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    DORTMUND squeeze past Bremen

    Late penalties from Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earned Borussia Dortmund automatic Champions League qualification.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Borussia Dortmund into the Champions League group stages with the winning goal in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Werder Bremen at Signal-Iduna Park.

    The Gabonese striker netted his second goal of the game and his 31st of the season - making him the Bundesliga's top scorer on the final day of 2016-17 - from the penalty spot in the 89th minute of a game that swung from one end to the other throughout a scintillating afternoon of football in Dortmund.

    After narrowly surviving relegation from the top flight last season, Bremen have enjoyed an excellent campaign under coach Alexander Nouri and Zlatko Junuzovic put them ahead after seven minutes when goal-line technology was used to establish that his close-range shot had crossed the line.

    Shinji Kagawa inspired Dortmund's fightback and he provided the assist for Marco Reus to equalise before starting the move that saw Aubameyang score with a brilliant volley on the turn. Fin Bartels made it 2-2 inside the first minute of the second half and Max Kruse then put Bremen ahead, but Reus and Aubameyang both converted penalties in the final 15 minutes of the game to secure the win for Dortmund.

    The defeat ended Bremen's hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, but they can take great satisfaction in having finished in the top half of the table – a feat that seemed beyond them at the start of the campaign.

    Meanwhile, Dortmund can celebrate after avoiding the lottery of a Champions League qualifying play-off.

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