AS Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich: Sublime Bayern smash Roma to go five points clear in Group E

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When Bayern Munich are firing on all cylinders, they are scary, scary sight. And that was exactly the case on Tuesday night when six players contributed for seven goals in the 7-1 route of Group E opponents, AS Roma.

An uneventful opening eight minutes was upended when Arjen Robben collected the ball on the right flank, just outside the Roma box. The Dutchman found Philip Lahm on the 18 yard box for a quick one-two and then shook Ashley Cole to the right before unleashing a left-footed curler into the far side netting. One-nil to the visitors.

Just two minutes later and Roma responded well, pouring forward and finding Gervinho in the box. His left-footed strike was hit hard from 12 yards out but Manuel Neuer was quick going down to his left for the save. From there on, however, it’s been all Bayern, putting on a master-class, owning the ball and possessing comfortably in Roma’s end.

Robert Lewandowski nearly doubled the lead in the 13th minute through a low, hard shot from 18 yards out was saved by Morgan De Sanctis. Ten minutes later, though, Mario Gotze did the job. With a defender tight in front of him, the fleet-footed Gotze pulled two step-overs before finding Thomas Muller at the top of the box. His one-touch, behind-the-back layoff went right into Gotze’s running lane and his one touch finish flew into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes on, and the lead was tripled as Bayern worked the ball out to the left before a beautiful curling cross found the head of Lewandowski. At this point, Roma looked miserable. Heads went down. Souls crushed. And then it got worse as in the 30th minute, Robben found his way through the right side again, this time off the counter, pounding the ball home from 8 yards out.

The fifth came through a penalty after Konstantinos Manolas handled Daniel Alaba’s cross and the referee pointed to the spot. Muller stepped up and sent a calculating shot to the bottom right that De Sanctis had little chance of saving.

Roma gathered themselves at half and Rudi Garcia making two changes brining Alessandro Florenzi on for Francesco Totti and Jose Holebas comes on for Ashley Cole. The move nearly paid dividends as after Gervinho his the post in the 54th minute, the ball came back over the top for Florenzi who’s thumping effort was blocked by the stunning Neuer.

In the 61st minute, Neuer made what has to be one of the saves of the European season. After Gervinho drew a foul from 30 yards out, Pjanic sent in a teasing cross directly onto the foot of Gervinho. From 3 yards out the Ivorian’s effort was sent just left of Neuer, who used the momentum of the ball to spin himself into the ground and snare the save. He had no business of doing so. The moment merely encapsulated just how good Bayern were on the night and, of course, that Neuer is the best goalkeeper in the world.

In the 66th minute, however, Neuer was finally beaten by Gervinho. Collecting the ball at half, Florenze drove up the pitch and found Nainggolan on the left, who rifled a cross right onto the head of Gervinho. It was a well-earned goal for Roma and a much-deserved goal scorer in Gervhinho, who was fantastic on the night.

After a ten minute lull and as soon as Bayern appeared to have taken the foot off the gas, Robben collected the ball at midfield and slipped a perfect ball in between the Roma defense for substitute Franck Ribery to run on to. Without hesitation, Ribery stabbed a lofty shot over the head of De Sanctis and into the back of the net.

Two minutes later and another substitute, Xherdan Shaqiri, got on the scoresheet. After a low drive from Rafinha was poorly handled by De Sanctis, Shaqiri pounced, taking one prep touch before shooting into the roof of the net for Bayern’s seventh of the night. He had been on the pitch just one minute before the goal.
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Roma: De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Mapou, Cole (Jose Holebas 45′); Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Iturbe, Totti (Alessandro Florenzi 45′), Gervinho

Goals: Robben 9′, Gotze 23′, Lewandowski 25′, Robben 30′, Muller 36′, Ribery 78′, Shaqiri 80′

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Bernat, Boateng, Benatia, Alaba; Alonso, Robben, Lahm (C), Götze (Xherdan Shaqiri 79′); Müller (Rafina 60′), Lewandowski (Franck Ribery 68′)

Goals: Gervinho 66′

Almeyda, Wondolowski sent off in Quakes’ fall against Atlanta (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less): Melodrama took center stage in Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, as Matias Almeyda, Chris Wondolowski and Cristian Espinoza were all sent off on Saturday. Josef Martinez, six games away from tying Lionel Messi’s world record for most consecutive goals, left the field in 79th minute following an injury, ending his MLS-record run at 15 games. Playing with 10 players from the 34th minute onwards, the Quakes held on to the draw up until the 90th minute. Unmarked inside the box, Emerson Hyndman rocketed the ball past Daniel Vega, who recorded nine saves throughout the night. In stoppage time, Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez was rewarded for his stellar performance with a goal of his own. With a game at hand, Eastern Conference leaders, NYCFC, are three points ahead Frank De Boer‘s side. The Quakes, on the other hand, have internal fires to put out as they have lost six of their last eight, and are only a point above the red line with three games to play.

Three moments that mattered

27′ — Great run by Espinoza, greater ball by Vega  — Daniel Vega and Cristian Espinoza were players that San Jose were desperately missing last season. This sequence says it all.

 

90′ — Emerson Hyndman wins it for the Five Stripes   — Hyndman, with no one near him, seals three points for the home side.

 

90′ + 2 — Martinez takes advantage of broken San Jose  — Martinez’s goal was only salt in San Jose’s fresh wound.

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Man of the match: Gonzalo “Pity”  Martinez

Goalscorers: Meram (4′), Guzan (27′ – OG), Hyndman (90′), Martinez (90′ + 2)

FIFA sees no obstacles for women to attend games in Iran

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ZURICH — Soccer’s governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown “no noteworthy operational obstacles” to lifting the country’s 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month.

After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it will work with Iran’s soccer body to also open domestic league games to female fans.

FIFA wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums which breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination.

Global attention on the ban followed the death this month of a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire outside a courthouse. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a soccer stadium in Tehran and faced six months in prison.

Ahead of Iran hosting Cambodia at the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium on Oct. 10, FIFA says the visit on Thursday focused on “international relations, security and ticketing matters.”

Iranian officials were told of FIFA’s “firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely” with tickets sold to as many who wanted to attend.

FOLLOW LIVE: Atlanta v. Quakes, Galaxy v. Impact on a busy MLS Saturday

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Eight games in seven hours, now that’s a jam-packed MLS Saturday.

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Things kickoff with Matias Almeyda’s San Jose Earthquakes visiting red-hot Josef Martinez’s Atlanta United, and comes to a close in Los Angeles, where league leaders LAFC host Toronto FC and LA Galaxy, who look to continue moving up in the Western Conference standings, host Montreal Impact.

In between, the New England Revolution look to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture as they welcome Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake, while the Chicago Fire hope to jump level with the Revs in the standings as they take on FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium.

Saturday’s full MLS schedule

Atlanta United v. San Jose Earthquakes — 3:30 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps v. Columbus Crew — 5 p.m. ET

New England Revolution v. Real Salt Lake — 7:30 p.m. ET

FC Cincinnati v. Chicago Fire — 7:30 p.m. ET

Sporting Kansas City v. Colorado Rapids — 8:30 p.m. ET

Houston Dynamo v. Orlando City — 8:30 p.m. ET

LAFC v. Toronto FC — 10:30 p.m. ET

LA Galaxy v. Montreal Impact — 10:30 p.m. ET

Bundesliga wrap: Lewandowski’s Bayern keeps rolling, Leipzig stays top

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Week 5 of the Bundesliga season looked a lot like so many others since Robert Lewandowski arrived in the country from Lech Poznan in 2010.

He scored, and his team won.

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It wasn’t enough to put Bayern Munich atop the league, as the Bavarian side also saw RB Leipzig get a win and could sit third once Lewandowski’s first German team, Borussia Dortmund, plays on Sunday.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Koln

Robert Lewandowski is humming along, scoring two more goals to give him nine in Bayern’s first five matches of the Bundesliga season. The 31-year-old Polish superstar scored at midweek in the Champions League, and has scored in all seven matches he’s played since being skunked in the DFL SuperCup loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic also scored for Bayern, who will finish the weekend no lower than third on the table. A 59th minute red card to Koln’s Kingsley Ehizibue came with Bayern already leading 2-0, so it was a bit snoozy in terms of drama at the Allianz Arena.

Werder Bremen 0-3 RB Leipzig

A 64th minute red card to Konrad Laimer couldn’t slow down the table leaders, as Leipzig added a goal after going down to 10-men in the win.

Willi Orban and Marcelo Saracchi scored for the visitors, and Marcel Sabitzer scored a terrific free kick in the win.

American teenager Josh Sargent started and played 80 minutes for the hosts, covering 9.63 kilometers and getting a lone shot on goal.

Elsewhere
Schalke 2-1 Mainz — Friday
Freiburg 1-1 Augsburg
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Paderborn
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Union Berlin
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Fortuna Dusseldorf — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Borussia Dortmund — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 RB Leipzig 5 4 1 0 13 3 10 1-1-0 3-0-0 13
 Bayern Munich 5 3 2 0 16 4 12 2-1-0 1-1-0 11
 SC Freiburg 5 3 1 1 11 4 7 1-1-1 2-0-0 10
 FC Schalke 04 5 3 1 1 10 5 5 2-0-1 1-1-0 10
 Bayer Leverkusen 5 3 1 1 8 7 1 2-1-0 1-0-1 10
 Borussia Dortmund 4 3 0 1 13 5 8 2-0-0 1-0-1 9
 VfL Wolfsburg 4 2 2 0 7 3 4 1-1-0 1-1-0 8
 Mönchengladbach 4 2 1 1 5 4 1 0-1-1 2-0-0 7
 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 2-0-0 0-0-2 6
 Werder Bremen 5 2 0 3 8 12 -4 1-0-2 1-0-1 6
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 11 -4 1-1-0 0-1-2 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 1899 Hoffenheim 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3 1-0-1 0-1-1 4
 1. FC Union Berlin 5 1 1 3 5 10 -5 1-0-2 0-1-1 4
 Hertha BSC Berlin 5 1 1 3 5 11 -6 1-0-1 0-1-2 4
 1. FC Köln 5 1 0 4 4 11 -7 0-0-2 1-0-2 3
 FSV Mainz 05 5 1 0 4 5 15 -10 1-0-1 0-0-3 3
 SC Paderborn 5 0 1 4 6 14 -8 0-0-2 0-1-2 1