March 22, 2018

Michy Batshuayi 'relieved' to help Borussia Dortmund defeat Frankfurt

13 March 2018, 11:01 | Joann Bryant

Last gasp Batshuayi fires Dortmund to Frankfurt win

Last gasp Batshuayi fires Dortmund to Frankfurt win

Going into the final eight games of the season, they are now three points clear of Frankfurt in fifth and also have a superior goal difference.

Danny Blum looked to have sealed a draw for Frankfurt with an equaliser a minute into time added on, but Batshuayi had the last word with his second goal two minutes later.

Christian Pulisic, restored to Dortmund's starting lineup after being one of the few to impress in the side's Europa League defeat at home to Salzburg, displayed his intent from the start, whipping in a sharp cross that Andre Schuerrle headed wide.

Mahmoud Dahoud found Pulisic in space on the left and the American's unsafe cross was diverted into the back of the net by Russ in an attempt to prevent Reus from converting at the far post.

A Marco Russ own goal put Dortmund ahead early on but Luka Jovic equalised with 15 minutes left.

Eintracht had lost on their last six visits to Dortmund but they continued to set the second-half pace, De Guzman sending an acrobatic strike sailing over the crossbar.

The Belgium global, on loan at BVB from Chelsea, was dropped to the bench for the Bundesliga home game after five games without a goal in all competitions.

Seeking a fourth win in five outings, Frankfurt offered a better account of themselves after the restart as Kevin-Prince Boateng almost caught out Roman Burki with a smart backheeled attempt.

And the visitors got the leveller their hard work deserved in the 75th minute, substitute Jovic heading home another unsafe De Guzman cross, with Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer culpable for losing his man.

But the visiting side's joy was short-lived as Belgium worldwide Batshuayi, who came on after an hour, fired in from 15 metres, following fine early work from Christian Pulisic, to complete a quick break two minutes later. The Frankfurt goalkeeper's contract is up at the end of the season and has been linked as a replacement for the retiring Roman Weidenfeller.

"I'm happy because it's a long time since I scored", Batshuayi said.

Timo Werner had the best chances for Leipzig on his return to his former side.

With Eintracht hoping for an offside flag that would not come, Batshuayi lashed home to end a four-game winless run in all competitions for Dortmund. The Germany striker missed a great opportunity before the break when Stuttgart 'keeper Ron-Robert Zieler got a foot to his shot.

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