Dortmund - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice, but Aytac Sulu's last-minute leveller for SV Darmstadt 98 denied Borussia Dortmund victory and earned the plucky newcomers an unexpected point with a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Goals: 0-1 Heller (17’), 1-1 Aubameyang (63'), 2-1 Aubameyang (71'), 2-2 Sulu (90')
Even with 8,000 travelling fans, Darmstadt appeared dwarfed by the size of the task facing them. They may have fallen behind had either Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marco Reus proven more clinical with early opportunities. Instead, the Lillies' fans were given an unexpected opportunity to out-sing their Dortmund counterparts when Marcel Heller capped a incisive counter-attack with a sublime volley. Aubameyang had made Bundesliga history by scoring in each of the opening six games, he should have made that seven in the first half, but fired over from virtually on the goalline when lunging to meet a Reus cross.
The hosts pressed incessantly after the break, but for all their territorial domination, initially created few clear-cut opportunities. One of the rare sights of goal fell to Mkhitaryan, whose vicious drive was parried by Mathenia. But with the visitors seemingly comfortable, Aubameyang swept the game away from them. Mathenia was powerless to prevent Aubameyang swivelling to fire home Matthias Ginter's first-time cross before the Gabon international burst onto Adnan Januzaj's deft through ball to put Dortmund ahead.
The former AS Saint-Etienne man may even have had a hat-trick, but was just unable to touch home a Mkhitaryan cross. Had he scored, it would have made all the difference as Thomas Tuchel's men were pegged back with seconds left when Sulu sidefooted home the loose ball after the Dortmund defence had failed to clear to send the travelling fans wild.
Man of the Match
He may have missed a golden first-half opportunity, but Aubameyang made amends after the break, showing finishing skills of the highest order, even if it was not enough for BVB.
Is Aubameyang now showing the sort of form that will make BVB fans forget their former hero, and next week's opponent, Robert Lewandowski?
- Aubameyang scored in his seventh straight game since the start of the season, extending his Bundesliga record.
- The BVB forward has now netted two braces this season, and eight in his Bundesliga career.
- Heller has now scored more top-flight goals (three) in seven outings for Darmstadt than he did in 34 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Dortmund have scored in every competitive fixture under Thomas Tuchel.
- Darmstadt remain unbeaten away from home this season, despite having travelled to Gelsenkirchen, Leverkusen and Dortmund (one win, two draws).
Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Weigl - H. Mkhitaryan, Kagawa (Ramos 90'), Reus (Januzaj 59')- Aubameyang
Darmstadt: Mathenia - Garics, Sulu, Caldirola, Junior Diaz - Niemeyer (Jungwirth 57'), Gondorf (Stroh-Engel 83') - Heller, Rosenthal, Rausch (Kempe 67') - Wagner