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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern stumbles, Top Four looks set

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Bayern Munich had a rare stumble, and its three nearest competitors scooped three points each. Fifth place Hertha Berlin lost its match to leave the Bundesliga with its likely top four sides.

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Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Marco Reus feasted on a Christian Pulisic assists just two minutes into the game, but Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored to make sure Pulisic wasn’t the only CONCACAF star on the sheet. Sokratis Papastathopolous buried a beauty before Pierre-Emerick again found the scoreboard in an easy-enough win.

RB Leipzig 4-0 Freiburg

Naby Keita, Timo Werner… the usual suspects were on the score sheet for the top flight’s new power as Leipzig climbed to within eight points of leaders Bayern Munich.

Hoffenheim 5-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Turkey’s Kerem Demirbay and Hungary’s Adam Szalai each recorded braces as Hoffenheim has a double-digit advantage in its race for a Top Four spot. ‘Gladbach didn’t make it easy, coming back from 2-0 to make it 2-2 and 4-2 to make it 4-3 before Demirbay scored his second.

Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin

This one stings: Hertha is now 10 points off the Top Four after an own goal from U.S. international John Anthony Brooks.

Elsewhere

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich
Augsburg 2-1 Koln
Wolfsburg 3-0 Ingolstadt
Werder Bremen vs. Hamburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Darmstadt vs. Schalke — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 29 21 6 2 71 15 56 11-3-0 10-3-2 69
 RB Leipzig 29 19 4 6 55 30 25 12-1-2 7-3-4 61
 1899 Hoffenheim 29 14 12 3 56 31 25 10-5-0 4-7-3 54
 Borussia Dortmund 29 15 8 6 62 33 29 11-3-0 4-5-6 53
 Hertha BSC Berlin 29 13 4 12 37 35 2 11-1-2 2-3-10 43
 SC Freiburg 29 12 5 12 36 51 -15 8-1-5 4-4-7 41
 1. FC Köln 29 10 10 9 42 36 6 7-5-2 3-5-7 40
 Mönchengladbach 29 11 6 12 37 41 -4 7-3-4 4-3-8 39
 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 10 8 11 29 33 -4 6-6-2 4-2-9 38
 FC Schalke 04 28 10 7 11 37 32 5 8-3-4 2-4-7 37
 Bayer Leverkusen 29 10 6 13 42 44 -2 5-5-5 5-1-8 36
 Werder Bremen 28 10 6 12 44 48 -4 6-1-7 4-5-5 36
 VfL Wolfsburg 29 9 6 14 30 42 -12 5-2-8 4-4-6 33
 Hamburger SV 28 9 6 13 28 51 -23 7-3-4 2-3-9 33
 FSV Mainz 05 29 9 5 15 37 47 -10 6-4-5 3-1-10 32
 FC Augsburg 29 8 8 13 28 46 -18 4-5-6 4-3-7 32
 FC Ingolstadt 04 29 8 4 17 31 50 -19 4-3-7 4-1-10 28
 Darmstadt 28 4 3 21 19 56 -37 4-3-7 0-0-14 15

Bundesliga wrap: Teen leads Gladbach, Bayer nabs road win

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Ingolstadt gave itself new life in the relegation race, while RB Leipzig cushioned its second-place status as the Bundesliga staged a quintet of Wednesday matches.

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League mainstays Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach eased minor relegation fears with Wednesday wins.


Darmstadt 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer did what Darmstadt hasn’t done all season and won on the road. Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland scored on either side of half time, while USMNT forward Terrence Boyd played 65 minutes for the hosts.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Nineteen year-old Slovakian midfielder Laszlo Benes scored his first Bundesliga goal for the win, while Hertha was without injured USMNT center back John Brooks.

Augsburg 2-3 Ingolstadt

It looked academic when Israeli striker Almog Cohen completed his brace to put the visitors up 3-0 in the 67th minute, but Ingolstadt had to hold on for dear life following goals from Paul Verhaegh (76′) and Halil Altintop (81′). The visitors move to within four points of 16th place Augsburg.

Wolfsburg 0-1 Freiburg

Make it nine goals on the season for Florian Niederlechner, as Freiburg leapt into seventh place.

Mainz 2-3 RB Leipzig

Naby Keita stayed hot, scoring the match winner to give him seven goals and seven assists this season as Leipzig moved four points clear of third-place Hoffenheim. Mainz is now just goal differential away from the relegation playoff match.

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 27 20 5 2 67 14 53 10-3-0 10-2-2 65
 RB Leipzig 27 17 4 6 50 30 20 10-1-2 7-3-4 55
 1899 Hoffenheim 27 13 12 2 50 26 24 9-5-0 4-7-2 51
 Borussia Dortmund 27 14 8 5 58 28 30 10-3-0 4-5-5 50
 1. FC Köln 27 10 10 7 39 31 8 7-5-1 3-5-6 40
 Hertha BSC Berlin 27 12 4 11 35 34 1 10-1-2 2-3-9 40
 SC Freiburg 27 11 5 11 35 47 -12 7-1-5 4-4-6 38
 Eintracht Frankfurt 27 10 7 10 26 28 -2 6-5-2 4-2-8 37
 Mönchengladbach 27 10 6 11 31 34 -3 7-3-4 3-3-7 36
 Bayer Leverkusen 27 10 5 12 42 43 -1 5-4-5 5-1-7 35
 Werder Bremen 27 10 5 12 42 46 -4 6-1-7 4-4-5 35
 FC Schalke 04 27 9 7 11 33 31 2 7-3-4 2-4-7 34
 VfL Wolfsburg 27 8 6 13 26 38 -12 4-2-8 4-4-5 30
 Hamburger SV 27 8 6 13 26 50 -24 6-3-4 2-3-9 30
 FSV Mainz 05 27 8 5 14 36 46 -10 5-4-5 3-1-9 29
 FC Augsburg 27 7 8 12 26 43 -17 3-5-6 4-3-6 29
 FC Ingolstadt 04 27 7 4 16 28 45 -17 3-3-7 4-1-9 25
 Darmstadt 27 4 3 20 17 53 -36 4-3-7 0-0-13 15

Bundesliga wrap: All square in Revierderby; Wood helps Hamburg hopes

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Sunday visitors Wolfsburg and Mainz will be feeling the pressure after relegation battlers Hamburg surprised Koln on Saturday.

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Schalke 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

For the first time since 2008, the Revierderby featured a season’s worth of draws. Shinji Kagawa assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Dortmund’s 53rd minute opener, but 20-year-old Thilo Kehrer scored his first senior goal to earn Schalke a point.

USMNT phenom Christian Pulisic played the final three minutes for BVB, coming on for Kagawa.

RB Leipzig 4-0 Darmstadt

Naby Keita now has six goals and seven assists in his brief Bundesliga career, as Leipzig keeps steadying the ship. The hosts led 2-0 before Darmstadt’s Sandro Sirigu took a 72nd minute red card.

Hamburg 2-1 Koln

A huge win in the relegation race got a nice assist from USMNT forward Bobby Wood, as Hamburg led early before getting a late winner from Lewis Holtby.

Hamburg is now a point above the relegation playoff spot and 10 clear of the automatic drop zone. Here’s Wood’s assist.

Elsewhere
Hertha Berlin 1-3 Hoffenheim – Friday
Bayern Munich 6-0 Augsburg – Three more for Lewandowski
Freiburg 2-5 Werder Bremen – Thomas Delaney hat trick
Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Monchengladbach
Ingolstadt – Mainz — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen – Wolfsburg — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig falls, Koln’s Modeste on fire

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Anthony Modeste moved into second in the Bundesliga goal scoring table, adding his 20th, 21st, and 22nd goals of the season in moving Koln to within three points of fifth.

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That’s the individual highlight of a a busy day in Germany.

Werder Bremen 3-0 RB Leipzig

Werder Bremen is closer to completing its great escape, and this step came at the expense of the visitors’ increasingly unlikely title hopes.

Zlatko Junuzovic, Florian Grillitsch, and Florian Kainz scored in the win, the first looking pretty impressive:

Leipzig spent the better part of its first Bundesliga season in a fight for the title with Bayern Munich, but now sits 10 points back of first and just three ahead of third place Borussia Dortmund.

Werder Bremen is now one of four sides with 29 points, three ahead of the promotion playoff spot occupied by Hamburg. Bremen is unbeaten in five with four wins as it aims for a 37th-straight season in the top flight.

Koln 4-2 Hertha Berlin

USMNT center back John Brooks scored for the visitors, but also was part of a side that allowed four goals to the hosts. Three of those went to star striker Modeste, who has 22 goals on the season. The Frenchman remains uncapped!

Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Well-traveled big man Sandro Wagner scored his 11th goal of the Bundesliga campaign to move Hoffenheim five points clear of Hertha Berlin in the Top Four race.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Ingolstadt — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-0 Darmstadt — Mario Gomez scores
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg — Hosts three clear of danger zone
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Hamburg — 89 mins for Bobby Wood
Mainz vs. Schalke — 10:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich — 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 24 18 5 1 60 13 47 9-3-0 9-2-1 59
 RB Leipzig 25 15 4 6 43 28 15 9-1-2 6-3-4 49
 Borussia Dortmund 25 13 7 5 54 27 27 9-3-0 4-4-5 46
 1899 Hoffenheim 25 11 12 2 46 25 21 8-5-0 3-7-2 45
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 12 4 9 34 30 4 10-1-1 2-3-8 40
 1. FC Köln 25 9 10 6 37 29 8 6-5-1 3-5-5 37
 Eintracht Frankfurt 25 10 6 9 26 27 -1 6-4-2 4-2-7 36
 SC Freiburg 25 10 5 10 32 42 -10 7-1-4 3-4-6 35
 Mönchengladbach 24 9 5 10 30 33 -3 6-3-3 3-2-7 32
 Bayer Leverkusen 25 9 4 12 37 40 -3 5-3-5 4-1-7 31
 FC Schalke 04 24 8 6 10 31 27 4 7-2-4 1-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 5 11 33 40 -7 5-4-3 3-1-8 29
 Werder Bremen 25 8 5 12 34 44 -10 5-1-7 3-4-5 29
 FC Augsburg 25 7 8 10 24 34 -10 3-5-5 4-3-5 29
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 8 5 12 23 34 -11 4-2-7 4-3-5 29
 Hamburger SV 25 7 6 12 24 46 -22 5-3-4 2-3-8 27
 FC Ingolstadt 04 25 5 4 16 23 42 -19 2-3-7 3-1-9 19
 Darmstadt 25 4 3 18 17 47 -30 4-3-6 0-0-12 15

Bundesliga wrap: Contenders take advantage of RB Leipzig stumble

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Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead is a bit cozier, and RB Leipzig has reason to worry about its second place spot following Saturday’s results in Germany.

RB Leipzig drew on Friday, then watched as Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim gained ground.

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Meanwhile, Werder Bremen continued to put distance between itself and the drop zone. The club has been in the top flight since 1981.

Koln 0-3 Bayern Munich

Javi Martinez’s 25th minute goal was all the visitors needed, though Juan Bernat and Franck Ribery cushioned the win with second half tallies that sent Bayern seven points clear of RB Leipzig.

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 Schalke

USMNT left-sided man Fabian Johnson scored a pair of goals for Gladbach, leapfrogging the hosts over the visitors and into eighth.

Borussia Monchengladbach 6-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Fellow American Christian Pulisic subbed into this one and registered a goal and an assist as Dortmund pulled within six points of second.

Elsewhere

Augsburg 2-2 RB Leipzig — Friday
Mainz 1-1 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 5-2 Ingolstadt
Werder Bremen 2-0 Darmstadt
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Freiburg — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 23 17 5 1 57 13 44 8-3-0 9-2-1 56
 RB Leipzig 23 15 4 4 43 24 19 9-1-1 6-3-3 49
 Borussia Dortmund 23 12 7 4 52 25 27 8-3-0 4-4-4 43
 1899 Hoffenheim 23 10 11 2 44 24 20 7-5-0 3-6-2 41
 Hertha BSC Berlin 22 11 4 7 30 24 6 9-1-1 2-3-6 37
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 10 5 7 25 22 3 6-3-1 4-2-6 35
 1. FC Köln 23 8 9 6 31 25 6 5-5-1 3-4-5 33
 Mönchengladbach 23 9 5 9 29 31 -2 6-3-3 3-2-6 32
 Bayer Leverkusen 23 9 3 11 36 38 -2 5-2-5 4-1-6 30
 SC Freiburg 22 9 3 10 28 39 -11 7-0-4 2-3-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 23 8 5 10 32 38 -6 5-4-3 3-1-7 29
 FC Augsburg 23 7 7 9 23 30 -7 3-4-5 4-3-4 28
 FC Schalke 04 23 7 6 10 28 27 1 6-2-4 1-4-6 27
 Werder Bremen 23 7 4 12 30 43 -13 4-1-7 3-3-5 25
 VfL Wolfsburg 23 6 5 12 21 34 -13 3-2-7 3-3-5 23
 Hamburger SV 22 5 5 12 21 45 -24 3-3-4 2-2-8 20
 FC Ingolstadt 04 23 5 3 15 21 39 -18 2-2-7 3-1-8 18
 Darmstadt 23 3 3 17 15 45 -30 3-3-6 0-0-11 12