BERLIN (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday with their first win in seven matches as Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scored twice in a 3-0 win at Freiburg.
German star Marco Reus gave Dortmund an early lead before Gabon winger Aubemayang added two second-half goals in Borussia’s first win since the start of December.
Dortmund now face mid-table Mainz and strugglers Stuttgart in the league before Italian league leaders Juventus away in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 24.
“We must keep believing things will move forward after three or four months in which they didn’t. Today was a step in the right direction,” said relieved Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
The result lifted Dortmund to 16th, while Freiburg slip to 17th, still leaving both teams in the drop zone with Borrusia out to avoid their first relegation since 1972.
Freiburg got off to the worst possible start when midfielder Mike Frantz played a poor back pass which was snapped up by Aubemayang.
The fleet-footed winger drew Freiburg goalkeeper Roman Buerki and squared for Reus to tap into an empty net with nine minutes gone.
Aubemayang then darted onto Ilkay Gundogan’s superb through ball and planted his shot past Buerki on 56 minutes.
His second followed on 72 minutes when he fired home after some superb passing from Dortmund’s midfield trio of Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Jakob Blaczszykowski.
Leaders Bayern Munich continued their march to a third straight title with a 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart, which saw Huub Stevens’ side drop to bottom of the table.
“It was very important to score just before half-time. I’m happy for both myself and the team – it was important to get a win today,” said Bayern goal-scorer Arjen Robben.
Bayern’s win was their first in three matches having been thrashed 4-1 at Wolfsburg just over a week ago.