Dortmund beats Leverkusen 3-2 in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund withstood a late rally from Bayer Leverkusen to win 3-2 and move above the home side into second in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Robert Lewandowski set up one goal, earned two penalties and scored the winning goal in the 64th minute — just after Stefan Reinartz had pulled Leverkusen level with two goals in four minutes.
"It was a meeting of the highest level ... in the end the team that won was the one that made the one mistake less," said Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid.
Marco Reus opened the scoring in the third minute when he chipped Bernd Leno after Lewandowski played the Germany international through.
Leno brought Lewandowski down five minutes later and Blaszczykowski stepped up to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.
"They were always dangerous. I told the guys at halftime that 2-0 is a very dangerous score (to defend)," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Leverkusen responded with tremendous pressure — the home side had 26 efforts on goal altogether — only to find reserve goalkeeper Mitch Langerak in fantastic form.
Langerak denied Stefan Kiessling from point blank before Mats Hummels blocked Andre Schuerrle's effort on the line.
Then Kiessling controlled the ball on his chest, lifted the ball over a defender with one touch and away from the goalkeeper with his next for Reinartz to score his first goal of the season in the 58th.
He got his second four minutes later, only for Lewandowski to reply straight away with his 13th goal of the season at the other end.
Blaszczykowski had the chance to make it 4-2 in the 71st, after Sebastian Boenisch brought Lewandowski down in the area, but this time Leno saved the Pole's penalty and kept his side in the game — albeit to little avail.
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