In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, photo, Tom Sermanni, new coach of the United States women’s soccer team, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Chicago. Sermanni was hired Tuesday to replace Pia Sundhage, who led the Americans to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. Sermanni has spent the last eight years as Australia’s coach, taking the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the last two Women’s World Cups. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Bayern Munich’s weekend went pretty well, with the Bavarians leading longtime rival Borussia Dortmund by six points after a win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Bayern has a three-point lead on the field, with John Brooks’ Hertha Berlin second after another win.
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And it was another great day for the career of young American winger Christian Pulisic. More below…
Ingolstadt 3-3 Borussia Dortmund
Paraguay’s Dario Lezcano and the hosts looked prepared to cruise to a 3-1 win when he netted his second goal of the day, but there was still a half-hour left at Audi-Sportpark.
Adrian Ramos scored in the 69th minute, opening the door for the latest big moment for American teenager Christian Pulisic. The diminutive attacker scored his second Bundesliga goal of the season in stoppage time to propel BVB to a point.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had BVB’s other goal.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Koln
Anthony Modeste and Koln had less than 10 minutes to celebrate their equalizer, as Niklas Stark’s 74th minute goal lifted Hertha to all three points. USMNT center back John Brooks went the distance at center back.
Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
What looked like a potential onslaught in the first half hour settled into a final score line, as Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa goals were enough for Carlo Ancelotti’s crew at the Allianz Arena. Gladbach managed just two shots, none on goal, in the loss. USMNT mid Fabian Johnson went 90 minutes in the loss.
Hamburg 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt — Another 90 for USMNT’s Chandler
Freiburg 2-1 Augsburg — Nils Petersen nets winner.
Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Hoffenheim — Early red card for hosts.
Darmstadt 3-1 Wolfsburg — Three different goal scores in win.
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Schalke vs. Mainz — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
|Hertha BSC Berlin||8||5||2||1||14||9||5||4-0-0||1-2-1||17|
|1. FC Köln||8||4||3||1||13||6||7||3-1-0||1-2-1||15|
|FSV Mainz 05||7||3||2||2||14||12||2||1-1-1||2-1-1||11|
|FC Schalke 04||7||1||1||5||7||11||-4||1-0-2||0-1-3||4|
|FC Ingolstadt 04||8||0||2||6||7||17||-10||0-1-3||0-1-3||2|
Andres Iniesta’s footballing career has defined for an entire generation the words consistency and professionalism.
Now 32 years old and Barcelona’s longest-tenured servant, Iniesta has played more than 40 games (all competitions) every season since the 2003-04 campaign, back when he was a 19-year-old La Masia product quickly breaking into the first team. Part of a run like that is down to unparalleled talent and an unwavering commitment to craft, but, of course, a stroke of good luck on the serious-injury front.
It’s looking quite unlikely he’ll extend his 40-games-played streak to a 13th season in 2016-17, however, after the club confirmed fears on Saturday that Iniesta suffered knee ligament damage during a heavy challenge by Valencia midfielder Enzo Perez early in the first half of Barca’s 3-2 victory — statement from Barca’s official website:
The first team player Andres Iniesta has injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. When he arrives in Barcelona the player will have more tests to find out the exact extent of the injury.
The Blaugrana also lost Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique to injuries during their Champions League triumph over Manchester City, as well as Rafinha and Arda Turan, who picked up knocks of their own in training during the week. Injury crisis at the Nou Camp.
It’s kinda funny that Liverpool nearly threw away a dominant hour by taking its foot off the gas pedal on Saturday at Anfield.
The Reds took a two-goal lead but had to hold on for their three points, eventually exhaling with a 2-1 win over West Brom.
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How would manager Jurgen Klopp have felt if his dominant side, one that failed to put away maybe a dozen chances versus the Baggies, drew?
“We had to finish the game much earlier,” Klopp said. “It would have been kind of a joke if we drew or lost today. We were unbelievable. We wasted a little energy in the second half. … Performance, really good against a team like this that were here to get somehow something.”
He’s right, of course. The Reds need to learn to kill teams off, even if star West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster deserves plenty of credit for another starring role against a top team.
- Mane opens scoring
- Reds second with 20 points
- WBA scores late
Gareth McAuley scored the Baggies’ lone goal, as West Brom took Liverpool’s day from comfortable to uneasy over the final 30 minutes or so.
The winning margin pushes Liverpool level on points Arsenal but behind the Gunners on goal differential. Man City has 19 points and would retake the table lead with a draw or better versus Southampton on Sunday.
The Baggies are 13th, ahead of West Ham and Burnley on goal differential.
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The Reds went ahead when Roberto Firmino‘s spinning cross was belted past Foster by Mane in the 21st minute.
A poor Ben Foster clearance fell to Mane in the 35th minute, and the Senegalese attacker quickly found Coutinho. The diminutive winger cut into the box, working a near-post shot by Foster to make it 2-0.
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Liverpool’s pressure continued in the second 45, with Foster flying across goal to palm away Dejan Lovren‘s strong header.
West Brom had the next true chance of the match, with Nacer Chadli blazing high and wide off a corner kick.
But hold on: McAuley was in the right spot to push a pinballing orb past Lorius Karius with 10 minutes to go. The Reds were able to hold on despite missing so many chances to put the thing to bed.