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Bundesliga wrap: Leipzig ends BVB’s home run; Bayern routs

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Well, well, well…

The Bundesliga table became a lot more interesting by the end of Saturday, as leaders Borussia Dortmund were beaten at home, Bayern looked like Bayern again, and Schalke took three points at Hertha Berlin.

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Congestion, thy name is Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 RB Leipzig

The hits keep on coming for Christian Pulisic, who came off the bench and couldn’t help BVB find an equalizer a few days after he was among the only things working as the USMNT bombed out of World Cup qualification.

The loss at the hands of Ralph Hasenhuettl’s (above) RBL means the end of BVB’s 41-match home unbeaten streak in Bundesliga play. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his ninth and 10th goals for BVB, but Leipzig scored thrice in between the markers to move within three of the leaders.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg

That came after a statement from Jupp Heynckes’ Bavarians, who invited Freiburg into the Allianz Arena and then served them a steaming plate of attack.

Four players joined an own goal on the score sheet and, yes, Robert Lewandowski scored again as Bayern moved two points shy of BVB.

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Schalke

Schalke snapped out of a three-match winless run thanks to a penalty kick goal from Leon Goretzka and an insurance goal from Guido Burgstaller.

Elsewhere
Stuttgart 2-1 Koln — Friday
Hannover 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 3-2 Hamburg
Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Wolfsburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 8 6 1 1 23 5 18 3-0-1 3-1-0 19
 Bayern Munich 8 5 2 1 21 7 14 3-1-0 2-1-1 17
 RB Leipzig 8 5 1 2 15 10 5 2-1-0 3-0-2 16
 1899 Hoffenheim 8 4 3 1 15 10 5 3-2-0 1-1-1 15
 FC Schalke 04 8 4 1 3 10 9 1 2-1-1 2-0-2 13
 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 4 1 3 8 7 1 1-0-2 3-1-1 13
 FC Augsburg 8 3 3 2 11 8 3 2-1-1 1-2-1 12
 Hannover 96 8 3 3 2 8 6 2 2-1-1 1-2-1 12
 Mönchengladbach 7 3 2 2 10 12 -2 3-0-1 0-2-1 11
 FSV Mainz 05 8 3 1 4 10 13 -3 3-0-2 0-1-2 10
 VfB Stuttgart 8 3 1 4 6 10 -4 3-1-0 0-0-4 10
 Hertha BSC Berlin 8 2 3 3 8 10 -2 2-2-1 0-1-2 9
 Bayer Leverkusen 7 2 2 3 13 11 2 2-1-0 0-1-3 8
 VfL Wolfsburg 7 1 4 2 6 9 -3 0-3-1 1-1-1 7
 Hamburger SV 8 2 1 5 6 14 -8 1-1-2 1-0-3 7
 SC Freiburg 8 1 4 3 5 16 -11 1-3-0 0-1-3 7
 Werder Bremen 7 0 4 3 3 7 -4 0-1-2 0-3-1 4
 1. FC Köln 8 0 1 7 3 17 -14 0-0-3 0-1-4 1

Benitez makes Merino loan a permanent deal for Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez knew he liked Mikel Merino when Newcastle United signed the dynamic midfielder on loan from Borussia Dortmund.

Did Rafa know the 21-year-old Spaniard would look like this big of a part of what Tynesiders call the “Rafalution?”

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Probably not, but Newcastle has made Merino’s loan a permanent deal, signing him through 2022. After 14 minutes off the bench versus Spurs on Opening Day, Merino has played all but 16 minutes of the Premier League season.

Here’s Benitez, from NUFC.co.uk:

 “I’m really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently. He has played very well since he joined us. He has settled in quickly, has a lot of quality on the ball and is keen to learn – that is a crucial part of his future development.

Stuck behind Julian Weigl and Nuri Sahin at BVB, Merino is a young 21 (June) has shown his skill alongside and without Jonjo Shelvey. As a valuable part of a rotation that has kept Isaac Hayden out of the mix at times, Merino is a good sign that Benitez has aims to develop Newcastle despite some problems with owner Mike Ashley (who is said to be shopping the club).

Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus ruing yet another injury

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Injury-plagued Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus says he would give away everything to be fit again.

Reus, who hasn’t played since sustaining a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in the German Cup final last May, tells GQ magazine “money is not the only thing for me, but health means much more.”

Reus says he cried at halftime after sustaining the injury, “because it was so bitter,” and again, “two or three days later, when I let everything pass.”

The 28-year-old Reus is not expected to return to action until March.

Reus missed Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014 with an ankle injury sustained in a warm-up game, while a groin injury ruled him out of the 2016 European Championship.

VIDEO: Christian Pulisic on becoming the face of US Soccer

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We all know Christian Pulisic is the rising star of U.S. Soccer.

But do we really know that much about Pulisic, the person?

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The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund and U.S. national team star was featured in CBS’ latest edition of 60 minutes as they detailed his meteoric rise from a kid growing up in Hershey, Pennsylvania to having the hopes of an entire nation on his shoulders.

He was asked if he thinks people are expecting him to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi. The shy playmaker smiled and then gave the following answer.

“Yeah. I think that’s what American fans do, American soccer fans especially. They are looking for the next star, the next player to just be the face of U.S. Soccer and all of this stuff that I hear every day.”

Click play on the video below to find out a little more about the teenage sensation most of us simply call “The Kid” as he continues to rip it up for club and country.

Bundesliga wrap: Yarmolenko stars again for BVB; Americans nab points

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A day after American teen Weston McKennie covered more ground than any other Schalke player, four more USMNT players hit the pitch in Bundesliga action Saturday.

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League leaders Borussia Dortmund stayed unbeaten away from home, and Borussia Monchengladbach pushed itself back into the Top Four discussion with a home win.

It’s all in the wrap.


Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Stuttgart

You have to hand it to Timmy Chandler and his pals at Eintracht; It’s seemingly never over when they’re concerned. Simon Falette took a 64th minute red card with the score knotted at one, only to see Seb Haller bury an overhead kick and give the hosts a stoppage time win. As usual, Chandler led the match in crosses with five.

Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Andriy Yarmolenko is proving an upgrade over Ousmane Dembele, as the Ukrainian had a goal and an assist for BVB on Saturday. Shinji Kagawa also scored for BVB, and Christian Pulisic went 90 minutes and led the match in sprints while finishing fourth in tackles won.

And since we seemingly can only glow with praise for BVB in these things and certainly there are some who dislike the club, here’s a horribly hit panenka from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Hamburg 0-0 Werder Bremen

USMNT forward Bobby Wood attempted four shots, one fewer than match-leading teammate Andre Hahn, as Hamburg couldn’t gather a goal for three points.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Hannover 96

Fabian Johnson went 78 minutes and Gladbach overcame a second-half equalizer to win on Thorgan Hazard‘s stoppage time goal.

Elsewhere
Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz
Freiburg vs. Hoffenheim — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Koln vs. RB Leipzig — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 7 6 1 0 21 2 19 3-0-0 3-1-0 19
 1899 Hoffenheim 6 4 2 0 11 5 6 3-1-0 1-1-0 14
 Bayern Munich 6 4 1 1 14 5 9 2-1-0 2-0-1 13
 Hannover 96 7 3 3 1 7 4 3 2-1-0 1-2-1 12
 FC Augsburg 7 3 2 2 9 6 3 2-1-1 1-1-1 11
 Mönchengladbach 7 3 2 2 10 12 -2 3-0-1 0-2-1 11
 RB Leipzig 6 3 1 2 10 7 3 2-1-0 1-0-2 10
 Eintracht Frankfurt 7 3 1 3 6 6 0 1-0-2 2-1-1 10
 FC Schalke 04 7 3 1 3 8 9 -1 2-1-1 1-0-2 10
 Bayer Leverkusen 7 2 2 3 13 11 2 2-1-0 0-1-3 8
 Hertha BSC Berlin 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 2-1-0 0-1-2 8
 VfL Wolfsburg 7 1 4 2 6 9 -3 0-3-1 1-1-1 7
 FSV Mainz 05 7 2 1 4 7 11 -4 2-0-2 0-1-2 7
 VfB Stuttgart 7 2 1 4 4 9 -5 2-1-0 0-0-4 7
 Hamburger SV 7 2 1 4 4 11 -7 1-1-2 1-0-2 7
 Werder Bremen 7 0 4 3 3 7 -4 0-1-2 0-3-1 4
 SC Freiburg 6 0 4 2 2 9 -7 0-3-0 0-1-2 4
 1. FC Köln 6 0 1 5 1 13 -12 0-0-2 0-1-3 1