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Hofmann, Reus fire Dortmund top of Bundesliga

Update : 19 Aug 2013, 06:18 PM

Midfielders Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann's late goals sealed Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 home win over Eintracht Braunschweig to leave the Champions League runners-up top of the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Hofmann grabbed the limelight from Dortmund's record-signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made his debut after costing 27.5 million euros (US$36.6m) from Shakhtar Donetsk, when he broke the deadlock seven minutes after coming on.

Hofmann replaced Dortmund's other key signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then took a crisp return pass from defender Mats Hummels to drill his shot in off the far post on 75 minutes.

Hofmann was then fouled in the area five minutes from time allowing Reus to drill home the penalty for Dortmund's second before Braunschweig pulled one back when Kevin Kratz's 89th-minute corner deflected in off Borussia's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski.

It was not the way Lewandowski, Dortmund's top-scorer last season with 24 goals in 31 league games, would have wanted to celebrate his 100th top-flight match, while coach Jurgen Klopp enjoyed his 100th German league win with Borussia.

"Braunschweig stuck to their defensive plan, but in the second-half we had lots of chances," said Klopp, as Dortmund enjoyed 66 percent possession and 17 shots on goal compared to Eintracht's four.

"Jonas Hofmann turned the game for us in the right direction, so all-in-all, I'm pleased."

After Aubameyang hit a hat-trick on his German league debut in last weekend's 4-0 rout of Augsburg, the three points leave Dortmund top of the table on goal difference with European champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in joint second.

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake crashed in an 89th-minute free-kick to rescue a point in Nuremberg's 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.

Nuremberg had taken a 40th-minute lead when striker Daniel Ginczek held off two defenders to set up Swiss striker Josip Drmic to blast his shot home.

Berlin drew level when Tunisia striker Sami Allagui's shot bounced in off the chest of Nuremberg centre-back Berkay Dabanli on 61 minutes.

Brazilian midfielder Ronny then netted a 79th-minute penalty for Hertha before Kiyotake's late leveller shared the points.

On Saturday, defending champions Bayern laboured to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt while both Hamburg and Schalke 04 suffered heavy defeats which left Leverkusen in second after their 1-0 win at VfB Stuttgart.

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic gave Bayern the three points at Frankfurt when he volleyed home a cross from Germany's Thomas Mueller on 13 minutes.

It was a rare highlight in a below-par performance as Bayern failed to dominate, despite enjoying 70 percent possession, while Frankfurt captain Alex Meier had a goal ruled offside and a penalty appeal turned down in the dying stages.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, taking charge of only his second Bundesliga match, started with Dutch winger Arjen Robben, Germany star Mario Goetze and new-signing Thiago Alcantara all on the bench.

Spain's Javi Martinez was left out of the squad after playing the full 90 minutes of Spain's 2-0 friendly win in Ecuador on Wednesday.

Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who signed for Wolfsburg last week from Bayern after rejecting offers from Arsenal and Barcelona, made his debut in their 4-0 rout at home over Schalke 04.

There was more bad news for Schalke on Sunday as Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was ruled out for the next four weeks after tearing medial ligaments in his right knee.

Schalke will be without Huntelaar for their Champions League play-off, first-leg, at home to Greece's PAOK on Wednesday.

Hamburg were humiliated 5-1 at home by Hoffenheim as Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino ran riot, scoring twice and setting up the other three.

Mainz enjoyed a 2-1 win at Freiburg while Bremen picked up another win with a 1-0 victory at home over Bavaria's Augsburg.

Borussia Moenchengladbach bounced back from their opening day defeat at Bayern with a 3-0 win at home against Hanover 96.

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