Augsburg faced yet another challenging match as they headed to the Signal Iduna Park to face a Dortmund side in a formidable run of form.
Dortmund strike early
The visitors were under heavy pressure from the kick-off, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first sniff of goal coming just over a minute into the match. A good ball in from Gonzalo Castro was inches from the striker's lethal right foot, but was cleared by a last-ditch tackle from Ragnar Klavan.
Dortmund were utterly relentless in their assault, coming at their opponents from every angle. It wasn't long before they were rewarded, and it was inevitably Dortmund's man of the moment Aubameyang who put it away. A perfectly timed run from the striker combined with a perfect cross from Ilkay Gündoğan left 'keeper Marwin Hitz with no chance as the ball flew into the back of his goal.
It wasn't all bad news for Hitz, however. The Swiss international helped keep his side in touch by denying Ilkay Gündoğan a goal of his own, getting both hands to a curling top corner shot from outside the box to make an impressive save.
Despite the keepers best efforts, the second goal of the game came not long after, and it was Marco Reus who was able to find the net. A great piece of skill from Shinji Kagawa left him with enough space to swing the ball through the box and onto Reus, who fired the ball into the roof of the net from a narrow angle to extend his side's lead.
There was no let up from Dortmund though, and again it was Kagawa's skill that opened up Augsburg's defense. A beautiful backheel from the Japanese international again found Marco Reus, who wasted no time tucking the ball into the goal at the near post, giving him his second of the match.
The underdogs fight back
The second half was like a different match for the visitors. A relaxed start to the second half from dortmund gave the visitors the chance the needed to start making up the difference. A well taken free kick from substitute Tobias Werner found Raúl Bobadilla, who rose above Mats Hummels and headed the ball neatly over the top of Roman Bürki to give Augsburg their first goal of the game, as well as a much-needed confidence boost.
Augsburg looked a completely different side in the second half, pressing forward and putting Dortmund on the back foot at times. Bobadilla had a good chance to score a second against Burki, but was unable to connect with the ball and scuffed it wide of the goal.
Aubameyang wraps up the match
Despite the renewed resistance from the visitors, Dortmund were able to press forward again and put the game to bed. A curled shot across the face of goal from substitute Adrian Ramos looked to be going wide, but once again it was Aubameyang in the perfect position to connect with the ball and send it into the net for Dortmund's fourth.
The striker was still unsatisfied, however, and ended the day with a hat-trick after a third goal in stoppage time. Shinji Kagawa was once again the architect, picking out a pass though the box to Aubameyang, who neatly dodged the Augsburg defense and poked the ball past Hitz, capping off a perfect day for Dortmund and yet another disappointing defeat for the visitors.