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Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany routs Estonia, Belgium knocks off Scotland (video)

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Euro 2020 qualifying wrapped up for the summer on Tuesday, but not before some wild scorelines and impressive results.

Here is a rundown of the top matches:

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Germany 8-0 Estonia

Like Thailand for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Germany had its way on the field against Estonia at the Opel Arena in Mainz, Germany, as Die Manschafft rolled to an 8-0 victory. Estonia’s backline was too easily broken and was too weak to stand up to Germany’s strong attack, which found a way to score from close range time and time again. The match was punctuated with Marco Reus’ terrific free kick in the 37th minute, giving Germany its first five-goal first half since the famous 7-1 over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. Leroy Sane late put the finishing touches with a quick strike that took Estonia’s goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets by surprise. Sane’s teammate Ilkay Gundogan also scored, along with a brace from former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry and a goal each for Timo Werner and Leon Goretzka. With the win, Germany move three points back (with a game in hand) from Northern Ireland, which has remained unbeaten and holds a perfect 4-0 record so far in qualifying.

Belgium 3-0 Scotland

Romelu Lukaku has had a rough season in the Premier League and multiple reports state he could be leaving, but on Tuesday, he showed everyone what he’s capable of. Lukaku scored a brace, the first on a header just before halftime and the second on a rebound off a save by Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall. Lukaku nearly grabbed a third a few minutes later, flashing a strike on his weaker right foot just wide of goal. An abject Scotland side were constantly under pressure on the road and after many near-misses, Kevin De Bruyne fired a low missile home from outside of the box to put the finishing touches on the game. With the win, Belgium move to the top of Group I with 12 points while Scotland, with their second loss of qualifying, sit in fourth place behind Kazakhstan and Russia.

Here are the rest of the results around Europe on Tuesday:

Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland

Azerbaijan 1-5 Slovakia

Hungary 1-0 Wales

Albania 2-0 Moldova

Andorra 0-4 France

Iceland 2-1 Turkey

Kazakhstan 4-0 San Marino

Russia 1-0 Cyprus

Greece 2-3 Armenia

Italy 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Liechtenstein 0-2 Finland

Report: Man City turns down Bayern bid for Leroy Sane

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According to a report by The Guardian, Manchester City has turned down a sizable $89 million bid from German champions Bayern Munich for winger Leroy Sane.

Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that he expects Bayern to seriously consider coming back with a larger bid as the club looks to pry Sane from the back-to-back Premier League champions. Sane’s contract expires in the summer of 2021, meaning with two years left on his deal, this would be the time for City to sell at top dollar.

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The 23-year-old has struggled for playing time at Manchester City over the past season, a fact which could work in Bayern’s favor. While he has racked up 63 Premier League appearances over the two championship seasons, Sane saw his minutes drop from over 2,400 last season to just 1,867 this past campaign, often used as a substitute late in games. He was especially under-utilized towards the end of the season as the team fought with Liverpool for the title, left as an unused substitute just as often as he made the starting lineup after January – five times.

Still, according to the report, Manchester City desperately wants to keep Sane at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola confirmed after the FA Cup final that the club has offered Sane a contract extension recently, saying, “We offered to extend his contract. We want him to stay. What proof is more than for six, seven months we want to extend his contract? If we don’t want him, we don’t extend his contract.”

Should Sane depart, Manchester City still sports outstanding depth on the wing, with Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Fabian Delph, and David Silva all capable of playing out wide.

Bayern Munich is hoping to replace the departing duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, both of whom are leaving the club at the expiration of their contracts. Kingsley Coman is a good bet to earn more playing time on the left and Serge Gnabry has impressed on the right, with both players under the age of 24, but Coman has struggled with injury problems in the past and Gnabry has a small sample size of success at the highest level.

Sane has experience in the Bundesliga, arriving at Manchester City in the summer of 2016 from German side Schalke, making 47 German top-flight appearances for the club before his departure.

Bayern unable to end title race after Dortmund self-destruct

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich unexpectedly dropped points in a 1-1 draw at 17th-place Nuremberg on Sunday in another twist in the German title race.

Nuremberg could have won the game with a 90th-minute penalty kick but Tim Leibold hit the post.

Bayern leads second-place Borussia Dortmund by two points — 71 to 69 — with three rounds left in the German league.

Matheus Pereira put the hosts ahead shortly after the interval with a low left-footed shot. Serge Gnabry volleyed in the equalizer for Bayern with 15 minutes left for his 10th league goal this season.

Nuremberg was awarded a penalty for Alphonso Davies’ challenge on Georg Margreitter and Leibold stepped up, only to strike the post from the spot.

On Saturday, nine-man Dortmund blew a chance to return to the top after losing 4-2 to Schalke, and third-place Leipzig beat Freiburg 2-1 to secure Champions League soccer next season.

In Sunday’s other Bundesliga game, Wout Weghorst struck twice as Wolfsburg won 4-1 at Hoffenheim, boosting its hopes of a Europa League place next season and denting those of Hoffenheim.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern obliterates Borussia Dortmund to go top

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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And for those of us who thought this could be a banner year for Borussia Dortmund, we’re only weeks away from telling Bayern Munich that we won’t get fooled again.

Niko Kovac’s Bavarians rode four first-half goals to a 5-0 hammering of their Der Klassiker rivals on Saturday at the Allianz Arena, moving back atop the Bundesliga table by a point.

Mats Hummels started the scoring with a powerful header off a corner kick, and Robert Lewandowski scored a pair before it was all said and done. Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry cemented the halftime score line at 4-0.

Elsewhere

Mainz 5-0 Freiburg
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Schalke 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 RB Leipzig
Stuttgart 1-1 Nurnberg
Wolfsburg 3-1 Hannover 96
Augsburg v. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 28 20 4 4 74 28 46 10-3-1 10-1-3 64
 Borussia Dortmund 28 19 6 3 66 35 31 12-2-0 7-4-3 63
 RB Leipzig 28 16 7 5 53 22 31 8-5-1 8-2-4 55
 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 15 7 6 56 31 25 8-3-3 7-4-3 52
 Mönchengladbach 27 14 5 8 46 34 12 9-1-3 5-4-5 47
 VfL Wolfsburg 28 13 6 9 47 42 5 6-4-4 7-2-5 45
 Werder Bremen 27 11 9 7 49 39 10 6-5-3 5-4-4 42
 Bayer Leverkusen 28 13 3 12 50 48 2 7-1-6 6-2-6 42
 1899 Hoffenheim 27 10 11 6 54 39 15 6-5-3 4-6-3 41
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 28 11 4 13 38 52 -14 7-0-7 4-4-6 37
 Hertha BSC Berlin 28 9 8 11 41 46 -5 5-5-4 4-3-7 35
 FSV Mainz 05 28 9 6 13 33 48 -15 6-4-4 3-2-9 33
 SC Freiburg 28 7 11 10 38 48 -10 5-6-3 2-5-7 32
 FC Schalke 04 28 7 5 16 29 46 -17 4-1-9 3-4-7 26
 FC Augsburg 27 6 7 14 37 50 -13 4-4-5 2-3-9 25
 VfB Stuttgart 28 5 6 17 27 60 -33 4-4-6 1-2-11 21
 1. FC Nürnberg 28 3 8 17 23 53 -30 3-5-6 0-3-11 17
 Hannover 96 28 3 5 20 25 65 -40 3-1-10 0-4-10 14

 

Schulz strikes late as Germany overcomes blown lead in Holland (video)

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Nico Schulz’s 90th minute goal helped Germany make amends for blowing a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat of the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday, as the German opened EURO 2020 qualifying with all three points.

The win puts Germany a point back of Northern Ireland’s group-leading four, keeping the Dutch on three points.

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Goals by Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry had the Dutch trailing 2-0 in Amsterdam, but Memphis Depay is having himself a week.

Three days after scoring in the first minute as part of a brace in battering Belarus 4-0, Memphis set up Matthijs de Ligt after halftime before scoring himself to level the score line at 2.

But Hoffenheim’s Schulz scored in stoppage time to give the Germans their win.