Dortmund 2-0 Union Berlin: Hosts keep hopes for the Champions League alive

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Dortmund 2-0 Union Berlin: Hosts keep Champions League hopes alive as Marco Reus joins home opener after Erling Haaland missed a penalty and saved his rebound before Raphael Guerreiro won late in the win

  • Hosts were fined controversial after Reus fell in the box
  • Haaland’s penalty kick and follow-up were saved before Reus forced the ball in
  • Guerreiro finished a quick break and sealed the victory two minutes before the end
  • Sancho made his long-awaited return after an injury by coming in as a substitute

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro each scored a goal to beat visitors’ Union Berlin 2-0 on Wednesday and maintain their outside chances for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

The hosts were awarded a controversial penalty after Reus fell in the box and although Erling Haaland’s attempt was saved, Reus stuck in the rebound in the 27th minute.

The Dortmund captain almost scored a second goal when he sent Giovanni Reyna through, but the American’s chip went wide.

Borussia Dortmund sparked their hopes for a Champions League place

Dortmund captain Marco Reus bundled the opening goal in the 27th minute

Dortmund captain Marco Reus bundled the opening goal in the 27th minute

Guerreiro did better two minutes before the end and made a short break to seal the three points for his team.

Union, whose goalkeeper Andreas Luthe made a series of fine saves, hit the woodwork twice, including from a beautifully taken free kick by Max Kruse in the 66th, which kicked diving Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz on the post.

Dortmund climbed to 52 points, four behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, with the top four teams qualifying for next season’s Champions League group stage.

VfL Wolfsburg, who faces Dortmund on Saturday, cemented their position in third place with a 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart that brought the Wolves to 57 points, one for Eintracht and five for Dortmund.

Erling Haaland's penalty and rebound were saved by the goalkeeper before Reus forced the ball in

Erling Haaland’s penalty and rebound were saved by the goalkeeper before Reus forced the ball in

Dortmund received a penalty after Reus went down under a challenge from Andreas Luthe

Dortmund received a penalty after Reus went down under a challenge from Andreas Luthe

Raphael Guerreiro took the home side to victory after a quick counterattack

Raphael Guerreiro took the home side to victory after a quick counterattack

Jadon Sancho made his long-awaited return after an injury by hitting a replacement in the second half

Jadon Sancho made his long-awaited return after an injury by hitting a replacement in the second half

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