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BUNDES LIGA: Dortmund go third, Schalke rock bottom

REUTERS , BERLIN

Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa struck twice to help steer his team to a 3-1 win over hosts Schalke 04 on Sunday, moving them up to third place in the Bundesliga.

It was the fourth straight defeat and the worst start to a season for big spenders Schalke, leaving last season’s runners-up anchored at the bottom of the table. They finished the game with 10 men after a second booking for defender Nicolas Plestan.

Japan’s Kagawa, one of the Bundesliga’s revelations after Borussia bought him for 350,000 euros (US$457,000) from the Japanese second division, struck from close range in the 20th and 58th minutes. Robert Lewandowski added a third goal late in the game to lift Borussia to third place on nine points.

“This is my worst day at Schalke,” coach Felix Magath told reporters. “I have never experienced such a start. The team is insecure and the defeats have taken their toll. I have never seen the team like that.”

FSV Mainz 05 lead the standings on 12 points from four games, with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim second on 10 points after their 2-2 draw against Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

On a day of big Bundesliga rivalries, Hamburg SV substitute Mladen Petric volleyed a goal from 16m with two minutes left in the game to rescue a 1-1 draw against city rivals St Pauli and lift Hamburg to fifth place on eight points.

Bayer Leverkusen drew 0-0 with Nuremberg, but they had striker Stefan Kiessling taken off with an ankle injury. Team officials said the Germany international could be out for several weeks.

Champions Bayern Munich, who have not scored in the Bundesliga since Aug. 20, drew 0-0 at home against Cologne on Saturday and are in ninth place on five points.

Borussia, who hit the crossbar three times, outplayed Schalke, who lost their Champions League opener last week, and the visitors came close when Neven Subotic hit the bar after 12 minutes.

Dortmund kept up the pressure and Kagawa got a deserved goal in the 20th minute, dancing around three defenders, before beating Neuer with a deflected left-footed shot.

With Schalke’s defense in disarray, Dortmund could have added another just before halftime when Kevin Grosskreutz hit the bar with a cross and Subotic twice saw his rebounds saved.

Kagawa took advantage of Schalke’s poor defense to tap in a Jakub Blaszczykowski cross in the 58th minute for his third goal of the season.

Schalke’s big-name strikers, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Raul, were largely shut out, with the Spaniard choking under pressure from defender Mats Hummels.

Lewandowski headed in Dortmund’s third in the 86th minute, before Huntelaar struck three minutes later to cut the deficit with his first goal of the season.

German Bundesliga

Team
P
GD
PTS
1
FSV Mainz 05 
4
6
12
2
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 
4
6
10
3
Borussia Dortmund 
4
4
9
4
SC Freiburg 
4
1
9
5
Hamburg SV
4
3
8
6
Kaiserslautern 
4
3
7
7
Hannover 96 
4
0
7
8
Bayer Leverkusen 
4
-1
5
9
Bayern Munich 
4
-1
5
10
St Pauli 
4
0
4
11
Werder Bremen 
4
-3
4
12
Cologne 
4
-3
4
13
Borussia M’gladbach 
4
-8
4
14
VfB Stuttgart 
4
2
3
15
Eintracht Frankfurt 
4
0
3
16
Nuremberg 
4
-1
3
17
VfL Wolfsburg 
4
-2
3
18
Schalke 04 
4
-6
0
     

 

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