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BERLIN---Bayern Munich en-
joyed another big Bundesliga
win as it pursues an unprece-
dented fifth straight title while
Borussia Dortmund was held at
Schalke to 1-1 in the Ruhr derby
Robert Lewandowski scored a hat
trick and set up another two goals
for Bayern to rout Augsburg 6-0
at home, maintaining its 13-point
lead over Leipzig with eight games
"Lewandowski did what he nor-
mally does," Bayern coach Carlo
Bayern, which has lost only once
in 26 league games, didn't have to
work too hard for its 20th win. Augs-
burg opted to rest several players for
its relegation fight with Ingolstadt
"A defeat against Bayern won't
throw us off course," said Augsburg
coach Manuel Baum, whose side
dropped to the relegation playoff
Minutes after Dortmund strik-
er Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
claimed his league-leading 24th
goal in Gelsenkirchen, Lewandowski
claimed his 23rd, firing inside the
left post after holding off a defender.
The striker then set up Thiago
Alcantara with his heel before com-
pleting his hat trick and matching
Aubameyang's tally with a header.
A long ball from Jerome Boateng
set up Thomas Mueller for his
second of the second, though the
Germany forward went straight off
for treatment following a bad chal-
lenge from Christoph Janker, who
Northern rivals Werder Bremen
and Hamburger SV both secured
important wins to move away from
the relegation zone.
Winter signing Thomas Delaney
scored a hat-trick as Bremen won
5-2 at Freiburg. "No April fools,"
the Danish midfielder said of his
hat trick on Twitter.
It was Bremen's fifth win in a six-
game unbeaten run as it moved three
points clear of the relegation zone.
Bremen was previously bottom.
Lewis Holtby scored late for Ham-
burg to beat Cologne 2-1 at home,
dragging the side out of the rele-
gation playoff spot to 13th, a point
clear of Augsburg.
"We're still a long way from where
we want to be," Hamburg coach
Markus Gisdol said.
Midfielder Marco Fabian missed a
penalty as Eintracht Frankfurt had to
settle for 0-0 against Borussia Mo-
enchengladbach in the late game.
'Gladbach midfielder Tobias
Strobl earned his second yellow card
as his side remained 10th, just four
points above the relegation zone.
MADRID---Away victories by Ei-
bar and Athletic Bilbao intensified
the fight for Europa League spots
in the Spanish league yesterday.
Eibar ended a four-match winless
streak by defeating Villarreal 3-2.
Takashi Inui scored what turned out
to be the winning goal. Athletic won
2-1 at last-placed Osasuna with goals
by Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams.
The results left four clubs within five
points or less of fifth-placed Villarreal.
Fifth place is the first to reward teams
a place in the Europa League.
The sixth-placed team will also
play in the Europa League, and the
seven-placed side may earn a spot if
Barcelona defeats Alaves in the Copa
del Rey final in May.
Villarreal and Real Sociedad have 48
points each, Athletic moved to 47, and
Eibar to 44. Espanyol reached 43 after a
late come-from-behind win over Real
Betis on Friday.
Atletico Madrid, which plays at
Malaga later Saturday, was fourth,
two points behind third-placed Sevilla,
which hosts Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
Leader Real Madrid and sec-
ond-placed Barcelona also play on
Madrid has a two-point lead and a
game in hand.
VILLARREAL 2, EIBAR 3
Inui scored his first goal of the sea-
son in the 77th minute to seal Eibar's
come-from-behind win at Villarreal.
Roberto Soriano put the host ahead
early, then Eibar rallied with goals by
Pedro Leon in the 48th and Enrique
"Kike" Garcia in the 54th. Soriano
closed the scoring in the 89th.
Villarreal loudly complained of the
penalty call that led to Eibar's opener,
as well as of a non-call for a hand ball
the other way just a few minutes later.
"The controversial calls distracted
us," Villarreal coach Fran Escriba said.
"The referee's decisions influenced the
flow of the match. We lost concentra-
OSASUNA 1, ATHLETIC BILBAO 2
Osasuna's winless streak in the
league reached 21 games after the set-
back against Athletic.
The promoted club hasn't won since
a game at Eibar in the eighth round.
Aduriz put Athletic ahead in the
12th with his 100th league goal for the
Basque club, and Williams added to the
lead in 44th.
Osasuna's lone goal was scored by
Sergio Leon in the 79th. (AP)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo,
celebrates with Marcelo Vieira, top,
after their team scored during the
Spanish La Liga soccer match between
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, at San
Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern
Spain on March 18. AP PHOTO
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund celebrates with a mask after
scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke
04 and Borussia Dortmund in the in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Bayern wins 6-0 to
keep 13-point lead
It's a fight for Europa spots
SCHALKE 1, BORUSSIA
LEIPZIG 4, DARMSTADT 0
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