Aubameyang hits four, Hof­fen­heim hold Bay­ern

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Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang net­ted four goals yes­ter­day as Borus­sia Dort­mund routed bot­tom side Ham­burg 5-2 away, while Bun­desliga lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich were held to a 1-1 draw by Hof­fen­heim. The re­sult at the Al­lianz Arena means sec­ond-placed RB Leipzig can now move level on points with Bay­ern at the sum­mit if they win at home to mid-ta­ble Mainz to­day.

It was a fine re­sult for Hof­fen­heim, who re­main un­beaten this sea­son un­der their 29-yearold coach Ju­lian Nagels­mann.

But the day be­longed to Aubameyang, who re­deemed him­self for a re­ported mid­week in­dis­cre­tion in Italy with four clin­i­cally taken goals as Dort­mund won for the first time in five league games to go fifth. Ac­cord­ing to Ger­man me­dia, Aubameyang had been sus­pended by coach Thomas Tuchel for Wed­nes­day’s 1-0 Cham­pi­ons League win at home to Sport­ing Lis­bon af­ter he had jet­ted to Mi­lan with friends on Mon­day. But all seemed to have been for­given in Ham­burg as the Gabon striker cel­e­brated his goals, in­clud­ing a first-half hat-trick, with Tuchel amidst plenty of smiles. ‘Auba’ needed just 27 min­utes to score his first three goals and hit his fourth af­ter the break.

He net­ted Dort­mund’s first with just four min­utes gone. Borus­sia’s press­ing then forced Ham­burg cap­tain Jo­han Djourou into a mis­take, and Turk­ish teenager Emre Mor pounced to present Aubameyang with a sim­ple tap-in on 23 min­utes. The hat-trick came four min­utes later. A clear­ance from Ham­burg goal­keeper Rene Adler was re­turned with in­ter­est by Marc Bar­tra, who put Aubameyang away for his third.

It was 4-0 three min­utes af­ter the break when Chris­tian Pulisic pounced on a loose ball and fed Aubameyang, who drilled a su­perb shot into the bot­tom-left cor­ner.

Ham­burg pulled two goals back through Ni­co­lai Mueller, who net­ted their first goal in 717 Bun­desliga min­utes dat­ing back to Septem­ber 10, but Ous­mane Dem­bele came off the bench to net Dort­mund’s fifth late on. This was a woe­ful Ham­burg dis­play and not what Ger­many leg­end Uwe Seeler wished for on his 80th birth­day as he watched his ex-club’s eighth de­feat in 10 league games.

WOLFS­BURG BACK ON TRACK

In Mu­nich, Bay­ern were de­nied a sixth straight win by third-placed Hof­fen­heim, who pre­serve their un­beaten record this sea­son. Hof­fen­heim’s Kerem Demir­bay beau­ti­fully timed his ar­rival in the box to smash Nadiem Amiri’s pass into the top-left cor­ner on 16 min­utes, but the lead did not last.

When Dou­glas Costa fired in a cross, Hof­fen­heim mid­fielder Steven Zu­ber de­flected the ball be­tween his own goal­keeper’s legs for an own goal on 34 min­utes with Bay­ern’s Robert Le­wandowski wait­ing at the far post. Bay­ern, who were play­ing in jer­seys made from re­cy­cled rub­bish from the sea, saw their luck desert them as they fished for the win­ning goal. Both Mats Hum­mels and Thomas Mueller hit the wood­work in the last five min­utes.

Hav­ing beaten Tottenham Hot­spur away in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week, Bayer Lev­erkusen en­joyed a 3-1 win over Darm­stadt on their re­turn to do­mes­tic duty with goals by Turkey’s Hakan Cal­hanoglu, Ger­many winger Ju­lian Brandt and Chile’s Charles Aran­guiz.

Wolfs­burg shot up out of the rel­e­ga­tion places to 12th with a 3-0 win in pour­ing rain at ten-man Freiburg as Ger­many striker Mario Gomez scored twice while Ri­cardo Ro­driguez con­verted a late penalty. It was Wolfs­burg’s first win since the open­ing day of the sea­son. On Fri­day, fourth-placed Hertha Ber­lin won 3-0 at home to jaded Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach as Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick for his first goals since April.

The Ivory Coast for­ward wel­comed his first goals since los­ing his fa­ther in Au­gust, two weeks be­fore his aunt also passed away.

“It’s a re­lief with all the dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions I’ve had to deal with,” he said. —AFP

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