Bundesliga roundup: Gotze, Lewandowski lead Bayern rout; Reus hurt in BVB draw

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The injuries came for Bayern Munich over the international break. Philipp Lahm broke his ankle and Jerome Boateng picked up a calf injury, as the two stars joined a variety of Bayern stars at less than full health.

Would it cost them when the Bundesliga restarted Saturday morning?

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Nope. The Bavarian side score twice in each half to keep its winning ways in tact. All that and more in the Saturday wrap.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Hoffenheim
Mario Gotze scored in the 23rd minute to start a fairly ease ride to three points for the hosts. Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Sebastian Rode also netted as Bayern out shot Hoffenheim 17-11. Better yet, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Boateng were all able to start the game despite injury concerns.

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Paderborn
Marco Reus was stretchered off the field, bringing a major injury scare to bottom-half BVB. He did manage a goal in first-half stoppage time that joined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early goal to give the hosts the lead. But their season-long Bundesliga struggles continued in the final 45, as Lukas Rupp and Mahir Saglik scored in the second half to tie the game.

Paderborn’s Marvin Bakalorz was shown a yellow card after his tackle on Reus produced another ankle injury for the attacking wizard. It’s no surprise that manager Jurgen Klopp said he was more worried about the injury than the dissolution of their halftime lead.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Three players scored second half goals to more than make amends for conceding a goal to the hosts in the game’s first five minutes, as Monchengladbach failed to take advantage of a loss from second-place Wolfsburg. USMNT defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes for Frankfurt, while his international teammate Fabian Johnson failed to make the bench for Monchengladbach. The hosts also saw a stoppage time double-yellow issued to Granit Xhaka.

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Elsewhere

Mainz 2-2 Freiberg — Stefan Bell saves a home point in 88th minute.

Koln 1-2 Hertha Berlin — USMNT’s John Anthony Brooks goes 90 in victory.

Hannover 96 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen — Karim Bellarabi scores again in win.

Schalke 3-2 Wolfsburg — Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gets brace to lead the way.

Hamburger vs. Werder Bremen — 930am ET Sunday

Stuttgart vs. Augsburg —
1130am ET Sunday

 

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 12 9 3 0 31 3 28 7-0-0 2-3-0 30
VfL Wolfsburg 12 7 2 3 24 12 12 5-1-0 2-1-3 23
Mönchen 12 5 5 2 16 9 7 3-3-1 2-2-1 20
Bayer Leverkusen 12 5 5 2 20 16 4 3-3-0 2-2-2 20
Hannover 96 12 6 1 5 10 14 -4 4-0-2 2-1-3 19
FC Schalke 04 12 5 2 5 17 17 0 4-2-0 1-0-5 17
1899 Hoffenheim 12 4 5 3 17 18 -1 3-2-1 1-3-2 17
FSV Mainz 05 12 3 7 2 15 14 1 2-3-1 1-4-1 16
SC Paderborn 12 4 4 4 18 18 0 3-3-1 1-1-3 16
FC Augsburg 11 5 0 6 14 12 2 4-0-1 1-0-5 15
1. FC Köln 12 4 3 5 12 13 -1 1-2-3 3-1-2 15
Eintracht Frankfurt 12 4 3 5 20 24 -4 2-1-3 2-2-2 15
Hertha BSC Berlin 12 4 2 6 17 22 -5 3-1-2 1-1-4 14
SC Freiburg 12 2 6 4 13 16 -3 1-3-1 1-3-3 12
Borussia Dortmund 12 3 2 7 14 19 -5 2-1-3 1-1-4 11
Werder Bremen 11 2 4 5 14 24 -10 1-2-2 1-2-3 10
Hamburger SV 11 2 3 6 4 14 -10 1-2-2 1-1-4 9
VfB Stuttgart 11 2 3 6 14 25 -11 1-1-3 1-2-3 9

VIDEO: Martial scores for Man United v. Club Brugge

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Anthony Martial scored once again for Man United and his goal in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg against Club Brugge was a beauty.

The Frenchman is standing tall in the absence of Marcus Rashford through injury as he has now scored in back-to-back games away from home.

Martial, 24, made the most of a slight defensive mistake from Club Brugge as he powered towards goal and kept his cool to slot home, while he also hit the post in the first half after Simon Mignolet got a slight touch on his curling effort.

When he’s on form he’s a joy to watch and after his towering header against Chelsea on Monday, Martial has done it again a few days later in Belgium. It is the third time this season he has scored in back-to-back games and he has now scored 14 goals in 30 appearances for the Red Devils, his best return since he scored 17 in his opening season at United in 2015-16.

Here is Martial’s goal at Club Brugge, as United need him to kick on and take this tally for the season to at least 20 goals if they are going to be successful.

LIVE, Europa League: Arsenal, Man United, Wolves in action

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The knockout rounds of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League campaign is here and three Premier League teams are in action on Thursday.

Everything is set up for an epic day of first legs in the Round of 32.

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Arsenal travel to Olympiakos who dropped down from the Champions League, while Wolves host La Liga strugglers Espanyol and Man United travel to Club Brugge who exited the UCL at the group stage after some impressive displays.

With a Champions League spot for next season up for grabs for the Europa League winners, there is always a little extra spice in this tournament from here on out, especially as plenty of giants have dropped out of the Champions League and joined the Europa League for the Round of 32.

Glasgow Celtic and Rangers both face tricky tests as Steven Gerrard‘s side face Braga and Neil Lennon’s Celtic head to Copenhagen.

Elsewhere there are plenty of mouthwatering ties at Jesse Marsch’s RB Salzburg drop into the Europa League and travel to Eintracht Frankfurt. Antonio Conte‘s Inter Milan head to Ludogorets, while Ajax travel to Getafe after narrowly missing out on reaching the Champions League last 16.

Below is the schedule in full for Thursday’s games, while you can click on the link above to follow all the action as it happens.


Full Europa League schedule

12:55 p.m. ET
Club Brugge v. Manchester United
Ludogorets v. Inter Milan
Copenhagen v. Celtic
Eintracht Frankfurt v. RB Salzburg
CFR Cluj v. Sevilla
Sporting Lisbon v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Benfica
Getafe v. Ajax

3 p.m. ET
Rangers v. Braga
Wolves v. Espanyol
Olympiacos v. Arsenal
Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Porto
AZ Alkmaar v. LASK
Roma v. Gent
APOEL Nicosia v. FC Basel
Wolfsburg v. Malmo

VIDEO: Henry’s Montreal debut ends with dramatic collapse

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Thierry Henry’s first game in charge of the Montreal Impact started well but ended in a dramatic collapse. The legendary Frenchman probably has CCL fever right about now.

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Montreal drew 2-2 at Deportivo Saprissa in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League last 16 game on Wednesday as Orji Okwonkwo and Romell Quioto put them 2-0 up inside the first 22 minutes but Saprissa struck twice in the final 10 minutes to draw level. Both of Montreal’s goalscorers went off injured and after a tough preseason a late collapse

Johan Venegas pulled one back for the Costa Rican side in the 80th minute and Ariel Rodriguez equalized in the 90th minute to set up an intriguing second leg at the Olympic Stadium next Wednesday as the winner will face the Seattle Sounders or C.D. Olimpia in the quarterfinals.

Henry’s first official game in charge of the Major League Soccer franchise will have taught him a lot about his team and in truth they were pretty lucky to grab a draw as Saprissa outshot them 22-7 and had 72 percent of the possession.

Via MLSsoccer.com, the Arsenal and France legend was happy with the spirit his young side showed after a tough offseason which saw them lose four of their five preseason games amid plenty of turnover in the squad.

“We tried to compete, it was always going to be a difficult second half, but overall, I cannot say anything to my team,” Henry said. “Obviously there are some things that we need to work on, on how we conceded the goals, but you could see how it was difficult at times to cover each other. But at the end of the day, as a coach, when you see your team fighting like that up until the end you can only be proud. Obviously there’s some stuff that we can work on, don’t get it twisted, but I have to be proud about how they played. Especially how we arrived there in the situation that we are in.”

Going away to Costa Rica to play an experience team like Saprissa was never going to be easy and Henry’s side are at least level for the return game but Montreal’s squad is looking pretty young and replacing the creativity and goals of Ignacio Piatti is going to be tough.

Check out the highlights of the dramatic Saprissa comeback in the video above.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here and there are some familiar faces sticking around the upper echelons.

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Stars from Premier League giants Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham dominate our power rankings after some impressive performances and there are plenty of new entries and plenty of players from the same teams as these rankings are based on the seven games played over the last seven days due to the second half of the Premier League’s winter break kicking in.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Up 2
2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Up 2
3. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – Up 2
4. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – New entry
5. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – New entry
6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – New entry
7. Richarlison (Everton) – Up 8
8. Harry Maguire (Man United) – New entry
9. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – New entry
10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
11. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
12. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) –  Down 11
13. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – New entry
14. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Down 3
15. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – Down 7
16. Bruno Fernandes (Man United) – New entry
17. Nick Pope (Burnley) – Even
18. Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham) – Down 5
19. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – New entry
20. Pepe Reina (Aston Villa) – New entry