Dortmund, Nov 6 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund booked their tickets for the next round ahead of schedule thanks to a 4-0 victory over Gabala FK at home in a fourth round match of Europa League. The visitors from Azerbaijan posed no threat for Borussia Dortmund over 90 minutes on Thursday allowing the hosts to reap the third win at the fourth game to remain atop the standings in Group C, reports Xinhua. Thomas Tuchel’s men took immediately the reins on home soil but failed to open the scoring after a bunch of promising opportunities. However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close before Marco Reus broke the deadlock. The German international midfielder made use of Mkhitaryan’s build-up play to slot home from the edge of the box at the 28th minute.
Dortmund doubled the lead just before the break as Aubameyang unleashed a low shot from inside the box to beat Gabala’s custodian Dawid Pietrzkiewicsz into the near post corner. It remained a one-sided affair after the restart. Yet Dortmund had to wait until the 67th minute before Sergei Zenjov made it 3-0 following an own goal after a corner. Dortmund extended the lead as Mkhitaryan utilised a through-ball to hammer home into the roof of the net at the 70th minute. With the third victory in Group C, Dortmund books their berth for the round of the last 32 with two games to spare. Meanwhile, Gabala suffered their third loss to remain on the last place. Dortmund sits atop the standings in Group C with 10 points followed by Krasnodar (7 points), PAOK (3 points) and Gabala (1 point).