December 14, 2019 / 5:21 PM / a month ago

Dortmund crush Mainz 4-0 for third win in a row

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - 1.FSV Mainz 05 v Borussia Dortmund - Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany - December 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund's Nico Schulz celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund eased past Mainz 05 4-0 on Saturday to notch their third straight league win and tighten their hold on third place in the Bundesliga.

Days after advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, captain Marco Reus put the visitors ahead with a thundering first-half shot.

Jadon Sancho confirmed his current fine form and grabbed his eighth league goal in the 62nd minute with a quick break to double their lead.

The England international also hit the post after Thorgan Hazard made it 3-0 with yet another quick counter-attack and a fine shot in the 69th.

A Nico Schulz low drive six minutes from time capped a strong Dortmund performance.

“We told ourselves we have to keep going and playing like we have been in the last two or three games,” Reus told reporters. “We had to stay focused. We had a lot of chances in the first half but it was important to add to that 1-0 lead.

“It was a good team performance and we have to build on it now.”

Dortmund are third on 29 points, four behind leaders RB Leipzig, who beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-0. Borussia Moenchengladbach, in second on 31, can reclaim top with a win at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Ian Chadband

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