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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund wins in Stoger’s managerial debut

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For the first time since late September, Borussia Dortmund has won a league match, while Leipzig’s slip up opens the door for Bayern Munich to extend its lead in Germany’s top flight.

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Here’s a brief look at all of Tuesday’s Bundesliga action.

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

10 points separates Dortmund from league leaders Bayern Munich, who also have a match in hand, but for the moment, the bleeding his stopped. BVB picked up a crucial win on Tuesday to end its domestic woes upon manager Peter Stoger’s debut. The side’s drought stretched over an eight-match winless period. Second-half goals from Sokratis and Shinji Kagawa moved Dortmund into the top four, while Mainz remains 15th in the league table.

 

Wolfsburg 1-1 Red Bull Leipzig

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig’s form continues to slide downward after the second-place side dropped points in its fourth straight match across all competitions. The road side’s fortunes were dampened early on when Paul Verhaegh converted from the penalty spot, however, Marcel Halstenberg did manage to pull a goal back for Leipzig in the 52nd minute. Leipzig’s misfortunes carried on in stoppage time though when Dayot Upamecano was sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the day.


The rest of Tuesday’s scores

Hamburg 1-2 Frankfurt
Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Reeling Dortmund makes managerial change

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There’s often an American angle to our posts, and there may be no bigger one than this: Christian Pulisic now has a new manager, potentially altering the mindset of the most important player in U.S. Soccer.

Struggling Borussia Dortmund lost at Werder Bremen on Sunday, the final straw for Peter Bosz at the Westfalenstadion. The 54-year-old Dutchman’s stint ends at 24 matches overall and a 6W-4D-5L record in the Bundesliga.

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BVB dropped out of the UEFA Champions League in a perceived group of death with Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, and now sits 13 points behind Bayern Munich in Bundesliga play (five out of second).

The initial release was straightforward enough:

Borussia Dortmund have today ended their cooperation with head coach Peter Bosz and appointed Peter Stöger as his successor. Hans Joachim Watzke, the Chief Executive Officer, cited the club’s current sporting plight as the reason behind the decision.

Stoger led Koln from 2.Bundesliga to the UEFA Champions League between 2013 and this season, fired last week after a horrible run. Koln bombed out of the UEFA Europa League and has yet to win in 14 league matches, but the 3-point season is not seen as indicative of Stoger’s class.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern tops Hannover, Yarmolenko rescues BVB draw

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A noticeable margin is starting to mount at the top of the Bundesliga table, after league leaders Bayern Munich took care of business on Saturday.

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Below is a brief look at some of the results from around Germany’s top flight.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Hannover

The table-toppers have opened up a six-point gap atop the league after a combination of their victory and Leipzig’s loss, but it took a pair of goals after the hour mark to ensure the three points against Hannover. Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowksi scored late Bayern, after Arturo Vidal had given the home side the advantage inside the opening 20 minutes. Hannover had pulled level in the 35th minute when Charlison Benshop gave the visitors their opener.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Andriy Yarmolenko rescued a point for Dortmund on the road against 10-man Leverkusen, however, the visitors had a struggle of breaking down their opposition. Leverkusen controlled the game’s chances, despite playing down a man for nearly 50 minutes. BVB is now winless in its last five league matches and has fallen to sixth place in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim 4-0 Red Bull Leipzig

It was all Hoffenheim in this one, which was capped off by Serge Gnarby’s brilliant long lob over Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi. Gnarby scores twice in a span of 10 minutes on Saturday, but that came after Nadiem Amiri opened the game up for Hoffenheim in the 13th minute. Meanwhile, Mark Uth added a fourth for the home side with three minutes remaining in regulation.


The rest of Saturday’s scores

Schalke 2-2 Cologne
Mainz 1-3 Augsburg
Werder Bremen 1-0 Stuttgart

Report: Chelsea, Liverpool battle for Aubameyang

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Chelsea and Liverpool are said to both be interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

A report from the Daily Mirror says that Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign the Gabonese striker, 28, in January, while the Daily Express believe Liverpool are also interested despite his brother saying the Bundesliga’s reigning Golden Boot winner is focused on staying at Dortmund.

Aubameyang has been consistently linked with a move to Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp, his former boss at Dortmund, took over at Anfield in October 2015. Following his red card in Dortmund’s collapse in the Revierderby vs. Schalke at the weekend (they led 4-0 after 25 minutes but ended up drawing 4-4) the striker was the subject of extreme abuse from Dortmund’s fans, despite scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances this season.

It looked likely Aubameyang would leave Dortmund in the summer with reports of a move to Chelsea, the Chinese Super League and AC Milan rife and plenty of speculation about his future, but he has remained at Dortmund and has continued his incredible goalscoring record with 137 goals in 208 games in all competitions since 2013.

Chelsea’s move for Aubemeyang would make more sense, even with Alvaro Morata arriving from Real Madrid in the summer for $90 million.

If Morata gets injured, Chelsea aren’t blessed with plenty of replacements. Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to be a fan of Michy Batshuayi, while the likes of Tammy Abraham are out on loan.

With Conte playing Eden Hazard and Morata up front together in recent weeks, there is potential there for Chelsea to play with two out-and-out strikers in Morata and Aubameyang together. What a striker partnership that would be, with Morata also capable of playing out wide if necessary.

As for Liverpool, they do lack a proper target man in attack with Daniel Sturridge‘s future still uncertain despite the fact that he started against Chelsea at the weekend but he has scored just three goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah are Liverpool’s first-choice front four but it would be tough to believe Klopp wouldn’t want to be reunited with Aubameyang if that was an option.

That’s the big if here but with Dortmund stumbling along in fifth place in the Bundesliga and out of the Champions League, this may seem like a good time for Aubameyang to move on and the German side to cash in while they still can.

Bundesliga wrap: BVB go 4-0 up, Schalke come back to 4-4

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s (wild) action in the Bundesliga, Germany’s (highly entertaining and enthralling) top flight…

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Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Schalke (HT)

Peter Bosz’s side blew the doors of their Revierderby rivals, to the tune of 4-0 well before halftime. It could have easily been 5-0 or 6-0 at the intermission, in all honesty.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring after just eight minutes, followed four minutes later by an own goal from Benjamin Stambouli. Two minutes after that, Mario Gotze made it 3-0 after just 20 minutes. Game over, right? Right?!

For good measure, Raphael Guerreiro added a fourth goal in the 25th minute to complete one of the most dominant, lopsided routs of a derby in recent memory.

The second half would be a mere formality, with Dortmund needing only to remain with 11 men on the field — heck, even 10 should do the job — to see out the victory, unbeknownst to them at the time, move them three points closer to the league leaders, Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke (FT)

Well, that really escalated quickly, didn’t it? How, exactly, did we get here?

For the first 15 minutes of the second half, it all appeared to be going to plan for Dortmund. Sure, Schalke were in total control of possession, but again, it was all part of the plan for Dortmund.

Then came Guido Burgstaller’s goal to make it 4-1, followed by Amine Harit four minutes later and it was 4-2. Another 20 minutes would pass, during which period it was widely speculated that Bosz could very well find himself under further fire for failing to see the game out properly. Aubameyang made matters so much worse in the 72nd minute, having only just returned from a club-imposed suspension, by picking up his second yellow card on the day and making the long, lonely walk off the field and down the tunnel.

When Daniel Caligiuri scored Schalke’s third in the 86th minute, speculation became a firmly held belief.

Naldo’s 93rd-minute header presumably all but sealed Bosz’s fate, that he could very well be fired after fewer than six months on the job.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich

Bayern fell 2-0 behind to Gladbach before halftime, and Jupp Heynckes’ couldn’t claw their way back to rescue a point, even if for an incredibly lopsided set of full-time stats.

Thorgan Hazard converted from the penalty spot to put Gladbach ahead in the 39th minute, followed five minutes later by the second courtesy of Matthias Ginter. For another half-hour, the score remained 2-0, until Arturo Vidal pulled one back for Bayern in the 74th minute. Despite their best efforts — 16 second-half shots — a Bayern equalizer was never to be found.

RB Leipzig 2-0 Werder Bremen

One side did capitalize on Bayern’s slip-up and gain three points on the six-time defending champions, moving to within three in the league table: second-place RB Leipzig, with a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen.

Future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita opened the scoring in the 34th minute. The 1-0 scoreline held for nearly 45 minutes before Bernardo bagged a late insurance goal in the 87th minute to secure all three points and inch closer in the title race.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

Freiburg 2-1 Mainz
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 2-1 Wolfsburg

Sunday’s Bundesliga schedule

Hamburg vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET
Cologne vs. Hertha Berlin — 12 p.m. ET