Borussia Dortmund knocked Bayern Munich off the top spot in the Bundesliga on Sunday as new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored both goals in their 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder proved why Dortmund paid Shakhtar Donetsk €27.5m for him with his first two league goals on only his third Bundesliga appearance. The result means Dortmund go into the international break for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers two points clear of European champions Bayern.
Armenian international Mkhitaryan started off by finishing a defence-splitting pass from Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski after ten minutes. Frankfurt equalised when Stefan Aigner's bullet-header slammed off the post and Czech striker Vaclav Kadlec rifled home the rebound on 36 minutes for his first Bundesliga goal, having joined from Sparta Prague last month.
But Mkhitaryan restored Dortmund's lead with the winner when he dribbled along the edge of the area and unleashed a fearsome shot past Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Dortmund finish the weekend as the league's only team with a 100 per cent record as Bayern, who drew 1-1 with Freiburg on Tuesday, Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen all dropped points.
Earlier Sunday, Stuttgart romped to a 6-2 Bundesliga win over Hoffenheim with striker Vedad Ibisevic netting a hat-trick after coach Bruno Labbadia was sacked last Monday.
Stuttgart picked up their first points of the season after three straight defeats led to Labbadia's dismissal.
Caretaker coach Thomas Schneider got off to an emphatic start as Stuttgart's striker Alexandru Maxim did the damage by scoring two goals and setting up two more, while Bosnia striker Ibisevic claimed a hat-trick. The result lifts Stuttgart out of the bottom three and into 14th, leaving Hoffenheim 11th after their first defeat of the season.