Sebastien Haller scored twice as Borussia Dortmund moved to the Bundesliga summit with a crucial 3-0 win over Augsburg.
Julian Brandt was also on target at WWK Arena as Edin Terzic’s side leapfrogged Bayern Munich at the top, after the champions were beaten 3-1 by RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Haller opened the scoring just before the hour mark and doubled the lead with six minutes remaining, before Brandt capped the win in stoppage time to secure a two-point advantage.
Victory over Mainz next Saturday would secure a first title in 11 years, while 14th-place Augsburg’s top-flight future is uncertain with the Fuggerstadter just two points ahead of 16th-place Bochum heading into the final weekend.
Dortmund carried the far greater attacking threat in the first half, notching an astonishing 17 shots on goal against a single attempt from their hosts.
Marius Wolf, Haller and Brandt all tested goalkeeper Tomas Koubek before Augsburg were reduced to 10 men after Felix Uduoukhai was given his marching orders for a last-ditch foul on Donyell Malen.
1 – Borussia Dortmund have overtaken FC Bayern in the Bundesliga table – for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign, there has been a change at the top of the table in the last two matchdays. Excitement. #FCABVB pic.twitter.com/ohhK11CGVX
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The visitors continued to be denied an opener, but Terzic’s side finally broke the deadlock however in the 58th minute, as Maximilian Bauer failed to deal with Malen’s cross and Haller pounced by drilling into the bottom corner.
Augsburg toiled for an equaliser before Haller doubled the lead in the 84th minute after tucking into an empty net, before a lengthy stoppage ensured following an injury to Mats Hummels.
Brandt sealed the deal with a neat finish in stoppage time to add further gloss , and Dortmund will now hope they can seal the deal next weekend.
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