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Favre rues Dortmund 'mistakes' with Bayern ready to pounce

03:47 GMT 02/03/2019
The league leaders were beaten by lowly Augsburg, much to the frustration of their manager

Lucien Favre bemoaned Borussia Dortmund's mistakes in their shock loss to Augsburg as the slumping Bundesliga leaders opened the door for Bayern Munich.

Dortmund's title bid suffered another damaging blow as Ji Dong-won's brace led hosts Augsburg to a 2-1 victory Friday.

Favre's Dortmund were unable to make the most of their opportunities, giving reigning champions Bayern the chance to move level on points atop the table if they beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Reflecting on the result – a loss that left Dortmund with just one win in their past five Bundesliga matches – head coach Favre told reporters: "I think we played okay.

"We were dominant and had many chances. Five or six great chances. But we made unnecessary mistakes. Our opponent didn't have as many chances.

"We have to accept it, but it happened, unfortunately."

Not even the return of Marco Reus from injury could lift Dortmund, with the captain making his first Bundesliga appearance since February 2.

On Reus, Favre added: "We have to stay cautious with Marco Reus. We have to meter his minutes. It was the plan today for him to play 60 minutes.

"We will see in the next games how he handles it. Today we just didn't want to have a setback. We will keep an eye on him, how many minutes are good for him, if he maybe has to go out at halftime or something like that."

Dortmund are set to face Tottenham next week in Champions League play having lost the opening leg of their encounter by a 3-0 scoreline

After that, the focus turns to Stuttgart at home when they return to Bundesliga play.