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

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

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Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.

AFCON: Nigeria 1st team through to round of 16 at African Cup, joined by host Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) Former champion Nigeria became the first team to reach the last 16 at the African Cup of Nations after defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s second-half goal delivered a 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

The Nigerians were unimpressive in the first half in Alexandria but lifted their game in the second. Alex Iwobi‘s rasping shot was pushed away by Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone and Ahmed Musa almost set up Odion Ighalo on a counterattack.

The former Chelsea defender Omeruo did what the forwards had not been able to do when he beat Kone with a glancing header at the near post off Moses Simon’s corner in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria, which won the title in 2013, has two wins from two games in Group B. It beat Burundi 1-0 in its first match and now needs a draw from its last fixture against Madagascar to finish top and stay in Alexandria for the last 16.

There was more good news for Nigeria when Samuel Kalu came on as a substitute near the end. The midfield player collapsed at a training session the day before the first game, suffering from dehydration, and was hospitalized.

Coach Gernot Rohr rested captain John Obi Mikel against Guinea.

Elsewhere, Egypt also confirmed a place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmad Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah each scored in the first half to lead the Pharoahs to victory, the hosts second-straight win in the competition.

In the other match of the day, Uganda tied Zimbabwe, 1-1.