Dortmund reclaim top spot

Dortmund cruised 3-0 past Leverkusen to seal the fifth win in as many games while Schalke edged struggling Stuttgart 1-0 at the closer of the fifth round in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. With the result, Dortmund regains the top spot thanks to a better goal difference compared to Bayen Munich.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (centre) scores a penalty against Bayer Leverkusen during their Bundesliga first division match in Dortmund, on Sunday.   -  REUTERS

Dortmund cruised 3-0 past Leverkusen to seal the fifth win in as many games while Schalke edged struggling Stuttgart 1-0 at the closer of the fifth round in the German Bundesliga on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund maintain their perfect 5-0 record, by inflicting Leverkusen the third straight loss in Bundesliga, to recapture first place from Bayern Munich in the standings.

Thomas Tuchel's men controlled proceedings for most of the time and Jonas Hofmann broke the deadlock following a moment of madness by Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno with 19 minutes into the game.

Leverkusen remained unfazed and tried to pull back but Javier Hernandez failed to make use of a promising chance moments later. The “Werkself” took over before the break but they remained sloppy at the finish.

Dortmund piled on the pressure after the restart and doubled the lead through Shinji Kagawa, who made use of a blackout by Wendell to tap home from very close range at the 58th minute.

Things changed from bad to worse for the visitors from Leverkusen, as Wendell brought down Matthias Ginter inside the box, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to seal the win and his sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot.

With the result, Dortmund regains the top spot thanks to a better goal difference. Meanwhile, Leverkusen remain at 13{+t}{+h} spot following their third consecutive loss.

Elsewhere, Stuttgart's crisis continues as Schalke snatched three points on the road courtesy of Leroy Sane's second half winner.

Despite a powerful performance with 26 goal scoring opportunities, Stuttgart were unable to score. Schalke punished Stuttgart's wastefulness as Leroy Sane made use of a long ball to shrug off a defender for the left-footed winner at the 53rd minute.

The second win in row move the “Royal Blues” to 4{+t}{+h} place while Stuttgart sit 17{+t}{+h} on the table after suffering their fifth loss in as many games.

Augsburg wrapped up their first win of the season as they overcame winless Hannover 2-0 thanks to the first-half goals by Alexander Esswein and Paul Verhaegh.

With the victory, Augsburg are 14{+t}{+h} in the table whereas Hannover, who are without a win so far, occupy 16th place.