Defending champions Borussia Dortmund went second in the Bundesliga on Sunday after a thrilling 3-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen, but remain 12 points adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s away win allowed them to claim second spot from Bayer, but it was a battle royal as the hosts came from 2-0 down to level before Poland striker Robert Lewandowski’s winner settled Borussia’s nerves.
With Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller ruled out with an infection, Australian Mitchell Langerak made his first Bundesliga appearance since April 2012 and put in a solid display.
Dortmund needed just eight minutes to take a two-goal lead after a sublime Lewandowski pass left Marco Reus through on goal and with only Bayer goalkeeper Bernd Leno to beat.
That was in the third minute and Leno’s luck deserted him five minutes later when he made contact with Lewandowski’s foot, referee Deniz Aytekin showed him a yellow card and awarded the penalty which Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski put away.
Leverkusen roared back after the break with Langerak forced into a number of saves before midfielder Stefan Reinartz scored two goals in four minutes early in the second-half to put the home side level.
Dortmund replied immediately with Lewandowski winning the race to tap home a Leno parry and hand the visitors a winner on 63 minutes which would eventually stand up till the end of the game.
The champions were awarded a penalty on 70 minutes, butLeno was given a simple save when Blaszczykowski mistimed his spot kick.
In a frantic final 15 minutes, Dortmund held on despite Leverkusen firing in 12 corners and 26 shots on goal over the 90 minutes.AFP