- Aubameyang scores the only goal of the game.
- Leipzig fail to pose a true threat in front of goal.
- Dortmund beat Leipzig at their own game on the counter.
Goals: 1-0 Aubameyang (35')
The frenetic pace made for intense opening exchanges at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Leipzig looked more comfortable on the ball, but it was Dortmund who posed the greater threat and, after Ousmane Dembele and Aubameyang both spurned half chances either side of the half hour mark, the two combined to great effect to break the deadlock. Marvin Compper and Willi Orban were both left trailing in Dembele’s wake before the winger whipped in a pin-point cross which Aubameyang headed home to send the hosts in at the break with a narrow lead.
Leipzig began the second half with more courage and purpose, but would have been two goals down five minutes after the restart were it not for Marco Reus poor effort at the end of an irresistible Dortmund counter. In need of an equaliser, the visitors pushed forward, but failed to register a shot on goal after the 26th minute. Instead they left themselves exposed in transition and were fortunate that Dortmund proved profligate with Aubameyang and Reus both wasting clear-cut chances that almost came back to haunt the hosts only for Federico Palacios-Martinez's late effort to be ruled out for offside.
Man of the match
Aubameyang proved too hot to handle for the visitors’ backline as he not only scored the winning goal, but also registered more than double the amount of shots on goal (five) than the entire Leipzig team (two).
Any whispers of Dortmund suffering a mini-crisis in form were well and truly put to bed courtesy of blistering, but commanding display on home soil that saw them close the gap on Leipzig to eight points by beating them at their own game.
- Aubameyang has scored the first goal of a game five times this season – only Sandro Wagner and Anthony Modeste can match that feat.
- Dembele has provided eight assists this season, six of which have been converted by Aubameyang.
- 18-year-old Dayot Upamecano became the youngest player to feature for Leipzig in the Bundesliga after coming off the bench in the second half.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra - Durm, Schmelzer - Weigl - Reus, Guerreiro (Ginter 77'), Dembele (Pulisic 61') - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Leipzig: Gulasci - Bernardo, Orban, Compper, Halstenberg - Khedira (Upamecano 66'), Ilsanker - Kaiser (Palacios 80'), Keita - Selke (Bruke 73') , Poulsen
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
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