Football: Dahlin leads rout of Dortmund

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A headed goal after 15 seconds - the third fastest goal in Bundesliga history - by the Swedish international Martin Dahlin set up Borussia Monchengladbach for a 3-1 away win over the German champions, Borussia Dortmund - Manchester United's opponents in next month's European Cup semi-finals.

It was Dortmund's second consecutive league defeat - they lost 4-1 at VfB Stuttgart last week - and cost them the Bundesliga leadership as Bayern Munich, Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen all won. Bayern are top, Dortmund slip to fourth. "If we start thinking about Manchester now, then the championship is going to go down the drain," said the German international libero Matthias Sammer, who misses the first leg against United through suspension.

As Andrzej Juskowiak and Jorgen Pettersson further punished lapses in the Dortmund defence and the defender Jurgen Kohler was sent off, the home crowd also lost control. They threw plastic cups on to the pitch and Sammer had to plead with them to calm down before the game could continue.

Juventus increased their lead at the top of Italy's Serie A despite a goalless draw with Napoli yesterday because their nearest rivals, Parma, lost 1-0 at Fiorentina to a goal by Rui Costa. Juve, who had Paolo Montero sent off in the first half, are now six points clear, with Internazionale a further two points back in third.

There was no change in Spain either as the three leading clubs all won. Real Madrid beat Real Zaragoza 2-0 while Bobby Robson's Barcelona beat Seville 4-0 to remain nine points behind their great rivals. One of Newcastle's tormentors in Monte Carlo last week, the Brazilian Anderson da Silva, scored twice in the final six minutes to give Monaco, the French league leaders, a 3-1 win over Bastia.

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