Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Borussia Dortmund: 5 Things We Learned

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Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Borussia Dortmund: 5 Things We Learned
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Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways on Friday evening with a well-earned 2-1 win over bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig in the first Bundesliga clash of the weekend. 

The three points were Dortmund's first victory of 2014 and now has them well placed just one point behind second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, yet 14 points behind Bayern Munich in first. 

Braunschweig started the game with a thirst that hasn't been all too evident throughout this season, and for large parts of the opening 30 minutes, the plucky home side looked as though they may have been capable of a rare upset. 

Yet, it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a wonderful one-two move with Marco Reus which allowed the striker to break through on goal where he casually thumped the ball past Daniel Davari in goal. 

The home side went in to the break a goal down, yet they started the second half much like the beginning of the first and their bravery in attack finally paid off when Benjamin Kessel knocked home from a poorly defended corner in the 54th minute. Dortmund had conceded another set piece goal and critically let the other team back into the game, again. 

However, the former champions seem to have learned from their mistakes last week against Augsburg when Aubameyang stepped up again on the 65th minute and put his side ahead for the second time that evening. 

Following that, Jurgen Klopp brought on some defensive players and held out for his first win in quite some time. All three points for Dortmund, but not a game anyone will be too proud of. 

Here's what we took from the match. 

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