STUTTGART - German champions Borussia dortmund closed in on another record on Saturday as their 5-2 win over relegated Kaiserslautern took their unbeaten run to 27 league games.
Having broken the Bundesliga record for the longest unbeaten run in a season, dortmund are now just one behind Bayern Munich's record of 79 points collected in a single Bundesliga season, which they managed twice in the 1970s.
Having been confirmed league champions for the second season last weekend, dortmund picked up their fifth straight win with Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios hitting a hat-trick against the league's bottom team."It wasn't so easy to play high-level sport in this weather," said dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp with warm temperatures across southern Germany. "In attack, we were very good, but we didn't concentrate very well in defence.
"At the end, everything worked well and I am very pleased with the result." dortmund got off to an inauspicious start at Kaiserslautern as Brazilian defender Felipe Santana scored an own goal after only 16 minutes to put the hosts ahead.
But the champions roared back just two minutes later as Barrios scored two goals in eight minutes to put the guests into a 2-1 lead. Germany's teenage star Mario Goetze netted his first league goal for five months, following a groin problem, on 33 minutes to make it 3-1 at the break.
Although Kaiserslautern pulled another goal back just after the break, it was one-way traffic from then on as Barrios completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes before Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic scored dortmund 's fifth on 78.