Aubameyang dou­ble

> Striker on tar­get again in Dort­mund’s rout of Wolfs­burg to go top in Ger­many

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PIERRE-EM­ER­ICK AUBAMEYANG struck twice yes­ter­day as Borus­sia Dort­mund romped to another big win with a 5-1 vic­tory at VfL Wolfs­burg to pro­vi­sion­ally top the Ger­man Bun­desliga.

Hav­ing ham­mered both Le­gia War­saw and Darm­stadt 6-0 in their pre­vi­ous matches, Thomas Tuchel’s Dort­mund handed out another drub­bing with Gon­zalo Cas­tro set­ting up two of their goals.

“De­spite go­ing 2-0 up early on, we were still made to suf­fer, but we got a grip and took our chances,” said Tuchel.

“It’s an un­be­liev­able re­sult, which we worked hard for, and we’re very happy.”

The thrash­ing left Dort­mund top on goals scored, with nine points from a pos­si­ble 12, but they will lose the lead when Bay­ern Mu­nich host Hertha Ber­lin.

The only teams still with 100% records meet at Mu­nich’s Allianz Arena as Hertha chase their first league win in Bavaria since 1977.

It was another bad night for Wolfs­burg, who have won only once in four games so far, and new sign­ing Mario Gomez.

The Ger­many striker has yet to score since join­ing from Fiorentina and was re­peat­edly de­nied by Dort­mund goal­keeper Ro­man Burki.

“Our con­ver­sion of chances wasn’t good enough, we had five top chances in the firsthalf,” Gomez told Sky.

“I’m here to score goals and the fact that it didn’t work out again makes me sorry for the fans.”

Dort­mund needed just four min­utes to take the lead at the Volk­swa­gen Arena when cen­tre­back Marc Bar­tra threaded the ball through the Wolfs­burg de­fence.

Por­tu­gal mid­fielder Raphael Guer­reiro Dort­mund for­ward Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang (2nd right) scores past Wolfs­burg goal­keeper Koen Cas­teels dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga fifi rst di­vi­sion match at Volk­swa­gen Arena in Wolfs­burg yes­ter­day. sprinted onto the per­fect pass and drilled his shot in­side the near post.

Dort­mund dou­bled their lead on 17 min­utes when Aubameyang looped his shot over Wolfs­burg goal­keeper Koen Cas­teels.

But Wolfs­burg dragged their way back into the match.

Burki blocked left­back Ri­cardo Ro­driguez’s pow­er­fully struck free­kick with half-time ap­proach­ing and then Wolfs­burg de­servedly pulled a goal back just after the break.

Mo­ments after Gomez was again de­nied by Burki’s point-blank save, Daniel Di­davi met Paul Seguin’s su­perb cross and drilled his shot just in­side the near post on 53 min­utes.

But Dort­mund hit their third five min­utes later when Cas­tro pulled two de­fend­ers out of po­si­tion to al­low winger Ous­mane Dem­bele a sim­ple tap-in.

Cas­tro then sprinted into the area and squared to Aubameyang, who slid his shot in­side the far post on 62 min­utes, be­fore Lukasz Piszczek added Dort­mund’s fifth with a pow­er­ful header.

There were ner­vous mo­ments be­fore kick­off in Wolfs­burg due to an an­nounce­ment telling fans and play­ers to ur­gently leave the sta­dium, but it was a false alarm.

Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt moved up to fourth with their third win from four games as de­fender David Abra­ham and Bas­tian Oczipka net­ted in their 2-0 vic­tory at In­gol­stadt.

Newly pro­moted Freiburg in­flicted a third straight de­feat on Ham­burg, who are third from bot­tom, as ex-Bay­ern Mu­nich striker Nils Petersen scored the only goal of the game.

Hof­fen­heim picked up a fourth draw after their Croa­tia striker An­drej Kra­maric’s opener was can­celled out by Darm­stadt’s Denys Oli­inyk in the 92nd minute. – AFP

– AFPPIX

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