Dortmund goes clear despite Aubameyang penalty howler

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BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s miserable week continued as he missed a penalty but Borussia Dortmund still ground out a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to extend their Bundesliga lead.

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Star striker Aubameyang followed on from his poor performance in Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat at home to Real Madrid by firing a weak penalty straight at Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz 10 minutes from time.

Despite last season’s Bundesliga top-scorer squandering the chance to kill off the game, Dortmund held on as goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Japan’s Shinji Kagawa either side of Caiuby’s equalizer sent Borussia five points clear at the top.

It was a controversial penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) after referee Marco Korb missed a foul by Koo Ja-Cheol, South Korea’s ex-captain, on Lukasz Piszczek.

That came after the VAR had earlier failed to award Augsburg a penalty when Dortmund’s Sokratis clearly tugged at the shirt of Brazil midfielder Caiuby.

Dortmund had taken the lead after just four minutes through winger Yarmolenko before Caiuby headed an equalizer.

Kagawa scored what proved to be the winner on 23 minutes with a dream goal when he floated a shot over Hitz following good work from Gabon’s Aubameyang and Yarmolenko.

The result left Dortmund five points clear of Hoffenheim, who are at Freiburg on Sunday, and six ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich, who play Hertha Berlin.

AFP

 

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