Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty but Borussia Dortmund continued their fine start to the Bundesliga season on Matchday 7, a dominant first-half attacking performance enough to secure a 2-1 win at plucky Augsburg.
It took no time at all for Dortmund's front line to click into gear in Augsburg, Andrey Yarmolenko's sumptuous backheel – his first Bundesliga goal – putting the visitors ahead early on. Augsburg hit back almost instantly, though, Caiuby ghosting into the box and heading past Roman Bürki. Undeterred, BVB continued on the front foot and reclaimed the lead thanks to Shinji Kagawa's delicious dink, but pushing for a third before the break, Aubameyang spurned a chance he would usually take when on-on-one with Marwin Hitz.
Despite Dortmund's lead, Augsburg began brightly after the break and almost levelled when Daniel Baier sent a dipping volley just over the bar. The hosts continued to push, dominating proceedings by this point, and Bürki was twice forced to produce excellent saves to preserve BVB's lead. Against the run of play, Dortmund had the chance to extend the lead, but Hitz saved Aubameyang's attempted 'Panenka' penalty. The miss made for a nervy final 10 minutes, although Peter Bosz's side held firm to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
Man of the match
For his quite glorious chipped finish alone Kagawa would merit the honour, but the Japanese was influential in all of Dortmund's best attacking moves, stitching the side's forward play together calmly and quietly.
- Yarmolenko netted his first Bundesliga goal.
- Kagawa (38 goals) overhauled Shinji Okazaki (37 goals) to become the Bundesliga's all-time leading Japanese goalscorer.
- Kagawa only managed one Bundesliga goal last season; he's already scored twice this term.
- Caiuby's eighth Bundesliga goal was his first with his head.
Augsburg: Hitz - Opare, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max – Khedira (Koo, 38'), Baier (c) - Heller (Thommy, 80'), Gregoritsch (Cordova, 67'), Caiuby - Finnbogason
Coach: Manuel Baum
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis (c) , Bartra, Toljan – Dahoud (Castro, 57'), Weigl, Kagawa (Toprak, 81') – Yarmolenko (Philipp, 63'), Aubameyang, Pulisic
Coach: Peter Bosz
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