Borussia Dortmund conceded a record three goals in the 89th minute to lose 3-2 to Werder Bremen on Saturday, ending their Bundesliga winning start.
Dortmund were leading 2-0 and were on course for their third victory in three league games. Then Bremen staged a remarkable comeback to stun the home side as the visitors became the first Bundesliga team to score three goals so late in a game.
It all started with England defender Lee Buchanan scoring what looked like a late consolation. It was just the beginning for the promoted visitors.
Niklas Schmidt equalized three minutes into added time, two minutes before Scotland striker Oliver Burke netted the winner to spark wild celebrations among the traveling supporters.
“Without going into details, what happens in the locker room remains there, but the atmosphere was very, very good,” Bremen coach Ole Werner said after recovering. Werner, normally serene, had struck the air with glee.
It was Bremen’s first win since promotion to the Bundesliga. And fully deserved.
Dortmund were dominated for much of the game. He nevertheless led 2-0 thanks to long shots from Julian Brandt in added time in the first half and from Raphaël Guerreiro in the 77th. It was the home team’s first and second shots on target.
Dortmund’s Gio Reyna came on in the 62nd for his first competitive appearance since April 8, when the American injured his right hamstring again after less than two minutes in Stuttgart.
Dortmund’s vaunted attack had looked run out of ideas against Bremen, who had the best first-half chances thanks to Marvin Ducksch, back at his home club.
But Brandt scored just before the break, when the Bremen-born midfielder evaded a few defenders just outside the penalty area before firing inside the far post.
Bremen remained the better side, having a penalty appeal overturned before Niko Schlotterbeck made a crucial block to deny Anthony Jung.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzić responded with three substitutions with half an hour remaining, including Reyna.
But Werner’s changes had a much bigger effect. Buchanan and Schmidt came on in the 70th and Burke in the 81st after Guerreiro made it 2-0. They all scored.
“It was a deserved loss. We didn’t play a good game today,” said Terzić. in the 88th minute you have to win the game. And the way we conceded was really stupid. So boring. And yes, that’s how it is. We find ourselves empty-handed.
LEVERKUSEN LOSES AGAIN
Bayer Leverkusen suffered their third consecutive defeat in the Bundesliga – having been knocked out in the first round of the German Cup – when Hoffenheim won 3-0.
Christoph Baumgartner scored early with his heel as one of two Hoffenheim players against seven Leverkusen defenders, Andrej Kramaric made it 2-0 in the 35th and Georginio Rutter scored with a brilliant long shot at the 78th.
Leverkusen hadn’t played badly and the home side’s afternoon came to a head when Kerem Demirbay hit the post with a free kick.
Schalke striker Simon Teerode wasted two penalty chances in a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.
Koen Casteels saved Teerode’s early effort but the Schalke striker was given another chance as the Wolfsburg keeper had left his line. Casteels then also saved the next effort – within the rules this time.
Vincenzo Grifo’s first goal was enough for Freiburg to win in Stuttgart 1-0, and Mainz won 2-1 in Augsburg – another game with a missed penalty.
Union Berlin hosted Leipzig later on Saturday.