The Sun (Malaysia)

Dortmund close in on Bayern


BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S Marco Reus (pix) scored twice in a 3-1 victory at Werder Bremen yesterday that allowed his team to close to within five points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Reus, back in top form after an injury-hit season start, struck twice for the second consecutiv­e week.

Dortmund are in second place on 26 points, five behind Bayern, who dropped their first points of the season after 10 straight wins with a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Germany internatio­nal Reus put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute before Anthony Ujah slotted in from a goalmouth scramble to level in the 32nd.

Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels provided a sublime assist, curling the ball with the outside of his right foot to the far post for Henrikh Mkhitaryan who headed in for the lead a minute from halftime.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have scored at least twice more for Dortmund early in the second half but wasted golden opportunit­ies before Reus was picked out by Mikhitarya­n to fire in from a tight angle and seal their third consecutiv­e victory in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Moenchengl­adbach’s sensationa­l recovery continued with a 4-1 victory at Hertha Berlin for their sixth consecutiv­e victory under interim coach Andre Schubert after they lost the first five matches of the competitio­n.

Gladbach, who struck twice in two minutes with Oscar Wendt and Raffael, have climbed from last place just over a month ago to fourth on 18 points, making a permanent deal for Schubert all but inevitable.

Granit Xhaka scored Gladbach’s third from a penalty in the 54th minute with Alexander Baumjohann cutting the deficit late in the game before the visitors sealed their win with Havard Nordtveit’s shot in stoppage time.

Third-placed Schalke 04 stumbled to a 1-1 draw against promoted Ingolstadt to drop six points behind Dortmund, having won just one of their last four matches. – Reuters

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