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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund goes third; Bayern relegates Darmstadt

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The Bundesliga season has claimed its first victim, as Darmstadt is headed for the drop.

That, and several stories of European qualification intrigue dotted the landscape of top flight German football on Saturday.


Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hoffenheim

Marco Reus scored early and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Robert Lewandowski atop the Bundesliga goal scoring race with his 28th goal of the season as BVB moved ahead of the visitors and into third place with a win. Andrej Kramaric scored his 13th of the season and ninth since mid-February for Hoffenheim. American teen Christian Pulisic got the night off for Dortmund.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Darmstadt

Juan Bernat’s 18th minute goal was the only marker of the match as the champions-elect won again, relegating American striker Terrence Boyd’s Darmstadt.

Hertha Berlin 1-4 RB Leipzig

Timo Werner and Davie Selke each scored twice to move the new boys six points clear of third place BVB, and Hertha opened the door to fifth place for Freiburg. Hertha’s only marker was an own goal.

Elsewhere
Koln 4-3 Werder Bremen — Friday
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg — Gomez bags 15th
‘Gladbach 1-1 Augsburg — Hahn levels in stoppage time
Ingolstadt 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Kittel, Havertz score
Hamburg vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Freiburg vs. Schalke — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

 

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 32 23 7 2 80 17 63 12-4-0 11-3-2 76
 RB Leipzig 32 20 6 6 60 32 28 12-2-2 8-4-4 66
 Borussia Dortmund 32 17 9 6 67 36 31 12-4-0 5-5-6 60
 1899 Hoffenheim 32 15 13 4 59 34 25 11-5-0 4-8-4 58
 Hertha BSC Berlin 32 14 4 14 39 41 -2 12-1-3 2-3-11 46
 1. FC Köln 32 11 12 9 47 40 7 8-6-2 3-6-7 45
 Werder Bremen 32 13 6 13 55 55 0 8-1-7 5-5-6 45
 SC Freiburg 31 13 5 13 38 55 -17 9-1-5 4-4-8 44
 Mönchengladbach 32 12 7 13 42 46 -4 7-4-5 5-3-8 43
 FC Schalke 04 31 11 8 12 43 36 7 8-4-4 3-4-8 41
 Eintracht Frankfurt 32 11 8 13 32 37 -5 7-6-3 4-2-10 41
 Bayer Leverkusen 32 10 7 15 45 51 -6 5-5-6 5-2-9 37
 FC Augsburg 32 9 9 14 34 50 -16 5-5-6 4-4-8 36
 VfL Wolfsburg 32 10 6 16 32 49 -17 5-2-9 5-4-7 36
 FSV Mainz 05 31 9 6 16 40 51 -11 6-4-6 3-2-10 33
 Hamburger SV 31 9 6 16 30 59 -29 7-3-5 2-3-11 33
 FC Ingolstadt 04 32 8 6 18 34 55 -21 4-4-8 4-2-10 30
 Darmstadt 32 7 3 22 26 59 -33 6-3-7 1-0-15 24

Video: De Rossi, Roma make classy visit to Hillsborough memorial

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On many occasions there are instances where teams and individuals exemplify the fact that real-life occurrences are more meaningful than sports.

Ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting, Italian giants AS Roma visited Anfield –where they will face Liverpool in the competition’s semifinals.

After walking around the venue where the two sides will compete in less than 24 hours, Roma captain Daniele de Rossi and the rest of the Roma squad visited the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 victims lost in the 1989 event that rocked the entire country.

De Rossi was seen laying a floral arrangement on the site, along with a note from the club that read, “In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough AS Rome.”

Liverpool, Roma ride major emotions into the UCL semifinals

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Four clubs remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition, and while two of the teams have been considered heavy dogs in the fight all year long the other two sides look to continue on their storybook run.

Liverpool, Roma, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have found themselves in the semifinals of this season’s UCL, creating a strong mix of storylines as the tournament heads towards its most critical point.

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Anfield will be the site for Tuesday’s first leg between Liverpool and Roma, with both sides still riding major highs from their victories in the last round.

The Reds enter the final four after having disposed of fellow Premier League side Manchester City in relatively dominating fashion. Meanwhile, Roma completed a seemingly impossible comeback against Barcelona to progress in the competition.

Liverpool is led by three of the year’s top goalscorers, including Mohamed Salah — who has scored eight goals in the UCL and 41 across all competitions.

For Roma, much of the side’s success has been predicated on finding defensive strength at the right moments throughout the tournament.

Despite falling behind 4-1 in their first leg defeat to Barca in the previous round, Edin Dzeko and Co. rallied for a 3-0 win at the Stade Olimpico to stun the Catalan club by holding Lionel Messi and his side in check.

Manager Eusebio Di Francesco will have to find creative ways to halt the Liverpool attack though over the course of two legs, with the Reds boasting the top attack in this year’s UCL.

Liverpool has scored 33 goals in 10 UCL matches, while only conceding seven in the process.

Keeper Ederson hopeful he can score this season for Man City

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The prospects for a goalkeeper scoring during a match are usually uncommon, but that hasn’t halted Manchester City’s number one choice from aiming to break the trend this season.

Ederson — who has moved into the starting role at the Etihad Stadium with relative ease in 2017/18 — has dreamt of scoring a goal of his own for the Premier League champions in waiting.

“I heard the fans chanting my name, asking me to take the penalty but Gabriel went there,” Ederson said. “Unfortunately he missed it and Bernardo happily scored. But if the manager have asked me to go there, definitely I’d score.

“I’m not sure if I would be able to do set-pieces, but I’m good at penalties, either using power or technique on shooting it. But City have [their] regular penalty-takers and we are well-served.

Citizen supporters chanted for the goalkeeper to take a penalty kick over the weekend in the team’s 5-0 win over Swansea City.

However, Gabriel Jesus was the man selected for the opportunity, but had his attempt saved by Lukasz Fabianski before Bernardo Silva was in the right spot to score the game’s fifth goal.

“If Pep asks me to take it, I’m there,” Ederson said of the penalty kick. “Hopefully it will happen [before the end of the season], I’d like to score.”

This isn’t the first time Ederson has discussed exploring opportunities outside of the net, though.

The Brazilian shot-stopper has long been a fan of former Brazil international goalkeeper Rogero Ceni — who scored 65 goals for club side Sao Paolo.

Earlier this season, the 24-year-old joked around with the media, saying that he’d be more than happy to fill a role in the midfield when City was experiencing some injury issues within the squad.

Everton 1-0 Newcastle: Walcott blast has Toffees up to eighth

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Everton earned a 1-0 win against Newcastle on Monday behind Theo Walcott‘s second-half strike at Goodison Park.

The victory puts the Toffees into eighth place, leaping over Leicester City for the time being — as the Foxes have an extra game in hand.

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The former Arsenal man broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when Walcott blasted the ball into the roof of the net following a lofted cross from Yannick Bolasie.

For Walcott, it’s his third goal since joining Everton in 2017/18 from the Gunners.

The visitors had their fair share of opportunities on the day, particularly through Ayoze Pérez, who was active all throughout the match.

Perez nearly broke the deadlock after the half hour mark when he tested goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 31st minute with a diving save in the bottom left corner.

Phil Jagielka came close four minutes later when his close-range attempt narrowly missed the top left corner after Michael Keane‘s flicked header off a corner kick.

The Spanish forward was at it again in the second stanza, and nearly found the back of the net when his header was saved in the center of the goal off of a cross from Kenedy.

Newcastle pushed hard for an equalizer in the dying moments, and even played up a man for a few minutes when Leighton Baines was tended to for a head injury, but the Magpies couldn’t even the score.