by MACAULAY DALEY
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored four goals on his return to the starting line-up as Borussia Dortmund thrashed bottom club Hamburg 5-2 at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was dropped for the Champions League game in midweek for a disciplinary issue, but he scored within just four minutes with a tap in.
He got his second after 23 minutes, capitalising on Johan Djourou’s awful back pass, Emre Mor played the ball across goal for the Gabon striker to roll it into the empty net.
The hat-trick was completed in the 27th minute, his left footed shot squirming through Rene Adler’s dive, who should have done a lot better.
He saved his best goal for last, after some more poor defending by the home team he fired the ball into Adler’s right hand corner shortly after half-time.
Nicolai Muller scored twice for Die Rothosen in the second half, his goals sandwiched between one from substitute Ousmane Dembele.
RB Leipzig are joint top of the Bundesliga following their 3-1 win against Mainz at the Red Bull Arena. Their win, coupled with Bayern Munich’s draw with Hoffenheim saw all three teams remain unbeaten and still occupying the top three positions.
Die Bullen took the lead after just three minutes, Timo Werner finishing off a superb team move, before he created the second after 21 minutes.
His strong run and cross from the right found Emil Forsberg who brushed off a weak challenge and rolled the ball into the net.
It was roles reversed in the 44th minute, albeit with some help from the Mainz defence. Leon Balogun missed the ball completely, allowing Forsberg to set up Werner for a tap in and his fifth goal of the season.
Stefan Bell pulled one back in the second half, but manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is still yet to lose since joining from Ingolstadt in the summer, although his replacement at the Audi Sportpark was given his marching orders on Sunday.
Following a 2-0 loss to Augsburg, Markus Kauczinski and the club went their separate ways, with Die Schanzer 17th in the league.
It took 85 minutes for the opening goal, Raul Bobadilla scoring a free-kick from just outside the area. Tobias Levels was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident, before Halil Altintop put the final nail in Kauczinski’s coffin, smashing home Bobadilla’s cross.
Whilst one manager departed, another was officially announced this weekend. Following Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win at Freiburg, Valerien Ismael was appointed manager on a full time basis.
The Frenchman has been in charge since Dieter Hecking’s sacking in October and has finally landed the job after two wins from his six matches in charge.
Hertha Berlin 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich 1-1 Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Darmstadt 98
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 FC Koln
Schalke 04 3-1 Werder Bremen