Friday 20 April 2018

Defeat leaves Dortmund rooted to bottom of Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller trudges off after his side's home defeat to Augsburg. Photo: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller trudges off after his side's home defeat to Augsburg. Photo: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Last season's Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 1-0 home defeat by 10-man Augsburg to continue their spectacular implosion and remain firmly anchored to the foot of the standings.

The 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga champions lacked ideas in front of a sold-out 80,000 crowd and were easily outmuscled by European hopefuls Augsburg, for whom Raul Bobadilla netted the winner in the 50th minute to seal his club's first ever win over Dortmund.

Surprise packages Augsburg, who had Christoph Janker sent off midway through the second half, completely shut out Dortmund in the last half-hour and climbed into fourth place courtesy of their third successive league win.

Dortmund, who take on Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 this month, are 18th on 16 points after their 11th league loss this season.

Coach Jurgen Klopp was left speechless after the game while keeper Roman Weidenfeller and defender Mats Hummels went straight to speak to their furious fans.

In Spain, meanwhile, Real Madrid were pushed all the way by Seville before securing a 2-1 victory which extended their lead at the top of La Liga. First-half goals from James Rodriguez and Jese put Madrid in control and they held on after Iago Aspas - on loan from Liverpool -netted in the 80th minute for the visitors.

At the African Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast booked their place in the final as big-name players Yaya Toure and Gervinho scored in a 3-1 win over DR Congo. Ghana play Equatorial Guinea in today's second semi-final.

Irish Independent

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