Borus­sia Dort­mund deals Bayern Mu­nich 1st de­feat of sea­son

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Borus­sia Dort­mund striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang scored an early goal that sent Bayern Mu­nich to its first de­feat of the sea­son and forced the four-time de­fend­ing cham­pion to re­lin­quish the top of the Bun­desliga to pro­moted Leipzig yes­ter­day.

The out­come left Bayern three points be­hind surg­ing Leipzig, which won its sixth straight on Fri­day with a 3-2 vic­tory at Bayer Lev­erkusen. Dort­mund moved into third place on goal dif­fer­ence.

Bayern con­trolled long stretches but could not break down Dort­mund’s de­fence.

Bayern Mu­nich striker Robert Le­wandowski landed awk­wardly on his left an­kle in the first half and ap­peared to be in dis­com­fort through the match, rarely threat­en­ing.

Aubameyang’s 12th goal of the sea­son came in the 11th minute. Dort­mund re­cov­ered the ball af­ter a Bayern clear­ance, Mario Goetze sent it through the legs of for­mer team­mate Mats Hum­mels and Aubameyang poked it home from close range.

Leipzig was the only un­de­feated team, along with Hof­fen­heim, which plays Ham­burg to­day.

Dort­mund came un­der great pres­sure late in the first half but Aubameyang had an ef­fort saved by Manuel Neuer at the start of the sec­ond.

Dort­mund goal­keeper Ro­man Buerki did well to punch away a cross from Philipp Lahm be­fore it could reach Le­wandowski.

Xabi Alonso hit the cross­bar with a long-range ef­fort that took Buerki com­pletely by sur­prise. The Dort­mund goal­keeper never moved as the ball dipped and bounced off.

Alonso nearly gave away a goal in the 71st with a dread­ful mis­take. Aubameyang was oneon-one with Neuer but the Bayern goal­keeper waited long enough to swat the ball away.

Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel used two strik­ers, with Adrian Ramos part­ner­ing Aubameyang.

Dort­mund, Cologne and Berlin are all three points be­hind Bayern.

Fri­day B. Lev­erkusen-Leipzig ....................... 2-3 Yes­ter­day B. M’glad­bach-Cologne ..................... 1-2 Mainz-Freiburg ................................. 4-2 Wolfs­burg-Schalke ............................ 0-1 Augs­burg-Hertha Berlin .................... 0-0 Darm­stadt-In­gol­stadt ........................ 0-1 B. Dort­mund-Bay. Mu­nich ................ 1-0 To­day Hof­fen­heim-Ham­burg ............................ Wer. Bre­men-E. Frankfurt ......................

P RB Leipzig 11 Bay. Mu­nich 11 Dort­mund 11 Cologne 11 Hertha Berlin 11 Hof­fen­heim 10 E. Frankfurt 10 Mainz 11 B. Lev­erkusen 11 Freiburg 11 Schalke 11 Augs­burg 11 B. M’glad­bach 11 Wolfs­burg 11 Darm­stadt 11 W. Bre­men 10 In­gol­stadt 11 Ham­burg 10 W 8 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 0 D 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 2 1 0 2 3 3 3 2 1 2 2 L F A Pts 0 23 9 27 1 24 7 24 2 26 12 21 2 18 8 21 2 17 10 21 0 18 11 20 2 14 8 18 4 21 20 17 5 18 18 16 6 15 20 15 5 14 12 14 5 10 14 12 5 11 17 12 6 9 14 9 7 10 21 8 7 12 27 7 8 8 21 5 8 4 23 2

Dort­mund's Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, left, runs faster than Bayern's Mats Hum­mels Photo: AP

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