Dortmund edges Ingolstadt as Aubameyang pads his Bundesliga goal lead
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund consolidated third place in the Bundesliga by scraping past relegation-threatened Ingolstadt 1-0 on Friday.
Dortmund opened a four-point gap in the last place for automatic Champions League qualification ahead of Hoffenheim, yet to play in the 25th round.
Ingolstadt remained seven points from safety and could finish the weekend further adrift.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his league-leading 23rd goal of the season in the 14th minute, sweeping the ball in off Marcel Schmelzer's cross. Schmelzer, the Dortmund captain, was played through on the left by a fine ball from Shinji Kagawa, celebrating his 28th birthday.
Ingolstadt didn't buckle, however. The visitor was denied a first-half equalizer by several outstanding saves from Roman Burki, while forward Dario Lezcano was posing problems for the Dortmund defense.
Matthew Leckie should have scored after the break when gifted an opportunity by Matthias Ginter but the Ingolstadt striker fired over with only Buerki to beat, and the Dortmund 'keeper was fortunate not to concede a penalty for bringing down Lezcano.
Ingolstadt kept pushing but missed several good chances to punish a disappointing Dortmund performance.