- Leverkusen outfox Dortmund.
- Mehmedi and Chicharito with the goals.
- Dortmund's second Bundesliga defeat of the season.
Leverkusen made the brighter start and after Chicharito forced a sprawling save from Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki, Admir Mehmedi rose highest to head home the ensuing corner. BVB threatened sporadically on the counter through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele, but it was Bayer midfielder Kevin Kampl who went closest to adding his name to the scoresheet with a fierce drive that grazed the side-netting.
Trailing at half-time for the first time this season, Dortmund had to wait until the 72nd minute to seriously test Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with Aubameyang's low strike saved more by luck rather than judgement. BVB were seeing far more of the ball, but one electric Leverkusen counter put paid to the visitors' hopes of getting something from the game as Chicharito met Hakan Calhanolgu's cross from close range to seal the win.
Man of the match
Calhanoglu was at his creative best in the No.10 role for Leverkusen, setting up both goals to bring up his first assists of the season.
Leverkusen have not made the most convincing start to the season, but they are now up to seventh - just three points behind Hertha Berlin in second - thanks in no small part to the goals of Chicharito.
- Chicharito has scored six of Leverkusen's last seven competitive goals.
- Mehmedi scored his first Bundesliga goal in 22 top-flight matches (1130 minutes).
- Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the only Dortmund player to have played every single minute of competitive action so far this season (900 minutes).
Leverkusen: Leno - L. Bender (c) (Wendell 46'), Tah, Toprak, Henrichs - Aranguiz (Baumgartlinger 90'), Kampl - Brandt (Volland 68'), Calhanoglu - Mehmedi, Chicharito
Coach: Roger Schmidt
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Ginter, Guerreiro - Weigl - Pulisic (Mor 46'), Rode (Kagawa 71'), Castro (Schmelzer 46'), Dembele - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel