Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finishes the Bundesliga season as the German league’s top scorer after a late penalty scored in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 victory over Werder Bremen. A goal in the 42nd minute by Aubameyang pushed him into a tie with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and the penalty kick in the 89th minute got him his 31st goal of the year. It appears that Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund manager, was finding a way to get Aubameyang the opportunity late in the game, as teammate Marco Reus had taken a penalty kick a couple of minutes earlier and scored the game-tying goal. However, Aubameyang says that it was Reus’ call: “For the second penalty, he clearly told me, ‘You can take it if you like, or not.’ I accepted the responsibility and it’s a great feeling to score.” After the game-winner, time quickly expired, securing the victory for Borussia Dortmund; Aubameyang’s teammates jumped on top of him in celebration of his season when the game was called.
Lewandowski finished with no score in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 win over Freiburg later in the day, guaranteeing Aubameyang the Golden Boot Award. Aubameyang is the second African player ever to lead the Bundesliga in scoring, joining Tony Yeboah of Ghana, who led the league in two consecutive seasons for Eintracht Frankfurt in the early 1990s. Aubameyang reacted to the news that he bested Lewandowski: “To beat him is just madness! Yes, I feel very, very good. He shoots goals every week. Pity for him, but life is like that,” upon which he let out a smirk. Borussia Dortmund finishes the season in third place in the league standings, which at least clinches an automatic spot in the Champions League group stage. Aubameyang said after the game, “I feel very good. We reached third place and qualified directly for the Champions League, that was our goal.”