Dortmund extended their streak to a perfect three wins from three matches to start the 2013 calendar year as they beat Leverkusen 3-2 at the BayArena on Sunday. The result marked the first home loss of the season for die Werkself, who found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes, but fought back to draw level before ultimately succumbing to defeat.
The match between the Bundesliga's second- and third-placed teams was anticipated to be a highly entertaining clash but nearly was not, given the commanding lead BVB opened at such an early stage.
After their brilliant start, however, the visitors took their foot off the pedal and Leverkusen showed great character as they found their way back into the game.
A quickfire brace from Stefan Reinartz (58' 62') restored parity for the hosts, who deserved no less. That only lasted for seconds, however, as Robert Lewandowski capitalized on a defensive mistake and scored the winner for BVB.
The final 26 minutes after Lewandowski's strike were some of the most exciting of the Bundesliga season, with Leverkusen pressing for another equalizer and Dortmund clinging to their narrow lead. In the end, there were many messages to take from the game.
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