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Oliver Burke completes incredible comeback win for Werder Bremen against Borussia Dortmund

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Oliver Burke completed a dramatic comeback as Werder Bremen scored three goals in the final six minutes to bring an end to Borussia Dortmund's unbeaten start to the season.

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Werder Bremen
Goals: 1-0 Brandt 45'+2 (assist: Reus), 2-0 Guerreiro 77' (assist: Reus), 2-1 Buchanan (89'), 2-2 Schmidt 90'+3 (assist: Pieper), 2-3 Burke 90'+5 (assist: Weiser)

Dortmund started with a real spring in their step as Mo Dahoud shot wide from 18 yards inside three minutes. Amos Pieper made a crucial challenge to deny Marco Reus a sniff of Jiri Pavlenka's goal in the six-yard box soon after, but BVB's momentum stalled when Dahoud was forced off with a dislocated shoulder. Bremen only grew into the contest as Jens Stage headed a Marco Friedl free-kick just over. However, after Marvin Ducksch twice tested Gregor Kobel, BVB landed a sucker-punch on the stroke of half-time when Julian Brandt skated inside and placed a low shot from 18 yards into the bottom corner.

Brandt had the opportunity to double his tally soon after the restart, but was flagged offside as he collected Jamie Bynoe-Gittens's through-ball and swiped wide. Bremen continued to make in-roads at the other end, with Nico Schlotterback intervening to deny Niclas Füllkrug and Ducksch in the box. Kobel beat away a Ducksch volley, prompting Dortmund boss Edin Terzic to shuffle his pack with just over an hour gone. Thorgan Hazard's introduction had the desired effect as his corner was eventually picked up by Raphael Guerreiro, who fizzed in a second from 25 yards, but Werder's changes proved decisive. After Pavlenka pushed a Hazard stinger onto the woodwork, Lee Buchanan fired in off the underside of the crossbar to set up a grandstand finish. Injury-time goals from fellow substitutes Niklas Schmidt and Burke completed a sensational turnaround.

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  • This was the first time in Bundesliga history that a team leading by two goals in the 89th minute failed to win.
  • It was the first time Bremen scored three goals or Dortmund conceded three goals after the 89th minute of a Bundesliga game.
  • Werder have lost only one of their last 12 away matches (W9, D2), but this was their first top-flight win since a 2-0 victory at Arminia Bielefeld on 10 March 2021.
  • Burke has two goals in as many games - both as a substitute.
  • Bremen-born Brandt scored his 50th Bundesliga goal.
  • Gio Reyna made his first Bundesliga appearance in 134 days, following injury.

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Watch: Oliver Burke "buzzing" after Bremen comeback

Teams

Dortmund: Kobel - Wolf, Hummels (Süle 62'), Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Dahoud (Can 18'), Bellingham – Bynoe-Gittens (Reyna 62'), Reus (c), Brandt (Hazard 62') – Modeste (Moukoko 81')
Unused subs: Meyer, Özcan, Meunier, Rothe
Out: Haller (testicular cancer)
Coach: Edin Terzic

Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) – Weiser, Bittencourt (Schmidt 70'), Groß (Gruev 81'), Stage (Schmid 62'), Jung (Buchanan 70') - Füllkrug, Ducksch (Burke 81')
Unused subs: Zetterer, Stark, Agu
Out: Dinkci (match fitness), Mbom (Achilles), Salifou (abductor)
Coach: Ole Werner

Watch: Edin Terzic: "You have to win at 2-0 up in the 88th minute"