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Bayern title boost as 9-man Dortmund loses to Schalke 4-2

April 27, 2019
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Schalke's Breel Embolo center, celebrates after he scored his side's 4th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Schalke's Breel Embolo center, celebrates after he scored his side's 4th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Nine-man Borussia Dortmund blew a chance to return to the top of the Bundesliga after losing at home to Schalke 4-2 on Saturday, giving a huge title boost to Bayern Munich.

Second-placed Dortmund, which lost Marco Reus and Marius Wolf to straight red cards around the hour mark, remained a point behind Bayern, which visits Nuremberg on Sunday.

There are three rounds left after the weekend.

Mario Gotze scored the opening goal, and Axel Witsel pulled Dortmund to 3-2 behind after the red cards, but Breel Embolo bagged the insurance goal two minutes later for Schalke.

Jadon Sancho set up Gotze’s opener in the action-packed Revierderby and, in the celebration, the England international was hit by a pocket lighter thrown from the crowd, but the winger was able to continue.

Daniel Caligiuri, with two, and Salif Sane scored Schalke’s other goals.

Third-placed Leipzig beat Freiburg 2-1 to secure Champions League soccer next season. Leipzig was 10 points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt, which drew with Hertha Berlin 0-0 and occupied the fourth and last spot for Champions League qualification.

Also, Fortuna Duesseldorf beat Werder Bremen 4-1, last-placed Hannover defeated Mainz 1-0, and Stuttgart earned its first win in eight weeks when it beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0.

Bayer Leverkusen won 4-1 at Augsburg on Friday.

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