England teenagers Jude Bellingham and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens scored for Borussia Dortmund when they returned to action after 72 days to beat Augsburg in a thrilling Bundesliga fixture.
Augsburg came from one goal behind three times before Dortmund prevailed with Giovanni Reyna’s brilliant volley.
Sébastien Haller made his debut after treatment for testicular cancer.
Reyna’s winner, with 12 minutes to play, capped a three-goal-in-four spell that began when England Under-19 striker Bynoe-Gittens curled in a long-range shot that Bellingham just dodged.
David Colina then reacted quickly to the rebound as Kelvin Yeboah’s shot hit the post to make it 3-3, but within seconds Dortmund were in front again when Reyna latched onto a Bellingham assist .
The 19-year-old England international put Dortmund ahead after 29 minutes with his fourth league goal of the season, ahead of three goals in the first-half final stage.
Arne Maier equalized in the 40th minute, but defender Nico Schlotterbeck’s goal put the hosts back in front two minutes later. Augsburg, one place above the relegation zone at kick-off, fought back again when Ermedin Demirovic equalized in stoppage time.
Haller’s appearance as a substitute, replacing striker Youssoufa Moukoko, was his debut for Dortmund. The 28-year-old former West Ham striker was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving Ajax in July 2022.
After the three-goal period that settled the game, Bellingham picked up his fifth booking of the season, meaning he will miss Dortmund’s meeting with Mainz on January 25.
The result sees Dortmund move up one place in the Bundesliga to sixth, seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich.