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  • 10 Aug
    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Hertha Berlins dogged defense frustrated Borussia Dortmunds high-scoring attack for 80 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched the equalizer for a 1-1 draw in a Bundesliga match on Friday that saw both teams finish with 10 men.Aubameyang hit the post and wasted a penalty before scoring his league-high sixth goal of the season.Valentin Stocker put Berlin ahead in the 51st, but was sent off in the 90th for a harsh tackle. Dortmunds Emre Mor was also sent off, six minutes earlier.The outcome left Berlin second and Dortmund third, at least provisionally. Both teams could drop depending on other weekend results, with Cologne and RB Leipzig both within striking distance.Few chances came in a dull first half but the match livened up after the break.Berlin went ahead on a rare, but well-executed attack. Vedad Ibisevic picked up a throw-in and fed Stocker with a back-heel pass through Dortmunds defense and the midfielder slotted past Roman Buerki.Ousmane Dembele came in for the ineffective Germany forward Mario Goetze and gave Dortmunds game an element of unpredictability.Dortmund pressed ahead and Aubameyangs chipped shot hit the post before Dortmund earned a penalty for a handball. Shinji Kagawas shot hit the arm of his Japan teammate Genki Haraguchi. Aubameyang took the spot kick but Berlins goalkeeper Rune Jarstein read his shot and dived to his left to save it.Three minutes later, Dortmund got the equalizer, after Dembeles ruin on the left and a cross to the far post for Aubameyang to knock it in.Mor was then sent off for pushing down Sebastian Langkamp, who had dragged the teenager for several meters before falling down dramatically.There was nothing to discuss about the expulsion of Stocker, who swept Matthias Ginter off his feet from behind. Anthony Martial Jersey . 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Australia are poised to retain a place among the Davis Cup elite, with Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic giving the hosts a commanding 2-0 lead over Slovakia in their World Group playoff in Sydney.Kyrgios crushed world No.127 Andrej Martin 6-3 6-2 6-4 in Fridays opening singles rubber before Tomic outclassed 123rd-ranked Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 at Ken Rosewall Arena.The twin wins give Sam Groth and John Peers the chance to wrap up the best-of-five-match tie with a victory over Martin and Igor Zelenay in Saturdays doubles.A perfect start, said Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt.We know its not over quite yet but the boys did really well today.They were obviously big favourites coming into both singles but you cant take anything for granted in Davis Cup.Theres a lot more pressure on as well and sometimes its tougher when you are a lot more fancied chance to go out there and get the job done. The underdog comes out swinging and it can turn into a dogfight.Making his first Davis Cup appearance since a forgettable performance in last years quarter-final win over Kazakhstan in Darwin, Kyrgios was more inconvenienced by a nose bleed than his lowly ranked opponent.The world No.15 spent much of the final set with a tissue up his left nostril and admitted to relief at overcoming the irritation to collect his first Davis Cup point for Australia in two years.ddddddddddddIt was a bit of a hassle, Kyrgios said.Everyone expects me to go out there and towel the guy but its never as easy as that.I thought he played some great tennis today. He actually adapted really well to the grass. He was slicing and was very comfortable on it and that third set definitely wasnt easy.After suffering a shock loss to world No.115 Aleksandr Nedovyesov in Darwin, then-Australian captain Wally Masur replaced the temperamental youngster with Sam Groth for the must-win reverse singles.Kyrgios was then overlooked for Australias semi-final loss to Great Britain last year following his infamous sledging of Stan Wawrinka, before missing the first-round defeat to the US at Kooyong in March with a virus.But the 21-year-old made a welcome - and incident-free - return to national service on Friday to give Australia the early ascendancy in their bid to retain their place in the 16-team World Group for 2017.Tomic was equally impressive in improving his Cup record to 17-4 in singles, matching the winning tally of the legendary Rod Laver in the 116-year competition. ' ' '