Borussia Dortmund, Schalke both win in Bundesliga

Associated Press Modified: October 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm •  Published: October 27, 2012
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BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund won 2-0 at Freiburg to get its Bundesliga title defense back on track in difficult conditions on Saturday.

Heavy snowfall hampered both teams in a hard-fought game.

"In the old days we'd want to go out in weather like this to play football but we weren't allowed because the mothers didn't want to wash the gear. Nowadays we have to go out but we don't want to," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

Neven Subotic scored in the 54th minute and Mario Goetze made the game safe for Dortmund with seven minutes remaining.

"To win 2-0 here in such conditions is extraordinarily good," said Klopp, whose side beat Real Madrid in the Champions League three days earlier.

Jefferson Farfan's 77th-minute strike was enough for Schalke to complete a perfect week with a 1-0 win at home over Nuremberg. Schalke won the Ruhr derby against Dortmund last weekend and then 2-0 at Arsenal in the Champions League midweek.

"Today falls under the category of dirty hard-work win," said Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes. "It wasn't a great game."

Wolfsburg beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 4-1 away to end its seven-game run without a win in interim coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner's first game in charge.

"The players were obligated (to win) because the coach was gone," said Koestner, referring to Felix Magath's departure on Thursday. "We scored at the right times and the team never stopped fighting."

Elsewhere, Mainz beat Hoffenheim 3-0 thanks to an Adam Szalai hat trick, and Greuther Fuerth drew 1-1 at home with Werder Bremen.

Dortmund's first away win of the season leaves it nine points behind Bayern Munich, which plays its game in hand against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Freiburg came closest to scoring in a scrappy first half, when Subotic made a crucial clearance to concede a corner that caused panic in the Dortmund defense in the 15th.

Daniel Caligiuri was twice blocked, and then Marcel Schmelzer got the slightest touch to the ball with his studs to push Erik Jendrisek's effort onto the post.

Subotic made the breakthrough with a header from a dangerous Marco Reus free kick, and the game was settled when Robert Lewandowski set up Goetze for a low shot past Oliver Baumann.