Favre’s unbeaten run with Dortmund stretches to 13
Borussia Dortmund earned a hardfought 2- 0 victory over Freiburg to open up a seven- point gap at the top of the Bundesliga for at least 24 hours with their fourth consecutive league win, while Bayern
Munich gave Niko Kovac some breathing space with a 2- 1 win at Werder Bremen .
Dortmund’s captain, Marco Reus ( pictured), fi red in a 40th- minute penalty for his ninth league goal to put his team into the lead.
But Freiburg proved diffi cult opponents, closing down spaces quickly and keeping the home side well outside the penalty area. Dortmund needed a goal from the substitute Paco Alcácer in stoppage time to make sure of the three points. The result meant Lucien Favre became the fi rst Dortmund coach to be unbeaten in his fi rst 13 consecutive league games. Second- placed Borussia Mönchengladbach visit RB Leipzig, who are fi fth, today .
Bayern remain nine points behind Dortmund but moved above RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt, who host Wolfsburg today . Serge Gnabry scored twice for the champions to secure their fi rst win in four Bundesliga matches and ease the pressure on Kovac , whose opening months in charge are in sharp contrast to Favre’s.
Gnabry opened the scoring after 20 minutes. But as in the previous three league matches where Bayern scored fi rst they soon conceded, with Yuya Osako beating a defender and Manuel Neuer to the ball to head the equaliser in the 33rd minute. Gnabry , however, turned in a Thomas Müller cutback for the winner in the second half .
Juventus ’ s excellent start in Serie A continued at Fiorentina , with a 3- 0 win. Rodrigo Bentancur put the leaders ahead just after the half- hour and Giorgio Chiellini doubled the lead after 69 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo ( above) wrapped up the scoring from the spot.
In the early games in Spain, an inspired performance by Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo back on track, while Guido Carrillo scored twice to help Leganés move further away from the relegation zone. Aspas scored in each half as Celta defeated Huesca
2- 0 at home, ending a fourmatch winless streak in all competitions. It was the 14th consecutive game without a win for promoted Huesca . Leganés won 4- 2 at Valladolid , with Carrillo scoring twice and Dimitrios Siovas and Óscar Rodríguez added a goal each. Real Madrid were at home to Valencia last night in the day’s big match, after Espanyol’s game at Getafe. Sevilla, the leaders, visit Alavés today , while Barcelona host Villarreal and Atlético Madrid are away to Girona. Reuters, AP