3/3/2018 10:55:33 PM

Reus targets World Cup after Dortmund leveller against Leipzig

Reus targets World Cup after Dortmund leveller against Leipzig

Berlin, Germany: Marco Reus underlined his brilliant return from a serious knee injury by scoring in his third straight Bundesliga game on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig.

After eight months sidelined having torn his cruciate knee ligament in last May's German Cup final, Germany winger Reus now has three goals in four games.

Having missed Germany's 2014 World Cup victory with torn ankle ligaments and Euro 2016 with a groin injury, the fleet-footed Reus is even more determined to help defend the global title at Russia 2018.

"I'd be lying if I said that I didn't think about the World Cup and really want to be there," he told Bundesliga.com before kick-off.

"I won't make a secret of the fact it's a big goal of mine to be there. I know I've got a good chance, if I'm playing well."

Reus was a constant threat on Saturday and involved in the build-up when striker Michy Batshuayi tapped home on 16 minutes, but Andre Schuerrle, who supplied the final pass, was offside.

Leipzig took the lead when Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, back after a thigh injury, played pass through Dortmund's defence which Jean-Kevin Augustin tucked away on 29 minutes.

Having also had an earlier goal flagged for offside, Reus made no mistake at the second attempt when he sprinted onto Batshuayi's well-timed pass and equalised seven minutes from halftime.

With an hour gone, Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, bungled the chance to grab the winner with the goal at his mercy.

Leipzig, who picked up a point after three defeats, stay sixth.

The result leaves Dortmund third after Schalke had earlier snatched the second spot with a 1-0 home win against Hertha Berlin.

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