Dortmund beats Hamburg to extend lead
Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund put more pressure on its title rivals Friday by beating Hamburg 2-0 ahead of the rest of the weekend games.
Shinji Kawaga and Lucas Barrios scored in the second half for Dortmund to extend its unbeaten streak to 11 games. Dortmund has 31 points from 12 rounds.
Mainz is second on 24 ahead of its game against Hannover on Saturday, while third-place Bayer Leverkusen travels to St. Pauli.
The Dortmund fans chanted about their club winning the title, but coach Juergen Klopp urged his team to remain levelheaded.
"We have goals, we want to consistently play good football," Klopp said. "We can’t do anything else and don’t want to worry about the rest."
Hamburg remained on 18 points after collecting its 500th loss in the Bundesliga.
Playing in steady rain, Dortmund had more ball possession in an overall lackluster first half with very few chances.
The hosts grabbed the lead in the 49th minute after starting an attack on the left side with Sven Bender passing out to Lukasz Piszczek, who crossed into the path of Kawaga. The 21-year-old Japan international struck home from just inside the edge of the area into the lower right corner for his sixth Bundesliga goal of the season.
Dortmund doubled the advantage in the 70th after Kawaga fed Mario Goetze, who looped a cross past the far left post to Kevin Grosskreutz. He passed back with his heel to Barrios, who slotted home his seventh goal a day before his 26th birthday.
It was Dortmund’s league-best 29th goal of the season.
"Dortmund have played great all season and are the favorites right now," Hamburg coach Armin Veh said.