Borrussia Dortmund boosted their hopes of securing direct passage to next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage with a workmanlike win over fourth-placed Hoffenheim.
Dortmund made a dream start as Marco Reus raced clear to slot beyond Oliver Baumann with the contest barely four minutes old.
The home side had the opportunity to double their advantage from the penalty spot after Pavel Kaderabek was adjudged to have handled from Reus in the 12th minute, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blazed his effort wide.
Sitting back and playing almost exclusively on the counter, Dortmund did not break through again until the 83rd minute when Aubameyang headed home unmarked after Raphael Guerreiro had struck a post.
Hoffenheim responded immediately through Andrej Kramaric’s cool penalty, but BVB held on to leapfrog Hoffenheim in the standings with only two rounds of fixtures remaining.