BERLIN (AFP) – Christoph Kramer’s incredible own-goal from almost halfway gifted Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach to break a five-match losing streak and lift them off the bottom.
It was Dortmund’s first league win in eight matches, after nearly two months, during the worst start to a Bundesliga season in the club’s history and took them out of the bottom three on Sunday. However the win failed to mask another poor display of finishing from Dortmund.
They again failed to transfer their stunning Champions League goal-scoring form, where they have netted 13 in four games to reach the last 16, to domestic action. They failed to convert any of their 22 shots on goal, while restricting Gladbach to just a single chance, before Kramer’s decisive error.
The German international defensive midfielder misjudged a long-range back pass from near the halfway line which went straight over the head of his goalkeeper Yann Sommer on 58 minutes.
Germany winger Marco Reus, who was outstanding throughout, almost made it 2-0 just moments later when his shot clattered the post.
The defeat was Moenchengladbach’s first of the season and left leaders Bayern Munich as the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga.
After Freiburg and Werder Bremen had both picked up wins on Saturday, Dortmund had dropped to last place for the first time in seven years, but Sunday’s win gave them a valuable three points which lifted them to 15th place.