Alcacer’s double fires Dortmund top

Afp, Berlin

1 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Paco Alcacer’s stoppage-time brace fired Borussia Dortmund back to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg, ahead of their title-race showdown with Bayern Munich next week.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac said that next Saturday’s clash with Dortmund is now a must-win game after his side were held to a 1-1 draw at Freiburg and slipped two points behind their title rivals.

“It is very frustrating because we had done so well to catch up with Dortmund, and now we have to start again,” Kovac told Sky. “I assume my players know what is at stake next weekend. We have to win now.”

Dortmund survived a tough afternoon at Signal Iduna Park without captain Marco Reus before Alcacer snatched a dramatic victory. Reus missed the game to be at the birth of his first child, and Dortmund toiled against Wolfsburg’s energetic pressing in his absence. Yet Alcacer’s starring role saw them reclaim top spot as Bayern slipped in the Black Forest.