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Bundesliga: Cologne relegated; Hamburg win again, have life

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BERLIN (AP) Cologne was finally relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday, and Hamburger SV boosted its chances of an unlikely escape with a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.

Lucas Hoeler scored in injury time for Freiburg to beat Cologne 3-2 to leave the visitors eight points from safety with two games remaining.

“It was a difficult game, emblematic of the whole season,” Cologne coach Stefan Ruthenbeck said. “The last goal cannot happen so easily in a relegation battle. That’s exactly how you get relegated.”

Cologne had shown signs of life in recent games but it was too little, too late after losing 13 of its opening 16 games. The first of its five wins came at the 17th attempt.

Goalkeeper Timo Horn, who saved a penalty from Freiburg’s Christian Guenter, and captain Jonas Hector both extended their contracts last week, signaling their intent to help the side return to the top flight under new coach Markus Anfang, who is joining from promotion-chasing Holstein Kiel.

Hamburg, the only side to have played every Bundesliga since the league’s formation in 1963, has had several near misses with relegation in recent years.

Known as “der Dino” for its longevity, Hamburg is playing its worst season yet, but its third win in four games closes the gap on Wolfsburg and survival to just two points with two games remaining.

Bobby Wood broke the deadlock from the penalty spot minutes before the break. It was the American striker’s first goal since the second round on Aug. 25.

Tatsuya Ito, who had been fouled for the penalty, then sent in a cross for Lewis Holtby to make it 2-0 in first-half injury time.

Josip Brekalo pulled one back with a harmless-looking free kick, but Luca Waldschmidt smashed home a rebound after Koen Casteels saved Filip Kostic’s penalty in injury time.

It was only Waldschmidt’s second goal for Hamburg. His first was against Wolfsburg on the final day last season to save Hamburg from the relegation playoff.

Bundesliga wrap: Relegation playoff race stays tight

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With three matches remaining for all 18 Bundesliga clubs, there’s clarity at the very top and bottom but plenty to sort in the races to qualify for Europe and avoid the relegation playoff.

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We focus on the latter here, with all three teams on 30 points losing away from home this weekend, including one to the 17th place side in Germany.

Hamburg 1-0 Freiburg

Lewis Holtby scored a 54th minute goal to keep the hosts’ slim survival hopes alive, and USMNT forward Bobby Wood got into the match for the final 23 minutes as Hamburg scooped up a rare win.

Augsburg 2-0 Mainz

The visitors had more of the ball but couldn’t rebound from a 29th minute Michael Gregoritsch goal, allowing Alfred Finnbogason to seal the result in stoppage time.

Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg has a hefty edge on Mainz and Freiburg in terms of goal differential, but won’t be feeling too confident after watching Lars Stindl, Raffael, and Christoph Kramer all score before halftime.

Elsewhere
RB Leipzig 2-5 Hoffenheim
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Hertha Berlin
Stuttgart 2-0 Werder Bremen
Hannover 96 0-3 Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Koln 2-2 Schalke — USMNT’s McKennie goes 90

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 31 25 3 3 84 22 62 13-2-0 12-1-3 78
 FC Schalke 04 31 16 8 7 49 35 14 9-4-2 7-4-5 56
 Borussia Dortmund 31 15 9 7 61 41 20 9-4-3 6-5-4 54
 Bayer Leverkusen 31 14 9 8 55 41 14 7-5-3 7-4-5 51
 1899 Hoffenheim 31 13 10 8 60 44 16 9-4-2 4-6-6 49
 RB Leipzig 31 13 8 10 47 47 0 8-4-4 5-4-6 47
 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 13 7 11 41 40 1 7-4-5 6-3-6 46
 Mönchengladbach 31 12 7 12 42 48 -6 8-4-4 4-3-8 43
 Hertha BSC Berlin 31 10 12 9 38 35 3 5-6-4 5-6-5 42
 VfB Stuttgart 31 12 6 13 29 35 -6 9-4-3 3-2-10 42
 FC Augsburg 31 10 10 11 40 40 0 6-4-6 4-6-5 40
 Werder Bremen 31 9 10 12 34 38 -4 6-5-4 3-5-8 37
 Hannover 96 31 9 9 13 38 47 -9 7-3-6 2-6-7 36
 VfL Wolfsburg 31 5 15 11 30 40 -10 2-8-5 3-7-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 31 7 9 15 32 49 -17 6-3-6 1-6-9 30
 SC Freiburg 31 6 12 13 26 51 -25 5-6-4 1-6-9 30
 Hamburger SV 31 6 7 18 24 48 -24 5-4-7 1-3-11 25
 1. FC Köln 31 5 7 19 31 60 -29 3-5-8 2-2-11 22

Bundesliga wrap: BVB wins again; Clever Lewandowski nabs beaut (video)

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Three Bundesliga sides are a perfect 2-for-2 to start the season, and Borussia Dortmund has a slight edge of Bayern Munich after another strong performance from 18-year-old American attacker Christian Pulisic.

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The weekend started well for America, with Bobby Wood scoring Friday for the third perfect side: Hamburger SV.


Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha Berlin

No Ousmane Dembele, no problem for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund. The American phenom had another outstanding day as BVB won via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nuri Sahin goals.

Pulisic led the match in attempts on goal with five, sprints with 41 — only Aubameyang joined him as players with more than 26 — and covered 6.7 miles as BVB improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich

The hosts stymied Bayern for 72 minutes. Three minutes later, Robert Lewandowski had a brace and the champs were on their way to the points.

Both goals were nice, but the first was casually brilliant. Little back foot trickery.

Koln 1-3 Hamburg (Friday)

Andre Hahn and Lewis Holtby joined USMNT striker Bobby Wood on the winners’ side of the ledger.

Here’s the Hawaii-born striker’s marker:

Elsewhere
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Wolfsburg — Didavi with lone goal
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Hoffenheim — Kramaric, Uth with equalizers
Stuttgart 1-0 Mainz — Badstuber scores rare goal
Augsburg 2-2 ‘Gladbach — Hosts score in 1st, 89th minutes
RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 vs. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 Bayern Munich 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 Hamburger SV 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 1899 Hoffenheim 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 1-0-0 0-1-0 4
 Mönchengladbach 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 1-0-0 0-1-0 4
 FC Schalke 04 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
 Hannover 96 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0-0-0 1-0-0 3
 Hertha BSC Berlin 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 1-0-0 0-0-1 3
 VfB Stuttgart 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1-0-0 0-0-1 3
 VfL Wolfsburg 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 0-0-1 1-0-0 3
 SC Freiburg 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
 FC Augsburg 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 Eintracht Frankfurt 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 0-0-1 0-1-0 1
 Bayer Leverkusen 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 FSV Mainz 05 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 RB Leipzig 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
 1. FC Köln 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 Werder Bremen 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0

Bundesliga wrap: The day the title race was run

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It was fun while it lasted.

Bayern Munich won on the road Saturday, then looked to the out-of-town scoreboard to see that all of their closest competitors lost their matches.

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Seven points isn’t a ton, but given past history you can be forgiven for putting a record 27th tally mark in its domestic title count.

Ingolstadt 0-2 Bayern Munich

The leaders left it late, as Arturo Vidal (90′) and Arjen Robben (90+1′) scored quickfire goals to snare all three points. It’s a seven-point lead on second and 14 on third (depending on Hoffenheim’s fate at Wolfsburg on Sunday).

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez keeps on scoring. The Mexican striker went 11 Bundesliga matches without a goal, but now has three in two after registering a brace as Bayer leapt into the top half by denying the third-place visitors.

Darmstadt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

American striker Terrence Boyd scored his first Bundesliga goal as Darmstadt held 1-0 and 2-1 leads en route to its home win over BVB. Boyd went 58 minutes while Christian Pulisic played all 90 for the visitors.

RB Leipzig 0-3 Hamburg

Kyriakos Papadopoulous and Walace scored first half goals and Aaron Hunt made it 3-0 deep into stoppage as Hamburg climbed three points clear of the relegation playoff spot. Bobby Wood went 90-plus minutes for the visitors at center forward before giving way to Lewis Holtby in stoppage time.

Elsewhere
Mainz 2-0 Augsburg — Friday
Werder Bremen 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach — Hazard with lone goal
Schalke 2-0 Hertha Berlin – Visitors waste chance as Schalke stays hot
Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Freiburg vs. Koln — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 20 15 4 1 45 12 33 7-3-0 8-1-1 49
 RB Leipzig 20 13 3 4 36 20 16 8-1-1 5-2-3 42
 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 10 5 5 25 18 7 6-3-0 4-2-5 35
 Borussia Dortmund 20 9 7 4 40 23 17 6-3-0 3-4-4 34
 1899 Hoffenheim 19 8 10 1 35 19 16 5-5-0 3-5-1 34
 Hertha BSC Berlin 20 10 3 7 27 23 4 8-0-1 2-3-6 33
 1. FC Köln 19 8 8 3 28 16 12 5-4-0 3-4-3 32
 Bayer Leverkusen 20 8 3 9 31 29 2 5-2-4 3-1-5 27
 Mönchengladbach 20 7 5 8 22 27 -5 5-3-2 2-2-6 26
 SC Freiburg 19 8 2 9 24 33 -9 6-0-3 2-2-6 26
 FC Schalke 04 20 7 4 9 24 21 3 6-1-4 1-3-5 25
 FSV Mainz 05 20 7 4 9 29 35 -6 5-3-2 2-1-7 25
 FC Augsburg 20 6 6 8 18 24 -6 3-3-4 3-3-4 24
 VfL Wolfsburg 19 5 4 10 17 27 -10 2-2-6 3-2-4 19
 Hamburger SV 20 5 4 11 19 35 -16 3-2-4 2-2-7 19
 Werder Bremen 20 4 4 12 24 42 -18 3-1-7 1-3-5 16
 FC Ingolstadt 04 20 4 3 13 17 32 -15 2-2-6 2-1-7 15
 Darmstadt 20 3 3 14 14 39 -25 3-3-5 0-0-9 12

Timmy Chandler, Frankfurt thrash Bobby Wood, Hamburg 3-0

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Hamburg may have made a coaching change, but that didn’t change their immediate fortunes.

Bobby Wood and company fell to fellow USMNTer Timmy Chandler and Frankfurt 3-0 at Volksparkstadion. It was a rough home opener for new Hamburg manager Markus Gisdol, as former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby opened the scoring with an unfortunate own-goal after an ugly giveaway.

Things got worse as Dennis Diekmeier picked up his second yellow card shortly after halftime, and it was gravy from there for Frankfurt as Shani Tarashaj and Haris Seferovic bagged goals to secure the win.

Hamburg, a club that narrowly staved off relegation in a playoff last season, has just a measly two points through eight matches. They fired manager Bruno Labbadia after just a month, but it hasn’t gone much better for Gisdol as a road draw with Borussia Monchengladbach is the only salvageable result through three thus far.

Bobby Wood’s honeymoon start to the league season for Hamburg is long gone. He scored two goals in two games to start the year, but hasn’t hit the back of the net since.

Timmy Chandler, on the other hand, he’s played the full 90 minutes in every game for Frankfurt since the opener, assisting a goal in the 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich last weekend. He’s helped Frankfurt move to fourth in the league, three points behind Bayern and Koln and Red Bull Leipzig between them (what?!).