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Dreadful defending cost the Gunners their opening Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. 


Borussia Dortmund earned their first Bundesliga win in five games with a 2-1 victory at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring both their goals.

Dortmund welcomed back Germany centre-back Mats Hummels after two months out with an ankle injury. The 25-year-old rescued Dortmund with a challenge on replacement Karim Bellarabi in the dying stages as Dortmund stayed third, 14 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

The night belonged to Aubameyang who, along with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, finished the match with 11 league goals for the season - the same tally as the entire Braunschweig team.

Gabon right-winger Aubameyang headed home a Lewandowski cross in the first-half, then fired home the winner from Marco Reus' pass 25 minutes from the final whistle. His pin-point winner saved Dortmund's blushes after hosts Braunschweig had equalized when defender Benjamin Kessel tapped home on 54 minutes, despite a posse of Borussia defenders.

In a frantic final 10 minutes, Borussia's Lewandowski, Reus, Aubameyang and midfielder Nuri Sahin all had chances to add a third.

Braunschweig's attacking midfielder Bellarabi also had a late shot saved, while center-back Ermin Bicakcic's header rebounded off the inside of the post.

Dortmund's attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan also hit the post two minutes from time with Braunschweig goalkeeper Daniel Davari well beaten.

This was Dortmund's first win since November 30 after suffering two defeats and two draws.


Germany's 100-meter sprint champion Julian Reus has challenged Borussia Dortmund winger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a sprint race to prove whether the football star is faster than Usain Bolt.

Aubameyang, who has scored nine Bundesliga goals this season, has clocked 3.7 seconds over 30 meters in training, suggesting that he is faster than Bolt, who clocked 3.78 seconds over the same distance en route to setting the 100-meter world record of 9.58 seconds in 2009.

Last Saturday, Gabon international Aubameyang told German television show Sportstudio that he is faster than Bolt, a claim German sprint champion Julian Reus is eager to challenge and wants to race him.

"It is a blatant myth that Aubameyang is faster than Usain Bolt," said the 25-year-old Reus, whose personal best is 10.08secs, while Aubameyang has yet to accept the challenge. "What Aubameyang claimed on television really annoyed me. I want to restore athletics' honor."


Last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund breathed life into their hopes of reaching the Champions League knock-out phase with a nervous 3-1 home win over Napoli on Tuesday.

An early Marco Reus penalty and second-half strike by Jakub Blaszczykowski put Dortmund 2-0 up with an hour gone before Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back for Napoli with 20 minutes left. Replacement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on to grab Dortmund's third, 12 minutes from time, to calm nerves and put Borussia level on nine points with Napoli in the group behind leaders Arsenal.

The victory at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion avenged Borussia's 2-1 defeat at Napoli in September and gives them hope of reaching the last 16 following their 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal three weeks ago. With the Gunners three points clear, who will qualify from Group F will now be decided by the final round of pool matches when Dortmund travel to Marseille and Napoli host Arsenal in a fortnight.

Having lost his entire back four to injury, Borussia coach Jurgen Klopp moved defensive midfielder Sven Bender to center-back alongside Greece international Sokratis with his first-choice pairing of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic ruled out. Dortmund got an early breakthrough when Federico Fernandez hauled down Poland striker Robert Lewandowski in the area and Germany's Reus stepped up to drill home the penalty after 10 minutes.

Just eight minutes later, Reus forced Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina into a diving save when he curled in a free-kick. The first half was a nervy affair and with half an hour gone Napoli hit the post when Jose Callejon junked inside Bender and beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.