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Bundesliga: Dortmund capitulate again as Bayern strides on top

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Borussia Dortmund’s slump continued as they lost to mid-table Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, while Bayern extended their unbeaten start under Jupp Heynckes to stride further in the German top-flight.

Peter Bosz’s side — who have won only one of their past eight games — were without star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after dropping their top scorer for disciplinary reasons.

They trailed in comical circumstances early on, as keeper Roman Burki miscontrolled Marc Bartra’s backpass into the path of Chadrac Akolo, who was able to tap the ball into an empty net.

Dortmund was able to bring the game level just before the break; with Maximilian Philipp slamming the rebound into the roof of the net after Andre Schurrle’s penalty was saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Stuttgart teenager Josip Brekalo replaced the injured Akolo at the break, and scored his first Bundesliga goal minutes later when he ran from his own half before drilling the ball through Burki’s legs.

Dortmund — who won six of their opening seven Bundesliga games — have not won in the five since then and are nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who won easily against neighbours Augsburg.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Bayern from close range and then set up Robert Lewandowski’s opening goal.

Lewandowski then got his second — his 13th goal in as many league games this season — from Joshua Kimmich’s cross, and moved Bayern six points above second-placed RB Leipzig, who were forced to a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped for “disciplinary reasons”

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Borussia Dortmund has dropped striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for “disciplinary reasons”.

Aubameyang, 28, will be exempted from selection for his club’s next Bundesliga fixture against VfB Stuttgart on Friday, with the Bundesliga club confirming the news via their official Twitter account on Thursday following reports the striker would not be involved.

“Aubameyang has been removed from the squad for tomorrow’s match for disciplinary reasons,” the club wrote in German in response to a supporter’s question on Twitter, although the club opted not to elaborate on the reasons behind it.

The Gabon International who was linked with summer moves to Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, was also absent from a video tweeted by the club showing the squad as they arrived at the airport to fly to Stuttgart.

Aubameyang had already been suspended in the same fashion by his club before, after the forward made an unsanctioned trip to Italy last year.

Some could argue that Aubameyang’s suspension comes at a bad time for the club after Dortmund have lost three of their past four league games to drop to third place in the Bundesliga and six points off leaders Bayern Munich

They will also host Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, where another group stage defeat could see them off the competition entirely.

Aubameyang had started this season by scoring 15 goals in his first 12 matches, including two Bundesliga hat-tricks, but he has since gone 476 minutes without scoring.

Bayern Munich leads Bundesliga after Dortmund loses to Hannover

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Bayern Munich has finally climbed to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season after a solid 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig and Hannover 96 helping their cause by handing Borussia Dortmund a 4-2 defeat.

Dortmund were reduced to 10 men as their grip on top spot in the Bundesliga weakened further. Jonathas broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and then turned provider for Ihlas Bebou to restore the hosts’ lead after Dan-Axel Zagadou hit back with his first Bundesliga goal.

Andriy Yarmolenko struck a brilliant second equaliser, but Felix Kraus converted the free-kick that was awarded after Zagadou’s dismissal and Bebou wrapped up the points with four minutes remaining.

After taking 19 points from their first seven games, Dortmund’s blistering pace in the German top flight was almost reduced to a standstill after having now lost two and drawn one of their last three fixtures to open the door for a rejuvenated Bayern.

The defending German Champions had needed penalties to defeat Leipzig in Wednesday’s DFB Pokal clash but this time eased to a 2-0 win, with James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski on target.

Also in the midweek Cup clash, Naby Keita saw red and this time it was Will Orban dismissed after just 10 minutes, when he tangled with last man Arjen Robben and earned a red card for his troubles.

10 minutes later, Robben provided an assist to James Rodriguez for Bayern’s first, while Javi was the provider for the second goal in the 38th minute, slicing the away side open with a brilliant pass that deserved the measured finish that Robert Lewandowski provided.

The win allows Bayern to replace Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, as Leipzig also prowls not far behind the Yellow Wall either — just one point behind.

Bayern Munich held by Hertha Berlin after Carlo Ancelotti sacking

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Bayern Munich were held to a draw away against Hertha Berlin in their first match after head coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, with much flaws still evident in the squad.

Playing three days after the departure of Ancelotti, who left after a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain, Bayern responded brightly with a dominant first half, but were pushed back — and lost winger Franck Ribery to injury — after the break, leaving the defending Bundesliga champions in second place and five points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

With Willy Sagnol filling in for Ancelotti at the helm of Bayern’s leadership, the team went in front on 10 minutes when the unmarked Mats Hummels powered an impressive header past Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Hertha were awarded a penalty six minutes later when Vladimir Darida collided with Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez, but after consulting the video review system introduced into the Bundesliga this season, referee Harm Osmers reversed his decision and restarted play with a drop ball.

Martinez could have doubled Bayern’s lead on 31 minutes but headed Ribery’s cross over the bar instead, before Robert Lewandowski had a shot cleared off the line by Hertha defender Niklas Stark as the visitors threatened at will.

Hertha forward Salomon Kalou fired over the crossbar just before half-time but it was who Lewandowski finally scored to double Bayern’s lead four minutes after the break, taking advantage of weak defending.

However, Pal Dardai’s side responded and managed to hit back as Ondrej Duda poked home after a teasing run and cross from Genki Haraguchi on 51 minutes.

Kalou then equalized as Bayern’s defence opened up again, with Corentin Tolisso failing to clear Marvin Plattenhardt’s routine free-kick into the box.

Bayern’s afternoon worsened as Ribery was carried off on the hour with a knee problem after over-extending his leg to control the ball; in his place, Sagnol sent on Kingsley Coman and summer signing Niklas Sule to search — ultimately in vain — for a winner.