Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund thrashed FC Augsburg 5-1 at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday afternoon.
BVB Dortmund 5, FC Augsburg 1
Aubameyang opens scoring
Reus grabs brace before half-time
Bobadilla pulls one back
Aubameyang caps off result with late double
BVB Dortmund enjoyed a superb first-half and put the game virtually out of sight before half-time as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang netted the goal to continue his sublime goalscoring form.
Marco Reus then grabbed a first-half brace from two Shinji Kagawa assists to put Thomas Tuchel's side 3-0 up at half time.
FC Augsburg pulled a goal back early on in the second-half through a Raul Bobadilla header and looked to get back in the game before Aubameyang grabbed his hat-trick with two well-taken goals late on in the second-half.
BVB Dortmund started much the better side and put Augsburg under significant pressure early on, but Tuchel's side were unable to translate that to the scoresheet as FC Augsburg's defence stood firm.
The breakthrough finally came when some great interplay between Gonzalo Castro and Ilkay Gundogan saw the latter play Aubameyang in on goal and the forward made no mistake to finish past Marwin Hits to open the scoring.
less than three minutes and BVB had doubled their lead, this time Kagawa firing a driven cross along the six yard box and Reus was on hand to tap it home from close range.
Reus soon had his brace when Kagawa again played in Reus, taking two defenders out the game with a sublime back-heel and the Germany international grabbed his second of the afternoon with a composed finish.
After half-time, and FC Augsburg were given a lifeline when they were awarded a free-kick in an area of some danger, Tobias Werner whipping in a vicious free-kick and Bobadilla rose highest to head home.
Bobadilla then had a glorious chance to pull another one back when Hummels scuffed clearance fell to him in the area, but his contact was just as bad and the ball skewed out for a goal-kick.
BVB Dortmund looked more composed in defence after that and Tuchel made a number of subs to consolidate their advantage, notably taking off Reus for Adrian Ramos. It was nearly an inspired substitution as the Colombian found himself in on goal with nearly his first touch, only to push his effort wide.
Aubameyang then completed a solid showing from the hosts as Ramos pulled his shot across the goal and the forward took a chance at the far post, tapping home with ease.
The Gabon international wasn't done yet as Kagawa grabbed his third assist of the afternoon by finding Aubameyang in acres of space in the box and he slotted it into the back of the net to complete the rout.