Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV came face to face in an eagerly awaited clash on Saturday evening at Signal Iduna Park. With today's game Dortmund are set to play seven games in 22 days.
Borussia Dortmund had already made an excellent start this season, winning their opening four matches in the Bundesliga before Saturday's clash. Today's game gave them the chance to become one of only twelve Bundesliga sides in history to make it five from five at the start of a season.
Ahead of the weekend round of Bundesliga games, coach Jurgen Klopp still insisted that Guardiola's Bayern Munich were hot favorites for the title this season, but he is a notoriously shrewd man and has a habit of talking his young squad down at key points in the season.
Earlier in the day, second-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery took Bayern Munich to the top of the Bundesliga as they saw off a spirited challenge from Hannover at the Allianz Arena.
But Dortmund were undeterred and trounced Hamburg 6-2 to return to number one spot by Saturday evening. And once again, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero, opening the scoring on 19 minutes. Dortmund added a second through Henrikh Mkhitaryan before being pegged back to 2-2 by the 49th minute by the visitors. But 24-year-old Aubameyang who signed from French outfit AS Saint Etienne in the summer put Dortmund ahead with a powerful strike midway through the second half. A flurry of goals late on sealed the win, with a brace from Robert Lewandowski and one from Marco Reus.
Bayern, if they didn't already realize, have a serious challenger for their domestic crown. Although the league is only 5 games old, this championship could go write to the wire. Klopp's men will now focus on their Champions League assault and their impending tie against Napoli on Wednesday.