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BERLIN—Japan star Shinji Kagawa scored one goal
and set up another as Borussia Dortmund edged 10-
man Hannover 3-2 in the Bundesliga yesterday.
Dortmund, bottom in February, is five points off
sixth-place Augsburg with eight games still to play.
Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors
ahead in the 19th, only for Leonardo Bittencourt to
set up Lars Stindl’s equaliser for Hannover in the 31st.
Bittencourt missed a great chance to score three
minutes later when he blasted wide with only the
goalkeeper to beat. Dortmund, eliminated from the
Champions League by Juventus on Wednesday, was
second best until former Dortmund player Bittencourt
was dismissed with two bookings in quick succession
by the 55th.
Kagawa restored Dortmund’s lead with a tap-in two
minutes later, with Marco Reus providing his second
assist, and the Japanese attacking midfielder then set
up Aubameyang’s second with the outside of his boot
in the 61st. Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert deflected
Reus’ effort onto the post, before Stindl ensured a
nervy ending by scoring again with a fine strike to
the top corner in the 82nd.
In the late game, Karim Bellarabi’s 35th-minute
rifled shot to the roof of the net from a difficult angle
was enough for Bayer Leverkusen to win 1-0 at Schalke,
keeping a direct rival for Champions League quali-
fication at bay.
Leverkusen moved provisionally third, ahead of
Borussia Moenchengladbach, which hosts league leader
Bayern Munich today. Also today, second-place Wolfs-
burg visits Mainz.
Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo acknowledged
Champions League qualification would be difficult
but, “we have to believe it’s still theoretically possible,”
Augsburg earlier lost 2-0 at Freiburg, which escaped
the relegation zone on goal difference from Hamburger
SV thanks to second half-goals from Jonathan Schmid
and Nils Petersen. Bottom side Stuttgart also boosted
its hopes of avoiding the drop with a come-from-
behind 3-1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt for its first
win at home since September.
Elsewhere, Cologne drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen
and Paderborn vs Hoffenheim ended scoreless. Hof-
fenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic was sent off in the
65th for his second yellow card.
Before games kicked off, teams displayed messages
against intolerance on the Bundesliga’s “day against
LONDON—Manchester City returned to win-
ning ways in the Premier League yesterday
with a 3-0 home victory over West Bromwich
Albion but the game was marred after the
visitors had the wrong player sent off after
only two minutes.
City striker Wilfried Bony was brought down
when through on goal by Craig Dawson and
referee Neil Swarbrick blew for a foul but incor-
rectly dismissed Gareth McAuley for the offence.
Bony, Fernando and David Silva netted the
goals for City, who produced a dominant per-
formance with an extra man for almost the
entire match. Manuel Pellegrini’s side, which
exited the Champions League midweek at the
hands of Barcelona and lost its previous Premier
League match to struggling Burnley, is now
three points behind league leader Chelsea,
which has two games in hand and plays Hull
Swarbrick’s error is the third major blunder
by a referee in the Premier League in a year.
Last month, Roger East mistakenly sent off
Wes Brown instead of his Sunderland teammate
John O’Shea for bringing down Radamel Falcao
of Manchester United in the penalty area.
And in March 2014, Andre Marriner showed
Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal a red card for handling
on the goal line against Chelsea, when it was
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who committed the
The Professional Game Match Officials Ltd,
the organisation responsible for refereeing
appointments, confirmed that Swarbrick had
apologised for his mistake in a statement after
West Brom manager Tony Pulis recommend-
ed a greater use of technology to assist referees
“Refereeing is not easy, especially at the level
we are at now and how quick the game is,”
Pulis said. “I would definitely call now for man-
agers to have two calls each and every game,
where there are 30 seconds and they can have
a video link-up with people upstairs who can
watch it on video.”
Elsewhere, two first-half strikes from Olivier
Giroud handed Arsenal a hard fought 2-1 win
at Newcastle. Arsene Wenger’s side held off a
spirited second half display from Newcastle,
who pulled a goal back in the 48th minute
through Moussa Sissoko.
Arsenal’s victory keeps it a point behind sec-
ond-place City and four behind Chelsea.
Harry Kane marked his first call-up to the
England international team with his first Premier
League hat-trick as Tottenham beat bottom-
side Leicester 4-3 at White Hart Lane.
Kane’s treble means he is the Premier
League’s top scorer so far with 19 goals, one
more than Diego Costa, who can increase his
tally when Chelsea visits Hull.
Southampton beat Burnley 2-0 at St Mary’s
to maintain its push for European football next
season. Shane Long scored in the first half
before Jason Shackell’s own goal secured
Southampton’s three points.
Southampton stays sixth, above Tottenham
on goal difference with both sides on 53 points.
They are only three points behind Manchester
United in fourth and Louis van Gaal’s side faces
top-four rival Liverpool at Anfield today. Liv-
erpool is currently fifth on 54.
Crystal Palace came from behind to win 2-
1 at Stoke while Bafetimbi Gomis scored in the
87th minute to give Swansea a 1-0 win at Aston
Dick Advocaat’s first game as Sunderland
manager ended in a 1-0 defeat against West
Ham in the late game. Diafra Sakho drilled
home in the 88th minute at Upton Park.
Sunderland remains only a point above the
relegation zone on 26 points. Burnley is 18th
on 25 and Villa 16th with 28. (AP)
Wrong man sent off as City beats WBA
10-man Hannover 3-2
West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley
makes his way from the pitch after being
sent off at the Etihad Stadium,
Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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