Dortmund win in sun, rain or snow
Borussia Dortmund defied a blizzard in Nurnberg to come out 2-0 winners, extending their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to ten points over second-placed Mainz with two games to go until the halfway stage of the season.
A goal from defender
The win leaves Dortmund on 40 points with a massive goal advantage while second-placed Mainz are on 30 points, but coach Jurgen Klopp is keeping his young team's feet on the ground.
"I have never been able to, or even had to, consider the fight for the championship, so I don't think it is relevant with so much of the season left to play," he said.
"It is more important we keep playing well. Every game is like a final for us, the next game is always the most important for me."
But Klopp, 43, could not resist a dig at defending champions Bayern Munich who have come to expect the Bundesliga title as their right having won 22 titles.
"There is no need to look further than that. After all, why would I want to talk like Bayern Munich?" he said with a grin.
The pitch at the Franken Stadion was in good condition as the undersoil heating and the covers that had been on the field all day enabled the final Bundesliga game of the weekend to go ahead. Dortmund have already succeeded in every condition thrown at them this season, and the snow was no exception. They took the lead in the 23rd minute when a long free-kick from close to the halfway line was lifted over the top of the Nurnberg defence to where Hummels had beaten the offside trap to send a diving header past
Nurnberg showed good fighting spirit, albeit without managing to cause any real danger to
Dortmund were not creating many chances either and were getting away with doing the bare minimum to register their 13th win of the season. Lewandowski made sure of the points two minutes from time when he turned inside the box to slide his shot past Schafer into the bottom corner.