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side's second goal
BERLIN---Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice for
Borussia Dortmund to maintain its winning start
to the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win at Eintracht Frank-
Mkhitaryan, a 27.5-million euro ($35.4 million)
offseason signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, opened
his account for his new side in the 10th minute,
when Jakub Blaszczykowski timed his pass perfectly
to set the Armenian up.
Another offseason signing, Frankfurt s Czech striker
Vaclav Kadlec, equalized in the 36th, converting the
rebound after Stefan Aigner s initial headed effort
crashed back off the crossbar after a great cross from
Takashi Inui. Mkhitaryan produced a fine individual
effort for what proved to be the winner in the 56th,
collecting the ball from Kevin Grosskreutz near the
touchline, advancing and then unleashing a shot with
his left boot inside the far post.
Dortmund is the only Bundesliga side to have won
all four games since the season began, with Bayern
Munich and Bayer Leverkusen both dropping points
in the fourth round.
Earlier Sunday, Stuttgart routed Hoffenheim 6-2
in Thomas Schneider s first Bundesliga game in
charge, with Vedad Ibisevic claiming a hat trick
against his former club.
Alexandru Maxim set up Antonio Ruediger s open-
ing score in the 12th minute and delivered a corner
for Ibisevic to score with a header seven minutes
later. Kevin Volland pulled one back with a deflected
shot in the 26th, but Maxim capitalized on a missed
clearance from Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels
to score two minutes later.
Ibisevic scored his second two minutes after the
break, when he shrugged David Abraham off the ball,
rounded Casteels and slotted to the
Maxim capped a fine performance
with a wonderful strike inside the far
corner in the 55th, before Ibisevic com-
pleted his hat trick with another header
in the 63rd.
Roberto Firmino claimed an 87th-
minute consolation for Hoffenheim.
Stuttgart sacked Schneider s prede-
cessor, Bruno Labbadia, on Monday
after the side started the league with
three straight defeats.
Dortmund edges Frankfurt
2-1 in Bundesliga
PARIS---Saint Etienne eased to a 2-1 home victory
over Bordeaux yesterday, continuing its impressive
start to the French league season.
Midfielder Romain Hamouma was the star of
the match, scoring one goal and setting up the
other. Hamouma put Saint Etienne in front in the
eighth minute, volleying home Banel Nicolia s cross.
Fabien Lemoine almost doubled Saint Etienne s
lead on the stroke of halftime, but his effort crashed
off the right-hand post. Saint Etienne did score a
second on the hour mark with a diving header from
Loic Perrin after Benjamin Corgnet had headed on
Hamouma s free kick. Bordeaux got one back in
the final minute with a stunning strike into the top
left corner from Ludovic Obraniak. Allan Saint-
Maximin made his league debut as the 16-year-
old came on as a substitute for Saint Etienne in
the 68th minute.
Saint Etienne has won three of its opening four
matches and is unbeaten at home in 2013. It is pro-
visionally top of the table but will be replaced later
when Marseille hosts big-spending Monaco looking
to maintain its perfect start to the French season.
Nice and Montpellier both have five points after
a 2-2 draw at the Stade du Ray. Timothee
Kolodziejczak headed in a corner for Nice in the
17th minute for the 21-year-old French defender s
first league goal but Souleymane Camara leveled
after dispossessing Nice s Jordan Amavi.
Nice restored its advantage three minutes from
halftime when Valentin Eysseric controlled a long
ball from Nampalys Mendy, feinted past Abdelhamid
El Kaoutari and slotted home.
However, Siaka Tiene s 20-metre free kick, which
flew just above the defensive wall, drew Montpellier
level again seven minutes after the break. Montpellier
was reduced to 10 men for the final seven minutes
after Djamel Bakar was shown a straight red card
for a tackle from behind on Fabrice Abriel.
Saint Etienne beats
Bordeaux in France
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