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Hoffenheim 0-1 Dortmund: Erling Braut Haaland and Marco Reus combine to lift BVB to second place

Hoffenheim 0-1 Dortmund: Erling Braut Haaland and Marco Reus combine ten minutes after coming off the bench to shoot Lucien Favre’s side to second place in the Bundesliga

  • Borussia Dortmund made three victories out of four with a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim
  • Marco Reus tapped in 76 minutes just ten minutes from his substitute
  • The Dortmund captain and Erling Braut Haaland started the match on the bench
  • Lucien Favre celebrated his 300th Bundesliga game as manager on Saturday

Marco Reus played the role of super sub when he came off the bench to send Borussia Dortmund to a 1-0 victory at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The Dortmund captain started on the substitution bench next to Erling Braut Haaland, but both were used in the second half to change the course of the match.

And Haaland picked up Gio Reyna’s flick-on to play for Reus when the Ruhrland club sealed all three points for Lucien Favre’s side.

Marco Reus scored when he came off the bench and gave Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim

Marco Reus scored when he came off the bench and gave Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim

Reus started on the bench with Erling Haaland and they both combined for the Dortmund winner

Reus started on the bench with Erling Haaland and they both combined for the Dortmund winner

Reus started on the bench with Erling Haaland and they both combined for the Dortmund winner

Dortmund was nowhere near their best in the Rhein-Nacker Arena and had to wait until late in the first half for their first chances of the game.

Their game was disrupted by an injury from defender Lukasz Piczczek who was eliminated in the first half and replaced by midfielder Thomas Delaney.

Reyna’s attempt was saved on the line while Thomas Meunier’s header bounced off the crossbar.

Haaland went on clear and chose to square the ball instead of shooting past the goalkeeper

Haaland went on clear and chose to square the ball instead of shooting past the goalkeeper

Haaland went on clear and chose to square the ball instead of shooting past the goalkeeper

Reus was on hand to tap home from Haaland's cut to score the winner in 76 minutes

Reus was on hand to tap home from Haaland's cut to score the winner in 76 minutes

Reus was on hand to tap home from Haaland’s cut to score the winner in 76 minutes

Favre, who was in charge of his 300th game as Bundesliga manager on Saturday afternoon, then brought in Reus and Haaland in search of the all-important winner.

That goal came ten minutes after the duo entered when Reus’ tap-in handled the match to stun high-flying Hoffenheim, who had won two of their first three matches for Saturday’s game.

Dortmund was far from great at the Rhein-Nacker Arena, although Thomas Meunier hit the bar

Dortmund was far from great at the Rhein-Nacker Arena, although Thomas Meunier hit the bar

Dortmund was far from great at the Rhein-Nacker Arena, although Thomas Meunier hit the bar

Dortmund have moved up to second place with nine points after the win, one behind leader RB Leipzig who continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win over Augsburg.

Former Manchester City defender Angelino headed Leipzig in the opening period, while Yussuf Poulsen volleyed within a second after the break.

Bayern Munich can lead Dortmund if they beat Arminia Bielefeld later on Saturday evening.

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