10-man Dortmund beats Frankfurt 3-0 in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) -Marco Reus scored a hat trick Saturday as 10-man Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 at home in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp denied Reus in the fourth minute, but the Germany winger made no mistake four minutes later when international teammate Mario Goetze sprung the offside trap with a superb pass.
Reus scored again two minutes later when Mats Hummels intercepted a loose pass and set him up to shoot inside the far post through Trapp's legs.
Frankfurt received a lifeline in the 31st when Julian Schieber was sent off for a second yellow card for catching Bastian Oczipka's face with his elbow. The striker had been given a rare start due to Robert Lewandowski's three-game ban for being sent off the week before.
But Reus completed his first ever hat trick in the 65th when Goetze drew in two defenders and the goalkeeper before pulling the ball back for the 23-year-old to curl the ball to the unguarded net. Ilkay Guendogan, who was outstanding throughout, initiated the move with a perfectly times ball for Goetze.
Fourth-place Frankfurt also finished with 10 men after Takashi Inui received his second yellow in the 74th.
Dortmund, which drew 2-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, remains 15 points behind runaway leader Bayern Munich.
Earlier, Michel Bastos scored twice to salvage a 2-2 draw for Schalke at Mainz, offering embattled coach Jens Keller some respite before Wednesday's Champions League game at Galatasaray.
Mainz, which knocked Schalke out of the German Cup in Keller's first game last December, opened the scoring through Andreas Ivanschitz in the 27th minute, when Nicolai Mueller eluded three defenders on the right to set him up.
Bastos equalized with a simple tap-in from fellow winter signing Raffael's cross in the 41st.
Mainz defender Zdenek Pospech shot inside the far post in the 63rd, only for Bastos to do likewise to equalize again with eight minutes remaining. It was the Brazilian's third goal in as many games since joining on loan from Lyon.
Schalke, which has only one win from 14 games across all competitions, started without the injured Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Atsuto Uchida, Lars Unnerstall, Ibrahim Afellay, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Ciprian Marica and Christoph Moritz.
Keller, who took over after Huub Stevens was dismissed following a string of indifferent results, spoke before the game of "a curse'' affecting his side.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen beat Augsburg 2-1, Freiburg held on for a 3-2 win at Werder Bremen, Rafael van der Vaart struck to give Hamburger SV a 1-0 win at home over Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Fortuna Duesseldorf beat bottom side Greuther Fuerth 1-0.
Leverkusen remained third after Stefan Kiessling scored his 15th goal of the season with a header from Gonzalo Castro's free kick in the 26th, and then set up Lars Bender to kill off Augsburg's spirited resistance with 15 minutes remaining.
Sascha Moelders scored a last-minute consolation for the relegation-threatened visitors.
Hamburg followed last week's win over Dortmund by moving to sixth, thanks to Van der Vaart's spectacular 25-meter (yard) strike in the 24th against a Moenchengladbach side possibly feeling the effects from Thursday's 3-3 Europa League draw at Lazio.
In Bremen, Max Kruse scored for Freiburg with a fine strike in the 36th, only for Kevin de Bruyne to set up Nils Petersen three minutes later.
Bremen's Aleksandar Ignjovski brought down Daniel Caligiuri in the 53rd, and the midfielder dusted himself off to maintain his 100 percent record from the spot with his sixth successful Bundesliga penalty.
Petersen equalized again in the 65th when defender Mattias Ginter slipped at the crucial moment, but Ginter atoned by scoring the winner in the 71st - after both sides hit the post.
An 18th-minute goal from Axel Bellinghausen was enough for Duesseldorf, which missed an early penalty through Dani Schahin.
Fuerth's Hungarian winter signing Joszef Varga was sent off with a second yellow card in the 38th.
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