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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.

Elsewhere
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

Standings

 

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

Griezmann: Playing for Barcelona is ‘not the easiest’

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Over the summer, Barcelona shelled a whopping $135 million to land Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

It was a match made in heaven; the rest was supposed to be history.

Only that hasn’t been the case for the Frenchman in Barcelona.

Despite scoring a brace in his debut at the Camp Nou, Griezmann’s impact and influence on the field has quickly dwindled. In 11 league appearances with the Catalan giants, the 28-year-old has scored four goals and added three assists, signs that the World Cup winner is, in fact, struggling with his new team.

Speaking to Telefoot, Griezmann revealed that playing for Barcelona is not an easy thing to do, but that with hard work, his fortunes will turn around for the best:

“It is hard, I knew it would be, it is not the easiest place. This is a new team, a new club, new tactics, a new position. I have to work, try to understand my team-mates, after they will understand me too and it will work just like that… Critics will always be there. But I am good, I am proud of where I am. Only work pays off. I have to take confidence and it will all come just like that.”

This season, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has frequently deployed the Frenchman as a left winger, with the hope that he will link up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The positives form such an ideology have yet to be reaped, however. Griezmann is scoring a goal every 224 minutes, a career worst.

The 28-year-old, too, has played in a central role on a couple of occasions, specifically during the absences of Messi and Suarez, but it hasn’t worked out for a player that has made a career from roaming that part of the field.

The building clamor at the Camp Nou is borderline justifiable – mainly because it’s now evident that Griezmann is wrestling with adapting to the expectations and systems in place in Barcelona.

But the high-flying attacker has proven he’s worth the price time and time again, and now he’s on the record saying that he’ll do everything in his power to do so with his new club.

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup

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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.