Bundesliga wrap: Wolfsburg ends Bayern’s unbeaten dreams, USMNT’s Johnson strong

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The Bundesliga was away from us for far too long, but it returned bearing gifts this weekend.

Beginning with Friday’s shocking blowout of Bayern Munich by Wolfsburg, Germany’s top flight delivered with goals and table movement.

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And to think, we’ve still a pair of Sunday matches on the slate. Let’s go through what’s done and dusted.

Wolfsburg 4-1 Bayern Munich

Kevin De Bruyne was the Man of the Match, and Bas Dost matched his brace as the hosts ended Bayern’s dream of an unbeaten Bundesliga season with a stunning 4-1 win.

source: Getty ImagesIn what was an even-enough game outside of the finishing, Wolfsburg sent four balls past Manuel Neuer.

The match moves second-place Wolfsburg to within 8 points of Bayern. De Bruyne says the club played with great courage:

I know how things work and now everyone will be talking about us beating Bayern, and that’s great. We can enjoy the win for the next two days but we only collected three points after all. Of course it was nice to put on such a great performance against Bayern of all teams. The key was being fearless and putting ourselves on the front foot. We did that really well.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

BVB is still languishing on the bottom of the table, but can take heart from a strong performance at a good Bayer Leverkusen squad.

Dortmund won more tackles and took more shots than the hosts, who are now a point back of third-place. Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach leapt over Leverkusen on the day.

Stuttgart 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

USMNT player Fabian Johnson played an influential 90 minutes in Monchengladbach’s big move into third place. He covered 12 kilometers, took a team-best four shots, won nine tackles and completed 23 passes (only missing two).

Patrick Herrmann, 23, scored the winner in the 71st minute, pushing a hard shot off the hand of a Stuttgart defender and into the goal.

Elsewhere

Freiberg 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt — Substitute Nils Petersen’s hat trick snaps deadlock in style. USMNT’s Timmy Chandler on for all four goals.
Schalke 1-0 Hannover —
 Marco Hoger’s 32nd minute goal holds up.
Mainz 5-0 Paderborn —
Yunus Malli scores the first two in blowout
Hamburger 0-2 Koln —
Marcel Risse scores both goals.
Werder Bremen vs. Hertha Berlin — 
930am ET Sunday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — 1130am ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 18 14 3 1 42 8 34 9-0-0 5-3-1 45
VfL Wolfsburg 18 11 4 3 37 18 19 8-2-0 3-2-3 37
Mönchen 18 8 6 4 26 16 10 5-3-1 3-3-3 30
FC Schalke 04 18 9 3 6 29 21 8 6-3-1 3-0-5 30
Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 8 3 28 20 8 4-6-0 3-2-3 29
FC Augsburg 17 9 0 8 22 21 1 6-0-2 3-0-6 27
1899 Hoffenheim 17 7 5 5 29 25 4 5-2-2 2-3-3 26
Hannover 96 18 7 3 8 21 27 -6 5-0-3 2-3-5 24
Eintracht Frankfurt 18 6 5 7 35 38 -3 4-2-3 2-3-4 23
1. FC Köln 18 6 4 8 19 23 -4 1-3-4 5-1-4 22
FSV Mainz 05 18 4 9 5 24 23 1 3-4-2 1-5-3 21
SC Paderborn 18 4 7 7 21 31 -10 3-4-2 1-3-5 19
SC Freiburg 18 3 9 6 21 26 -5 2-5-2 1-4-4 18
Hertha BSC Berlin 17 5 3 9 24 35 -11 4-1-4 1-2-5 18
Hamburger SV 18 4 5 9 9 21 -12 3-2-4 1-3-5 17
Werder Bremen 17 4 5 8 26 39 -13 3-3-2 1-2-6 17
VfB Stuttgart 18 4 5 9 20 33 -13 1-2-6 3-3-3 17
Borussia Dortmund 18 4 4 10 18 26 -8 3-2-3 1-2-7 16

Hertha Berlin slams racist abuse of under-23 player Ngankam

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin has condemned apparent racist abuse of its under-23 player Jessic Ngankam from Lokomotive Leipzig fans during their fourth-division game on Friday.

Hertha says on Twitter that, “Ngankam was subjected to racist hostility during the game against Lok Leipzig. As a club, we are completely behind Jessic . The incident was also noted in the match report and a preliminary investigation has since been launched by the league. Lok Leipzig have already given their own statement on the incident. (hash)notoracism”

Hertha executive board member Paul Keuter says the club should have reacted sooner to the alleged abuse, “but nobody should doubt our commitment against racism.”

Hertha player Jordan Torunarigha wrote on Twitter the club is “100% against racism and one shouldn’t argue over why my club is just giving a statement now.”

The 19-year-old Ngankam, who is black, told broadcaster MDR that he was targeted with monkey chants by some fans in the visiting supporters’ block and that he was called an “ape” by an opposing player.

“Of course you’re trained not to react or show emotion. But it still hits you,” Ngankam told MDR. “Insults are unfortunately an everyday occurrence in football, and I can put up with them. But racist abuse is a no-go.”

Lokomotive criticized the abuse on its website, where it reminded its own fans that it has players within the club with roots in 32 countries.

“Only two colors interest us – (club colors) blue and yellow,” Lokomotive said. “Racism has no place among us and everyone knows that! If there are still people who call themselves blue-yellow fans and can’t comprehend that, then it must be clear that (Leipzig district) Probstheida is no place for them.”

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Champions League permutations: Who needs what?

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Here’s a quick reminder of how many teams from each group have already reached the last 16:

Group A: Paris St-Germain (winners), Real Madrid (runners up)
Group B: Bayern Munich (winners), Tottenham (runners up)
Group C: Manchester City (winners)
Group D: Juventus (winners)
Group E: None
Group F: Barcelona (winners)
Group G: RB Leipzig
Group H: None

And here’s what teams in each group need to do to advance:

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk will reach the last 16 if they win at home against Atalanta, while both Atalanta and Dinamo Zagreb can still reach the last 16 with wins.

Group D
Atletico Madrid will secure their spot in the last 16 if they beat Lokomotiv Moscow at home, but if they draw or lose and Bayer Leverkusen win at home against group winners Juventus, the German side will go through.

Group E
Red Bull Salzburg will reach the last 16 if they beat Liverpool at home, while the reigning UCL champions need just a point to make it to the knockout rounds. However,  if Liverpool lose they will be out unless Napoli lose at home to Genk too or if Liverpool score four away goals or more and only lose by one goal (eg a 5-4 loss) combined with a Napoli defeat they will go through. Napoli need a point in their final game at home against Genk to reach the last 16.

Group F
Inter Milan will make the last 16 if they beat Barcelona at home but if they don’t win then Borussia Dortmund will go through by bettering Inter’s result. Dortmund host Slavia Prague at home.

Group G
Leipzig have already qualified and will finish top of the group with a win. Zenit will reach the last 16 if they win away at already eliminated Benfica, while Lyon can qualify if they better Zenit’s result from the final game.

Group H
Chelsea know they will reach the last 16 with a win at home to already eliminated Lille. Ajax only need a draw to make the last 16, while Valencia need a win at Ajax to advance. Chelsea will also reach the last 16 if they draw against Lille and Ajax beat Valencia.

Champions League score predictions: Matchweek 6

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The sixth and final matchday of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage is here, and two of the four Premier League clubs needing to avoid defeat to go through.

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Fans of Liverpool and Chelsea will both be sweating ahead of their group stage finales.

Below we predict the scores for all 16 UCL games taking place over the next two days, with Tottenham heading to Bayern Munich able to rest players,  while reigning champions Liverpool head to Jesse March’s Salzburg needing a draw to advance but the hosts will go through with a win.

As for Chelsea, they host Lille needing a win to secure their route to the last 16 and a draw could be enough if Valencia lose to Ajax, while Man City travel to Dinamo Zagreb already confirmed as group winners.

Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Tuesday

Group E
Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Liverpool
Napoli 3-1 Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Slavia Prague
Inter Milan 2-2 Barcelona

Group G
Lyon 2-1 Leipzig
Benfica 0-2 Zenit

Group H
Chelsea 1-1 Lille
Ajax 2-2 Valencia


Wednesday

Group A
PSG 3-0 Galatasaray
Club Brugge 1-2 Real Madrid

Group B
Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Olympiacos 3-1 Red Star Belgrade

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Atalanta
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Man City

Group D
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Juventus
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Lokomotiv Moscow

MLS teams learn opponents for CCL last 16

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The draw for the last 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League took place late Monday and some intriguing clashes have been set up to kick off the knockout rounds.

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2019 Supporters’ Shield champs LAFC face Liga MX’s Club Leon, while NYCFC fave San Carlos from Costa Rica, 2019 MLS Cup champs Seattle Sounders square off with Honduran side Olimpia, the Montreal Impact face Costa Rica’s Saprissa and Atlanta United also have Honduran opponents in Motagua.

Fans of MLS teams will not need reminding that Liga MX have dominated this competition, with a team from Mexico winning this competition each season since 2006.

Below is the schedule in full for the knockout rounds of the tournament, which begin in mid-February.


2020 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 schedule

Leg 1: Feb. 18-20; Leg 2: Feb. 25-27. First team listed hosts Leg 2.

  1. Atlanta United (USA) vs. Motagua (HON)
  2. Club America (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
  3. Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Portmore United (JAM)
  4. LAFC (USA) vs. Club Leon (MEX)
  5. Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Alianza (SLV)
  6. NYCFC (USA) vs. San Carlos (CRC)
  7. Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Olimpia (HON)
  8. Montreal Impact (CAN) vs. Saprissa (CRC)

Quarterfinals

Leg 1: March 10-12; Leg 2: March 17-19. Winner of odd-numbered Round of 16 game hosts Leg 2.

  • Winner 1 vs. Winner 2
  • Winner 3 vs. Winner 4
  • Winner 5 vs. Winner 6
  • Winner 7 vs. Winner 8

Semifinals

Leg 1: Apr. 7-9; Leg 2: Apr. 14-16. Hosting determined by performance in prior rounds.

  • Winner 1/2 vs. Winner 3/4
  • Winner 5/6 vs. Winner 7/8

Final

Leg 1: April 28-30; Leg 2: May 5-7. Hosting determined by performance in prior rounds.

  • Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2