Mkhitaryan hails Schafer display for Nuremberg

Henrikh Mkhitaryan praised the performance of opposition goalkeeper Raphael Schafer after Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win against Nuremberg.

The Armenian engaged in a fascinating battle with Schafer, who looked in inspired form as he kept Dortmund at bay in the opening half on Saturday.

But the floodgates opened early in the second half, as Mats Hummels' scrappy strike was followed by a Robert Lewandowski effort from 20 yards.

Mkhitaryan finally got the goal he so craved in the closing stages, but was quick to hail Schafer's display afterwards.

"Schafer was great, but I did not give up and always believed in my goal," he told the club's official website. "In the end it worked out and... I am very happy."

The result was the perfect tonic for Dortmund after a 3-0 defeat at Hamburg last weekend and Mkhitaryan insisted that loss was far from their thoughts against Nuremberg.

"Today, we have done everything to get the three points," he continued. "The match against Hamburg was not in our minds, rather have the good game against Zenit (4-2 UEFA Champions League victory) during the week.

"For us always, we always count only the last and the next game. At the end we won today and it was very deserved."

The three points lift Dortmund above Bayer Leverkusen into second place in the Bundesliga, and Mkhitaryan is well aware of the task that lies ahead if Dortmund wish to cling on to that position.

"We need to win as many as possible to keep the second place," he added. "The season is still long, it will be a hard road."