Borussia Dortmund Back On Top Of Bundesliga


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Croatian midfielder MATO JAJALO (left), on loan to 1.FC Koeln for this season from Italian Serie A side AC Siena, grabs the shirt of Borussia Dortmund midfielder SVEN BENDER as he plays the ball at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Koeln. (Juergen Schwarz/DAPD)
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After an absence of 2,624 days — BORUSSIA DORTMUND are back at the head of the Bundesliga class, if only temporarily.

Thanks to an injury time goal by Turkey international midfielder NURI SAHIN, his third of the Bundesliga season, die Schwarzgelben snatched a late 2-1 victory over a lively 1.FC KOELN for a seventh consecutive league win and a place at the top of the table.

Surprising FSV Mainz 05 have maintained a 100% record after seven games and can retake the league lead again tomorrow, but, for Borussia Dortmund, the view from above is still sweet nevertheless.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI, who scored the tying goal for Poland in the 2-2 draw with the United States in Chicago over this most recent international break, had himself a notworthy evening. In the 20th minute, the former Polish Footballer of the Year opened the scoring with his first Bundesliga goal of the season. At the end, it was Blaszczykowski who produced the pass for Sahin’s game-winner.

22-year-old Croatian goalkeeper MIRO VARVODIC made his Bundesliga debut between the sticks for 1.FC Koeln in favor of normal first choice, Colombia international FARYD MONDRAGON; reportedly, Koeln management was upset with Mondragon’s transcontinental journey back to Germany which, apparently, left the Colombian veteran unfit to play.

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(Reuters photo) — Germany World Cup winger LUKAS PODOLSKI (10) looked to have earned 1.FC Koeln a draw with an 82nd minute effort which beat Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER with Poland international defender LUKAS PISZCZEK (26) and midfielder MARIO GOETZE (31) watching at the RheinEnergie Stadion…
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…but Turkey international midfielder NURI SAHIN settled the issue in favor of Borussia Dortmund in time added on, then took the opportunity to remind the German international Podolski of the result. (Juergen Schwarz/DAPD)

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