Dortmund take down Braunschweig 2-1
By Ciaran Fahey, AP
February 2, 2014, 12:46 am TWN
BERLIN--Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to give Borussia Dortmund a hard-fought 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga on Friday.
The visitors failed to create any chances of note until Nuri Sahin tested Braunschweig `keeper Daniel Davari with a well-placed free kick in the 28th minute.
Aubameyang opened the scoring three minutes later, when Robert Lewandowski played a one-two with Marco Reus and lifted the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper for him to head into the unguarded net.
Braunschweig equalized in the 51st through Benjamin Kessel, but Aubameyang scored the winner on a counterattack in the 65th, when Reus found him on the left to shoot inside the far corner.
"There were moments when we played brilliantly but we have to be thankful we won here," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, who called it a "dirty win."
The visitors wasted several chances to seal the result before Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the post in the 89th.
Then Braunschweig almost equalized in injury time only for defender Ermin Bicakcic's header to crash back off the post.
"We played very well, we fought hard, really took the game to Dortmund. I'm disappointed we didn't take anything from it," Kessel said.
Third-place Dortmund remained 14 points behind leader Bayern Munich ahead of the rest of the 19th round, while Braunschweig stays bottom, five points from safety with its rivals yet to play.
"It hurts to be bottom of the table but if you look at the performance today you can see the huge progression we've made," said Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht, a former teammate of Klopp's from their playing days at Mainz.