The statistics ultimately read 8-14 shots, 41% possession and 55% challenges won from the perspective of the Black & Yellows, who came out on top to end their three-match winless run against the Saxons and improve upon their superior overall head-to-head record: 7-5 wins (two games ended in draws).

Club record equalled: Borussia Dortmund celebrated their eighth Bundesliga win in a row, equalling the club record in the process.

Scoring streak: Borussia Dortmund have scored at least one goal in 45 Bundesliga home games on the bounce – an ongoing club record.

Level pegging: Since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963, only Michael Zorc and Marco Reus have scored 159 competitive goals for BVB.

Important goals: Marco Reus opened the scoring for the 61st time in the Bundesliga, leapfrogging Ulf Kirsten into sixth place on the all-time ranking. Having missed his last two Bundesliga penalties, he has now converted from the spot in the top flight for the first time in three years. The last time was in the 5-0 win over Union at the start of February 2020.

Livewire: Up until his substitution, Reus registered the most shots at goal of any player on the pitch (four). He completed 16 of his 17 passes – the highest value for the home team.

Deadly from dead balls: The Black & Yellows have scored seven of their 10 set-piece goals this season since the winter break.

Team effort: Emre Can is the 16th player to score a goal for Dortmund this season; no team has more different goalscorers (Leipzig and Leverkusen also have 16).

Sharp shooters: Can scored BVB’s 11th long-range goal this season – a tally surpassed only by Bayern (12). Six of the 11 goals from distance have come since the winter break.

Commitment: Only Jude Bellingham broke the 12-kilometre barrier. His 35 sprints were the most of any player.

New line-ups: Both teams went into the match with a starting line-up they had never previously fielded.

Friday evening fortress: Borussia Dortmund have not lost any of their last 33 home games on a Friday evening (25 wins, eight draws).