Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund: 6 Things We Learned

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Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund: 6 Things We Learned
Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing 5-1 win in the Bundesliga over relegation candidates Werder Bremen

Jurgen Klopp's side traveled to Bremen with a mixture of apprehension and a genuine eagerness for further victory following what was a very edgy encounter against bottom of the table Eintracht Braunschweig last week. 

Robin Dutt's side came into the game fearing for their safety following a dismissive 3-1 defeat to Augsburg and no more than a simple 0-0 draw against Braunschweig

Alas, it was Dortmund who opened the scoring just 26 minutes into the game through a wonderfully placed shot from none other than Robert Lewandowski with a goal that summed up the intentions of the visitors that afternoon. 

Just 15 minutes and countless attacking plays later, Dortmund doubled their lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a wonderful solo effort on the edge of the Bremen box. At halftime, Dortmund led two goals to nil and looked as though they had the game wrapped up. 

If that wasn't the case before the break, it certainly didn't take long for Klopp's side to underline the point in the second half. Just two minutes after the restart, backup centre-back Manuel Friedrich latched onto a loose ball from the first corner of the period to make it three for Dortmund, and from there, the Black and Yellows simply enjoyed the rest of their afternoon. 

It was the visitors' fourth goal, a wonderful counter-attack play in which Marco Reus, Nuri Sahin, Lewandowski and ultimately Mkhitaryan combined to create the kind of football that has been too seldom seen at the club this season. The simple finish from the Armenian forward sent Klopp into a frenzy of delight, as he and fans alike welcomed the return of the club's once heralded culture of wonderful football. 

A consolation goal came for Bremen in the form of Levent Aycicek's late shot a few minutes from time, but it was only after Lewandowski had doubled his own tally and made it five for Dortmund on the day. It was a well-earned victory for Klopp's men, and one that fans will remember fondly for some time.

Here's what else we took from the game. 

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