Wolfsburg, PSG knock off Bayern Munich, Lyon in German, French Super Cups (video)

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A roundup of Saturday’s Super Cup action in Germany and France:

Wolfsburg 1-1 (5-4 PKs) Bayern Munich

The German domestic season is off and running after last year’s runaway Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, and German Cup winners, Wolfsburg, faced off in the German Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring for the three-time defending league champions, when he hammered home a loose ball from close range in the 49th minute. Douglas Costa broke down the left wing and whipped in a cross to the near post, where goalkeeper Koen Casteels couldn’t hold the ball and spilled it inside his six-yard box. Robben and Robert Lewandowski both pounced quickly, but the Dutchman was first to the ball and rifled his left-footed shot inside the near post.

With little more than a minute left in regular time, Wolfsburg pulled level through Nicklas Bendtner’s delicate finish of Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. The Belgian playmaker surged down the right wing and sent his cross to the near post, where Bendtner did well to lift his first-time effort over a sprawling Manuel Neuer.

Tied after 90 minutes, the game went to a penalty kick shootout where the defending Cup champions went a perfect five-for-five and capitalized on Bayern’s second spot kick, taken by Xabi Alsono, which was saved by Casteels’ trailing foot.

Last year’s one-two finishers in the Bundesliga next meet, in league play, on Sept. 22.

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Paris Saint-German 2-0 Lyon

Elsewhere, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, last year’s Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain, continued their domestic domination with a 2-0 victory over last year’s second-place finishers in Ligue 1 (PSG won the league, French Cup and French League Cup), Lyon.

Ivorian right back Serge Aurier opened the scoring with a header from close range in the 11th minute. Following a free kick in the attacking third, David Luiz remained forward and recovered the loose ball inside Lyon’s penalty area. Luiz crossed from the endline and Aurier took it from there.

Edinson Cavani tacked on the insurance six minutes later when he hammered home the rebound from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s initial shot. Ibrahimovic got behind the Lyon defense down the right, fired a powerful effort on Anthony Lopes’s goal. Lopes made the save but watched helplessly as it bounced to Cavani eight yards from goal. The Uruguayan roofed his first-time blast and the scoring was complete.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”


Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

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Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).