BERLIN — Borussia Dortmund conceded a record three goals in the 89th minute to lose 3-2 against Werder Bremen on Saturday, ending a winning start to the Bundesliga season.
Dortmund were 2-0 up and on course for a third win from three league games. Bremen then staged a remarkable comeback to stun the home side as the visitors became the first team in the Bundesliga to score three goals so late in a game.
It started with English defender Lee Buchanan scoring what looked like a late consolation. This proved to be just the beginning for the advanced audience.
Nicholas Schmidt equalized in the third minute of injury time, two minutes before Scotland forward Oliver Burke scored the winner to spark wild celebrations among the traveling supporters.
“Without getting into details, what happens in the changing room stays there, but the mood was great,” Bremen coach Olli Werner said after composing himself. The normally calm Werner was punching the air with glee.
It was Bremen’s first win since promotion back to the Bundesliga. And totally deserved.
Dortmund lost most of the game. However it was 2-0 up thanks to first-half injury time goals from Julian Brandt and long-range shots from Rafael Guerrero in the 77th. They scored the home team’s first and second shots.
Dortmund’s Gio Reyna came on in the 62nd for his first competitive appearance since April 8, when the American injured his right hand less than two minutes into Stuttgart.
Dortmund’s fearsome offense was short of ideas against Bremen, who had the best chances of the first half through Marvin Duktsch, back at their hometown club.
But Brandt scored before the break, when the Bremen-born midfielder eluded a couple of defenders outside the penalty area before firing inside the far post.
Bremen remained the better side, before Nico Schlotterback produced a crucial block to deny Anthony Jung before a penalty appeal was thrown out.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzek reacted with three substitutions with half an hour remaining, Reina among them.
But Werner’s changes had a huge impact. Buchanan and Schmidt came on in the 70th and Burke in the 81st after Guerrero made it 2-0. They all scored.
“It was a decent loss. We didn’t play well today,” Terzek said. “It was a very poor performance from us… still, when you’re 2-0 up to the 88th minute, you have to win the game. And the way we conceded goals was really stupid. Very aggressive. And yes, that’s it. We We are left empty-handed.”
Another coup d’état
American forward Jordan Peacock scored again and set up another goal for Union Berlin to beat Leipzig 2-1 for the fourth time in the Bundesliga.
Leipzig’s 2-1 victory in the German Cup last April was the only respite for the energy drink-backed club.
Sheraldo Baker set up Peacock to open the scoring on the counter-attack in the 32nd, six minutes before Peacock restored the advantage for Baker to make it 2-0 with another fine finish. Becker switched play from his right foot to his left to break free from Leipzig defender Josco Guardiola and curl his shot inside the far post.
Both Pfock and Becker had also scored in the first leg in the Union derby win over Hertha Berlin and they hit the ground running in the second half.
Willy Orban headed one back for a corner in the 83rd, but the Union defense held firm.
Undefeated Union move to second with a second win, while Leipzig have just two points from their first three games.
Leverkusen lose again
Bayer Leverkusen slumped to a third straight Bundesliga defeat – after crashing out in the first round of the German Cup – as fast-shooting Hoffenheim cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Christoph Baumgartner scored an early goal of his own when he was one of two Hoffenheim players to face seven Leverkusen defenders, Andrzej Krameric made it 2-0 in the 35th and Georginio Rutter made it 2-0 in the 78th. Scored with a wonderful shot from distance.
Leverkusen didn’t play badly and the home side’s afternoon was summed up when Karim Demirbay hit the post with a free-kick.
Schalke forward Simon Tyrod wasted two penalty chances during the 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.
Quin Castells saved Thiroud’s first attempt, but the Schalke forward was given another chance as the Wolfsburg keeper came off his line. Castiel then saved the next attempt as well – this time within regulation.
Vincenzo Grifo’s early goal was enough for Freiburg to win 1-0 at Stuttgart, and Mainz won 2-1 at Augsburg – another game with a missed penalty.