BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund substitute Paco Alcacer completed a hat trick with the last kick of the game for a dramatic 4-3 win over Augsburg to stay unbeaten in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Spanish striker twice drew Dortmund level before Mario Goetze, another substitute, scored on his first league appearance of the season to make it 3-2 to Dortmund in the 84th minute.
Dortmund fans were already celebrating what they thought was another comeback win – the side came from two goals down to beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 last weekend – when Michael Gregoritsch replied for the visitors with a header from a corner for 3-3.
Dortmund’s final chance came after Sergio Cordova conceded a free kick for a brutal foul on Achraf Hakimi. Alcacer fired the set-piece over the Augsburg wall in the sixth minute of injury time.
“It’s fantastic, for the spectators, but also for us, because anything was possible – counterattacks, goals,” an emotional Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said.
“With this support behind us, the team has belief, it’s clear, but we always try to play, even if there are some things to be corrected, especially in defense.”
The win maintains Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the season and keeps Favre’s side top of the league going into the international break 7/8- even if Bayern Munich ends its three-game run without a win against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the late game.
Augsburg had ended Bayern’s seven-game winning start to the season.
Alfred Finnbogason, who scored a hat trick on his comeback from injury in the previous round, fired his side ahead when he pounced on a loose ball and shot through Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Buerki’s legs.
Dortmund’s response, when it came after an hour of play, was down to Axel Witsel, who won possession in midfield and played a perfect throughball for Jadon Sancho on the wing. Sancho whipped the ball in with his first touch for Alcacer to score – also with his first touch. He had been on the pitch for only two minutes.
Finnbogason hit the crossbar before Philipp Max restored Augsburg’s lead in the 71st.
But Alcacer grabbed his second in the 80th off a free kick from Raphael Guerreiro, firing in off the inside of the left post to set the game up for its exciting finale.
“A very, very, very good transfer,” Favre said of the summer signing from Barcelona.
Alcacer has six goals in three league appearances, all of them as a substitute.
United States internationals Weston McKennie and Bobby Wood helped their respective sides to wins.
McKennie followed up his first goal in the Champions League on Wednesday with his first in the Bundesliga to set Schalke on its way to beating promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-0.
It was Schalke’s third win in a week including the victory over Lokomotiv Moscow after it started the league with five defeats.
Wood scored twice in the first half to help Hannover climb off the bottom with a 3-1 win over Stuttgart.
Wood, who hadn’t scored for the club since his summer switch from relegated Hamburger SV, scored both with his head off crosses from Miiko Albornoz.
Also, Mainz held Hertha Berlin to 0-0.