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Aubameyang strike helps Bayern extend lead

  • Published at 01:57 am February 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:58 am February 5th, 2017
Aubameyang strike helps Bayern extend lead
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 17th Bundesliga goal of the season Saturday as Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over flu-hit RB Leipzig left Bayern Munich four points clear at the top. Aubameyang remains two goals ahead of Bayern hot-shot Robert Lewandowski in the race to be the German league's top scorer thanks to his superb first-half winner. The Gabon striker headed home after teenage French winger Ousmane Dembele ghosted past two RB defenders down the right wing and crossed for Aubameyang to head home unmarked on 35 minutes. Leipzig made Dortmund work for the win as Germany winger Marco Reus squandered two of Dortmund's four clear second-half chances. There was drama in added time as Leipzig sub Federico Palacios Martinez, making his Bundesliga debut, put the ball in Dortmund's net, but was flagged for a marginal offside. Leipzig struggled without top-scorer Timo Werner, midfielder Diego Demme and striker Marcel Sabitzer, who all have flu, while playmaker Emil Forsberg was suspended. The result lifted Dortmund from seventh to third, eight points behind Leipzig, who are four adrift of Bayern after Carlo Ancelotti's Bavarians had earlier drawn 1-1 with Schalke in Munich. Lewandowski's deft chip gave Bayern an early lead at the Allianz Arena before Schalke defender Naldo drilled home a free-kick on 13 minutes to level. [caption id="attachment_44601" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Football Soccer - Bayern Munich v FC Schalke 04 - German Bundesliga - Allianz-Arena, Munich, Germany - 04/02/17 - Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich scores a goal. REUTERS/Michael Dalder DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050 Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich scores a goal against FC Schalke 04 REUTERS [/caption] Captain Philipp Lahm made his 500th appearance for Bayern, who had to work for their point. Bayern made a bright start by taking the lead after nine minutes. Arturo Vidal threaded a pass to Lewandowski and the Poland striker lifted his shot over Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann. But Schalke kept their composure and equalised four minutes later when Naldo hammered a free-kick past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. It completed the scoring, but both sides squandered clear first-half chances as Schalke striker Guido Burgstaller hit the crossbar, just like Lewandowski did at the other end. This was a tight, bruising encounter as Schalke fought hard for the point which left them 11th. RESULTS: Borussia Dortmund 1  Aubameyang 35  RB Leipzig 0 Bayern Munich 1 Lewandowski 9  Schalke 1 Naldo 13 Hertha Berlin 1 Haraguchi 2  FC Ingolstadt 0 Hoffenheim 4 Mark Uth 5, Terrazzino 81, Szalai 86,90+1   Mainz 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 3 Lars Stindl 72, Raffael 78, Herrmann 90+2   Freiburg 0 Cologne 1 Modeste 81 (pen)   VfL Wolfsburg 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Bayern Munich 19 14 4 1 43 12 46 2 RB Leipzig 19 13 3 3 36 17 42 3 Borussia Dortmund 19 9 7 3 39 21 34 4 Hoffenheim 19 8 10 1 35 19 34 5 Hertha Berlin 19 10 3 6 27 21 33 6 Cologne 19 8 8 3 28 16 32 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 9 5 4 23 15 32 8 Freiburg 19 8 2 9 24 33 26 9 Bayer Leverkusen 19 7 3 9 28 29 24 10 Borussia Moenchengladbach 19 6 5 8 21 27 23
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