Borussia Dortmund had way more shots than Frankfurt in the opening 30 minutes (8-1) but significantly fewer in the final hour (10-5). It was an entertaining game and BVB ultimately came out on top – leapfrogging Hamburg in the all-time table in the process.
Up to third: The win saw BVB, who have played 1,722 Bundesliga matches, leapfrog Hamburg (1,823 matches) into third place in the all-time league table, which is calculated on the basis of three points for a win. Both clubs have 2,720 points in the table but BVB have the better goal difference (+612 versus +276). Bremen sit in second (2,756 points), while Bayern occupy top spot (3,591). In another variant of the all-time table, which is calculated on the basis of the points actually awarded, BVB are clearly in second place (2,339 points), ahead of Bremen (2,307) and Hamburg (2,257). Two points used to be awarded for a win but it was upped to three in 1995/96.
Unbeaten: Borussia Dortmund extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run under Peter Stöger to 11 matches (six wins, five draws). The Austrian made a similarly positive start to life in the dugout at 1. FC Köln, where he avoided defeat in each of his first 13 second-tier games!
Quick off the mark: The Black & Yellows have scored more goals than any other team in the opening 15 minutes of matches this term (seven).
Favourite foe: BVB have won each of their last seven home games against Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 22 goals and conceding five in the process.
Supersubs: Peter Stöger and Nico Kovac brought the right players off the bench, with four of the five goals scored by substitutes. No BVB sub scored in the opening 21 Bundesliga rounds, but since then Götze (against HSV) and Batshuayi (against Frankfurt) have three substitute goals between them. Schmelzer also netted from the bench against Atalanta in the Europa League.
Triple brace: Michy Batshuayi ended his five-match streak without a goal by netting his third brace in nine competitive games for Borussia. He has now scored five goals for the Black & Yellows in six Bundesliga appearances.
Much-changed: Only four of the BVB players (Bürki, Schmelzer, Piszczek and Reus) and four of the Frankfurt players (Hradecky, Abraham, Chandler and Rebic) that began the DFB Cup final on 27 May 2017 made the starting XI for their respective sides.
Back from the start: Maximilian Philipp made his first start in the BVB line-up since getting injured in the clash with Leverkusen on 2 December 2017, while Michy Batshuayi started on the bench for the first time since his loan move to Dortmund. (br)