Dortmund and Ingolstadt in six-goal thriller

FC Ingolstadt 04 produced a inspiring performance against Bundesliga giants Dortmund in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Audi-Sportpark on Saturday.

  • Ingolstadt 3 Dortmund 3
  • Cohen opens scoring
  • Lezcano doubles the lead
  • Aubameyang reduces the deficit
  • Lezcano makes it 3-1
  • Ramos pulls another back
  • Pulisic equalises in stoppage time

Match summary

Ingolstadt dominated the first half with goals from Almog Cohen and Dario Lezcano, and went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

In the second half Dortmund went all out in attack and pulled one back through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the home side had the two-goal cushion back seconds later when Lezcano completed his brace.

BVB never gave up and Thomas Tuchel’s inspired substitutions proved to be the difference when Adrian Ramos reduced the deficit and teenage midfielder Christian Pulisic scored in the 91st minute to make it 3-3.

Full report

In a game that Dortmund was expected to dominate, winless Ingolstadt – who only picked up one point in their previous seven games – looked to be producing one of the performances of the season.

To put the result into perspective, Die Schanzer had not won a single game in 21 games, including pre-season friendlies.

The home side got off to the perfect start when Markus Suttner’s clever free-kick caught defensive midfielder Julian Weigl totally unaware of his surroundings before Almog Cohen ghosted behind him to convert the inch perfect delivery past Roman Weidenfeller.

Dortmund enjoyed most of the possession but it was the winless side that had the better of the chances in the first half, and they could have been four ahead before the half-time break.

After Dario Lezcano made it 2-0 just before the half-hour mark, forward Lukas Hinterseer missed a glorious chance to make it 3-0. The towering forward, unmarked at the back post, found a way to hit the ball over the post with the empty net gaping.

Moritz Hartmann also had a chance before the half-time break when he got on the end of a flick-on, but he headed Lezcano’s cross wide of the post.

Those four missed chances in the first half looked to come back to haunt Markus Kauczinski’s side when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang profited from Mario Gotze’s introduction from the bench.

The German World Cup winner was barely on the pitch for a minute before he started a swift attacking move with Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele, who eventually found the Gabon international in the six-yard area to head BVB back into the game.

However, what happened seconds later left manager Thomas Tuchel absolutely speechless.

Ingolstadt hit back immediately after the kick-off, with Lezcano sneaking into the area behind a static three-man defence – after Florent Hadergjonaj’s perfect through ball somehow found its way into the area. The Paraguay forward’s effort was tame but it was enough to find the back of the net to restore the two-goal advantage.

It was turning into something of a classic Bundesliga game when Adrian Ramos finally got his goal after a few scuffed attempts earlier – to make it 3-2.

Half-time substitute Christian Pulisic provided the assist, and the Colombian had the task of cutting in from the right flank, to slot a low finish under Orjan Nyland.

In the final stages of the game, the home side looked to have survived a barrage of attacks, with Felix Passlack and Aubameyang both denied an equaliser by the impressive Norwegian stopper.

Nonetheless, United States midfielder Pulisic managed to find a stoppage-time goal to make it 3-3, sparking incredible scenes at the Audi-Sportpark.

Teenage substitute Passlack managed to dig out a cross that found Piszczek and the Pole’s header was kept out by Nyland, but the 19-year-old made no mistake with the rebound.

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