Late Bremen treble stuns Borussia Dortmund

Leonardo Bittencourt of SV Werder Bremen battles for possession with Raphael Guerreiro and Emre Can of Borussia Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park on August 20, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany.

Three late Werder Bremen goals have stunned Borussia Dortmund and sealed an incredible 3-2 away win, while woeful Bayer Leverkusen lost for the third straight game in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund looked to be cruising to the top of the league with a third win out of three this season on Saturday through goals from Julian Brandt and Raphael Guerreiro.

But promoted Bremen hit back in spectacular fashion through three substitutes as Lee Buchanan scored on 89 minutes before Niklas Schmidt and Oliver Burke both struck in stoppage time.

“I have no idea how that happened,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus told Sky.

“If I knew, I could have stopped it. We didn’t have control of the game in the second half despite leading. It was too wild.

“We have not played well the whole game.”

Surprise bottom side Leverkusen lost 3-0 at home to Hoffenheim, Freiburg won 1-0 at regional rivals VfB Stuttgart and Wolfsburg drew 0-0 with Schalke as Simon Terodde twice had a penalty saved for the visitors, who are yet to win on their Bundesliga return.

Second-placed Mainz won 2-1 at Augsburg.

Champions Bayern Munich can go top as they travel to Bochum on Sunday when Eintracht Frankfurt also host Cologne. Bayern lost 4-2 at then promoted Bochum last term.

On Friday, leaders Borussia Monchengladbach beat Hertha Berlin 1-0.

Dortmund, who also lost midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud to a shoulder injury in the first half, failed to really get going until Brandt blasted home from just outside the box on the stroke of halftime.

The Germany man, linked with a move away from Dortmund, was given far too much time but unerringly found the bottom corner.

Portugal left back Guerreiro also netted from distance on 77 minutes and the game looked over as Dortmund also hit the post.

Out of nowhere, Englishman Buchanan struck with the outside of the boot, Schmidt headed home and Scotland’s Burke smashed in at the near post as Dortmund fell apart in a mind-boggling way.

Leverkusen were an impressive third last term but have been terrible so far this season. They went behind to a superb backheel from Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner following a fine early move.

Andrej Kramaric’s close-range header compounded Leverkusen’s misery and Robert Skov had a third in the first half ruled out for an earlier foul. The third did come through Georginio Rutter on 78 minutes.

Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane was looking forward to a return to the Champions League but has now found himself under pressure having also gone out in the German Cup first round to third tier Elversberg.

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