Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game

Dortmund moved up to second in the German Bundesliga Wednesday, hammering Kaiserslautern 5-0 while bottom side Schalke 04 ended their point famine with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg.

Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game
Dortmund celebrates. Photo: DPA

Dortmund are three points behind leaders Mainz after a comprehensive win which saw them 2-0 ahead at half-time thanks to goals from Lucas Barrios and Kevin Großkreutz.

Defender Mats Hummels scored with a header on 65 minutes before Poland striker Robert Lewandowski hit the fourth on 75 minutes and Barrios scored his second in the game’s final moments.

Having beaten neighbours Schalke in Sunday’s Ruhr Valley derby, Jürgen Klopp-coached Dortmund now have 12 points.

“If someone had told me at the start of the season we would have 12 points at this stage in the season, I would have taken that,” said Klopp. “These wins have come on the back of hard work, but now we have to worry about a tough trip to St Pauli on Saturday.”

After four straight defeats, Schalke stopped the rot when they beat 10-man Freiburg as Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar netted his second goal in two games on 87 minutes.

“This win is a relief for us,” said Schalke coach Felix Magath. “We were under a lot of pressure. I am very happy with the team, even if we are still playing with some uncertainty.”

Despite the three points, Schalke remain rooted to the bottom of the table, but will have the chance to move up from 18th place when they host Mönchengladbach – who are 15th – on Saturday.

Schalke took the lead for the first time this season when midfielder Ivan Rakitic fired home on nine minutes before Freiburg equalised when Papiss Demba Cisse scored his fifth goal of the season on 69 minutes.

Freiburg midfielder Ivica Banovic was sent off right at the end, 11 minutes after he came on as a substitute.

Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko also hit his fifth goal of the season when he scored the Wolves first goal in the 3-1 draw at Hamburg before Brazil forward Grafite scored two late goals to seal the win.

Nuremberg got their first win of the season when they beat Stuttgart 2-1 while St Pauli beat Mönchengladbach 2-1.

Leverkusen brushed off their injury problems with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and welcomed back Simon Rolfes although both striker Stefan Kiessling and midfielder Michael Ballack are currently injured.

On Tuesday, Mainz 05 beat Cologne 2-0 to stay top, while Bayern Munich have lost winger Franck Ribery for the next month after he injured his right ankle in the 2-1 win at Hoffenheim.

Champions League side Werder Bremen slumped to their second consecutive league defeat when they were beaten 4-1 at Hannover.


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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.