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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern dominates Der Klassiker; Hamburg wins again

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Bayern Munich stamped its name on another dominant season by crushing rivals Borussia Dortmund, and a Hamburg win means a pair of Top Four sides lost on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund

Der Klassiker was all about the hosts, as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben continue to turn back the hands of time. The France and Netherlands internationals both scored, while Robert Lewandowski added a pair of goals to take the league lead.

Raphael Guerrero scored his fifth goal of the year for BVB, which sits fourth in the table with 50 points. That’s now 18 behind Bayern, who will win a record 27th league title.

USMNT phenom Christian Pulisic went 90 minutes in the match, covering more ground than any player on the pitch not named Thiago Alcantara. Pulisic reacted to the loss, regretting the side’s quick 2-0 hole (VIDEO)

“We had a pretty strong first 10 minutes but when we’re suddenly down 2-0 it’s tough but that’s what happens when you play against a team like this. We had a little comeback there and we were looking good for a moment but then just a few mental lapses and that’s what happens; It’s a good team so they punished us.”

Hamburg 2-1 Hoffenheim

The hosts picked up another big win, depriving Hoffenheim of a chance to put breathing room between itself and fourth-place BVB. Aaron Hunt scored both goals for Hamburg, while Andrej Kramaric stayed red-hot for Hoffenheim by converting a penalty. USMNT forward Bobby Wood went 85 minutes up top for the victors.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Werder Bremen — Friday
Freiburg 1-0 Mainz — Petersen scores winner
Koln 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach — Modeste scores in loss
RB Leipzig 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen — Poulsen scores in stoppage
Schalke 4-1 Wolfsburg — Brace for Guido Burgstaller
Hertha Berlin vs. Augsburg — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Ingolstadt vs. Darmstadt — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday



Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 28 21 5 2 71 15 56 11-3-0 10-2-2 68
 RB Leipzig 28 18 4 6 51 30 21 11-1-2 7-3-4 58
 1899 Hoffenheim 28 13 12 3 51 28 23 9-5-0 4-7-3 51
 Borussia Dortmund 28 14 8 6 59 32 27 10-3-0 4-5-6 50
 SC Freiburg 28 12 5 11 36 47 -11 8-1-5 4-4-6 41
 1. FC Köln 28 10 10 8 41 34 7 7-5-2 3-5-6 40
 Hertha BSC Berlin 27 12 4 11 35 34 1 10-1-2 2-3-9 40
 Mönchengladbach 28 11 6 11 34 36 -2 7-3-4 4-3-7 39
 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 10 8 10 28 30 -2 6-6-2 4-2-8 38
 FC Schalke 04 28 10 7 11 37 32 5 8-3-4 2-4-7 37
 Werder Bremen 28 10 6 12 44 48 -4 6-1-7 4-5-5 36
 Bayer Leverkusen 28 10 5 13 42 44 -2 5-4-5 5-1-8 35
 Hamburger SV 28 9 6 13 28 51 -23 7-3-4 2-3-9 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 28 8 6 14 27 42 -15 4-2-8 4-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 28 8 5 15 36 47 -11 5-4-5 3-1-10 29
 FC Augsburg 27 7 8 12 26 43 -17 3-5-6 4-3-6 29
 FC Ingolstadt 04 27 7 4 16 28 45 -17 3-3-7 4-1-9 25
 Darmstadt 27 4 3 20 17 53 -36 4-3-7 0-0-13 15

Rapids name Robin Fraser as head coach

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rapids have named former Major League Soccer player and longtime assistant Robin Fraser as their head coach.

Fraser steps in for Conor Casey, who’s been the interim coach since the team fired Anthony Hudson in May. Colorado is 7-14-6 and at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Fraser’s first match in charge will be Saturday at the New York Red Bulls.

The 52-year-old Fraser has served as an assistant coach at Toronto FC since 2015.

Fraser was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 MLS player draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Over his career, Fraser suited up for the Galaxy, the Rapids and the Columbus Crew. He said in a statement Sunday he considers Colorado home because he’s so familiar with the soccer community.

Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said Fraser has a “deep knowledge of what it takes to be successful in MLS.”

Pochettino upset with attacking stars, speaks on Eriksen status

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Mauricio Pochettino might’ve understood Tottenham Hotspur dropping points last week at Man City, but he didn’t plan on not taking anything from Newcastle United on Sunday at home.

“You need the capacity to step up in this type of situation but we didn’t show that quality today,” Pochettino said. “When the ball arrives in the last third you need something from the talent and quality we have there and today we didn’t have that.”

[ RECAP: Spurs 0-1 Newcastle | Bruce reacts ]

So that’s pretty straight forward, but Pochettino was less happy to answer the question of why he didn’t start Christian Eriksen. Some (read: this writer) have questioned the philosophy of putting a man you may sell for $50 million on the bench. Either put him in the Starting XI and risk him, or leave him off the 18.

“When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best. With Christian we win and we lose a lot of games. I accept that situation is like this. If we won 3-0 today no one talks about different names.

“I cannot find excuses about the transfer window being open to justify that performance or the result. We cannot find the way to be solid and to have consistency for different reasons. I am going to be happy in 10 days after we play Arsenal when the transfer window closes in Europe and to have the player involved until the transfer window again in January.”

We’re not gonna read too much into it, but it does sound a bit like Pochettino is daring teams to bid for Eriksen. Would it make sense for him to hold onto Eriksen until January before cashing in?

Newcastle’s Bruce heard criticism, happy to beat Spurs

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Steve Bruce heard a lot of the criticism from fans upon his hiring at Newcastle United, and it rang out louder after the Magpies started 0-2 including a loss at newly-promoted Norwich City.

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He may well hear plenty more down the road, but the childhood Newcastle supporter was feeling relieved and maybe redeemed after a fortunate and wonderful 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. From the BBC:

“We came to this fantastic stadium, this fantastic club and we performed. I mean, to say I ‘cannot even do a warm up’ is mad. I have managed 900-odd games and over the years you would think there would be some sort of respect but I go back to the fact that whoever took over from Rafa Benitez was going to get the abuse.”

Newcastle faces struggling Watford at St. James’ Park next week, and another result will ease a lot of nerves (though certainly not all of them.

Wolves snatch late point versus Burnley

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Raul Jimenez’s penalty seven minutes into stoppage time gave Wolves a point with a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday at the Molineux Stadium.

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Wolves now have three draws in three matches, while Burnley has four points.

Three things

  1. We’re paying rent in Ashley Barnes‘ world — Known most for his combustible, some-would-say dirty nature, the Burnley striker now has four goals this early season and more than one, including Sunday’s opener, have been bangers.
  2. Nuno’s men could use a break — Wolves fought well, but you can tell the Europa League schedule has heavily taxed their spirit. How tired are they? Here are the thoughts of an exhausted Raul Jimenez, and you can read the “Thank you, God” inside them –> “I think [the penalty] is the right decision. When I get in possession he tried to kick the ball, then he kicked me. It came at a good moment for us.”
  3. Don’t ever bet against Sean Dyche — We’ve written it 100 times. The big man can get a result from anywhere, at any time.

Burnley was easily the better unit over the first 45 minutes, and was rewarded with a goal even after VAR ruled one out.

Barnes chested a neatly-headed flick into shooting position and unleashed a missile that zipped past Rui Patricio for a 1-0 lead.

Both sides began the second half brightly, with Morgan Gibbs-White lashed a shot offf the outside of the netting and Barnes unable to get purchase on a ball over the top of the Wolves back line.

But Erik Pieters cut down Jimenez in the box late to set the Mexican international up for a win.

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