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Christian Pulisic keeps title alive on Dortmund farewell

Christian Pulisic said goodbye to the Borussia Dortmund fans in his last home game for the club by scoring the opening goal in a crucial win for their title chances.

Borussia hosted Fortuna Dusseldorf in their final match at Signal Iduna Park this season, knowing they needed to win, and hope Bayern Munich failed to take all three points against RB Leipzig, to keep the Bundesliga title race alive going into next week’s last round of fixtures.

With Pulisic playing in front of the Dortmund home fans for the last time before completing his permanent transfer to Chelsea in the summer, it was an emotional occasion for the American, as a presentation was made to him on the pitch before the match to acknowledge his contribution, and he was given a standing ovation by the supporters.

‘Thank you for five wonderful years,’ said Pulisic, addressing the crowd from the pitch before kick-off. ‘Without you fans I would not be here. Dortmund will always feel like home. All the best and hopefully see you again one day.’

It was fitting, then, that the 20-year-old was the one to set the Black and Yellows on their way to what could be a massive victory on a tense day of action in the German top flight.

Shortly before half-time, with both title challengers’ games deadlocked, Pulisic provided the breakthrough, reacting quickest in the box when Thomas Delaney headed a deep cross back across goal, meeting it with a diving header of his own to put Dortmund in front.

The second half started with plenty of drama in Dortmund and Munich, as first Dusseldorf took advantage of a goalkeeping error to equalise and then Bayern looked to have put themselves in front through Leon Goretzka.

However, VAR then ruled out the league leaders’ goal for a narrow offside in the build up and Dortmund struck straight back to retake the lead through Delaney, going from seemingly six points behind Bayern to just two in less than a minute.

It also secured a remarkable record for Pulisic’s side, as Dortmund became the first team in Bundesliga history to score at least twice in every home game over the course of an entire season.

Fortuna then missed a penalty and had a man sent off for a shocking tackle on Jadon Sancho, before more late drama saw both teams score in eight minutes of injury time. However, when the final whistle blew it signalled a 3-2 win for Borussia, while over at the Allianz Arena, Bayern had failed to find the goal they needed to seal the title, as they drew 0-0 with Leipzig.

All of that means Pulisic still has a chance to leave Germany as a Bundesliga champion, with two points separating Dortmund and Bayern at the top of the table and one game each remaining.

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