Favre’s un­beaten run with Dort­mund stretches to 13

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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

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