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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern, Leipzig both stumble

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The Bundesliga title race could’ve gained a lot of intrigue on Saturday, as Bayern Munich drew at home.

But RB Leipzig blew the chance to pull within one of the leaders, falling to Borussia Dortmund, and the table difference stands at four points after 19 matches.

Along with third-place Dortmund, Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin, and Koln also won to keep the battle for third and fourth wide open.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke

Schalke put together a strong effort on the day, answering Robert Lewandowski’s ninth minute goal within four minutes. That equalizer from Naldo was enough to have Schalke resembling its better teams of yesteryear, though neither side could find a breakthrough at the Allianz Arena.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 RB Leipzig

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made no doubt with a header after Moussa Dembele abused the left side of the RB Leipzig attack. Christian Pulisic subbed on for the final 29 minutes of BVB’s win.

Elsewhere
Hamburg 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen — Bobby Wood goes 90 in W
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Ingolstadt — Haraguchi scores lone goal
Koln 1-0 Wolfsburg — Anthony Modeste nets 15th of season
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 Freiburg — Three scorers
Hoffenheim 4-0 Mainz — Adam Szalai bags brace
Augsburg vs. Werder Bremen — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Darmstadt — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 19 14 4 1 43 12 31 7-3-0 7-1-1 46
 RB Leipzig 19 13 3 3 36 17 19 8-1-0 5-2-3 42
 Borussia Dortmund 19 9 7 3 39 21 18 6-3-0 3-4-3 34
 1899 Hoffenheim 19 8 10 1 35 19 16 5-5-0 3-5-1 34
 Hertha BSC Berlin 19 10 3 6 27 21 6 8-0-1 2-3-5 33
 1. FC Köln 19 8 8 3 28 16 12 5-4-0 3-4-3 32
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 9 5 4 23 15 8 5-3-0 4-2-4 32
 SC Freiburg 19 8 2 9 24 33 -9 6-0-3 2-2-6 26
 Bayer Leverkusen 19 7 3 9 28 29 -1 4-2-4 3-1-5 24
 Mönchengladbach 19 6 5 8 21 27 -6 5-3-2 1-2-6 23
 FC Schalke 04 19 6 4 9 22 21 1 5-1-4 1-3-5 22
 FSV Mainz 05 19 6 4 9 27 35 -8 4-3-2 2-1-7 22
 FC Augsburg 18 5 6 7 15 20 -5 2-3-4 3-3-3 21
 VfL Wolfsburg 19 5 4 10 17 27 -10 2-2-6 3-2-4 19
 Werder Bremen 18 4 4 10 22 38 -16 3-1-6 1-3-4 16
 Hamburger SV 19 4 4 11 16 35 -19 3-2-4 1-2-7 16
 FC Ingolstadt 04 19 4 3 12 17 30 -13 2-2-5 2-1-7 15
 Darmstadt 18 2 3 13 12 36 -24 2-3-5 0-0-8 9

UEL roundup: AC Milan advances after big win; Arsenal, Everton fall

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Both Premier League sides fell in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League play, but for one side the result didn’t effect their progression into the next round.

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Arsenal dropped a 1-0 result to Cologne, however, the Gunners still moved into the Round of 32 after their Group H counterparts, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov settled for a scoreless draw.

Meanwhile, Everton’s 2017/18 woes continued on the day as the Toffees suffered a brutal 5-1 defeat at home against Serie A side Atalanta. The win secures Atalanta’s place in the knockout phase, along with fellow Group E club Lyon — who also won on Thursday.

AC Milan put up five goals of its own in a convincing win against Austria Wien, while Lazio, Nice and Red Bull Salzburg were among the other sides to move into the next round after picking up the necessary results.

Below are all of the scores from Thursday’s Europa League action.

Astana 2-3 Villareal
Konyaspor 1-1 Marseille
Rosenborg 0-1 Real Sociedad
Lazio 1-1 Vitesse
Viktoria Plzen 2-0 Steaua Bucuresti
Lokomotiv 2-1 Copenhagen
Zenit 2-1 Vardar
Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 Vitoria
Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Hertha Berlin
BATE 0-0 Red Star Belgrade
Ostersunds 2-0 Zorya
Koln 1-0 Arsenal
Nice 3-1 Zulte Waregem
Lugano 1-0 Beer-Sheva
Ludogorets 1-2 Istanbul
Braga 3-1 Hoffenheim
AEK 2-2 Rijeka
AC Milan 5-1 Austria Vienna
Lyon 4-0 Apollon
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Slavia Praha
Sheriff 1-0 Zlin
Partizan 2-1 Young Boys
Skenderbeu 3-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Everton 1-5 Atalanta

Ex-Brazil forward Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison

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Former Brazil international Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of rape on an Albanian woman back in 2013.

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At the time, Robinho was playing for Serie A side AC Milan.

The court decision came down on Thursday after the 33-year-old forward had failed to attend any court hearings in Italy, where the crime reportedly took place.

Robinho is believed to have acted in the crime with five other Brazilians, to which their whereabouts are unknown to this point.

Reuters has reported that Robinho is entitled to up to two appeals and “Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted.”

The Brazilian is known for his club playing days at AC Milan and Manchester City, among other clubs in addition to his time with the Selecao. Robinho took part in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups with Brazil.

Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Leicester City

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  • West Ham is winless in last six against Leicester
  • Jamie Vardy has two goals, two assists in last 4 games vs. West Ham
  • Hammers have nine points through first 12 matches

West Ham United will host Leicester City from the London Stadium on Friday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as David Moyes and Co. look to climb out of the relegation zone.

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Moyes and West Ham currently sit 18th in the Premier League through 12 games, and will be hoping to see an improvement in their form with the potential returns of Andre Ayew and Marko Arnautovic.

The Hammers are without Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Michail Antonio, as well as James Collins.

The Foxes are winless in their last two matches, and coming off of a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City over the weekend. Robert Huth and Matty James remain sidelined for Puel’s group, but otherwise, the club is relatively healthy.

What they’re saying

West Ham boss David Moyes on turning the team’s form around: “We need to give the supporters something to shout about and something that looks half decent, and then they will support us. I want everyone to be together. I am not aware of the problems before I came, I was a bit surprised when I heard (chanting against the board). “I want them behind us to give us a chance of winning.”

Leicester’s Claude Puel on confidence in his players“I have a good feeling with the players; they listen, they work hard on the pitch and I feel their ambition. We will see in the next games, with a good adaption and rotation, to see them approach it with a positive attitude.”

Prediction

The Hammers are missing several key attacking pieces, including Hernandez, which will surely make the defensive task easier for Leicester. The Foxes attack hasn’t been at its finest, but they’ll be facing a West Ham back line that allows over two goals per game (25 in 12 matches).
West Ham 1-3 Leicester 

Arsenal finishes atop UEL group despite defeat to Cologne

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The Gunners didn’t take care of business on Thursday in Germany, but luckily they got some help from two of their other Group H counterparts.

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Cologne defeated Arsenal, 1-0, at the RheinEnergieStadion, but Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov ended in a scoreless draw to give Arsene Wenger‘s side the top spot in the group.

The difference on the day proved to be Sehrou Guirassy’s penalty kick, which came in the 62nd minute after he had been taken down by Matthieu Debuchy a moment prior.

Arsenal were forced back early on by the hosts, with Jhon Cordoba nearly breaking the deadlock inside the opening five minutes.

Meanwhile, the Gunners struggled to break down Cologne’s defense throughout the encounter, despite having an overwhelming amount of possession.

Arsenal will close out Group H play on Dec. 7 against BATE, while Cologne battles Red Star Belgrade for a shot at reaching the Round of 32.