Borussia Dortmund, Germany star Marco Reus back after 259 days out

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Marco Reus could not hide his excitement after making his long-awaited return from injury in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 home win over Hamburg on Saturday.

Plenty has changed since he last started a game for Dortmund.

Up next for Dortmund is the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie against Atalanta on Thursday.

"Together with dear God we defended well and deserved to win in the end", Hertha coach Pal Dardai said.

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The hosts got off to a flying start when Robert Lewandowski scored for the 11th successive home game, in the sixth minute.

Schalke drew level when Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern next season, mistimed a bicycle kick from a cross, but Franco di Santo fired home on 29 minutes.

A boring match was lit up by Dortmund's second in the dying stages when Germany's World Cup victor Mario Goetze netted after coming off the bench.

Chelsea loanee Batshuayi converted Christian Pulisic's cross from close range as Dortmund beat Hamburg to remain third.

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Reus has been out of action since sustaining a partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Dortmund's DFB-Pokal final victory over Eintracht Frankfurt last May.

Hamburg, the only ever-present team in the Bundesliga's 55-year history, are 17th in the 18-club table with 17 points, three adrift of Mainz 05 in the relegation playoff spot. Valentino Lazaro scored two minutes before halftime, the referee confirming the goal after reviewing it on the video replay system (VAR), and Salomon Kalou added the second in the 57th minute after Leverkusen lost possession.

Hannover ended Freiburg's nine-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at home to consolidate its midtable spot, level on points with Hoffenheim and Augsburg.

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