Batshuayi scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, two minutes after Danny Blum had pulled Frankfurt level as BVB won 3-2 on Sunday at Westfalenstadion.
Before that, BVB had answered an earlier Frankfurt equalizer as USMNT star Christian Pulisic returned to the Borussia Dortmund starting lineup on Sunday and worked a 1-2 with the club’s new favorite son.
Batshuayi scored that one just two minutes after Luka Jovic had scored for Frankfurt. Batshuayi has seven goals in eight appearances since joining BVB on loan from Chelsea.
Pulisic had been a sub for BVB’s last three league matches dating back to an 85-minute turn on Feb. 10 versus Hamburg. The 19-year-old American now has four goals and five assists this season.
BVB pulls into third place, a point behind rivals Schalke, and leaves Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth. The clubs entered the day level on points with 42.
Frankfurt briefly equalized, but Michy Batshuayi puts Dortmund back ahead!
Schalke can go second with a Sunday win, while Bayern’s table lead could be as much as 16 if it wins its match.
Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig
The hosts moved further clear of relegation danger and put the race for second place into severe congestion with a comeback win against third place RB Leipzig.
Timo Werner had put the visitors ahead in the 65th minute, but Janik Haberer and Robin Koch scored four minutes apart to boost all three points for the hosts.
Freiburg is now seven points clear of the relegation playoff spot, while RBL’s 31 points makes it one of six teams within one point between second and seventh.
Mainz 3-2 Stuttgart
Yoshinori Muto scored on both sides of halftime as Mainz came back from 1-0 down and held on to move four points clear of 16th while Stuttgart is ahead of the victors by a single goal of differential.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
American midfielder Timmy Chandler scored for the first time in three Bundesliga seasons and Eintracht Frankfurt pulled into a tie for fifth place with a win at Wolfsburg. Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic also scored for the visitors.
According to Washington Post writer Steven Goff, contract negotiations between Bill Hamid and D.C. United have stalled, and there is a “growing possibility” that the 26-year-old goalkeeper could depart, with reports swirling of offers from abroad.
A report by Goal.com prior to D.C. United’s 4-0 win over San Jose last weekend stated that a scout from Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt was set to study Hamid, but D.C. manager Ben Olsen had already made the decision to sit his goalkeeper, instead starting Steve Clark, which lit up social media with a litany of hot takes.
Goal.com’s report suggests that Frankfurt weren’t nearly the only club in the mix for Hamid, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the MLS season. Surely there would be plenty of interest domestically as well, with MLS clubs likely to offer D.C. for Hamid’s rights.
The club hasn’t held back in its hopes of keeping the U.S. international around for the opening of its brand new ground Audi Field next season. According to Goff’s report, D.C. offered to double Hamid’s current $350,000/year salary, making him the second-highest paid goalkeeper in Major League Soccer behind USMNT regular Tim Howard. Goff reports that twice this season Hamid agreed to terms but then backed out, with reasons for doing so left to speculation. That has led a person with knowledge of the deal tell Goff “nothing will get settled in the short term.”
MLS contracts don’t expire until well after the season is over, and he can even discuss a new deal after the expiry of his current one, but the longer things drag on, the more foreign clubs will look to snatch the D.C. United youth product from his home club.
Chandler, 27, has an unclear role in Bruce Arena’s plans with the USMNT. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann never figured out the right system for the player, and it will be interesting to see if Chandler continues to be instrumental in his European club but an odd-shaped piece in his national team’s jigsaw puzzle.
Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).
Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:
“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”