Borussia Dortmund hosted Fortuna Düsseldorf in a match that had a massive effect on the Bundesliga title race. Die Schwarzgelben were holding on to a hopeful lead at the top of the table for a majority of the season, but recent inconsistencies in results, including a crushing 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich, had caused them to drop four points below the German giants with only two matchdays remaining.
Düsseldorf meanwhile are looking to finish the season as high as 10th place after getting promoted last summer by winning 2. Bundesliga. The effective tactics set in place by manager Friedhelm Funkel has seen the club defeat much bigger sides such as Hoffenheim, Dortmund in their first meeting of the season, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
With Bayern fighting to a 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig that same day, Dortmund seized the initiative and won a thrilling 3-2 victory over their fellow North Rhine-Westphalians.
Manager Lucien Favre opted for a 4-4-2 formation which commonly flowed into a 4-2-3-1 with Paco Alcácer pushing forward ahead of Mario Götze in attack. Jacob Bruun Larsen replaced Jadon Sancho in the starting eleven, though Sancho would substitute on for the Danish winger in the 61stminute. Christian Pulisic lined up in his typical right winger position in what would be his final home match at Signal Iduna Park.