Auba and Reus fire Dortmund to third, but Bremen miss out on Europe

Borussia Dortmund secured automatic qualification to the group stage of next season's UEFA Champions League following a dramatic win over Werder Bremen.

Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Werder Bremen

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Goals: 0-1 Junuzovic (7'), 1-1 Reus (32') 2-1 Aubameyang (42'), 2-2 Bartels (46'), 2-3 Kruse (68') 3-3 Reus (75'), 4-3 Aubameyang (89')

Dortmund's hopes of bypassing the Champions League play-off round were thrown into turmoil when Zlatko Junuzovic prodded Bremen ahead, despite the best efforts of BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki. Goal-line technology was required to determine the opener, but there was no debating Marco Reus' fine low finish as Dortmund deservedly levelled. The home side had their tails up, and duly went ahead ten minutes later, with Aubameyang meeting an audacious Ousmane Dembele pass with a thunderous over-the-shoulder volley.

Needing a win of their own to have any chance of playing UEFA Europa League football next term, Bremen levelled immediately after the restart thanks to Fin Bartels' close-range finish. The Green-Whites clearly had not read the script as Max Kruse restored the visitors' advantage, only for Reus to haul BVB level from the penalty spot for the second time. Dortmund went up a gear, with Aubameyang serving up his 31st Bundesliga goal of the campaign from 12 yards to seal third place and his maiden Torjägerkanone prize.

Man of the Match

Aubameyang’s brace sees him end the season as the top scorer in the Bundesliga, with a haul of 31 – one more than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Talking Point

On a hat-trick, Reus selflessly handed Aubameyang the match-ball with the scores at 3-3, knowing his strike partner in crime still had every chance of dethroning Robert Lewandowski as top scorer. The Gabon star kept up his end of the bargain, tying cub legend Lothar Emmerich's 31- goal single-season record in the process.

Match stats

    Dortmund have yet to lose a home game in the Bundesliga under Thomas Tuchel.Reus has scored in six of his eight competitive outings since returning from injury.Junuzovic scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season, three of which have come in the Austrian’s last eight appearances.


Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Schmelzer (c) – Durm (Pulisic 46’), Kagawa, Sahin (Castro 72’), Guerreiro – Dembele (Bender 90+3’) - Aubameyang, Reus

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Bremen: Wiedwald - Veljkovic, Sane (M. Eggestein 86’), Moisander - Delaney - Gebre Selassie (Gnavry 46’), Grillitsch (Bargfrede 72’), Junuzovic (c), Garcia - Bartels, Kruse

Coach: Alexander Nouri

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