Borussia Dortmund down Freiburg to climb off bottom, Bayern Munich win
Borussia Dortmund climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday with their first win in seven matches as Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scored twice in their 3-0 win at Freiburg.
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday with their first win in seven matches as Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scored twice in their 3-0 win at Freiburg.
Germany star Marco Reus gave Dortmund an early lead before Gabon winger Aubemayang added two second-half goals in Borussia`s first win since the start of December.
Dortmund now face mid-table Mainz and strugglers Stuttgart in the league before Italian league leaders Juventus away in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 24.
The result lifted Dortmund to 16th, while Freiburg drop to 17th, still leaving both teams in the relegation places.
Freiburg got off to the worst possible start when midfielder Mike Frantz played a poor back pass which was snapped up by Aubemayang.
The fleet-footed winger drew Freiburg goalkeeper Roman Buerki and squared for Reus to tap into an empty net with nine minutes gone.
Aubemayang then darted onto Ilkay Gundogan`s superb through ball and planted his shot past Buerki on 56 minutes.
His second followed on 72 minutes when he fired home after some superb passing from Dortmund`s midfield trio Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Jakob Blaczszykowski.
Leaders Bayern Munich continued their march to a third straight title with a 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart, which saw Huub Stevens` side take Dortmund`s place at the bottom of the table.
Arjen Robben scored his second goal in as many games when he fired home from 13 metres out just before the half-time break to give Pep Guardiola`s Bayern the lead.
Left-back David Alaba then drilled home a superb free-kick from 30 metres out to make it 2-0 with 50 minutes gone.
Bayern stay eight points clear of second-placed VfL Wolfsburg who gave Germany winger Andre Schuerrle his debut after his Chelsea transfer in a 3-0 win at home to Hoffenheim.
Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne claimed two goals in the impressive display.
Schuerrle needed just three minutes to make his mark when his pin-point accurate cross was met by Bas Dost for the Dutch striker to fire home his fourth goal in four games.
Schuerrle clattered the crossbar with a shot on 28 minutes, but De Bruyne headed home the rebound.
Dost then turned provider for De Bruyne to claim his eighth goal of the season in what is proving a stellar season for the 23-year-old, who has five goals in three games.
Hertha Berlin bounced back from the sacking of coach Jos Luhukay on Thursday with an impressive display which lifted them out of the bottom three after their 2-0 win at ten-man Mainz 05.
With Hungary national team coach Pal Dardai now at the helm, the visitors took the lead when Jens Hegler netted a 35th-minute penalty after ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Loris Karius was sent off.
Hertha doubled their lead on 43 minutes when Roy Beerens slotted home after Valentin Stocker had hit the post to leave Berlin 13th.
Paderborn dropped to just above the relegation spots after their goalless draw at Cologne while Schalke 04 went third on Friday with a 1-0 home win against Borussia Moenchengladbach.