Borussia Dortmund's winless Bundesliga run stretched to eight games after they were beaten 2-1 by Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park on Matchday 15.

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen

Goals: 0-1 M. Eggestein (25'), 1-1 Aubameyang (58'), 1-2 Gebre Selassie (65')

Dortmund went into the game on the back of a seven-game winless run in their league, their worst domestic run of form for 17 years, and Bremen looked to pounce on the home side’s apparently fragile confidence. Zlatko Junuzovic’s speculative effort landed on the roof of Roman Bürki’s net after nine minutes, before the goalkeeper could only gather Max Kruse’s shot at the second attempt moments later. If that was something of a fortunate escape, Borussia’s luck ran out on 25 minutes. Kruse’s pass out wide was collected by Maximilian Eggestein, who skipped inside onto his left foot and curled a delightful finish into the corner.

Their efforts were rewarded just before the hour-mark when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bundled in for his fifth goal in four games, but Bremen quickly regained the initiative, and after Kruse’s volley was saved, Theodor Gebre Selassie powered in a header to restore the visitors’ lead. Once again, Dortmund had to find a way back into the game and they should have been level on 72 minutes, only for Kagawa to see his shot from six yards cannon into Aubameyang and bounce over the bar. The home side huffed and puffed but looked bereft of confidence. Schürrle could only shoot tamely at the goalkeeper in the closing stages, and Bremen could have easily added a third on the break. Florian Kohfeldt’s team celebrated wildly at the final whistle; the mood in the Dortmund camp could not have been more different.

Man of the match

Dortmund could not get near Kruse on the day, with the former Germany international ligting up his 200th league appearance with two excellent assists and a flurry of neat touches.

Max Kruse has had a direct hand in seven goals for Werder bremen this season. © imago / Eibner

Line-ups

Dortmund: Bürki – Sokratis, Subotic, Bartra – Pulisic, Dahoud (Isak 82'), Guerreiro (Sahin 46'), Schmelzer (c) – Yarmolenko (Schürrle 46'), Kagawa - Aubameyang

Subs not used: Weidenfeller, Zagadou, Weigl, Toprak
Absentees: Reus (knee), Piszczek (knee), Durm (hip), Castro (ankle), Rode (shin), Götze (ankle), Philipp (knee)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson – M. Eggestein, Bargfrede, Delaney, Junuzovic (c) (Gondorf 53') – Bartels (Kainz 33') (Bauer 84'), Kruse

Subs not used: Drobny, Hajrovic, Sane, Belfodil

Absentees: Zetterer (hand), Garcia (ill), Caldirola (foot), Zhang (ankle), Johannsson (knee)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt

Match stats

  • Aubameyang scored his 97th Bundesliga goal to surpass Anthony Yeboah as the highest-scoring African player in the league's history.
  • Werder ended a run of ten league losses away to Dortmund.
  • Max Kruse made his 200th Bundesliga appearance. He has a combined 122 goals and assists.
  • A day after turning 21, Maximilian Eggestein scored his first league goal of the season.
  • Dortmund have won 11 of their last 12 Bundesliga matches against Bremen.
  • Five of Gebre Selassie's last six league goals have been scored with his head.

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