Marco Reus scored a hat-trick on his first appearance of the season following groin and heel injuries as Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warszawa on an astonishing night at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa
Goals: 0-1 Prijovic (10'), 1-1 Kagawa (17'), 2-1 Kagawa (18'), 3-1 Sahin (20'), 3-2 Prijovic (24'), 4-2 Dembele (29'), 5-2 Reus (32'), 6-2 Reus (52'), 6-3 Kucharczyk (57'), 7-3 Passlack (81'), 7-4 Nikolic (83'), 8-4 Reus (90+2')
The visitors got the goal glut under way early on with Aleksandar Prijovic’s sublime finish with the outside of his boot, but the Black-and-Yellows were soon romping clear. Ousmane Dembele set up Shinji Kagawa twice in quick succession to turn the game around, before Nuri Sahin bundled the ball in after Legia keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak’s punched clearance hit the Dortmund midfielder. Prijovic struck again with a low finish, but missed the chance to equalise when he hit the bar from point-blank range. Within seconds, Dembele extended the lead with a neat turn and shot, and Reus then grabbed the seventh goal of a remarkable half with a simple tap in.
Reus had his second early in the second period, running on to Dembele’s cross to convert from close range but Michal Kucharczyk reduced the arrears before the hour was up with a clever finish past Roman Weidenfeller. Following a brief lull in the goals there was a final flurry in the closing stages as Felix Passlack headed home a rebound from a Cierznak save. However, lax defending from Dortmund allowed Legia in again when Nemanja Nikolic raced in to drive the ball in off the post. BVB could have added another after brilliant skill and a shot on the turn from Christian Pulisic, but Cierzniak’s fine save denied the USMNT starlet. Reus had the final say, though, completing his hat-trick with a deflected shot that grazed through the keeper’s legs in stoppage time, sealing a win that keeps Dortmund top of Group E going into their final fixture against Real Madrid CF.