An even first half that ended 0-0 led to an incredibly uneven second half, dominated by Borussia Dortmund in their match away to Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena. Kevin Grosskreutz was the man who starred in BVB's early second half romp, scoring two goals and notching an assist in a six minute period.
The first goal came from a defensive error, when Bayer defender Daniel Schwaab completely misplayed the ball in his own penalty area off of a throw-in. The ball then fell to the left winger Grosskreutz who scored an easy tap in goal to put the visitors up 1-0 in the 49th minute. He would extend his side's lead just three minutes later, scoring on a much classier finish, created by a Robert Lewandowski header after a poor giveaway by Rene Adler. It would take another three minutes for Grosskreutz to create the third goal, winning a 50-50 challenge that resulted in the ball falling to the feet of Mario Goetze in space. The young attacking midfielder, starting in place of Shinji Kagawa, who is away at the 2011 Asian Cup, picked up the ball and finished between the legs of Adler from ten yards out. Between the 49th and 55th minutes, Dortmund scored three goals to go up 3-0, all created or scored by Grosskreutz.
Bayer striker Stefan Kiessling added a consolation goal in the 80th minute, but by this point, Bayer had no way back into the match. Between the third goal and Kiessling's goal, BVB were confident enough to try all kinds of tricks, just toying with a Bayer side that had their belief completely shattered.
With this win, Borussia Dortmund now has an incredible 13 point cushion on top of the German Bundesliga. It seems very improbable that anyone will catch them at this point, and it's only January.