Dortmund remain atop the standing in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-01 08:51:51|Editor: Yurou
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Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) vies with Augsburg's Jeffrey Gouweleeuw during a German Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund, in Augsburg, Germany, on Sept. 30, 2017. Dortmund won 2-1. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz)

BERLIN, Sep. 30 (Xinhua) -- Dortmund keep their rivals on the distance after beating Augsburg narrowly 2-1 and Thorgan Hazard's late strike secured Monchengladbach a 2-1 win over Hannover at the 7th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund reaped their fourth win in row after moving 2-1 past Augsburg on the first-half goals from Andrey Yarmolenko and Shinji Kagawa.

The "BVB" grabbed a fairy-tale start on the road as summer signing Andrey Yarmolenko protected the ball inside the box to slot home with his back heel following a corner in the 4th minute.

Augsburg remained unimpressed and levelled the scores only seven minutes later as Philipp Max' cross found Caiuby Francisco da Silva, who headed home from inside the box.

However, Dortmund remained on the front foot and restored their one-goal lead after Shinji Kagawa completed a combination with a chip over onrushing custodian Marwin Hitz with 23 minutes played.

After the restart, Augsburg took the reins and worked out a promising chance through Caiuby, who forced goalkeeper Roman Buerki to make a save in the 59th minute.

Dortmund had the chance to extend their lead against the run of the play as referee Marco Fritz awarded the visitors a penalty. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up but lobbed the ball into the arms of goalie Hitz in the 79th minute.

Augsburg dominated and pressed forward but they lacked in accuracy unable to secure one point on home soil.

With the victory, Dortmund stay on the first place after recording their sixth win of the season whereas Augsburg stay on the 5th place for the moment.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Hannover suffered their first loss of the season following a late 2-1 defeat at Monchengladbach. The "Foals" broke the deadlock through Matthias Ginter in the 67th minute before Martin Harnik equalized the scores.

Monchengladbach had the last laugh as Thorgan Hazard converted a foul-play penalty to seal the deal in the dying seconds of the game.

Ten-men Eintracht Frankfurt snatched a 2-1 victory over Stuttgart owing to the late goal from Sebastien Haller in the closing period.

Mainz held Wolfsburg to a 1-1 draw by courtesy on Yoshinori Muto's last-grasp leveller and Hamburg shared the spoils with rivals Werder Bremen following a goalless draw at the Northern derby.

The following fixtures are scheduled for Sunday: Freiburg host Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin encounter defending champions Bayern Munich and winless Cologne face Leipzig.

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