Dort­mund keep goals flow­ing to win derby

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BER­LIN: Gabon striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Auba­menyang claimed his 14th Bun­desliga goal of the sea­son as Borus­sia Dort­mund edged past archri­vals Schalke to win a tense Ruhr derby 3-2 yes­ter­day. Aubameyang joined Bay­ern Mu­nich striker Robert Le­wandowski as the league’s top scorer by net­ting Dort­mund’s third af­ter Ja­pan mid­fielder Shinji Ka­gawa and Ger­many de­fender Matthias Gin­ter had net­ted at Borus­sia’s Sig­nal Iduna Park sta­dium.

Schalke are now win­less in their last six matches, but the Royal Blues fought to the end as Nether­lands striker KlaasJan Hun­te­laar scored goals in each half fol­low­ing mis­takes in the Dort­mund defence. “There was no need for it to have been so tense at the end,” ad­mit­ted Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel as his side en­joyed their sev­enth-straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“We had so many high-qual­ity chances that we could have made it 4-1, but I had the feel­ing that the play­ers didn’t want to make any mis­takes, which made us tense.”

The re­sult leaves sec­ond-placed Dort­mund five points be­hind Bun­desliga lead­ers Bay­ern, and eight points clear of third-placed Wolfs­burg, while Schalke stay fifth. Af­ter Ka­gawa gave Dort­mund a 30th-minute lead with a rare header, Hun­te­laar equalised three min­utes later af­ter Borus­sia cap­tain Mats Hum­mels gave the ball away.

The hosts then net­ted twice as Gin­ter was left un­marked at a cor­ner on 43 min­utes as it fin­ished 2-1 at the break. Aubameyang then slot­ted what proved to be the win­ning goal af­ter a su­perb fi­nal pass from Gon­zalo Cas­tro, who started on the left wing in place of in­jured Ger­many star Marco Reus.

Aubameyang re­ceived a yel­low card af­ter pulling off his shirt in cel­e­bra­tion to re­veal a T-shirt bear­ing the text ‘Do you re­mem­ber?’ un­der the Bat­man logo, hav­ing donned a “Caped Cru­sader” out­fit in the derby last Fe­bru­ary when he also scored in a 3-0 win over Schalke.

But Hun­te­laar grabbed his sec­ond when Dort­mund cen­tre-back Sokratis tried to back-heel a cross, but the ball landed at the feet of the Dutch player who slot­ted home on 71 min­utes. Schalke’s Pierre-Emile Hoe­jb­jerg hit the post with ten min­utes to go, then cleared a Dort­mund shot off the line in the dy­ing stages.

Bay­ern run riot

Aubameyang is again the league’s joint top-scorer along­side Le­wandowski, who net­ted his 14th league goal in Bay­ern’s 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on Satur­day.

The Bavar­ian gi­ants’ star-stud­ded at­tack ran riot with Ar­jen Robben, Dou­glas Costa and Thomas Mueller also get­ting on the score­sheet as de­feat pushed Stuttgart back into the bot­tom three.

Bay­ern have turned the Al­lianz Arena into a fortress by scor­ing 28 goals in their last six home games, con­ced­ing just three, and have now claimed 34 points from 36 and are the only un­beaten team in Ger­many’s top flight. Wolfs­burg, last sea­son’s run­ners-up, are now 13 points adrift of Bay­ern af­ter crash­ing to a 2-0 de­feat at Mainz as Pablo de Bla­sis and Yunus Mali scored.

Wolfs­burg also had Ger­many mid­fielder Ju­lian Draxler sent off early on. Fel­low Cham­pi­ons League side Bayer Lev­erkusen were also beaten as they suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat at home to neigh­bours Cologne in the Rhine derby as de­fender Do­minic Maroh scored the vis­i­tors goals while Javier Her­nan­dez scored for the sixth match run­ning.

His Lev­erkusen team was re­duced to 10 men when de­fender Kyr­i­akos Pa­padopou­los was shown a red card for bring­ing down Cologne striker An­thony Modeste when he was through on goal.

Hof­fen­heim re­main sec­ond from bot­tom af­ter their goal­less draw with Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt while Ham­burg drew 1-1 at Darm­stadt as Pierre-Michel La­sogga’s first-half penalty was can­celled out by Mar­cel Heller’s equaliser for hosts Darm­stadt.

Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach had their six-match win­ning streak un­der care­taker coach An­dre Schu­bert ended by a goal­less draw at home to In­gol­stadt. On Fri­day, Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou grabbed a hat-trick to steer Hertha Ber­lin to a 3-1 win at Hanover and into the top four. —AFP

DORT­MUND: Schalke’s Leon Goret­zka, left, and Dort­mund’s Mats Hum­mels chal­lenge for the ball dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween Borus­sia Dort­mund and FC Schalke 04 in Dort­mund, Ger­many, yes­ter­day. —AP

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