Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund  1 - 3

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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern topple gritty Frankfurt, Dortmund cruise

10 November 2012 17:58

Bayern Munich remain seven points clear at the Bundesliga summit after a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The German giants opened the scoring through Frenchman Franck Ribery on the stroke of half-time and although Anderson Bamba headed against the bar for the visitors, Jupp Heynckes' men doubled their advantage when David Alaba converted a controversial penalty on 76 minutes.

Bayern had begun the game brightly, as if intent to put the upstarts from Frankfurt firmly in their place. Indeed, the hosts could have been ahead inside eight minutes, Toni Kroos breaking down the left-hand side before dragging a ball across the six-yard box which a stretching Arjen Robben managed to get on the end of but could only divert into the side netting.

Frankfurt slowly began to impose themselves and had chances to draw level but Bayern raised their game just before the break and after Daniel van Buyten had a goal ruled out for offside, Ribery finally broke the deadlock, side-footing home at the far post after Javi Martinez had sprung the offside trap.

The game remained delicately poised throughout the second half until Alaba converted from the spot with 14 minutes remaining after Vadim Demidov had been harshly penalised for fouling Bastian Schweinsteiger in the area.

Unsurprisingly, Frankfurt kept fighting but they were unable to find a route back into the game and Bayern saw the game out quite comfortably to make it 10 wins from 11 league games this season.

Meanwhile, defending champions Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways with a routine 3-1 victory over cellar-dwellers Augsburg.

Juergen Klopp's side ended their last league outing in a disappointing 0-0 stalemate at home to Stuttgart, but there were no signs of such a result repeating itself as the visitors strolled to a comfortable victory to see their fleeting title defence endure for another week.

German international Marco Reus continued his superb form with a ninth-minute free kick before a second-half brace from Robert Lewandowski kept Dortmund within 11 points of rivals Bayern.

In other results on Saturday, Schalke consolidated second position with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to Werder Bremen, Australia international Robbie Kruse netted his first goal of the season as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim, while Freiburg and Hamburg played out a goalless stalemate.

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Klopp wary of Augsburg threat

10 November 2012 08:53

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said his side simply cannot afford to take Bundesliga cellar dweller Augsburg lightly this weekend.

The reigning German champions may be a good thing to beat the struggling Augsburg on the road this Saturday, but Klopp maintained his side not let their guard down, for any slip-ups simply allowed current Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to climb further clear of the chasing pack.

"I think my team has shown that they are in good form, but Augsburg will be hard though," said Klopp.

"Some people might just look at the table and say that this match will be easy going - but it won't.

"We will have to respect them.

"We know Augsburg well, for example we watched their game against Hamburg," he added, referring to a 2-0 win for Hamburg last month.

"It was quite impressive (by Hamburg). Those types of games can happen if you are not concentrating or focussed enough."

Lukasz Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan both picked up slight knocks during Borussia's midweek Champions League draw with Real Madrid, but Klopp is confident both players will be available to travel to Bavaria for Saturday's match.

Dortmund sit in sixth on the German table, 11 points behind Bayern Munich but only four adrift of second-placed Schalke, who take on Werder Bremen on Saturday.

The last two times Bremen have travelled south to Gelsenkirchen, they have been on the wrong end of 4-0 and 5-0 drubbings respectively, but Schalke coach Huub Stevens is also taking nothing for granted heading into this clash.

"They (Werder Bremen) have great qualities in attack and they try to play for that," Stevens said.

"They play attacking football and try to pressure the opponent with their quick players.

"Additionally they have some players in midfield who are able to play quick passes.

"They have quick reactions but we must play in midfield with our own qualities."

Schalke, though, head into this match with several injury concerns as defender Atsuto Uchida and midfielder Marco Hoeger join Christoph Metzelder on the sidelines.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21