Reus returns as Dortmund beats Hamburg 2-0 in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) Marco Reus made his first appearance of the season and Michy Batshuayi scored again as Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 on Saturday for its 500th Bundesliga win at home.
Dortmund moved to third as it stretched its unbeaten run to seven games under Peter Stoeger, who gave defender Manuel Akanji his first start and Reus the captain’s armband 259 days after the Germany forward sustained a cruciate ligament injury in the German Cup final.
”We didn’t show our best game. But in our situation it’s simply important to earn the points regularly,” Reus said of Dortmund’s lackluster first half against a well-organized Hamburg.
The second half started as the first ended, but Christian Pulisic fired a ball across goal and Batshuayi slid in to score his third in two games since moving on loan from Chelsea. As promised, the Belgian striker celebrated with a somersault.
Dortmund lived dangerously with Hamburg threatening an equalizer, but substitute Mario Goetze sealed the win in injury time after Andre Schuerrle played him in to lift the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. Batshuayi instigated the move with a good pass for Schuerrle.
”We’re happy we won,” Stoeger said. ”It gives us a bit of peace and quiet.”
Hamburg remains second to last, three points below Mainz, which lost at Hoffenheim 4-2.
BAYERN KEEPS WINNING
Robert Lewandowski matched an old record as league leader Bayern Munich defeated a courageous Schalke 2-1.
Lewandowski was hoping to become the first Bundesliga player to score in 11 successive home games since Jupp Heynckes at Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1972-73, and the Poland striker needed only five minutes to achieve the feat with his league-leading 19th of the season.
Heynckes, now Bayern coach, wasn’t in the stadium to see it as he skipped the game due to flu. Assistant coach Peter Hermann took charge.
Lewandowski let James Rodriguez pass through for Thomas Mueller, who let fly to draw a save from Ralf Faehrmann, and Lewandowski followed up to prod home the rebound.
Schalke refused to buckle, however, and was rewarded for its intensity when Franco di Santo equalized before the half-hour mark. Leon Goretzka, who is joining Bayern next season, inadvertently provided the assist with a wayward scissors kick.
Mueller restored the home side’s lead minutes later when he beat Faehrmann from a narrow angle at his near post. Bayern held on to stay 18 points clear.
Bayer Leverkusen dropped to fifth after slumping at home to Hertha Berlin 2-0.
Valentino Lazaro fired Hertha ahead before the break on a counterattack, when Vladimir Darida played the ball through.
It was the Austrian midfielder’s first Bundesliga goal, and Hertha’s first goal away from home this year.
Salomon Kalou took advantage of a mistake from Jonathan Tah to score the second early in the second half, and Hertha held on to consolidate its midtable place.
”Together with dear God we defended well and deserved to win in the end,” Hertha coach Pal Dardai said.
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated bottom club Cologne 4-2 at home to move to fourth, the last place for a Champions League playoff.
Simon Terodde equalized for Cologne with a penalty wiping out Ante Rebic’s early score for Frankfurt, but quick-fire goals from Marco Russ, Simon Falette and then Marius Wolf ended the visitors’ hopes of any points.
Terodde’s second goal did little for Cologne, seven points below Mainz in the relegation playoff place.
Hannover ended Freiburg’s nine-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at home to consolidate its midtable spot, level on points with Hoffenheim and Augsburg.