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Bundesliga wrap: Cologne earns second win, BVB without Auba, Pulisic

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Without several of its biggest stars in the lineup on Sunday, Dortmund dropped points once again despite introducing several exciting, young faces to its starting team.

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Meanwhile, one of the Bundesliga’s bottom sides earned a major boost during an otherwise disappointing season.

Cologne 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

For just the second time this season, Cologne has picked up three points in a league match. Although the side remains at the bottom of the Bundesliga, the victory over top six side Monchengladbach will be a massive boost to the club’s confidence moving forward.

Frederik Sorensen gave the hosts the lead on 34 minutes, before Raffael’s second-half finish appeared to provide Monchengladbach with the equalizer and potentially a share of the points. However, Simon Terodde’s header deep into second-half stoppage time was the difference in the match, and sent the RheinEnergieStadion into eruption.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Wolfsburg

Peter Stöger’s men were without two of its top attacking players on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic both out of the team for Dortmund. That left youngsters Jadon Sancho — formerly of Manchester City and Alexander Isak the topics of the day for the home side.

Each player nearly found a winner for Dortmund on the day, after finding efforts that struck woodwork. Despite outshooting Wolfsburg by 18 to 9, the hosts were noticeably unprepared up front as Stoger’s crew failed to trouble goalkeeper Koen Casteels on a regular basis.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 2 2 40 12 28 7-1-0 7-1-2 44
 RB Leipzig 18 9 4 5 30 26 4 6-2-1 3-2-4 31
 FC Schalke 04 18 8 6 4 29 24 5 5-3-1 3-3-3 30
 Borussia Dortmund 18 8 5 5 39 24 15 4-2-3 4-3-2 29
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 7 4 35 26 9 4-4-1 3-3-4 28
 Mönchengladbach 18 8 4 6 28 30 -2 5-2-2 3-2-3 28
 FC Augsburg 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 4-4-2 3-2-3 27
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 5-3-1 2-3-4 27
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 7 6 5 21 19 2 2-3-4 5-3-1 27
 Hannover 96 18 7 5 6 27 28 -1 5-3-1 2-2-5 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 18 6 6 6 26 26 0 4-2-3 2-4-3 24
 VfL Wolfsburg 18 3 11 4 21 21 0 2-6-1  1-4-3 20
 VfB Stuttgart 18 6 2 10 14 21 -7  0-1-8 1-3-5 20
 SC Freiburg 18 4 8 6 18 32 -14 3-5-1 1-4-3 20
 FSV Mainz 05 18 4 5 9 21 31 -10 4-1-4 0-4-5 17
 Werder Bremen 18 3 7 8 14 21 -7 2-3-4 1-4-4 16
 Hamburger SV 18 4 3 11 15 26 -11 3-2-4 1-1-7 15
 1. FC Köln 18 2 3 13 12 33 -21 2-1-6 0-2-7 9

Bundesliga wrap: Leipzig tops Schalke; Fullkrug thrills in comeback

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Bayern Munich’s 3-1 away win Friday gave the Bundesliga leaders a 14-point lead on the table and put the onus on the chasing pack for the rest of the weekend.

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RB Leipzig shaved a point off that advantage with a win on a busy Saturday in Germany.

Hannover 3-2 Mainz

The Bundesliga world belongs to Niclas Fullkrug, and the rest of the league is justing paying his rent.

The visitors went down 2-0 after Mainz got goals from Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack, but it’s fortunate for the hosts that German striker Fullkrug carried over his December 2017 form to the new year.

Having scored thrice in the final five matches of the calendar year, Fullkrug netted in the 33rd and 38th minutes Saturday before completing his hat trick with a 75th minute winner.

RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke

Liverpool may want Naby Keita to arrive before the summer, but he’s still on the pitch and scored a first half goal for his German side.

They might’ve wanted to sell him at half, though, as his needless foul allowed Naldo to score an equalizer in the second frame.

But Timo Werner and Kurt Bruma scored two minutes apart to restore the home hopes, and RBL held on to pull past Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, and — for now — Borussia Dortmund into second place.

Elsewhere
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg — Bobby Wood goes 74 mins in loss
Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha Berlin — Own goal the difference
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim — USMNT’s Johannsson gets rare time
Koln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 2 2 40 12 28 7-1-0 7-1-2 44
 RB Leipzig 18 9 4 5 30 26 4 6-2-1 3-2-4 31
 FC Schalke 04 18 8 6 4 29 24 5 5-3-1 3-3-3 30
 Borussia Dortmund 17 8 4 5 39 24 15 4-1-3 4-3-2 28
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 7 4 35 26 9 4-4-1 3-3-3 28
 Mönchengladbach 17 8 4 5 27 28 -1 5-2-2 3-2-3 28
 FC Augsburg 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 4-4-2 3-2-3 27
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 5-3-1 2-3-4 27
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 7 6 5 21 19 2 2-3-4 5-3-1 27
 Hannover 96 18 7 5 6 27 28 -1 5-3-1 2-2-5 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 18 6 6 6 26 26 0 4-2-3 2-4-3 24
 VfB Stuttgart 18 6 2 10 14 21 -7 6-1-2 0-1-8 20
 SC Freiburg 18 4 8 6 18 32 -14 3-5-1 1-3-5 20
 VfL Wolfsburg 17 3 10 4 21 21 0 2-6-1 1-4-3 19
 FSV Mainz 05 18 4 5 9 21 31 -10 4-1-4 0-4-5 17
 Werder Bremen 18 3 7 8 14 21 -7 2-3-4 1-4-4 16
 Hamburger SV 18 4 3 11 15 26 -11 3-2-4 1-1-7 15
 1. FC Köln 17 1 3 13 10 32 -22 1-1-6 0-2-7 6

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern’s walking away with it (again)

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Remember when the Bundesliga threatened to give us a title race? Those were the days.

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Bayern Munich won again on the road, improving its goal differential to 24 and stretching its table lead thanks to draws for RB Leipzig, Schalke, and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Maybe next year.

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen

Soon-to-be 21-year-old Maximilian Eggestein saw his early goal canceled out by — who else? — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie restored the visitors’ lead in the 65th minute and BVB wouldn’t find an answer.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich

The hosts had been rather stingy, but Arturo Vidal found a break through to give Jupp Heynckes’ men another win. Bayern is now eight points clear of the pack after another win.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Schalke

Christoph Kramer’s 24th minute lead was canceled out by a second half own goal, but Schalke couldn’t find the goal to keep pace with Bayern.

Elsewhere
Stuttgart 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz
Hamburg 0-0 Wolfsburg
Koln vs. Freiburg — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 15 11 2 2 35 11 24 6-1-0 5-1-2 35
 RB Leipzig 15 8 3 4 24 21 3 5-2-0 3-1-4 27
 FC Schalke 04 15 7 5 3 23 17 6 4-3-1 3-2-2 26
 Mönchengladbach 15 7 4 4 24 26 -2 4-2-2 3-2-2 25
 Bayer Leverkusen 15 6 6 3 29 19 10 3-4-0 3-2-3 24
 1899 Hoffenheim 14 6 5 3 25 18 7 4-3-1 2-2-2 23
 Borussia Dortmund 15 6 4 5 35 23 12 3-1-3 3-3-2 22
 FC Augsburg 14 6 4 4 21 16 5 3-2-2 3-2-2 22
 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 6 4 5 16 15 1 2-1-4 4-3-1 22
 Hannover 96 14 5 4 5 17 19 -2 3-2-1 2-2-4 19
 VfL Wolfsburg 15 3 9 3 20 19 1 2-5-1 1-4-2 18
 Hertha BSC Berlin 14 4 5 5 19 21 -2 3-2-3 1-3-2 17
 VfB Stuttgart 15 5 2 8 13 19 -6 5-1-1 0-1-7 17
 FSV Mainz 05 15 4 4 7 17 24 -7 4-1-3 0-3-4 16
 Hamburger SV 15 4 3 8 13 20 -7 3-2-3 1-1-5 15
 Werder Bremen 15 3 5 7 11 17 -6 2-1-4 1-4-3 14
 SC Freiburg 14 2 6 6 9 25 -16 2-5-1 0-1-5 12
 1. FC Köln 14 0 3 11 6 27 -21 0-1-5 0-2-6 3

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern claims Der Klassiker; RBL goes second

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The Bavarians’ return to ascendancy under Jupp Heynckes is complete after Bayern Munich went into the Westfalenstadion and captured a 3-1 Der Klassiker win on Saturday.

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Dortmund had more shot attempts than its visitors, but shot attempts don’t accumulate points on the table, and BVB finds itself third in the Bundesliga. (video)

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski scored first half goals to put Peter Bosz under plenty of pressure in front of that great Yellow Wall.

David Alaba made it 3-0 67th minute, and the idea of a title race in Germany is already feeling a bit like a dream.

There’s silver lining for American fans, as Christian Pulisic nutmegged Robben en route to Bayern’s lone goal, an 88th minute wonder from ex-Barcelona center back Marc Bartra.

Also… thanks to Paul Carr of ESPN for these nuggets:

RB Leipzig 2-1 Hannover 96

Test passed for RBL, who moved four points clear of Hannover and into second place with a comeback win. Jonathas put the visitors ahead, but Yannick Poulsen and Timo Werner scored in 15 second half minutes for all three points.

Freiburg 0-1 Schalke

Daniel Caligiuri scored a Bundesliga goal for the seventh-straight season, and it’s a big one. Schalke has moved level with BVB on 20 points, and five back of leaders Bayern.

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

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 11 8 2 1 27 8 19 4-1-0 4-1-1 26
 RB Leipzig 11 7 1 3 18 13 5 4-1-0 3-0-3 22
 Borussia Dortmund 11 6 2 3 28 14 14 3-0-2 3-2-1 20
 FC Schalke 04 11 6 2 3 14 10 4 3-2-1 3-0-2 20
 Hannover 96 11 5 3 3 15 11 4 3-1-1 2-2-2 18
 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 5 3 3 13 11 2 2-1-2 3-2-1 18
 Mönchengladbach 11 5 3 3 17 19 -2 3-1-2 2-2-1 18
 Bayer Leverkusen 11 4 4 3 23 16 7 3-2-0 1-2-3 16
 FC Augsburg 11 4 4 3 16 11 5 2-2-2 2-2-1 16
 1899 Hoffenheim 10 4 4 2 17 14 3 3-2-1 1-2-1 16
 Hertha BSC Berlin 10 3 4 3 11 12 -1 3-2-1 0-2-2 13
 VfB Stuttgart 11 4 1 6 10 14 -4 4-1-0 0-0-6 13
 FSV Mainz 05 11 3 3 5 12 17 -5 3-1-2 0-2-3 12
 VfL Wolfsburg 10 1 7 2 10 13 -3 0-4-1 1-3-1 10
 Hamburger SV 11 3 1 7 10 18 -8 2-1-3 1-0-4 10
 SC Freiburg 11 1 5 5 6 21 -15 1-4-1 0-1-4 8
 Werder Bremen 11 0 5 6 4 14 -10 0-1-4 0-4-2 5
 1. FC Köln 10 0 2 8 4 19 -15 0-1-3 0-1-5 2

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern, BVB level on points; USMNT’s Johnson scores

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Borussia Dortmund’s dominant start to the season is no more, and new Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has his side very much in the race for yet another Bundesliga crown.

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Hamburg 0-1 Bayern Munich

Strikers Bobby Wood (Hamburg) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) were frustrated, combining for just 47 touches, and it took a fittingly messy goal to separate the two. It came from French midfielder Corentin Tolisso and pulled Bayern level with leaders BVB on points, three goals back in differential.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

BVB is, quite officially, in a bit of a funk. Nuri Sahin and Marvin Philipp gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, but Eintracht sprung for goals in the 64th and 68th minutes to deny the leaders more than a point. Christian Pulisic ran his socks off, as usual, with more than 11km covered, but will not look back on his 90 minutes fondly. It happens.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen

American left winger Fabian Johnson buried a seventh minute goal… then watched the visitors put five of their six shots on target home for a gnarly home loss.

Elsewhere
Schalke 2-0 Mainz — Friday
RB Leipzig 1-0 Stuttgart
Augsburg 1-2 Hannover 96
Koln vs. Werder Bremen — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 9 6 2 1 25 7 18 3-0-1 3-2-0 20
 Bayern Munich 9 6 2 1 22 7 15 3-1-0 3-1-1 20
 RB Leipzig 9 6 1 2 16 10 6 3-1-0 3-0-2 19
 FC Schalke 04 9 5 1 3 12 9 3 3-1-1 2-0-2 16
 1899 Hoffenheim 8 4 3 1 15 10 5 3-2-0 1-1-1 15
 Hannover 96 9 4 3 2 10 7 3 2-1-1 2-2-1 15
 Eintracht Frankfurt 9 4 2 3 10 9 1 1-1-2 3-1-1 14
 Mönchengladbach 9 4 2 3 13 17 -4 3-0-2 1-2-1 14
 Bayer Leverkusen 9 3 3 3 20 14 6 2-2-0 1-1-3 12
 FC Augsburg 9 3 3 3 12 10 2 2-1-2 1-2-1 12
 FSV Mainz 05 9 3 1 5 10 15 -5 3-0-2 0-1-3 10
 VfB Stuttgart 9 3 1 5 6 11 -5 3-1-0 0-0-5 10
 Hertha BSC Berlin 8 2 3 3 8 10 -2 2-2-1 0-1-2 9
 VfL Wolfsburg 8 1 5 2 8 11 -3 0-3-1 1-2-1 8
 Hamburger SV 9 2 1 6 6 15 -9 1-1-3 1-0-3 7
 SC Freiburg 8 1 4 3 5 16 -11 1-3-0 0-1-3 7
 Werder Bremen 8 0 4 4 3 9 -6 0-1-3 0-3-1 4
 1. FC Köln 8 0 1 7 3 17 -14 0-0-3 0-1-4 1