BVB extend record start – Kagawa most prolific Japanese
BVB defended their position at the top of the table, but had to endure a fraught second half after a confident first, due in part to the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lifted the ball into keeper Marwin Hitz's arms when taking a penalty awarded for a handball (after a video review).
Deserved win: Even if the second half was "wild", a 14-10 shots on goal ratio, 61% of the possession, and a pass completion rate of 75% all indicate that the victory was just. The Borussia men also won the majority of the tackles (54%). Augsburg committed 23 fouls.
Favoured destination Augsburg: BVB are undefeated in seven away games at Augsburg, with today's result extending the run to give them five victories and two draws as part of their record there.
Record start: With 19 points from seven games and a goal difference of +19, the Black and Yellows further extended their own record start to a season.
Early starters: Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg are the early starters of the division. Only these two teams have ever scored three goals within the opening quarter hour of a match. The Fugger City men are also, however, the only team to have ever conceded three goals in the opening 15 minutes of a game.
Record Player: Shinji Kagawa scored his 38th Bundesliga goal in total and is now the highest scoring Japanese in the history of the Bundesliga. He managed to find the back of the net here too in his second start of the current season. After only one goal in 21 matches last season, he has already scored twice as many in the 2017/18 season.
First league goal: Andrey Yarmolenko scored his first Bundesliga goal by way of a back-heel and also set up Shinji Kagawa for his wonder goal. The Ukraine man has been directly involved in five goals in the league across four games, but scored for the first time himself in today's contest. (br)