BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalise on Bayern Munich’s draw with Cologne as they succumbed to their second league defeat at the hands of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who defeated the Schwarzgelben 2-0 at the BayArena.
An early first-half goal from Admir Mehmedi put the Werkself ahead before former Manchester United striker Javier Hernández doubled their lead 12 minutes from time to record a first home league win for Leverkusen over Dortmund since 2007
Die Werkself started well and went close in the third minute when Hakan Çalhanoğlu curled a freekick just wide.
Five minutes later the hosts went close again when Hernández met a cross from Benjamin Henrichs with a header but Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki palmed the effort behind.
The home side went ahead from the resulting corner when Çalhanoğlu’s delivery was met by Mehmedi, who took advantage of a slip from Julian Weigl to head home past Bürki.
In the 19th minute the visitors went close when Łukasz Piszczek found Aubameyang, who surged forward before hitting a tame effort at goal, but Bernd Leno made a comfortable save.
In the 31st minute the home side went close when Raphaël Guerreiro lost possession allowing Çalhanoğlu to find Kevin Kampl, who fired an effort inches wide from-range.
In the 44th minute the visitors had a good chance when Guerreiro found Aubameyang, who chested the ball into Ousmane Dembélé, who fired an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
In added-time at the end of the first-half, Leverkusen nearly found a second when Hernández was played through on-goal, the Mexican fired a first-time effort against the post, but he was adjudged to be offside.
A minute into the restart the hosts went close to doubling their lead when Çalhanoğlu nodded down a Mehmedi cross into the path of substitute Wendell, who fired an effort just wide with the outside of the foot.
In the 72nd minute Dortmund went close to a leveller when Aubameyang did well to evade a number of challenges before forcing Leno into a good save from a tight-angle.
Seconds later the hosts went close on the counter when Çalhanoğlu received the ball and cut-inside before firing an effort that Bürki held onto.
Six minutes later Die Werkself doubled their lead when a fantastic break from the hosts saw substitute Kevin Volland find Çalhanoğlu, who sent in a teasing delivery into the path of the sliding Hernández, who tapped home.
In the 83rd minute Dortmund had a great chance to pull a goal back when a dangerous cross from Dembélé was missed by Leno with the loose ball falling to Aubameyang from a yard out, but he swung his foot and missed the ball allowing Henrichs to clear the danger.
Three minutes later Leverkusen should have sealed the victory when Volland did brilliantly to beat a number of players before firing an effort at goal but Bürki made the stop.
It looked as though it wasn’t going to be Dortmund’s day and that was demonstrated a minute later when Dortmund thought they had pulled a goal back only for the strike to be chalked off. Piszczek’s low delivery across the face of goal was tapped home by Aubameyang but the flag was already up.
The result meant that Leverkusen moved into seventh on ten points whilst Dortmund, who failed to capitalise on Bayern Munich’s draw with Cologne, remained in third on 12 points before the rest of the weekend’s games. The victory was also Leverkusen’s first against Borussia Dortmund at home since 2007.