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Bayern Munich extend lead as Darmstadt hold Dortmund
Agence France Presse
Borussia Dortmund lost more ground in the Bundesliga title race Sunday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Darmstadt which left Bayern Munich four points clear. Having also drawn 1-1 at Hoffenheim Wednesday, Dortmund fell further behind champions Bayern ahead of next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash against the Bavarians at Munich’s Allianz Arena.
 
Bayern are the only team in Germany’s top flight to have won all seven league games so far and Pep Guardiola’s leaders are looking to become the first team to win four consecutive Bundesliga titles.
 
After Marcel Heller gave Darmstadt a shock lead, Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked to have sealed the hosts’ comeback win with two second-half goals to maintain his record run having scored in each of Dortmund’s first seven Bundesliga games.
 
But Darmstadt captain Aytac Sulu rescued a point for his club by stabbing home from a free kick just before the final whistle.
 
With nine goals, Aubameyang is just one behind Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.
 
Heller gave the visitors a shock early lead at the Westfalenstadion on 20 minutes.
 
Dortmund roared back as Aubameyang hammered home a Matthias Ginter flick on 63 minutes, then drove Adnan Januzaj’s clever pass home on 71 minutes, before Sulu scored at the death to silence the home crowd.
 
Earlier, midfielder Vladimir Darida rescued a point for Hertha Berlin with the late equalizer in their 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt after captain Alexander Meier gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half.
 
The point leaves Hertha sixth and Frankfurt 10th in the table.
 
Bayern took the chance to extend their lead with a 3-0 win at Mainz Saturday as Lewandowski’s goal haul continued.
 
Having sent German league records tumbling last Tuesday with five goals in just nine minutes after coming off the bench in the 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg, the 27-year-old claimed two more against Mainz.
 
Lewandowski marked his 100th Bundesliga goal by heading Kingsley Coman’s cross inside the far post on 51 minutes and pulled up his jersey to reveal a T-shirt which stated: “100.” “The T-shirt was my idea, I didn’t know if I’d score today, but you always have to think positively, which is why I had it made,” he told reporters.
 
An Arturo Vidal pass then put Lewandowski in behind the defense to round the goalkeeper for his 101st on 63 minutes.
 
France Under-21 winger Coman grabbed Bayern’s third five minutes later with a simple tap in from a Douglas Costa cross.
 
Bayern host Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League Tuesday.
 
Schalke remain third after Germany Under-21 attacking midfielder Leroy Sane scored for the third game in succession to seal Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hamburg with a superb strike on the hour.
 
Bayer Leverkusen, who play European champions Barcelona away Tuesday, romped to a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen with goals by Swiss forward Admir Mehmedi, winger Kevin Kampl and Germany Under-21 talent Julian Brandt.
 
Wolfsburg, who play Manchester United at Old Trafford Wednesday in the Champions League, dropped more points in a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Hanover to stay fourth.
 
Bas Dost’s header was canceled out by Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake’s superb volley on 57 minutes.
 
Borussia Moenchengladbach, who host Manchester City Wednesday, picked up their second win since Lucien Favre’s shock resignation last Sunday with a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart. The goals came from Granit Xhaka, a Christian Gentner own-goal and Raffel’s late effort after Daniel Ginczek slotted a 40th-minute penalty for Stuttgart.
 
Hoffenheim climbed to 15th with a 3-1 win at Augsburg as Germany international Kevin Volland scored twice, including a second-half penalty.
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