BERLIN (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 win at bitter rival Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Bayern Munich survived a scare to beat Hertha Berlin 3-2.
Mkhitaryan was involved in all of his side's goals, after the 143rd Ruhr derby was delayed due to flares causing thick yellow smoke in the Dortmund fans' stand.
As referee Knut Kircher led the teams back off the pitch, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller appealed to the hooded supporters to desist, only to have lit flares thrown in his direction. Dortmund fans were also blamed for rioting before the game.
"They're not pretty pictures, to put it mildly," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. "You feel shame at times like this. I'm often proud of our fans but that was disruptive in the truest sense of the word. We won despite it, not because of it."
Dortmund seized the initiative once play got underway. Mkhitaryan sent Marco Reus through to cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opening score in the 14th minute.
Schalke had the chance to equalize after Neven Subotic conceded a penalty in the 30th, but Kevin-Prince Boateng failed to convert against his former club when Weidenfeller saved his spot kick.
Mkhitaryan led a counterattack to set up Nuri Sahin's wonderful 20-meter (yard) strike in the 51st, and the Armenia midfielder led another in the 74th for Jakub Blaszczykowski to seal the result, 12 minutes after the 18-year-old Schalke substitute Max Meyer pulled one back on a rebound.
League leader Bayern had to come from behind to win and stretch its unbeaten league run to 35 games, while being grateful not to concede a penalty in injury time. Hertha protested when Adrian Ramos fell under last defender David Alaba's challenge on the edge of the box.
Ramos had scored with a header from Per Ciljan Skjelbred's corner in the fourth minute, and Hertha might have been 2-0 shortly afterward, when Anis Ben-Hatira struck the crossbar.
There was more bad news for Bayern when Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben both went off with groin problems within two minutes of each other. But the substitutes, Mario Goetze and Mario Mandzukic, managed to turn the game around.
"The changes decided the game," Hertha coach Jos Luhukay said.
Mandzukic scored in the 29th, three minutes after going on, with a header from Franck Ribery's free kick.
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