BVB Dortmund edged out VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 in dramatic fashion in a tightly-contested affair at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday evening.
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 BVB Dortmund
Reus opens the scoring
Wolfsburg much improved in second half
Rodriguez nets from the spot
Kagawa seals dramatic win
Dortmund went into the half-time break with a one-goal lead after Marco Reus had put them ahead on 32 minutes.
Wolfsburg were much improved in the second half and were back on level terms in the first minute of added time when Ricardo Rodriguez netted from the spot.
There would be further late drama, however, as Dortmund secured all three points when Shinji Kagawa fired home just two minutes later.
It was a manic start to the game for Dortmund and they came desperately close to opening the scoring in the third minute when Ilkay Gundogan struck the cross bar from a free kick just outside the box.
Dortmund rattled the cross bar once again in the seventh minute when Sven Bender charged into the box from centre-back and toe-poked an effort past Diego Benaglio and onto the woodwork.
Benaglio had to be alert again on the 27-minute mark when Reus headed it down for Marco Schmelzer, who had a low driven effort, which nearly snuck through the keeper's legs, saved.
And Dortmund were ahead in the 32nd minute, Reus rounding the keeper to tuck home the opener after being teed up by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Wolfsburg had a nearly moment in the 39th minute when Maximilian Arnold effort from 25-yards out flew narrowly wide of the upright.
Reus looked lively to start the second half of the game, but it was Wolfsburg who would craft the first chance of the half, Andre Schurrle seeing his free kick cleared by Neven Subotic.
Draxler then burst into the box in the 56th minute, but held onto the ball for just a fraction too long and was dispossessed just as he was about to fire off his shot.
Wolfsburg were much improved in the second half, but were just not able to craft any real clear-cut chances against a stern Dortmund defence.
And Die Wolfe were rewarded for all their attacking play in the dying embers when Ricardo Rodriguez netted from the spot after Schurrle was brought down in the area by Lukasz Piszczek.
However, Dortmund were not content to settle for the draw and almost immediately went up the other end and were back in front when Kagawa sent a first-time shot past Benaglio from a Mkhitaryan volleyed cross.