Dortmund wins 3-0 to leave bottom of Bundesliga, Bayern wins
BERLIN (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win at Freiburg to move off the bottom of the Bundesliga, while Bayern Munich returned to winning ways on Saturday.
Aubameyang set up Marco Reus for Dortmund’s opener in the ninth minute, and secured the result by scoring twice in the second half. Dortmund climbed two places, above Freiburg.
“We have to keep believing it can go forward after three of four months in which it didn’t. Today was a step in the right direction,” said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, whose team had 22 shots at goal compared to seven from the home side.
After two games without a win, Arjen Robben and David Alaba scored to give Bayern a 2-0 victory at Stuttgart, which dropped to the bottom.
Andre Schuerrle starred on his debut as Wolfsburg beat Hoffenheim 3-0 to stay eight points behind Bayern; Hertha Berlin won 2-0 at Mainz; and Cologne drew 0-0 with Paderborn.
Hamburger SV had an own goal and deflection from the unfortunate Marcelo to thank for a 2-1 win over Hannover.
Marcelo deflected Zoltan Stieber’s cross into his own net in the 26th, and gave his goalkeeper no chance in the 50th, when he deflected Marcell Jansen’s effort inside the left post.
Hamburg goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny saved a Joselu penalty conceded by Rafael van der Vaart two minutes before the own goal.
Artur Sobiech pulled one back on a rebound - after Marcelo struck the crossbar - in the 66th. Lars Stindl hit the post with a free kick in the last minute as Hamburg held on.
Earlier, Dortmund had already gone close through Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and midfielder Shinji Kagawa before a wayward back pass from Mike Frantz gifted the ball to Aubameyang, who took it past the goalkeeper and gave Reus a simple tap in.
It was the first Dortmund league goal of the year, and the visitors pushed for more. By the 26th, they had eight goal attempts compared to none at the other end.
Aubameyang claimed his first with a cool finish in the 56th after Gundogan sent him through, and then sealed the win in the 72nd when he was set up by Kagawa. Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller ran up to celebrate with the rest of the team, indicating the level of relief.
“It was a mental problem. The coach found the right words and he made the right calls. That’s how we got the result,” Aubameyang said.
Bayern struggled to get going against Stuttgart but Robben fired the league leaders ahead with a terrific volley inside the far post in the 41st. Robben combined with Mitchell Weiser before unleashing a rocket past the helpless Sven Ulreich in Stuttgart’s goal.
Alaba capped the result five minutes into the second half with a fierce 25-meter free kick which went in under the crossbar.
“After losing and then drawing, it was time for three points,” said Robben, who hadn’t previously scored against Stuttgart. Leaving Bayern aside, the only Bundesliga club the winger hasn’t scored against is promoted Paderborn.
Three minutes into his Wolfsburg debut after joining from Chelsea, Schuerrle set up Bas Dost to score against Hoffenheim. The World Cup winner was also involved in his new side’s second goal in the 27th, when Kevin de Bruyne scored on the rebound after his initial effort came back off the crossbar.
Dost set up de Bruyne to complete the scoring in the 84th.
Hertha interim coach Pal Dardai got off to a winning start after taking over from the fired Jos Luhukay on Thursday.
Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius was sent off after conceding a penalty on Valentin Stocker in the 32nd. Jens Hegeler converted the spot kick, ten minutes before Roy Beerens scored on the rebound after Stocker hit the post.
Hertha captain Fabian Lustenberger was sent off with a second yellow card in the 58th but the home side couldn’t capitalize.