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Group C leader Dortmund was without Henrikh Mkhitaryan – the Armenian playmaker left behind due to tensions between his home nation and Azerbaijan – but the prolific Aubameyang maintained the visitor’s strong start to the competition.
After Thomas Tuchel’s men were made to sweat early on – Matthias Ginter clearing off the line from
Dodo – Aubameyang scored twice in seven minutes after the half-hour mark to put Dortmund well on its way to three points in Baku.
Aubameyang wrapped up his hat-trick 18 minutes from the end of a low-key second half when he pounced on Marco Reus’ spilled effort as Dortmund negotiated a potentially tricky away trip with relative ease.
The Gabon striker now has 17 goals in just 16 appearances in all competitions this season, and Dortmund remains unbeaten in Europe under Tuchel at the midway point of the group.
Although the game was dead, Dodo Nike Mercurial Superfly FG UK pulled one back in injury time for Qabala, who remain bottom having taken just a point from three games.
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Ginter was called on again to clear Dodo’s lobbed effort off the line amid hesitant goalkeeping from Roman Weidenfeller.
Dortmund regrouped and saw Aubameyang go close twice before the forward registered his first and second goals of the group stage shortly after the half-hour mark.
The 26-year-old produced Nike Mercurial CR7 Cleats Dortmund’s first moment of real quality to curl in a powerful effort before finding the target again seven minutes later, collecting Shinji Kagawa’s lay-off and prodding a second past Dmitry Bezotosniy.