Borussia Dortmund were one of four sides who warmed up for UEFA Champions League action next week with a domestic victory on Friday night.
Jürgen Klopp's men faced the sternest test of the six European hopefuls in action as they travelled to second-placed SV Werder Bremen but goals from Ivan Perišić (42) and Patrick Owomoyela (71) saw the Bundesliga champions leapfrog their opponents. Dortmund, who travel to Olympiacos FC on Wednesday, played the final 43 minutes with ten men after Perišić picked up a second yellow card.
Trabzonspor AŞ were given a severe examination by basement side MKE Ankaragücü, PFC CSKA Moskva's opponents on Tuesday having to come from behind twice to win 3-2 thanks to a 79th-minute winner by Burak Yılmaz. FC Viktoria Plzeň also picked up a morale boost ahead of their away game at FC Barcelona as they won 3-1 at 1. FC Slovácko to rise to second in the table.
FC BATE Borisov continued their surge towards another title in Belarus as Renan Bressan, a scorer in their matchday one draw at Plzeň, wrapped up a 2-0 victory at FC Dinamo Minsk that sent Viktor Goncharenko's men 12 points clear at the summit. BATE head to AC Milan on Wednesday.
GNK Dinamo Zagreb's preparations for the visit of AFC Ajax on Tuesday were less than ideal as they suffered their maiden league defeat in a 2-1 reverse at NK Zadar. FC Oţelul Galaţi were the final UEFA Champions League side to compete on Friday and the only one to draw as they were held 1-1 by FC Astra Ploieşti ahead of Manchester United FC's arrival in Romania.
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