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After Euro exit, Dortmund stay in touch with Bayern as 'next big thing' makes history

Christian Pulisic was capped by the US last month and is tipped to go far.

Image: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

TIME MAY BE running out in terms of catching leaders Bayern Munich but Borussia Dortmund continued their fine domestic season with a 3-0 win over Hamburg on Sunday.

The victory meant the gap at the top is seven points with four games to go. But barring a remarkable collapse, the title will surely be heading to Bavaria for a fourth-successive time.

Still, Thomas Tuchel’s side have had an excellent campaign.

This was supposedly a transitional time after Jurgen Klopp’s departure, yet, the team’s current points tally would usually be good enough to secure top spot in the Bundesliga.

If Dortmund win their remaining fixtures, they’ll set a new club record for points accumulated in a league season. And they’ll still finish second.

But, the future is bright, as evidenced by Christian Pulisic’s performance on Sunday.

The 17-year-old was handed a very first start after only graduating to the senior squad during the winter break and didn’t disappoint.

The midfielder, who was born in Pennsylvania and capped by the US senior team in a World Cup qualifier last month, opened the scoring for Dortmund after 38 minutes against Hamburg – rifling a shot inside the near post after Mats Hummels conjured another superb assist.

By finding the net, Pulisic became the youngest ever non-German to score in the German top-flight.

Adrian Ramos added a further two goals as the side ran out comfortable winners.

Dortmund’s hopes of a league title may be gone but they’re still in contention for the German Cup.

They face Hertha Berlin in a semi-final clash on Wednesday evening.

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