Borussia Dortmund brought Bayer Leverkusen’s winning run of five successive Bundesliga games to an end, with an impressive 2-0 victory seeing them continue their 100% record since the restart of the season following the World Cup.
A force transformed from relegation candidates to European contenders under Xabi Alonso’s stewardship, Bayer Leverkusen aimed to win a sixth successive league match against a Dortmund side that had won both games since returning to action after the World Cup. Boosted by form and confidence, the hosts played at a quick tempo from the very outset, and cut open Dortmund early on when Florian Wirtz’s defence-splitting pass put Moussa Diaby in on goal.
Aiming to end Leverkusen’s impressive run of successive home league clean sheets at three, Julian Brandt produced a low cross that picked out Karim Adeyemi in the box.
Kobel then completed his hat-trick of impressive saves against Diaby when he somehow managed to block a low shot in the latter stages of the game, but the points were long won and lost, and this result sees Dortmund return to the Champions League places in fourth.