Aubameyang hits four, Bay­ern held

Ancelotti plays down Robben spat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PIERRE-EM­ER­ICK AUBAMEYANG (pix) net­ted four goals yes­ter­day as Borus­sia Dort­mund routed bot­tom side Ham­burg 5-2 away, while Bun­desliga lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich drew 1-1 at home with Hof­fen­heim.

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

But the day be­longed to Aubameyang, who re­deemed him­self for a mid­week in­dis­cre­tion with four clin­i­cally taken goals as Dort­mund won for the first time in five league games to go fifth.

Aubameyang had been sus­pended by coach Thomas Tuchel for Wed­nes­day’s 1-0 Cham­pi­ons League win at home to Sport­ing Lis­bon af­ter he flew to Mi­lan in a pri­vate jet with friends on Mon­day.

But all seems to have been for­given in Ham­burg as the Gabon striker cel­e­brated his first goal with Tuchel amidst plenty of smiles.

‘Auba’ needed just 27 min­utes to score his first three goals and hit his fourth af­ter the break.

“I made a mis­take and I had to apol­o­gise. I have al­ready said ‘sorry’ to the team and the coach,” Aubameyang told Sky.

“I needed to ren­der my ser­vices to the whole team and the coach, who I get on very well with.”

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 saw their luck desert them as they fished for the win­ning goal.

Hav­ing beaten Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur away in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week, Bayer Lev­erkusen en­joyed a 3-2 win over Darm­stadt with goals by Hakan Cal­hanoglu, Ju­lian Brandt and Charles Aran­guiz.

Wolfs­burg shot up out of the rel­e­ga­tion places to 13th with a 3-0 win in pour­ing rain at 10 man Freiburg as Ger­many striker Mario Gomez scored twice while Ri­cardo Ro­driguez con­verted a late penalty.

Late goals from sub­sti­tutes Raul Bobadilla and Halil Alt­in­top gave Augs­burg a 2-0 win at In­gol­stadt.

Cologne dropped to sixth af­ter suf­fer­ing a 1-0 de­feat at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt, the only goal com­ing from mid­fielder Mi­jat Ga­ci­novic’s fifth-minute header.

On Fri­day, fourth-placed Hertha Ber­lin won 3-0 at home to jaded Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach as Salomon Kalou scored a hat­trick for his first goals since April. – AFP BAY­ERN MU­NICH boss Carlo Ancelotti dis­missed Ar­jen Robben’s side­line spat as just some­thing “from the me­dia” af­ter the Dutch­man was sub­sti­tuted in the Bun­desliga lead­ers’ 1-1 draw with Hof­fen­heim.

Robben was re­placed by French winger Kings­ley Co­man on 78 min­utes and the Dutch winger stormed past Ancelotti when he was taken off, with­out mak­ing eye con­tact.

The 32-year-old is renowned for sulk­ing when sub­sti­tuted and Ancelotti said there was noth­ing to be read from Robben’s body lan­guage.

“He played re­ally well for 70 min­utes and then I used a fresh player,” ex­plained Ancelotti.

“Ev­ery time that I sub­sti­tute Ar­jen Robben, a lot of peo­ple seem to think that there is a prob­lem, but there isn’t one – at most, it’s from the me­dia.”

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