Borussia Dortmund moved to the top of the table, moving ahead of Bayern Munich as they continued their perfect start to the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign as they defeated a struggling Bayer Leverkusen side by a score of 3-0 at the Signal-Iduna-Park.
The match started out slowly and in the 14th minute, Henrik Mkhitaryan weaved his way past a couple of Leverkusen defenders before firing a shot that was pushed out of play by Leno. A minute later, Shinji Kagawa laid the ball straight to Ilkay Gündogan who's shot went wide of the left post. On the other hand, Leverkusen try to build up an attacking move, but their final ball is not there at the moment.
Hofmann opens the scoring
Finally, a goal came in the 19th minute as Kagawa played a perfect pass into the path of Jonas Hofmann. Bernd Leno came off his line and completely missed the ball, opening up the goal for the 23-year-old who made absolutely no mistake with his well-placed shot finding its way into the back of the net.
New signing Javier Hernandez was clean through only to have his chipped shot go well wide of the target, with Bürki coming well off his line and made himself big. The visitors have done a better job at tightening up their defense in the last ten minutes, making the middle of the park congested and giving Dortmund some fits as their intricate passing is being broken up.
In the 33rd minute, BVB finally got another shot off, from Mkhitaryan with the young German goal keeper keeping the ball from going into the back of the net. Kevin Kampl had Leverkusen's best and first shot of the first half with eight minutes remaining but it was hit straight at Bürki. A minute before halftime, the Armenian international received the ball on the left side of the box, rushed his shot though and blasted it over the top of the goal.
HT: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayer Leverksuen
This was a well-deserved lead for the hosts as the dominated the possession and got the better of the chances away capped off by the Hofmann goal before the 20th minute.
There was a big shout for penalty in the first two minutes of the second half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went down to the ground after a tussle with Tah. The referee though was having none of it as the Dortmund striker looked to have gone down a little bit easy. Then Aubameyang, with a bit of back pressure from a Leverkusen defender, found himself with some space inside the penalty area, only to see his shot stopped by Leno with five minutes off the clock.
Dortmund double their lead
Shinji Kagawa doubled Dortmund's lead 12 minutes into the second half. Hofmann started off the move with a lovely turn down the right before playing the ball back towards Gundogan who passed it on to Mkhitaryian. Kagawa received the ball about 10 yards away from goal, and even with Papadopoulos closing him down, the Japanese midfielder managed to place the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Calhanoglu of course stepped over a free with an hour gone in the match only to see his effort stopped by well by the 24-year-old goal keeper.
Matthias Ginter got on the end of a loose ball inside the 18 yard box and the Brazilian left-back, Wendell, fouled him giving Dortmund a chance to go three goals up with less than 20 minutes remaining in the match. Aubameyang stepped up the spot and hit the ball hard and low into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
Dortmund kept pushing for a fourth goal and with five minutes remaining, Leno pulled off a save on a Gündogan which was followed up by a Marcel Schmelzer shot that was pushed aside for a corner kick.
In the end, the home side was just too much for a lack-luster Bayer Levekusen club who have their work cut out for them having lost three Bundesliga matches in succession.