Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his return to the Borussia Dortmund side with four goals as they cruised to a 5-2 win at strugglers Hamburg.
The 27-year-old had been dropped for Wednesday’s Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon for “internal reasons” and celebrated his recall on Saturday with a 23-minute first-half hat-trick before adding a fourth three minutes after the interval.
Ousmane Dembele added a fifth for Dortmund while Nicolai Muller bagged a brace for Hamburg who are bottom on goal difference from FC Ingolstadt 04, who lost 2-0 at home to FC Augsburg.
“There had been something going on during the preparation for the (Sporting) match, which we punished and so it is checked off,” said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.
“We did not love taking this measure, but there was no alternative in our view. The basic trust has not been shattered and it was all forgotten by the final whistle of the Lisbon game.”
Dortmund’s win lifted them to fifth in the table, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to high-flying Hoffenheim, who remain unbeaten.
Bayern fell behind when Kerem Demirbay’s venomous strike gave Manuel Neuer no chance but the hosts levelled when Steven Zuber sliced into his own net.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverksuen followed up their midweek Champions League success at Wembley with a 3-2 win overSV Darmstadt while lowly Wolfsburg were impressive 3-0 winners at Sport-Club Freiburg, Mario Gomez bagging a brace.
There was also a win for Augsburg, who triumphed 2-0 atIngolstadt.
Second-placed RB Leipzig host Mainz on Sunday.In Saturday’s late game, Eintracht Frankfurt joined Dortmund and Cologneon 18 points with a 1-0 victory over the latter, thanks to a goal from Mijat Gacinovic.
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