Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund extended their winning start to the season to 11 matches in all competitions following a thumping 3-0 win at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
1-0 Hofmann (19’), 2-0 Kagawa (58’), 3-0 Aubameyang (74’)
BVB set to work early on the visitors, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan forcing a diving save out of Bernd Leno just 13 minutes in. Another flowing passing move ended with Ilkay Gündogan slotting just wide, before Jonas Hofmann tucked away the opener after a mistake by Leno on the edge of the Leverkusen box. Despite offering next to nothing as an attacking unit, Bayer 04 had a great chance to pull level almost immediately after falling behind, but Javier Hernandez, making his first Bundesliga start, was unable to find the target when through on goal.
Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt shuffled his pack at the start of the second half, replacing Christoph Kramer and Stefan Kießling with Julian Brandt and Admir Mehmedi respectively. The changes did little to stem the tide, however, as Shinji Kagawa capped an incisive team move with Dortmund’s second just moments after Leno had foiled Aubameyang one on one. A miserable evening got worse still for Bayer 04 when Wendell upended Mattias Ginter in the box and Aubameyang converted the ensuing spot kick. BVB might have had a fourth, but former Leverkusen midfielder Gonzalo Castro’s strike came back off the post.
Man of the match
The likes of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus often take the plaudits for BVB, but it was young Hofmann who really shone on Matchday 5. The 23-year-old enjoyed possibly his best performance in a Dortmund shirt, showing great composure for the opening goal and an exquisite turn in the build-up to the second.
While Dortmund set the pace at the top of the Bundesliga standings, spare a thought for Leverkusen. The Werkself have never lost three successive Bundesliga matches under Roger Schmidt and have made their worst start to a Bundesliga campaign since 2006/07.
Stats of the match
- Hofmann scored his first Bundesliga goal since 18 October 2014.
- Dortmund have scored at least twice in each of their 11 competitive outings this season.
- Aubameyang is the first player to score in all five opening games of the season since Leverkusen's Kießling in 2009/10.
Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan - Hofmann (Januzaj 63'), Kagawa, Mkhitaryan (Ramos 81’) - Aubameyang (Castro 87’)
Leverkusen: Leno - Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell - Kramer (Brandt 46’) - Kampl, Bellarabi (Henrichs 78’), Calhanoglu - Kießling (Mehmedi 46’), Hernandez