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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern tops Wolfsburg, Hannover finds lifeline

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The European week found four matches on Sunday, leaving Saturday a bit light when it comes to high-profile matches.

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That said, Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich brought together two of the bigger teams from last season and we saw plenty of goals and some much-needed points from the league’s 18th place side.

Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern’s table lead is 11 over No. 2 Dortmund after another big win, while last year’s title rival Wolfsburg sits way down in 8th. Kingsley Coman broke the deadlock in the 66th minute before Robert Lewandowski added his 23rd Bundesliga goal of the season to salt it away.

Coman, 19, continued his fine loan from Juventus with a fourth Bundesliga goal and fifth in all competitions. Manuel Neuer picked up clean sheet No. 14 of the season with a mere 45 touches on the ball.

Werder Bremen 2-2 Darmstadt

Anthony Ujah gave the hosts a 1-0 lead that Sandro Wagner leveled just before halftime. Aytac Sulu looked to have given the visitors an 82nd minute, but Claudio Pizarro scored a minute from time to level it at 2.

Koln 0-1 Hertha Berlin — Friday sees visitors strengthen hold on third.
Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96 — Rare win gives Hannover life, 5 points off 15th
Hamburg 1-1 Ingolstadt —  Austria’s Hinterseer stays hot, finds equalizer
Augsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach —
 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Schalke — 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 23 20 2 1 58 11 47 11-0-0 9-2-1 62
Borussia Dortmund 22 16 3 3 54 24 30 9-1-0 7-2-3 51
Hertha BSC Berlin 23 11 6 6 31 24 7 6-4-1 5-2-5 39
Bayer Leverkusen 22 10 5 7 31 23 8 5-3-3 5-2-4 35
Mönchengladbach 22 11 2 9 43 38 5 8-1-3 3-1-6 35
FC Schalke 04 22 10 4 8 31 29 2 6-3-3 4-1-5 34
FSV Mainz 05 22 10 3 9 29 28 1 6-1-4 4-2-5 33
VfL Wolfsburg 23 8 7 8 32 31 1 7-3-2 1-4-6 31
FC Ingolstadt 04 23 8 6 9 17 24 -7 5-2-4 3-4-5 30
1. FC Köln 23 7 8 8 24 29 -5 4-4-4 3-4-4 29
Hamburger SV 23 7 7 9 26 31 -5 3-4-5 4-3-4 28
VfB Stuttgart 23 8 4 11 35 44 -9 5-1-6 3-3-5 28
Darmstadt 23 6 7 10 25 36 -11 1-4-6 5-3-4 25
FC Augsburg 22 6 6 10 24 31 -7 2-3-6 4-3-4 24
Eintracht Frankfurt 22 5 7 10 27 37 -10 3-4-4 2-3-6 22
Werder Bremen 23 5 6 12 27 46 -19 1-4-6 4-2-6 21
1899 Hoffenheim 22 3 9 10 22 33 -11 2-5-4 1-4-6 18
Hannover 96 23 5 2 16 21 38 -17 2-0-9 3-2-7 17

Chelsea signs Tomori to new 5-year deal

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Chelsea center back Fikayo Tomori earned a new five-year contract with the club.

The 21-year-old has a goal and an assist in 16 matches across all competitions, though he’s spent the past two Premier League outings on the bench.

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Tomori joined Chelsea at age 7, and made his Premier League debut in the 2016 season finale versus Leicester City.

He averages 2.3 tackles per game, with 1.7 interceptions, and 2.6 clearances in Premier League action this season.


“The club has been so good to me, looking after and developing me during that time into the player and the person I am today. It’s a dream come true to sign a new five-year contract. I’m really happy the club have shown this faith in me and I’m just excited to carry on.”

The 21-year-old Tomori became a full England international after loan stints to Brighton and Hove Albion, Hull City, and Derby County. The latter stop found him under Frank Lampard, which certainly didn’t hurt his opportunity to shine at the parent club this season.

Chelsea has four strong, young center backs in Tomori, Kurt Zouma (25), Andreas Christensen (23), and Antonio Rudiger (26). Christensen and Rudiger are signed through the 2021/22 season, while Zouma’s deal goes one season longer than the duo.

Jota takes super sub to new level in Wolves win

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Sometimes the phrase “game changer” is used a bit too loosely, but there’s no debating Diogo Jota fit the bill to a ‘t’ on Thursday.

Wolves scored four times in 11 minutes, three coming courtesy Jota, as the Premier League side buried Besiktas 4-0 in Europa League play on Thursday.

Jota entered in the 56th minute, scored in the 57th, and completed his hat trick in the 68th.

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Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men had already clinched a place in the knockout rounds before the match day, and finish one point below Braga in Group K.

Jota has five goals in five days after scoring twice against Brighton on Sunday. The 23-year-old had an up-and-down season to start but has been mostly good over the past half-dozen games.

He has 37 goals in 107 matches with Wolves, including nine in all competitions this season. He scored nine times last season after a 17-goal campaign in the Championship.

Leander Dendoncker had Wolves’ other goal, with the day’s assists going to Oskar Buur, Joao Moutinho, and Pedro Neto.


Who can Premier League clubs draw in Europa League?

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Group winners Arsenal and Manchester United will avoid a loaded batch of seeded teams, while runners-up Wolves can draw a bevy of powerful teams in the Europa League Round of 32.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo can find himself drawn against former club Porto, but also could have to match wits with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte, or Red Bull Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch.

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Speaking of Marsch, the Salzburg boss could go from meeting Liverpool to squaring off with Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

Gerrard could also, of course, go up against hated playing days’ rival Manchester United.

Seeded teams
Inter Milan
Istanbul Basaksehir
Manchester United
Red Bull Salzburg

Unseeded teams
APOEL Nicosia
AZ Alkmaar
Bayer Leverkusen
Club Brugge
CFR Cluj
Eintracht Frankfurt
Ludogorets Razgrad
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting Lisbon

Who can Premier League teams draw in the Round of 32?

Arsenal: APOEL Nicosia, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United: APOEL Nicosia, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Eintracht Frankfurt, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Wolves: Ajax, Basel, Benfica, Celtic, Espanyol, Gent, Inter Milan, Istanbul Basaksehir, LASK, Malmo, Porto, Red Bull Salzburg, Sevilla

Four-star Manchester United wins Europa League group

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Manchester United is in fine feather and showing it, smashing AZ Alkmaar in a stylish 4-0 win at Old Trafford in Europa League play on Thursday.

Juan Mata had a goal and set up two others, while Mason Greenwood scored twice after Ashley Young opened the scoring in a group-claiming victory.

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United wins the group with 13 points, conceding just twice in six matches.

The Red Devils have won three-straight matches, as AZ joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the loss column. Up next is a Sunday visit from Everton in the Premier League before Wednesday’s League Cup quarterfinal visit from Colchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed starts to James Garner, Brandon Williams, and Axel Tuanzebe, bringing youngsters Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong off the bench.

Greenwood, 18, now has six goals in 22 senior appearances, while Mata, 31, gets on the score sheet for the first time this season.

For his career, the award-winning Spaniard is doing okay, though: 125 goals and 149 assists in 542 senior appearances.