

Klopp's defending champions continue to lead the way in the Bundesliga

Last Updated: 26/03/12 4:01pm

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Shinji Kagawa: On target in easy win

Shinji Kagawa: On target in easy win

Borussia Dortmund survived an early scare to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga with a 6-1 win at Cologne.

Milivoje Novakovic put the hosts in front in the 13th minute, but Lukasz Piszczek replied to level things up for the visitors.

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund the lead just after the break and further goals from Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan put the visitors in control.

Kagawa scored again before Ivan Perisic netted the sixth late on as Dortmund extended their unbeaten run to 21 games, taking them five points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table.

Cologne dropped a place as a result of the defeat which sent them below Freiburg on goal difference.


Cologne took the lead in the 13th minute with Novakovic heading past an indecisive Roman Weidenfeller from Martin Lanig's lofted ball.

The goal stung Dortmund into action and they levelled in the 26th minute with Piszczek beating Lanig to Marcel Schmelzer's cross and heading in from six yards.

Jurgen Klopp's side increased the pressure, with Sven Bender heading in what he thought was a second in the 41st minute, but the linesman's flag was raised to deny him.

Dortmund needed just seven minutes in the second half to finish off Cologne.

Kagawa blasted a shot into the roof of the net in the 47th minute to take him on to 10 goals for the season before Lewandowski put Dortmund in the driving seat with his 17th strike of the campaign.

Give up the fight

Kagawa and Jakub Blaszczykowski were involved in the build-up with the latter squaring for his compatriot to tap the ball in from close range.

Cologne did not give up the fight, but they found it increasingly difficult to break down a Dortmund side who were more than happy to sit on their lead.

Dortmund then set about improving their goal difference.

They scored three more in the space of five minutes, with Kagawa and Gundogan breaking and the latter providing the finish to the counter-attack, but he did not put a finish to the scoring at the Mungersdorfer Stadion.

Kagawa made it look easy as he added a fifth, with Cologne clearly giving up in the 80th minute and, four minutes later, Perisic beat Rensing in a one-on-one situation to compound Cologne's woes.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15