Dortmund off to best start in Bundesliga history

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In the first 52 years of the Bundesliga, no side has ever started a season as perfectly and outright dominantly as the 2015-16 edition of Borussia Dortmund. They’ve started so well, in fact, that they lead the three-time defending champions, Bayern Munich, after four weeks.

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A quick roundup of all the action in Germany this weekend, thus far:

Hannover 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged his fourth and fifth league goals of the season (35th and 85th minutes), bookending individual tallies by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (44th) and Hannover’s Felipe (own goal – 67th), to extend the perfect start to Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund managerial career to four games. To say Dortmund have begun the 2015-16 campaign “perfect” would actually be doing Der BVB a a grave injustice.

Four weeks into the season, BVB hold down the league’s top spot, ahead of you-who-who (more on them in a moment) on goal differential (+12 to +10). They only have to hold off you-who-who for 30 more weeks.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Augsburg

Getting a goal a piece from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller sounds like a pretty straightforward path to victory for Bayern Munich against Augsburg, but that road was paved with anything but gold…until they were awarded a soft penalty in the 90th minute. Oh, that charmed Bayern life. Have a look for yourself.

Eintracht Frankfurt 6-2 Koln

It was pouring goals in the city of Frankfurt when Eintracht Frankfurt blitzed Koln, 6-2, in the highest-scoring game of the Bundesliga season thus far.

Alexander Meier bagged a hat trick (4th, 23rd and 87th minutes) on his 2015-16 debut, which alongside a brace scored by Luc Castaignos (15th and 30th), gave Die Adler five. Haris Seferovic provided the other for Timothy Chandler’s side (he didn’t play, because he’s injured). With the victory, Eintracht are all the way up to fourth in the league table, a point behind Wolfsburg for automatic Champions League qualification.

Elsewhere in Bundesliga action

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Hamburg (Friday)
Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Darmstadt
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Stuttgart
Ingolstadt 0-0 Wolfsburg

Sunday’s Bundesliga schedule

Hoffenheim vs. Werder Bremen (9:30 a.m. ET)
Schalke vs. Mainz (11:30 a.m. ET)

VIDEO: Sadio Mane scores screamer for Liverpool v. Saints

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Sadio Mane has started the season in sensational fashion.

After scoring twice for Liverpool in their Super Cup final win against Chelsea on Wednesday, Mane curled home a stunning shot right on half time.

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Mane was playing against his former club and after Southampton had created the best chances, it was a huge boost for Liverpool to go in ahead at the break.

Click play on the video below to see Mane open the scoring in style.

Emery impressed with versatile Ceballos as Arsenal stays perfect

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Despite the score line, Unai Emery can be fairly happy with Arsenal’s performance in a 2-1 defeat of Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

On midfielder Dani Ceballos, though, Emery will be very pleased.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 2-1 Burnley ]

The Real Madrid loanee was the easy Man of the Match, his silky skill on the ball and quality industry endearing himself to Arsenal faithful. From Football.London:

“It’s to use his quality in the best position in our team. I spoke with him before coming here, it’s to play as an eight and a No.10. He started like a 10 but changed with Willock. He can feel better on the pitch.”

Emery will be less than pleased with his defense, who allowed a goal to early season Golden Boot candidate Ashley Barnes.

“We won in our moments we did the difference for 2-1. A lot of moments we couldn’t impose our gameplan because they pushed and their gameplan was a struggle for us.”

Watch Live: Saints v. Liverpool headlines five PL games

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Five Premier League games are coming up at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as the second Matchweek of the new campaign comes roaring at us.

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Southampton and Liverpool clash at St Mary’s in the main game at 10 a.m. ET, while two new boys have their first home games back in the PL.

Aston Villa host Bournemouth at Villa Park, while Norwich host Newcastle at Carrow Road. Elsewhere, Everton host Watford and West Ham travel to Brighton.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Southampton v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Bournemouth – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton v. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Norwich v. Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Classy Arsenal beat Burnley

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Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to make it two wins from two to start the new season. It is the first time in 10 years Arsenal have won their opening two games of a Premier League season.

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The Gunners took the lead early on through Alexandre Lacazette but a stubborn Burnley wouldn’t go away and Ashley Barnes equalized in a somewhat fortuitous manner before the break.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Dani Ceballos dazzled on his full debut in the Premier League.

Up next for the Gunners is a trip to Liverpool followed by a north London derby against Tottenham. It is then we will see just how good this Gunners side really is.


3 things we learned

1. Ceballos is the real deal: The Spanish midfielder worked so hard defensively and oozed class on the ball. He is the replacement for Aaron Ramsey and was absolutely sensational. If he keeps playing like this, Arsenal may not be able to afford to buy him permanently next summer…

2. Defensive issues remain: There were a few shaky moments at the back for the Gunners. David Luiz‘s first start saw him take a few risks on the ball, while Bernd Leno flapped at a few crosses. Arsenal looked better defensively with Guendouzi in front of the defense, but they are far from being a solid outfit.

3. Burnley were Burnley: Sean Dyche‘s side didn’t have much of the ball but they created dangerous chances from set pieces and as long as they were only one-goal down, they were always a threat.

Man of the Match: Dani Ceballos – He will become a firm fans favorite at the Emirates Stadium. Silky on the ball, the Spaniard dug deep defensively and dictated the tempo of the game. A fine home PL debut for the Real Madrid loanee, who whipped in the corner for Lacazette’s goal and then won the ball back to create Aubameyang’s goal.


Arsenal were rampant early on and after Lacazette’s header was denied by Nick Pope, the French striker wriggled free from the resulting corner and made it 1-0.

Ashley Barnes flashed an effort just wide soon after as Burnley responded well to going behind with several high balls into the Arsenal box causing the Gunners defense problems.

Before the break Ceballos, who was running the show, orchestrated a fine counter attack which ended in Pope denying Matteo Guendouzi. Moments later Burnley were level as Dwight McNeil‘s deflected shot found Barnes and he bundled the ball home under pressure from Guendouzi to equalize against the run of play.

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Arsenal thought they’d retaken the lead right on half time but Nacho Monreal was flagged for offside as he pulled the ball back for Reiss Nelson to smash home. VAR checked the decision and no goal was given.

Nicolas Pepe came on at half time as Arsenal cranked through in the second half, with the home side dominating the play and Pope making several saves.

Ceballos, once again, was the heart of their game-winning goal as he won the ball back in a dangerous area and Aubameyang raced towards goal before curling home at the near post.