Borussia Dortmund took advantage of Bayern Munich’s shocking 2-4 fall to Bochum on Saturday, returning with a precious win from Union Berlin with a clean three in the 22 stage of the Bundesliga.
Bayern have 52 points against Dortmund’s 46.
Veteran Dortmund striker Marco Reus, who scored two of the three goals, was given a hostile reception at the Union Berlin Stadium by supporters after receiving a controversial penalty in last season’s match.
Dortmund made a careful start but scored the lead when Reus hit a powerful ball from close range amid plenty of defenders but it found its way into the net (18).
Reus quickly added his second with a reverse pass from French defender Dan-Axel Zagadou (25).
Portugal international Rafael Guerrero sealed the score in Dortmund’s favor by scoring the third goal from close range (71).
The referee did not count a goal for Union Berlin after using Video Assistant Referee technology for a foul on Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji.
The loss led Union to a drop to 7th place, after Hoffenheim took advantage of the situation to snatch 5th place by beating Armenia Bielefeld with two clean goals scored by Benjamin Hubner with a header that bounced from the crossbar into the net (22), and Frenchman Georginio Rutter with a shot that hit the roof of the net (51) to end Hoffenheim’s four consecutive defeats in all competitions, including three in the league.
Hoffenheim raised their tally to 34 points, ahead of Freiburg and on goal difference over Union Berlin.