Aubameyang sets new mark for league goals

Marco Reus marked his return from six weeks out in style, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got his 26th Bundesliga goal of the season.

Aubameyang's strike provided the gloss to a result that saw Dortmund recover from successive defeats to league leader Bayern Munich and Monaco.   -  Bongarts

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured 2016-17 will go down as his most prolific league season to date with the final goal in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Aubameyang passed up a pair of decent second-half chances before finishing a swift counter-attack to take his tally for the Bundesliga season to 26, improving on last-term's 25-goal haul.

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The Gabon international's strike provided the gloss to a result that saw Dortmund recover from successive defeats to league leader Bayern Munich and Monaco, the latter postponed by a day after an attack on the German side's team bus on Tuesday that hospitalised Marc Bartra.

Coach Thomas Tuchel spoke of the need for his side to rediscover the fun in its football ahead of this match and it got off to a great start with Marco Reus marking his return from six weeks out with a thigh injury by scoring inside 120 seconds.

Marco Fabian made up for a glaring early miss with a fine equaliser, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent Dortmund into half-time ahead with searing drive from the edge of the box.

Reus did not return for the second half with Tuchel perhaps looking ahead to Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg in Monaco, but Aubameyang ensured the host did not relinquish its lead with a dinked finish that sends them 10 points clear of fifth-placed Hertha Berlin.

Reus took less than two minutes to reaffirm his importance to Dortmund. After showing great awareness to leave Aubameyang's clipped pass for Christian Pulisic due to being in an offside position, he span away and flicked the United States international's cutback home with a brilliant finish with his trailing leg.

Dortmund controlled possession but Frankfurt was threatening on the counter-attack and created two great chances to level either side of a Lukas Hradecky save that denied Shinji Kagawa.

Fabian failed to steer Branimir Hrgota's square pass home from just outside the six-yard box in the ninth minute before Mijat Gacinovic had a powerful volley turned over by Roman Burki.

Frankfurt pulled level in the 29th minute when Fabian drilled a phenomenal 20-yard strike into the top-right corner, a slight deflection off Nuri Sahin helping it on its way.

However, the Mexican was outdone five minutes later when Sokratis dribbled past Omar Mascarell and arrowed a thunderous shot beyond the helpless Hradecky from just outside the box.

Tuchel replaced Reus and Sven Bender with Ousmane Dembele and Matthias Ginter for the second half, which began in a low-key fashion that starkly contrasted the opening period.

A low left-wing cross from Dembele found Aubameyang in the box but the striker steered his shot over the top.

With Dortmund struggling to improve upon its lead, Fabian shaved the outside of the upright with a warning shot from 25 yards with 22 minutes remaining.

Aubameyang sent another header over the top before adding a fine finish to Dembele's throughball in the 84th minute as Dortmund broke at speed following a Frankfurt corner, and its attention will now turn to overcoming its 3-2 quarterfinal deficit at Monaco.

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