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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

WATCH: Messi fires free kick dart past Ospina, Colombia

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Argentina needs a lift to get back into an automatic World Cup qualifying spot, and it’s no surprise where La Albiceleste found it.

Lionel Messi found the back of the net with a 10th minute free kick to give Argentina an early lead against visiting Colombia on Tuesday.

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The Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario saw Messi combine power and precision with an arrow past a flying David Ospina.

Ecuador beat Venezuela earlier to move to 20 points, and a win would put them in fifth at worst, pending Chile’s match with Uruguay.

WATCH: St. Francis senior De Vries curves fancy free kick home

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Here are two coincidental but fun facts that work together regarding our next post to produce a kind of tongue twister.

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis, and today Saint Francis Red Flash defender Francis de Vries feasted on Howard.

The two-time All-American has a bevy of shots on his highlight reel, and here’s just one more reminder that the kid is going to be a no-doubt pro.

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De Vries, a senior for coach Paulo Neto’s side, swirls a left-footed free kick over the 4-man wall and in to help the Red Flash to a 2-0 win on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-2 New Zealand man scored 12 goals between his sophomore and junior seasons, but this was his first goal of 2016.

‘Twas a beaut.

WATCH: Neymar curls home free kick to bolster Barca lead vs Celtic

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Neymar’s first half was about possession and playmaking, as the Brazilian superstar hooked Lionel Messi up for a pair of goals and a 2-0 lead over Celtic.

But the 24-year-old picked up a goal of his own in Barca’s UEFA Champions League group stage opener, curling this superb free kick over the wall and past the keeper at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

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It could’ve been closer, as Moussa Dembele earned and missed a penalty kick for Celtic. But the difference in class was pretty apparent, at least through 60 minutes.

Andres Iniesta scored in the 59th minute, and Barca now leads 4-0.