Dortmund wins Ruhr derby with 3-1 win at Schalke
BERLIN (AP) - Henrikh Mkhitaryan inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 win at bitter rival Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Bayern Munich survived a scare to beat Hertha Berlin 3-2.
Mkhitaryan was involved in all of his side's goals, after the 143rd Ruhr derby was delayed due to flares causing thick yellow smoke in the Dortmund fans' stand.
As referee Knut Kircher led the teams back off the pitch, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller appealed to the hooded supporters to desist only to have lit flares thrown in his direction.
Once play got underway, Dortmund seized the initiative. Mkhitaryan sent Marco Reus through to cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opening score in the 14th minute.
Schalke had the chance to equalize after Neven Subotic conceded a penalty against Christian Fuchs in the 30th, but Kevin-Prince Boateng missed against his former club when Weidenfeller saved his spot kick.
Mkhitaryan led a counterattack to set up Nuri Sahin's wonderful 20-meter (yard) strike in the 51st, and the Armenia midfielder led another in the 74th for Jakub Blaszczykowski to seal the result, 12 minutes after the 18-year-old Schalke substitute Max Meyer pulled one back on a rebound.
League leader Bayern had to come from behind to win and stretch its unbeaten league run to 35 games, while being grateful not to concede a penalty in injury time. Hertha protested when Adrian Ramos fell under last defender David Alaba's challenge on the edge of the box.
Ramos had scored with a header from Per Ciljan Skjelbred's corner in the fourth minute, and Hertha might have been 2-0 shortly afterward, when Anis Ben-Hatira struck the crossbar.
There was more bad news for Bayern when Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben both went off with groin problems within two minutes of each other. But the substitutes, Mario Goetze and Mario Mandzukic, managed to turn the game around.
Mandzukic scored in the 29th, three minutes after going on, with a header from Franck Ribery's free kick.
Bastian Schweinsteiger sent in another free kick for the Croatian to score with another header in the 51st.
Goetze made it 3-1 with a header three minutes later, four minutes before Ben-Hatira pulled back what proved to be a consolation for the promoted side, one of the few not to appear intimidated in Munich this season.
Ribery set a Bundesliga record of playing in 39 straight games without defeat, while Bayern is just one game from tying Hamburger SV's 30-year-old record 36-match run without losing.
Bayer Leverkusen also came from behind to beat Augsburg 2-1. Andre Hahn put the visiting side ahead with a fine volley in the 24th, only for Simon Rolfes to equalize in the 34th, and Emre Can to pop up with the winner eight minutes from time.
Mainz defeated bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0, thanks to goals in either half from Japan striker Shinji Okazaki.
Hannover had an afternoon to forget against Hoffenheim, losing 4-1 at home and finishing with nine players.
Hoffenheim striker Sejad Salihovic scored after a hotly disputed penalty decision in the 10th.
Mame Biram Diouf was shown a yellow card for protesting, and the Senegalese was sent off two minutes later when he got another yellow for diving. TV replays showed it was a debatable decision.
It got worse for the home side six minutes later when Kai Herdling scored with a header.
Salif Sane gave Hannover some hope in the 56th, only for Roberto Firmino to score twice in three minutes by the 64th, when Marcelo was sent off for his furious reaction to the referee.
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