Dortmund thrash Hamburg to claim top spot

Peter Bosz's beat hosts 3-0 on Wednesday to go five points clear of second placed Bayern Munich


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Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 0-2 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburg SV v BVB Borussia Dortmund in Hamburg, northen Germany, on September 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund returned to the top of the Bundesliga on Wednesday after easing to a 3-0 victory over Hamburg.

Japanese star Shinji Kagawa got the scoring underway and

gave Dortmund the lead from close range on 25 minutes, and both Christian Pulisic and Andriy Yarmolenko had chances to double the advantage before half-time.

With just over an hour played, Yarmolenko surged forward on the counter attack to set up a goal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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The Gabonese striker tapped the ball in from less than a metre in front of goal, scoring his fourth and no doubt easiest goal of the season so far.

American international Pulisic secured victory in the 80th minute, netting Dortmund's third from inside the penalty area.

Dortmund, who have yet to concede a goal in five games this season, are now a point clear of Bayern Munich, who remain second after surprise package Hanover failed to win in Freiburg.

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The promoted side remain unbeaten this season, but were denied the opportunity to leapfrog Bayern by a late Nils Petersen equaliser.

After Florian Niederlechner had missed a penalty for Freiburg early in the second half, Martin Harnik gave Hanover the lead in the 66th minute. Petersen's close range effort saved a point for the home side with seven minutes to play.

Hanover now drop to fourth after an injury time goal from Mark Uth saw Hoffenheim beat Mainz 3-2 despite trailing 2-0 early in the game.

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