• Mats Hummels headed Borussia Dortmund ahead on 27 minutes 
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead on 51 minutes 
  • Salomon Kalou pulled one back for the visitors in a controversial manner
  • Adrian Ramos restored Dortmund’s two-goal lead late on to seal the win 

Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

Japan international Shinji Kagawa helped set up two goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday to go back top of the Bundesliga on goal difference – ahead of champions Bayern Munich.

Kagawa, who looks to have rediscovered his form this season, charged through in the 27th minute and sailed a perfect cross to the far post for Mats Hummels to head in.

The 26-year-old crowd favourite Kagawa had won two Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 with Dortmund before joining Manchester United for a hapless two-year spell and returned last year.  

Mats Hummels scored Borussia Dortmund's first as they beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday afternoon

Mats Hummels scored Borussia Dortmund’s first as they beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday afternoon

Hummels headed home on 27 minutes as Dortmund took a first-half lead at Signal Iduna Park

Hummels headed home on 27 minutes as Dortmund took a first-half lead at Signal Iduna Park

The Bundesliga captain (right) celebrates his opener with fellow team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Bundesliga captain (right) celebrates his opener with fellow team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

MATCH FACTS 

Dortmund: Burki, Ginter, Papastathopoulos, Hummels, Schmelzer, Gundogan (Ramos 79), Weigl, Kagawa, Reus (Piszczek 79), Aubameyang (Hofmann 71), Mkhitaryan.

Subs not used: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Bender, Castro.

Goals: Hummels 27, Aubameyang 51, Ramos 90 

Hertha Berlin: Kraft, Pekarik, Langkamp, Lustenberger, Brooks, Plattenhardt, Stocker (Weiser 45), Skjelbred (Baumjohann 58), Darida, Van den Bergh, (Kalou – 71) Haraguchi.

Subs not used: Stark, Cigerci, Jarstein, Beerens.

Goal: Kalou 78

Booked: Weiser, Van den Bergh 

Referee: Guido Winkmann

Attendance: 80,500 

Kagawa then chipped a brilliant pass for Matthias Ginter, whose cutback in the box found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score. 

That goal was the Gabon international’s third in three games this season. 

Kagawa had the chance to score one himself in the 73rd but his 20-metre drive sailed narrowly wide with keeper Thomas Kraft out of position.

Hertha cut the deficit with substitute Salomon Kalou.

The former Chelsea man appeared to be offside but tapped home the rebound after a save from keeper Roman Buerki.

However, Adrian Ramos scored in stoppage time to make sure Dortmund went top of the Bundesliga on goal difference at bitter rivals Bayern’s expense.

Bayern, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Saturday to climb to nine points as well, are second, with VfL Wolfsburg third on seven after easing past Schalke 04 3-0 on Friday.

Borussia Monchengladbach, who have yet to secure any points this season, travel to Werder Bremen in the only other game on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead on 51 minutes tapping home with his left foot

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead on 51 minutes tapping home with his left foot

The Gabon international produced an acrobatic somersault celebration after doubling Dortmund's lead

The Gabon international produced an acrobatic somersault celebration after doubling Dortmund’s lead

Crowd favourite Shinji Kagawa (right) excelled for Dortmund as they moved into top spot in the league

Crowd favourite Shinji Kagawa (right) excelled for Dortmund as they moved into top spot in the league

Salomon Kalou (right) pulled one back for the visitors in a controversial manner as he appeared offside

Salomon Kalou (right) pulled one back for the visitors in a controversial manner as he appeared offside

However, any hope of a Hertha comeback were crushed when Adrian Ramos put Dortmund 3-1 ahead

However, any hope of a Hertha comeback were crushed when Adrian Ramos put Dortmund 3-1 ahead

Ramos gave a thumbs up after completing the scoreline in Dortmund's favour on 90 minutes

Ramos gave a thumbs up after completing the scoreline in Dortmund’s favour on 90 minutes

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