Borussia Dortmund needed a late goal from Adrian Ramos to salvage a 3-2 win against SV Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga on Saturday night.
- Dortmund 2 Bremen 2
- Aubameyang breaks deadlock
- Galvez equalises
- Junuzovic puts visitors ahead
- Kagawa and Ramos save hosts’ blushes
Dortmund dominated their match against Bremen, producing three times as many shots as the visitors, but had to wait until the 53rd minute for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to give them the lead.
Bremen reacted strongly and goals from Alejandro Galvez and Zlatko Junuzovic in the 69th and 74th minutes gave them an unlikely lead.
However, the home side would draw level through Shinji Kagawa in the 77th minute before Ramos scored the winner five minutes later.
It seemed to be business as usual for Dortmund who were on the front foot from the opening whistle against Bremen as they sought a win to keep pace Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
Erik Durm nearly gave the home side the lead in the 15th minute, but his powerful strike was denied by a fantastic save from Felix Wiedwald.
Aubameyang showed his class to create a chance from nowhere in the 19th minute, but Wiedwald produced another stunning save before Durm sent an effort narrowly over the bar four minutes later.
It was all Dortmund in the opening half and Marcel Schmelzer and Gonzalo Castro both went close late in the first period, but the hosts had to settle for going into the break level with Bremen at 0-0.
They kept up the pressure in the second half and eventually found the breakthrough in the 53rd minute. Aubameyang latched onto a superb throughball before chipping the ball over Wiedwald to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The goal sparked some life into Bremen, who finally started to find a way into the match and even managed to grab an equaliser as Galvez reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box to fire his level.
Five minutes later, they grabbed a surprise lead when Junuzovic was given far too much space in the box and he produced a lovely finish to put Bremen 2-1 ahead.
However, their advantage would not last long as Kagawa timed his run superbly to get on the end of a superb Marcel Schmelzer pass to tap home from close range.
Dortmund would have the final say in the match as Henrikh Mkhitaryan delivered a pin-point corner for Ramos, who rose above the Bremen defence to head his side into a 3-2 lead.
Junuzovic gave the home side a scare moments before the final whistle with a powerful shot from inside the box, but it flew just wide and Dortmund clung on to a hard-fought 3-2 win to remain five points behind Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga standings.