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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern’s crazy comeback, Ingolstadt goes down (video)

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A draw sealed a second team’s trip to the second tier, and Hertha Berlin improved its odds of finishing fifth, but nothing compares to the drama at Red Bull Arena Leipzig where Bayern Munich put another feather in its championship season cap.

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Freiburg 1-1 Ingolstadt

When Dario Lezcano scored to level the score in the 43rd minute, Ingolstadt’s thin hopes to avoid the drop had new life. Unfortunately for the Paraguayan and his club, it was the only goal Ingolstadt could muster Saturday. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales and the visitors are heading to 2.Bundesliga.

Darmstadt 0-2 Hertha Berlin

Salomon Kalou nabbed his seventh goal of the season and 19-year-old Jordan Torunarigha his first as Hertha was the only team in the race for eighth to collect all three points.

RB Leipzig 4-5 Bayern Munich

The upstarts host led 4-2, led by Timo Werner’s brace, when the champions went and did this:

Elsewhere

Werder Bremen 3-5 Hoffenheim – Visitors score first five
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Koln – Kiessling, Pohjanpalo lead home comeback
Wolfsburg 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach – Gomez grabs equalizer
Mainz 4-2 Eintracht Frankfurt – Four different scorers for hosts
Augsburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund – Aubameyang nets 29th
Schalke 1-1 Hamburg – Visitors need help on last day to avoid playoff

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 33 24 7 2 85 21 64 12-4-0 12-3-2 79
 RB Leipzig 33 20 6 7 64 37 27 12-2-3 8-4-4 66
 Borussia Dortmund 33 17 10 6 68 37 31 12-4-0 5-6-6 61
 1899 Hoffenheim 33 16 13 4 64 37 27 11-5-0 5-8-4 61
 Hertha BSC Berlin 33 15 4 14 41 41 0 12-1-3 3-3-11 49
 SC Freiburg 33 14 6 13 41 56 -15 10-2-5 4-4-8 48
 1. FC Köln 33 11 13 9 49 42 7 8-6-2 3-7-7 46
 Werder Bremen 33 13 6 14 58 60 -2 8-1-8 5-5-6 45
 Mönchengladbach 33 12 8 13 43 47 -4 7-4-5 5-4-8 44
 FC Schalke 04 33 11 9 13 44 39 5 8-5-4 3-4-9 42
 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 11 8 14 34 41 -7 7-6-3 4-2-11 41
 Bayer Leverkusen 33 10 8 15 47 53 -6 5-6-6 5-2-9 38
 FSV Mainz 05 33 10 7 16 44 53 -9 7-4-6 3-3-10 37
 FC Augsburg 33 9 10 14 35 51 -16 5-6-6 4-4-8 37
 VfL Wolfsburg 33 10 7 16 33 50 -17 5-3-9 5-4-7 37
 Hamburger SV 33 9 8 16 31 60 -29 7-4-5 2-4-11 35
 FC Ingolstadt 04 33 8 7 18 35 56 -21 4-4-8 4-3-10 31
 Darmstadt 33 7 3 23 26 61 -35 6-3-8 1-0-15 24

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern Munich wins 27th German title in style

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Make it five in-a-row and a record 27 titles for German powers Bayern Munich.

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No other club has won more than Nurnberg’s nine titles, while Borussia Dortmund (8), Schalke (7), and Hamburg (6) are deep in the rear view mirror.


Wolfsburg 0-6 Bayern Munich

Bayern entered the day knowing a win would put the title out of reach for RB Leipzig, and David Alaba scored before the match was 20 minutes old to put the Bavarians on their way.

Robert Lewandowski added to the score line twice before half, passing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) atop the goal scoring chart with his 27th and 28th of the season.

Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich contributed second half goals.

Here’s Lewandowski’s first.

RB Leipzig 0-0 Ingolstadt

Despite a 15-6 advantage in shot attempts and three times as many passes completed, RB Leipzig cast aside its slim chances for a Bundesliga title. Still, a shot at second in their first season is far from a shame.

Elsewhere
Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Schalke – Friday
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Koln
Werder Bremen 2-0 Hertha Berlin – Bartels, Kruse score
Mainz 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach – Schulz scores winner
Darmstadt 3-0 Freiburg – 3rd-straight W for basement dwellers
Augsburg vs. Hamburg – 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hoffenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt – 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 31 22 7 2 79 17 62 11-4-0 11-3-2 73
 RB Leipzig 31 19 6 6 56 31 25 12-2-2 7-4-4 63
 Borussia Dortmund 31 16 9 6 65 35 30 11-4-0 5-5-6 57
 1899 Hoffenheim 30 14 13 3 57 32 25 10-5-0 4-8-3 55
 Hertha BSC Berlin 31 14 4 13 38 37 1 12-1-2 2-3-11 46
 Werder Bremen 31 13 6 12 52 51 1 8-1-7 5-5-5 45
 SC Freiburg 31 13 5 13 38 55 -17 9-1-5 4-4-8 44
 1. FC Köln 31 10 12 9 43 37 6 7-6-2 3-6-7 42
 Mönchengladbach 31 12 6 13 41 45 -4 7-3-5 5-3-8 42
 FC Schalke 04 31 11 8 12 43 36 7 8-4-4 3-4-8 41
 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 11 8 11 32 34 -2 7-6-2 4-2-9 41
 Bayer Leverkusen 31 10 6 15 44 50 -6 5-5-6 5-1-9 36
 FSV Mainz 05 31 9 6 16 40 51 -11 6-4-6 3-2-10 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 31 9 6 16 30 49 -19 5-2-9 4-4-7 33
 Hamburger SV 30 9 6 15 30 55 -25 7-3-5 2-3-10 33
 FC Augsburg 30 8 8 14 29 49 -20 4-5-6 4-3-8 32
 FC Ingolstadt 04 31 8 5 18 33 54 -21 4-3-8 4-2-10 29
 Darmstadt 31 7 3 21 26 58 -32 6-3-7 1-0-14 24

Bundesliga wrap: Leipzig, Bayern win; Alaba scores gorgeous free kick (video)

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The Bundesliga’s only hopes for a multi-horse title race are Bayern Munich hitting a significant slump or RB Leipzig continuing to consistently win in its first season in the top flight.

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The former doesn’t look likely, and fortunately Leipzig is cooperating.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Hoffenheim

On paper, it was going to be the match of the weekend and in many ways it failed to disappoint. Nadiem Amiri have the visitors the lead after 18 minutes, only for Timo Werner to set it level before the break.

Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer then swung the table gap in favor of Leipzig with a second half goal. A Leipzig loss would’ve pulled Hoffenheim within five points of second place. Sabitzer’s goal makes the gap between Leipzig and their fourth-placed visitors 11 points.

Darmstadt 1-6 Koln

USMNT striker Terrence Boyd’s first match as a Darmstadt striker was memorable but not in a good way. Koln put three goals on each side of Sidney Sam’s 66th minute penalty, battering Darmstadt behind a brace from Japanese strike Yuya Osako.

Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich

It was 1-1 and Bremen was hopeful of securing a point against the leaders until, well… David Alaba, you do you.

Elsewhere
Schalke 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-2 Augsburg
Ingolstadt 3-1 Hamburg
Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 3 1 42 11 31 7-2-0 7-1-1 45
 RB Leipzig 18 13 3 2 36 16 20 8-1-0 5-2-2 42
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 9 5 4 23 15 8 5-3-0 4-2-4 32
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 7 10 1 31 19 12 4-5-0 3-5-1 31
 Borussia Dortmund 17 8 6 3 37 20 17 5-3-0 3-3-3 30
 Hertha BSC Berlin 17 9 3 5 25 19 6 7-0-1 2-3-4 30
 1. FC Köln 18 7 8 3 27 16 11 4-4-0 3-4-3 29
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 3 8 28 28 0 4-2-4 3-1-4 24
 SC Freiburg 17 7 2 8 22 29 -7 5-0-3 2-2-5 23
 FC Schalke 04 18 6 3 9 21 20 1 5-1-4 1-2-5 21
 FSV Mainz 05 17 6 3 8 26 30 -4 4-2-2 2-1-6 21
 FC Augsburg 18 5 6 7 15 20 -5 2-3-4 3-3-3 21
 Mönchengladbach 18 5 5 8 18 27 -9 4-3-2 1-2-6 20
 VfL Wolfsburg 18 5 4 9 17 26 -9 2-2-6 3-2-3 19
 Werder Bremen 18 4 4 10 22 38 -16 3-1-6 1-3-4 16
 FC Ingolstadt 04 18 4 3 11 17 29 -12 2-2-5 2-1-6 15
 Hamburger SV 18 3 4 11 15 35 -20 2-2-4 1-2-7 13
 Darmstadt 18 2 3 13 12 36 -24 2-3-5 0-0-8 9

Man City’s Pep Guardiola tipped for pair of former Bayern Munich charges

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would like to bring a pair of young stars from Bayern Munich to the Premier League.

The reunion candidates are young French attacker Kingsley Coman and versatile defender/midfielder David Alaba.

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Coman was brought to Bayern by Guardiola, but has played much less under new boss Carlo Ancelotti. The 20-year-old has 11 caps for France, and has also spent time with PSG and Juventus.

Alaba would cost close to $50 million, according to the Sun. The left back thrived under Guardiola’s guidance and would be a summer move. Alaba also plays holding mid for Austria.

Alaba is just 24, and the young injection would help complete Guardiola’s flipping of the City senior squad. John Stones is 22, Ilkay Gundogan 25, and Leroy Sane 20. Considering that the squad list boasts 12 players over the age of 30, expect many more moves in the coming windows.

Traustason’s last gasp goal steers Iceland to second in Group F; Austria out

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Jon Dadi Bödvarsson and Arnór Ingvi Traustason scored, the latter at the absolute death, as Iceland clinched second place in Group F with a 2-1 win over Austria at EURO 2016 on Wednesday.

Alessandro Schöpf scored for Austria, who failed to advance from Group F at EURO 2016 on Wednesday.

The Austrians came in expecting to win the group, while Iceland was supposed to struggle. Instead, Iceland jumped into second while Austria failed at nearly every turn.

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Bödvarsson saw a long throw-in bound toward him near the penalty spot, and the Kaiserslautern man collected the ball to fire home in the 18th minute.

David Alaba earned Austria a penalty but Aleksandar Dragovic missed the attempt, striking the left post. Costly.

Schöpf took Dragovic somewhat off the hook when he deposited Alaba’s cross in the bottom right corner with a half-hour to play.

But the final kick of the game saw Iceland score on a counter attack to finish second and earn a date with England.