Dort­mund crash to de­feat at Frank­furt

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Borus­sia Dort­mund were brought crash­ing to earth yes­ter­day fol­low­ing their record Cham­pi­ons League win with a 2-1 Bun­desliga de­feat at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt, who went third in Ger­many’s top flight.

It was a first de­feat in 10 games for Dort­mund and came hot on the heels of their 8-4 romp on Tues­day at home to Le­gia War­saw-a record score for a Cham­pi­ons League game.

Hun­gary in­ter­na­tional Sz­abolcs Huszti had given the home side the lead only for Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang to equalise, but Haris Se­fer­ovic grabbed the win­ner for Frank­furt.

Un­beaten in six Bun­desliga games, they go level on points with reign­ing cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich, who play Bayer Lev­erkusen later. Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel started just three of the side which be­gan against Le­gia and again Dort­mund were guilty of poor de­fend­ing as Frank­furt scored both their goals from restarts.

Af­ter a goal­less first-half at Frank­furt’s Com­merzbank Arena in front of a crowd of 51,500, Ein­tra­cht took the lead just 16 sec­onds af­ter the break as Huszti con­verted a Ti­mothy Chan­dler cross from close range. Tuchel re­sponded by mak­ing three changes with just over half an hour to go, bring­ing on Ger­many star Marco Reus, France winger Ous­mane Dem­bele and tough-tack­ling mid­fielder Se­bas­tian Rode.

The move ini­tially paid off as Aubameyang headed home Dem­bele’s ball on 77 min­utes, but from the restart, Frank­furt at­tacked and Dort­mund al­lowed Swiss striker Haris Se­fer­ovic to slot his shot past goal­keeper Ro­man Wei­den­feller. Dem­bele hit the cross­bar in added time with Frank­furt’s Fin­land goal­keeper Lukas Hradecky beaten.

The re­sult saw Frank­furt re­place Dort­mund in third and broke Borus­sia’s run of four straight wins. It was Dort­mund’s first de­feat since los­ing to Bayer Lev­erkusen on Oc­to­ber 1. Fresh from their Cham­pi­ons League draw at home to Manch­ester City on Wed­nes­day, Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach were held to an­other 1-1 stale­mate at Borus­sia Park, against Hof­fen­heim, to leave them win­less in seven league games. Glad­bach took the lead when Syr­ian-born Mah­moud Da­houd belted his shot into the far cor­ner on 25 min­utes.

But Hof­fen­heim lev­elled through Nadiem Amiri on 53 min­utes to pre­serve their un­beaten record this sea­son.

Wolfs­burg are just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion spots af­ter their 1-1 draw with In­gol­stadt. An­thony Jung’s first-half goal for In­gol­stadt was can­celled out by Daniel Caligiuri’s equaliser. Wolfs­burg goal­keeper Diego Be­naglio saved a first-half penalty at­tempt by Moritz Hart­mann with the match goal­less. In a thrilling north Ger­man derby be­tween the league’s bot­tom two teams, Ham­burg were held to a 2-2 draw at home to neigh­bours Werder Bre­men, with all the goals com­ing in the first half.

Aus­trian in­ter­na­tional Michael Gre­goritsch scored both of Ham­burg’s goals either side of a Fin Bar­tels strike be­fore Bre­men’s Serge Gnabry, who marked his se­nior Ger­many de­but ear­lier this month with a hat-trick, made it 2-2. In the af­ter­noon’s other game Cologne, who are fourth, were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Augs­burg. Later on Satur­day, sec­ond-placed Bay­ern host Lev­erkusen hop­ing to bridge the six-point gap un­beaten lead­ers RB Leipzig opened on Fri­day with a 4-1 win at Freiburg. — AFP

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