Scores for sleep­walk­ing Dort­mund to beat bat­tling In­gol­stadt

New Straits Times - - Sport - BER­LIN

BORUS­SIA Dort­mund earned a 1-0 vic­tory over bat­tling In­gol­stadt with Bun­desliga top scorer Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang grab­bing his sixth goal in the last four league games to help them close in on sec­ond place on Fri­day.

Dort­mund rode their luck all even­ing to bag the three points that saw them move on to 46 from 25 games, three be­hind sec­ond-placed RB Leipzig and four ahead of Hof­fen­heim in fourth.

Lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich, who are 10 points clear on 59, visit Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach to­day. Leipzig played lowly Werder Bre­men late yes­ter­day.

De­spite a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance, Dort­mund extended their un­beaten home run in the Bun­desliga to 33 matches, with their last de­feat dat­ing back to April 4, 2015.

The hosts needed one mo­ment of bril­liance to win, with Gabon in­ter­na­tional Aubameyang slot­ting in beau­ti­fully with his left foot af­ter a per­fectly timed cut­back from Mar­cel Sch­melzer in the 14th minute for his 23rd league goal of the cam­paign.

Dort­mund, who face AS Monaco in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-finals next month, lacked or­der at the back de­spite the re­turn of cen­tral de­fender Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los.

They needed out­stand­ing goal­keep­ing from Ro­man Buerki, es­pe­cially in the first half when he de­nied In­gol­stadt four times, in­clud­ing clear­ing off the line, to pro­tect the lead.

Dort­mund were even less ag­gres­sive af­ter the break and failed to get a sin­gle shot on tar­get, al­low­ing In­gol­stadt to re­claim the ini­tia­tive.

But the strug­gling vis­i­tors, who are sec­ond-bot­tom on 19 points, seven from the safety zone, could not find an equaliser, with Marvin Matip curling a shot wide four min­utes from time and Mathew Leckie fir­ing over with the last kick of the game. Reuters


Dort­mund’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang

vies with In­gol­stadt’s Ro­main Bregerie dur­ing their Bun­desliga

match on Fri­day.

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