Borussia Dortmund clinched a convincing 4-0 victory against Cologne, with Donyell Malen scoring twice to propel Dortmund to fifth place on the Bundesliga table with 33 points. The win puts them in contention for the third spot, just a point behind Stuttgart, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Bochum.
The match began with a 12th-minute goal from Malen, who capitalized on a Julian Brandt corner. However, an unusual interruption occurred when fans protested the planned sale of a stake in the Bundesliga media rights firm by throwing chocolate coins onto the pitch, leading to an eight-minute pause.
Despite Cologne’s attempts to level the score, including a point-blank effort from Jan Thielmann and a woodwork hit by Linton Maina, Dortmund extended their lead. Jadon Sancho’s foul in the box resulted in a penalty, converted by Niclas Füllkrug in the 58th minute. Malen secured his brace three minutes later, connecting with an impressive pass from Ian Maatsen.
Substitute Youssoufa Moukoko added a fourth goal in stoppage time, enhancing Dortmund’s position in the Bundesliga standings. The team now eyes the third spot as they closely trail Stuttgart, emphasizing their strong comeback in the league.
The victory came on a day filled with Bundesliga action, with RB Leipzig losing to Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, further intensifying the competition for the top positions in the league.