BERLIN (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s relegation worries deepened on Wednesday after their 11th defeat of the season a 1-0 loss at home to 10-man Augsburg kept the ailing German giants rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.
Raul Bobadilla’s second-half goal lifted his team up to fourth in the table but left Dortmund — who in the past four seasons have won two successive titles in 2011 and 2012 and finish runners-up in the subsequent campaigns — in serious danger of being relegated for the first time since 1972.
Augsburg took a deserved lead when veteran Turkish international striker Halil Altintop managed to get his pass away despite the attentions of a posse of Dortmund defenders to leave Bobadilla free to fire home his third goal in as many games on 50 minutes.
To add to Borussia’s woes, Kevin Grosskreutz joined their lengthy walking wounded list by limping off with a thigh injury.
Augsburg were reduced to ten men on 64 minutes when defender Christoph Janker was shown a straight red for hauling down Dortmund’s Gabon winger Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang.
But Jurgen Klopp’s 2013 Champions League finalists failed to make the numerical advantage count to suffer their fourth home defeat of the season.
Italy striker Ciro Immobile squandered a golden chance in added time when he headed straight at Augsburg goalkeeper Alexander Manninger.