Aubameyang nets twice as Dortmund routs Leverkusen in Bundesliga

AP , Saturday 4 Mar 2017

Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) celebrates scoring the 3-1 with Dortmund's French midfielder Ousmane Dembele during the German First division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Dortmund, western Germany, on March 4, 2017 AFP

 Borussia Dortmund routed Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in the Bundesliga while Bayern Munich stretched its lead on Saturday.

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 Dortmund.

Dembele fired the home side into an early lead, gathering the ball from Charles Aranguiz's attempted block, taking a touch beyond another defender and dispatching past the despairing Bernd Leno inside the left post.

Aubameyang took advantage of some static Leverkusen defending to make it 2-0 from close range midway through the first half. It was his 74th Bundesliga goal for Dortmund, matching Lewandowski's tally.

Dortmund suffered a blow before the break when Marco Reus went off with an apparent thigh injury - Thomas Tuchel's side faces a 1-0 deficit to Benfica in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Another blow followed after the interval, when Kevin Volland pulled one back for the visitors, who were fortunate Karim Bellarabi wasn't sent off for a dangerous tackle on Dembele. Bellarabi already had a yellow card.

But Dortmund, which missed chances 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.

Borussia Moenchengladbach hosted Schalke in the late game.

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