BERLIN: Scottish forward Oliver Burke scored as Werder Bremen conceded two goals in the 89th minute to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Saturday.
Dortmund coach Edin Teržić said his side didn’t deserve to win but should have maintained their late lead.
“We are talking about a well-deserved defeat,” Teržić told AFP subsidiary SID.
“However, it’s really frustrating that we were 2-0 until the 88th minute.
“Even if you perform poorly, you have to win the game.”
A visibly shaken Dortmund captain Marco Reus said: “I didn’t understand how it could happen.”
Bremen manager Ole Werner couldn’t explain his team’s miraculous comeback.
“The last few minutes were pure emotion. It was insanity. It cannot be rationally explained,” he said.
Burke, who also scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to see Bremen score a point at home to Stuttgart last Saturday, moved past Dortmund debutant Niklas Süle to lead the goalkeepers. He repeated the feat of scoring past Gregor Covel and giving the visitors all three points. .
With Dortmund holding a 2-0 lead in the closing stages, Bremen rallied past defender Li Buchanan in the 89th minute.
Dortmund looked suddenly upset and equalized just three minutes later with Niklas Schmidt’s goal.
Bremen-born Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt opened the scoring in stoppage time in the first half with a spectacular curling shot into the bottom corner.
Portuguese wing-back Rafael Guerreiro scored in the 77th minute to give Dortmund a comfortable lead.
The loss ended Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the season and Teržić’s nine-game winning streak.
Leipzig are winless after a ‘very bitter’ 2-1 away defeat to Union Berlin on Saturday.
Returning striker Timo Werner hit the post in the 19th minute.
Leipzig possessed 75 percent of the ball throughout the game, but Union opened the scoring in the 32nd minute from American striker Jordan Siebacheu.
Sibatcheu has scored three goals in four games since arriving in Berlin in the summer.
Siebatcheu turned provider after just six minutes and put winger Sheraldo Becker into space on the right to score Union’s second goal.
Willy Orban headed in a corner kick for Leipzig in the 82nd minute, but Berlin held on desperately until the end of the game to secure a well-deserved victory.
Berlin have lost only three times at home since the start of the 2020-21 season and are unbeaten in their last 10 Bundesliga matches.
Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco said his side’s slump at the start of the season had “cooled them down”.
“I am very bitter because I got off to a very good start.”
Berlin captain Christopher Trimmel says his team is not on track.
“Our target is to avoid relegation. We will do everything to get 40 points and then set a new target.”
Bayer Leverkusen’s nightmare start to the campaign saw them lose 3-0 at home to Hoffenheim.
Pre-season title prospects Leverkusen are bottom of the table with three defeats, along with a first-round exit in the German Cup.
Freiburg got off to a strong start with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Stuttgart.
Normally a provider, the away team’s Vincenzo Griffo tapped the ball from close range to put Freiburg ahead in the 11th minute.
It was South Korean midfielder Lee Jae-sung’s stoppage time winner that saw Mainz beat Augsburg 2–1.
Promoted Schalke pulled Wolfsburg 0-0, picking up a valuable point.