BERLIN (AP) — Anthony Modest’s first goal for Borussia Dortmund was enough to beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 in the Bundesliga, where Union Berlin were the big winners on Saturday.
City rivals Hertha enjoyed a 6-1 win at Schalke to temporarily go top of the table before Bayern Munich later host Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel played a key role in his side’s third win from four games, although it will erase memories of last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Werder Bremen. When Dortmund became the first in the league to concede three goals. 88th minute
Modest scored in the 32nd against Hertha, making a fine header to meet former Cologne team-mate Saleh Al-Zakan’s cross. Turkish midfielder A-Zakan was making his Dortmund debut following his transfer between the sides.
Karim Ademi also started two games for Dortmund after suffering a toe injury in his left foot, but was left out of the squad for Gio Reina – a week after he had been sidelined since April 8. Made his first match against Bremen, when he got injured again. His right-hander Dortmund did not say anything about it.
After scoring, Modest ran to hug coach Edin Terzi, and his celebration belied the pressure he had been under since joining from Cologne.
Dortmund fans celebrated again at the start of the second half when news of another Union Berlin goal at their bitter rivals Schalke arrived.
Jude Bellingham missed several chances to kill off the game for Dortmund before Marco Recher hit the crossbar in the comeback for Hertha. The outgoing Kobel put his finger on the goal. The receptor first appeared after treatment for a testicular tumor.
Union’s 6-1 win over promoted Schalke ensured it went unbeaten in five consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time. It was also their first win against the Gelsenkirchen-based club.
Norway midfielder Morten Thorsby scored around five minutes into his Union debut, and Marius Blatter equalized with a penalty in the 31st. Blatter’s celebrations were banned because he had already played for the Union.
Schalke created more chances but Sheraldo Becker restored the visitors’ lead after five minutes with a deflected shot and Janique Haberer made it 3-1 before the break with a powerful long-range strike.
Becker scored again just after the break to have Schalke coach Frank Kremer rubbing his chin on the sideline.
Sven Michel completed the route with quick-fire goals in the 87th and 90th.
After starting the season with four defeats in all competitions, Bayer Leverkusen finally beat Mainz 3-0.
Two first-half goals from Jeremy Frimpong within minutes of Jonathan Burkardt’s own goal in the 29th would ease the pressure on Leverkusen coach Gerardo Sion.
Leipzig also got their first win, 2-0 over visiting Wolfsburg, and Hoffenheim beat Augsburg 1-0.