Borussia Dortmund took a major leap towards the Champions League knockout stages as they beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 in an extraordinary game at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund 8 Legia Warsaw 4
Prijovic gives Legia early lead
Hosts go into HT break 5-2 ahead
Scoring spree continues in second stanza
Reus completes hat-trick in injury time
Legia took an early lead when Aleksandar Prijovic curled a shot past Roman Weidenfeller in the 10th minute.
Shinji Kagawa (17′, 19′) and Nuri Sahin (21′) put the hosts 3-1 up before Prijovic grabbed his second goal of the match to make it 3-2. Ousmane Dembele (31′) and Marco Reus (33′) made it 5-2 at the half-time interval.
Reus completed his hat-trick and a further strike by Felix Passlack gave Dortmund eight goals on the night, while Nemanja Nikolics and Michal Kucharczyk pulled another two goals back for the Polish club.
After not seeing much of the ball in the opening exchanges, Legia stunned the hosts when they took the lead in the 10th minute through Prijovic, the striker finishing superbly with the outside of his boot after a good run and cross down the right-hand side by Vadis Odjidja.
It seemed like the goal spurred Dortmund into action as what followed must go down as one of the most remarkable 15 minutes in Champions League history as another six goals were scored.
Kagawa levelled for BVB in the 17th minute before the Japan international put his team in front two minutes later after receiving a pass from Dembele.
Sahin put Thomas Tuchel’s side 3-1 up on 21 minutes after Legia goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak punched a free-kick straight into the oncoming midfielder and into the back of the net.
Just three minutes later, though, the visitors pulled a goal back as Prijovic grabbed his brace, tucking away a cross from Bartosz Bereszynski.
In the 29th minute Prijovic had a chance to draw Legia level as his chipped effort had the beating of Weidenfeller but not the crossbar and that miss proved costly.
Dembele deservedly got his name on the scoresheet, putting Dortmund 4-2 ahead on the half-hour mark before Reus made it 5-2 just two minutes later after neat play by Kagawa and Sahin in the build-up.
There was no letting up after the interval as Reus got his second of the game in the 52nd minute when he tapped home after being teed up by the impressive Dembele.
Legia, however, never gave threw in the towel and contributed to the entertaining clash by making it 6-3 just five minutes later through Kucharczyk after a swift counter-attack. Passlack then made it 7-3 when he headed in the rebound after Cierzniak had made a fantastic save to deny substitute Andre Schurrle.
Nikolics continued the scoring spree as he pulled another goal back for Legia, who again caught Dortmund out on the counter.
But Reus completed his hat-trick, and the scoring for the match, in injury time to make the final score 8-4 to cap a crazy night in Dortmund.