Borussia Dortmund continued their dominant form on Sunday, as Liverpool’s Europa League showdown with the Bundesliga giants edges ever closer.
Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win at Cologne on Saturday cranked up the pressure on Thomas Tuchel’s side, with victory paramount in terms of the title race.
They had to do it without man-of-the-moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang too, with the striker missing due to a family bereavement.
Three more points for BVB would get them to within five points of their biggest rivals, and they duly obliged away to FC Augsburg – Liverpool’s Europa League opponents earlier in the season.
Things didn’t get off to a happy start for Tuchel and his team, however, with striker Alfred Finnbogasen giving the struggling hosts a first-half lead.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan levelled the scores just before half-time, and it proved crucial. The attacking midfielder now has a staggering 20 goals and 24 assists in all competitions this season.
The visitors pulled away after the break, with Gonzalo Castro’s deflected shot making it 2-1 and Adrian Ramos putting the game to bed at the second attempt with 15 minutes remaining.
It is now 10 matches unbeaten for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and six wins in their last seven league games.
The win keeps their title dream alive going into the international break, and their next game is on 2nd April at home to Werder Bremen, at exactly the same time (5:30pm GMT) as Liverpool host Tottenham at Anfield.
Five days later, the two sides do battle at Signal Iduna Park in the first-leg of their quarter-final showdown, which promises to be a spectacular occasion.