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MUNICH — Robert Lewandowski scored late for leader Bayern Munich to get a head start on its Bundesliga rivals after a hard-fought 3-2 win over bottom side Paderborn on Friday.

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The Polish striker scored twice and took his league-leading tally to 25 with the winning goal in the 88th minute, set up like his previous goal by Serge Gnabry, who scored the opener in the 25th.

Bayern (49) stretched its lead to four points ahead of the rest of the 23rd round, with rivals Leipzig (45), Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach (42 each) all playing on Saturday.

The visitors were first to have the ball in the net, but Paderborn striker Streli Mamba was clearly offside and the linesman waited before raising his flag to rule out his third-minute goal.

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Paderborn defended well, keeping Bayern at bay until Gnabry found a way through with two touches after Lewandowski persevered to win the ball back in the 25th.

A mistake from Manuel Neuer allowed Dennis Srbeny to equalize a minute before the break. The Bayern goalkeeper emerged from goal in typical fashion but failed to clear and Srbeny eluded three helpless defenders before shooting to the unguarded net.

Lewandowski restored Bayern’s lead in the 70th, finishing off a Gnabry cross.

Sven Michel equalized five minutes later, from a rebound after Neuer deflected Dennis Jastrzembski’s effort to his feet. But Lewandowski had the last say to keep Bayern’s title charge going.

Paderborn remained six points from safety.

Norwich City piles more pressure on Silva’s error prone Everton

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Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny scored goals as the Canaries of Norwich City flew away from Goodison Park with all three points with a 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

Everton’s defense struggled and its offense couldn’t find finish despite a shot advantage of 18-13 on the day, and manager Marco Silva is surely in trouble as his defense continues to give up massive chances.

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Everton loses its seventh league match and sits 15th with 14 points. Norwich is up to 18th with 10 points.


3 things we learned

1. Mina, Holgate struggle at CB: Both Norwich City goals had Everton’s center backs looking like clowns, and it could’ve been three or four goals had Jordan Pickford not made a couple of very fine stops. He was left for dead on both goals, with Michael Keane seated on the bench. Everton doesn’t give up a ton of shots, but when they do they give up monstrous xG bonanzas.

2. Farke pushes the right buttons: Srbeny entered the day with 26 Premier League minutes spread across five outings, and the ex-Paderborn man only scored twice in parts of two Championship seasons. But he looked like a thoroughbred in scoring with his first touches to put this match to bed.

3. Buendia pulls the strings: Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia is having a sensational season veyrr much under the radar, and he helped set up the insurance goal in style. Buendia had two assists against Man City, and Saturday’s helper brings his tally to five. The 22-year-old Argentine is one to watch.

Man of the Match: Onel Hernandez — Denied by an incredible Jordan Pickford save, the Cuban-born German has taken time to get used to the league but was an absolute force over 90 minutes.


Hernandez had the best chance to break open a sleepy first half, but Everton’s Jordan Pickford made an outstanding save to keep the match level.

Teemu Pukki dribbled and bodied off Everton’s two center backs and Cantwell ran into space to beat Pickford for 1-0.

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Sam Byram missed a free header off a corner kick which really should’ve made it 2-0. Would Everton take advantage?

Nope. There were few signs of life outside of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne, and Richarlison, and the Brazilian faded down the stretch.

Emiliano Buendia set up substitute Srbeny for a first Premier League goal to pile pressure on Silva.

PL friendly roundup: Liverpool win; Everton, Saints, Norwich draw

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s preseason action involving Premier League teams, wherever in the world they might be preparing for the 2019-20 season…

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Bradford City 1-3 Liverpool

James Milner scored twice — once from open play and once from the penalty spot — as Liverpool continued the long, slow build toward their PL opener against Norwich City on Aug. 9. 19-year-old Rhian Brewster continued to make noise this preseason, as he followed up his brace against League One side Tranmere Rovers during the week with another goal against another League One side on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain started and played 45 minutes, as did all 10 outfield players before Jurgen Klopp made wholesale changes at halftime. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, both of whom have been linked with moves away from Anfield this summer, also started.

Arminia Bielefeld 2-2 Norwich City

Dennis Srbeny and Josip Drmic scored a goal each for Norwich City, but the newly promoted PL side conceded an 88th-minute equalizer away to German second-division side Arminia Bielefeld.

The Canaries suffered injuries to a pair of key players on Sunday, with both Louis Thompson and Ben Godfrey being forced off. Head coach Daniel Farke indicated after the game that Thompson suffered a hamstring strain, while Godfrey left the stadium on crutches.

Other PL preseason results

Sion 0-0 Everton
Altach 1-1 Southampton