It took over an hour, but Borussia Dortmund finally figured out how to break down Eintracht Braunschweig and went on to win 2-1. The win moves them back on top of the Bundesliga table on goal difference over four other clubs.
Jurgen Klopp started Henrikh Mkhitaryan in place of Marco Reus Sunday to give the Armenian international his debut. The €25 million man from Shakhtar Donetsk has a lot of pressure on him this season as a replacement for Mario Götze.
Braunschweig came out of the gate in the first fifteen minutes with their heads held high and ready to attack the BVB backline when they could. Die Löwen nearly jumped out to an early lead, but Dennis Kruppke was unable to get on the end of Ken Reichel's cross.
The next 45 minutes were nearly completely dominated by Dortmund. Braunschweig sank back into their own half to defend better. For the longest time, it seemed that Braunschweig would hold out against Dortmund, mainly due to the amazing performance being put in goal by Daniel Davari. The goalkeeper was a brick wall for the first hour of the match.
BVB kept searching for the key to unlock the Braunschweig defense, and Klopp reached into his pocket and subbed him onto the field. Jonas Hoffman came on for Aubameyang in the 68th minute and stung the back of the net a few minutes later. After moving the ball up the right side of the field, the ball was played into the middle of the pitch to Mats Hummels. The centerback played a no look pass in to Hoffman, and the 21 year old finally beat Davari to give BVB the lead.
Hoffman created the second goal when he drove past Ermin Bicakcic in the penalty area. The defender's last ditch tackle brought down Hoffman, and the referee whistled for a penalty. Reus stepped up to take the penalty and converted to give BVB the 2-0 lead.
Braunschweig managed to pull a goal back late, but the comeback would end there. Kevin Kratz barely got his head onto Mirko Boland's corner, but the ball struck Lewandowski's head and caught Weidenfeller unawares. It was 2-1 in favor of BVB at that point, and that's the way the match would end.