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Freak own goal boosts Dortmund

BERLIN, November 10- Jurgen Klopp said he hopes the freak own goal scored by Christoph Kramer to give Borussia Dortmund their first league win in almost two months can kick-start their season.

Germany international Kramer’s own-goal from almost halfway gifted Dortmund a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday as the hosts earned their first win in eight league matches.

The victory moved Dortmund off the foot of the table and up to 15th, and Klopp said he would gladly have that goal become a turning point for last season’s runners-up.

“It’s been such a long time without a win that I can hardly find the words,” said Klopp, whose side have endured their worst ever start to a Bundesliga season.

“We have finally got into double figures in terms of points.

“If that turns out to be the win which opens the floodgates, then I’ll take it.

“It was an exceptional game for such a situation. It was a deserved win and a great feeling.”

Klopp spoke to Kramer on the pitch after the game and said he had both thanked and commiserated with the 23-year-old.

“Christoph Kramer unwittingly took his place in our little story, but he’s an exceptional player and this goal will be just a side note in his life,” added Klopp.

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“It was a strange goal for him, but an important three points for us.

“We’ll keep fighting and keep working, we need to enjoy this win, but there is still so much work left to do.

However the win failed to mask another poor display of finishing from Dortmund, whose stunning European form bares little relation to their Bundesliga performances this season.

Borussia again failed to transfer their stunning Champions League goal-scoring form, where they have banged in 13 in four games to reach the last 16, to the domestic matters.

They failed to convert any of their 22 shots on goal, while restricting Gladbach to just a single chance, before Kramer’s decisive error.

The defensive midfielder misjudged a long-range back pass from near the halfway line which went straight over the head of his goalkeeper Yann Sommer on 58 minutes.

Germany winger Marco Reus, who was outstanding throughout, almost made it 2-0 just moments later when his shot clattered the post.

The defeat was Moenchengladbach’s first of the season and left leaders Bayern Munich as the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga.

“Dortmund deserved the win,” admitted Gladbach coach Lucien Favre.

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“They were better than us and created a lot more pressure.

“We were lucky that it was still 0-0 at the break.

“The goal came at an unlucky point in time for us as Dortmund didn’t have so many big chances afterwards.”

After Freiburg and Werder Bremen had both picked up wins on Saturday, Dortmund had dropped to last place for the first time in seven years, but Sunday’s win gave them a valuable three points.

The win came at a price, however, as centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up his fifth yellow card of the season which means he is suspended for the away match at Paderborn in a fortnight.

With captain Mats Hummels injured, Klopp will have to name a make-shift defence in that game.

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  1. Ogsm

    December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    who wil b commanding #KDF in Amisom, I think theaz was only one voice of reason in bunge 

  2. Masha

    December 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    i think the strategy was slowed by the rains and the tactics- read human shield!

  3. Wanambisi

    December 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    As a
    taxpayer, I am uncomfortable with our troops joining
    AMISON! The terms of engagement will change and this might GOD forbid be our undoing!

  4. Origisam

    December 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    What happened to dismantling Al Shabaab’s network then leaving as the initial strategy wait r we now revising #operationlindanchi strategy to integrating with Amisom, what r we peacekeepers now?

  5. Laban

    December 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Defence Minister Hajji and Foreign Affairs Wetangula told the House that AU meeting later this month has to decide what mode of engagement #KDF will operate under #Amisom.
    This two minister should push and ensure we send our brothers and sister to front line with the required logistical support and resources.
    If we don`t get that guarantee then we should stick to the current game plan. Lets not forget the international community and more so the AU is notorious for abandoning people when things get thick. 

  6. Kalonzo

    December 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Mr Deputy speaker, if we start off right away with such a tone of rivarly; how Kenya has liberated more towns than Uganda, how Somalis have lost faith in Ugandans, the little gain we already have will be lost to Al Shabaab. If you were a soldier, you would know this. Speak for the Kenyan Government and not the Somalia government and the Ugandan government. Some somalis up to now are opposed to the incursion by our Country Kenya. Does it mean we should stress these negative voices at the cost of the bigger picture. Liberating Somalia doesnt need a co-wives syndrome displayed by our deputy speaker. In usual Somali style, i hope you dont divide our forces in Somalia by beginning to claim that the Infantry has worked more than the navy etc etc! Please mature up our Deputy Speaker. Somalia’s solution is our jointed brotherhood. Kalonzo Johnson

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