Substitute Nuri Sahin earned the decisive goal as 10-man Borussia Dortmund defeated Borussia Munchengladbach 2-1 on Friday in the final round of the Bundesliga before the winter break.
Mohamed Zidan scored in the first half and Sahin doubled the lead, before Johannes van den Bergh pulled one back for the visitors. But Gladbach could not convert some late chances and fell to their 12th defeat of the season and will spend the winter break in last place.
Zidan struck a volley in the 35th minute that looped over Gladbach goalkeeper Christofer Heimeroth.
Three minutes later, Heimeroth was struck in the thigh by Tamas Hajnal after collecting a ball and the Dortmund midfielder was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
Although a man down, Dortmund did not retreat and Jakub Blaszczykowski charged down the right flank and sent a perfect pass through to Sahin, who slotted the ball inside the far post.
The visitors got back into the match with 10 minutes remaining when Van den Bergh, from a poor clearance, fired a left-foot volley into the roof of the Dortmund net.
Dortmund held off Gladbach’s late attacks and rose to sixth place.
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