Flailing Borussia Dortmund loses again, falls to 10-man Augsburg
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's relegation worries mounted on Wednesday when it lost 1-0 at home to 10-man Augsburg.
Jurgen Klopp's team remained bottom of the table, two points behind Hertha Berlin, which lost 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen.
Dortmund, twice champion and twice runner-up in the past four seasons, has now failed to score in two matches since the season resumed over the weekend.
More worryingly, it hardly created any chances even after Augsburg was reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute when Christoph Janker was sent off. Raul Bobadilla scored the winner for Augsburg in the 50th.
Augsburg moves into fourth place as a result of the win and is in a Champions League qualifying place.
Elsewhere, Hamburger SV won 3-0 in Paderborn, Werder Bremen beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and Cologne and Stuttgart drew 0-0.
Dortmund was booed off the field by its fans after losing its 11th match of the season, four of them at home.
"It hurts, no doubt," Klopp said. "We are doing everything wrong at the moment. We are not making anything of our chances."
Augsburg's goal came after four Dortmund defenders failed to stop Halil Altintop and the loose ball fell kindly to Bobadilla, who slotted home.
Janker was sent off for downing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after which the visitors put all its men behind the ball as they looked to preserve their lead.
Dortmund found no way through until stoppage time, but Ciro Immobile missed from close range.
In Berlin, Stefan Kiessling scored in the 48th by knocking the ball in at the far post to send Hertha to its 11th defeat. Hertha's defender Sebastian Langkamp was sent off.
Hamburg and Bremen picked up important points to move away from the relegation zone.
Hamburg earned a penalty less than 10 seconds into the match in Paderborn when Patrick Ziegler tripped Marcell Jansen and Rafael van der Vaart converted from the spot. Jansen and Zoltan Stieber scored late to complete the victory.
Bremen won its second straight and sent Hoffenheim to its second consecutive loss.
In the eighth minute, Davie Selke set up Franco di Santo, who drove home from 20 meters (yards) for his third goal in two matches and Bremen's lead. Ermin Bicakcic equalized in the 34th but Philipp Bargfrede notched the winner in the 52nd.
On Tuesday, 10-man Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with Schalke to remain eight points clear of Wolfsburg at the top of the table.