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Dortmund routs Leverkusen
routed Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in
the Bundesliga while Bayern Mu-
nich stretched its lead yesterday.
Ousmane Dembele scored one and
set up another, and Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang grabbed two to take his
tally to a league-leading 21 and overtake
Robert Lewandowski's league total for
Dembele fired the home side into
an early lead and Aubameyang made
it 2-0 from close range midway through
the first half. It was his 74th Bunde-
sliga goal for Dortmund, matching
Lewandowski's tally. Aubameyang
achieved the feat in 117 games, while
Lewandowski played 131 for Dortmund
before his switch to Bayern.
Dortmund suffered a blow before
the break when Marco Reus went off
with a thigh injury. Thomas Tuchel said
he was definitely out of Wednesday's
Champions League game at home to
Benfica. Dortmund faces a 1-0 deficit
after the first leg of their last-16 tie in
Another blow followed after the in-
terval, when Kevin Volland pulled one
back for the visitors.
But Dortmund, which missed chanc-
es to score on counterattacks, finally
scored again through Aubameyang, set
up at the far post by the busy Dembele.
Wendell pulled one back with a fine
free kick to make it exciting again,before
Christian Pulisic sealed it with his third
of the season. Andre Schuerrle scored a
late penalty and Raphael Guerreiro gave
the score a flattering look as Dortmund
consolidated third place.
The result increased the pressure
on Roger Schmidt after three straight
defeats in Leverkusen's worst season
for 14 years.
COLOGNE 0, BAYERN MUNICH 3
Franck Ribery wrapped up a convinc-
ing win that moved Bayern seven points
clear of Leipzig, held 2-2 at Augsburg
Javi Martinez got the visitors under-
way with his first goal of the season.
Thomas Mueller set up Juan Bernat
to make it 2-0 with a deflected shot,
and Ribery claimed his first goal since
returning from a thigh injury in the last
minute, set up by Bernat.
Bayern takes a 5-1 advantage against
Arsenal into their Champions League
last-16 second leg on Tuesday.
HOFFENHEIM 5, INGOLSTADT 2
MAINZ 1, WOLFSBURG 1
WERDER BREMEN 2, DARMSTADT 0
4, SCHALKE 2
Wenger drops Sanchez
Wenger chose one of the tough-
est periods of his Arsenal tenure
to make one of his most reckless
Dropping Alexis Sanchez, pos-
sibly the best player in the English
Premier League, for an away game
against Liverpool, a direct rival for
a Champions League qualification
place, may come to be a defining
moment of a season that is starting
to unravel for Arsenal.
Wenger realized his error at half-
time, throwing Sanchez on for the
second half, but Liverpool was 2-0
ahead by then after goals by Roberto
Firmino and Sadio Mane, and on its
way to a 3-1 victory that lifted Juer-
gen Klopp's team above Arsenal and
into third place.
"A decision like that is not easy to
make," Wenger said, "but you have
to stand up for it."
That Arsenal improved drastically
with Sanchez on the field --- he set
up Danny Welbeck for Arsenal's goal
that made it 2-1 --- will be all the more
galling to Arsenal's increasingly dis-
gruntled fan base.
It also provided more ammuni-
tion for the "Wenger Out" brigade,
which is becoming all the more vocal
as the long-serving manager weighs
up whether to sign a new deal at the
Wenger said Sanchez was left out
because he wanted Arsenal to have
a more physical and direct attack-
ing style and it remains to be seen if
there is anything more to the selec-
tion. Sanchez clearly wasn't happy,
giving Arsenal's traveling support-
ers the briefest of waves at the final
whistle before quickly disappearing
down the tunnel and leaving the rest
of his teammates on the field.
Sanchez, the league's joint-top
scorer with 17, has demonstrated
this season that he hates being sub-
stituted and not completing games.
So imagine how he feels playing only
"He is a world-class player," said
Klopp, who probably couldn't believe
his luck when he saw Arsenal's team
It was a huge win for Liverpool,
only its second in eight games in
2017, and continued its brilliant re-
cord against the league's top teams.
Liverpool has won five and drawn
four in nine games against the top six.
Arsenal dropped to fifth and stayed
above Manchester United only be-
cause Jose Mourinho's team was held
to 1-1 at home by 10-man Bourne-
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the central
figure in an eventful match at Old
Trafford, having a penalty saved
and escaping a red card for elbowing
Tyrone Mings in the head soon after
the Bournemouth defender trod on
Yesterday's other matches:
LEICESTER 3, HULL 1
Helped by a piece of magic by Ri-
yad Mahrez, the champions gained
their second straight win since the
ruthless firing of title-winning coach
Reproducing his brilliance of last
season when he was voted English
soccer's player of the year, Mahrez
cut inside from the right wing, de-
ceived Hull's defence with three
quick turns and a shimmy outside
the area, before driving a right-foot
shot inside the near post.
That made it 2-1 in the 59th minute
and an own-goal from Tom Huddle-
stone clinched Leicester's come-
from-behind win after Sam Clucas
put Hull ahead in the 12th.
By following up a 3-1 win over Liv-
erpool, Leicester moved five points
clear of the relegation zone.
SWANSEA 3, BURNLEY 2
Swansea recovered from conced-
ing a goal through a case of mistaken
identity by scoring a stoppage-time
winner to join Leicester in pulling five
points clear of the relegation zone.
Referee Anthony Taylor awarded
a penalty to Burnley for handball in
the 19th minute, even though it was
Burnley striker Sam Vokes who made
contact as he stretched for a header.
Andre Gray converted the spot kick to
make it 1-1, canceling out Fernando
Llorente's 12th-minute goal.
Gray's second goal put Burnley 2-1
ahead in the 61st, only for Martin
Olsson to equalize and Llorente to
head home the winner in injury time.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0,
CRYSTAL PALACE 2
Sam Allardyce, a specialist at keep-
ing teams in the league, is starting to
work his magic at Crystal Palace.
After a slow start to his tenure
following his hiring in December,
Allardyce guided Palace to a sec-
ond straight win thanks to goals by
Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.
Palace is three points clear of the
STOKE 2, MIDDLESBROUGH 0
Marko Arnautovic scored two
first-half goals to plunge Mid-
dlesbrough into the relegation zone.
Middlesbrough is winless in 10
games dating to Dec. 17.
WATFORD 3, SOUTHAMPTON 4
Southampton rebounded from its
loss to Man United in the League Cup
final, with Nathan Redmond scoring
twice and Manolo Gabbiadini strik-
ing a sixth goal in four games.
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, left, warms up with teammate Lucas Perez prior
to the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool
and Arsenal at Anfield, in Liverpool, England, yesterday. Sanchez started on
the substitutes bench but came on at the start of the second half, but
Liverpool won the game 3-1. AP PHOTO
Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , centre, celebrates a goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match
between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Pays price in latest Arsenal setback
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