dimanche 13 avril 2014

Mkhitaryan back on form as Dortmund crush Bayern

 Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their Champions League exit against Real Madrid in midweek to crush Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in spectacular fashion on Saturday.

For the Bavarians, already crowned German champions, the defeat was their second in a row in the league after a record 53-game unbeaten run.

They also had Brazilian Rafinha sent off for slapping Henrikh Mkhitaryan in stoppage time.

The visitors took a 21st minute lead when Mkhitaryan slotted home after some good play, the Armenian making up for a string of missed chances in the 3-2 aggregate defeat against Real on Tuesday.

The midfielder, who apologised to his team mates and fans for his midweek lapses, kept his cool after Marco Reus sent him through with a fine pass.

Bayern, who face Real in the Champions League last four, were further hampered when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was taken off at halftime with a calf muscle injury, making way for third-choice Lukas Raeder.

The 20-year-old's league debut got off to a nightmare start after 49 minutes when Mkhitaryan launched a quick break and Reus tapped in with the keeper out of position.

Raeder could do nothing, however, when Jonas Hofmann broke free to rifle in Dortmund's third in the 56th minute as the 71,000-crowd in the Allianz Arena fell silent.

Bayern tried desperately to hit back but they rarely got past a solid Dortmund defence and were reduced to long-range efforts which sailed wide.

With the title sewn up and in the Champions League last four, Bayern face second division Kaiserslautern in the semi-finals of the German Cup next week and are still on track to repeat their unprecedented trophy treble of last season.

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