Is something wrong with Bayern Munich?
The dominant Bundesliga champs lost their first league match of the season when Wolfsburg thumped them 4-1 on Friday, and the Bavarians dropped points again on Tuesday.
Fortunately for the first-place side, Wolfsburg couldn’t get all three points off lowly Eintracht Frankfurt.
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Let’s dig into the four Tuesday matches:
Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke
Before we get into the how, how about a wow? The draw means Bayern has dropped points in back-to-back matches for just the second time under Pep Guardiola. And for it to happen in a Ruckrunde sure makes it sting a little more.
The stars were out for both sides, and a 17th minute red card to Jerome Boateng had the hosts in a bad spot. Still, Arjen Robben broke the scoreless tie in the 67th minute, but Benedikt Howedes equalized just five minutes later to pull the visitors into fourth place on the table.
Bayern’s lead stays 8 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Wolfsburg
Andre Schurrle was just watching after his transfer from Chelsea, and for a while must’ve been pretty frustrated as Die Wolfe nearly threw away all the points against the mid-table competition.
Stefan Aigner scored in the 58th minute, and it took Kevin De Bruyne all the way into the 88th minute to save the day. The former Chelsea man now has 6 goals and 11 assists this season.
USMNT defender Timmy Chandler did not play for Frankfurt.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Freiburg — Fabian Johnson goes 90 at LW in win
Hannover 96 1-1 Mainz — Elkin Soto snares road equalizer in 77th minute.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Augsburg — 2pm ET Wednesday
Koln vs. Stuttgart — 2pm ET Wednesday
Paderborn vs. Hamburg — 2pm ET Wednesday
Hoffenheim vs. Werder Bremen — 2pm ET Wednesday
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 2pm ET Wednesday
The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.
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Mali 4-1 Mauritania
Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.
Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.
Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa
There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.
Tunisia 1-1 Angola
A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.
Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.
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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.
Ecuador 1-1 Japan
There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.
Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.
Chile 0-1 Uruguay
Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.
Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.
Knockout round schedule
Brazil v. Paraguay
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile
Uruguay v. Peru
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru
Third place playoff
Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.
Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.
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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.
Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.
Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:
“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.
“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”
Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.
Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.
Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.
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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.
“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”
So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.
“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”
Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.