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Augsburg v. Koln recap and video highlights
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Augsburg, Koln trade late goals including Modeste beauty

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Two late goals charged up a dull match as Augsburg came back to draw Koln 1-1 at Augsburg Arena.

Anthony Modeste’s incredible side volley in the 85th minute looked to have saved the day for Koln, but Phillip Max had answer in the 88th. Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner saw a penalty saved by Timo Horn.

Augsburg moves four points clear of the drop zone, three points behind their 12th-place visitors.

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Koln keeper Timo Horn was called upon early and often to make a few stops, as Augsburg took 12 of the match’s first 14 shots.

One of those was a 27th-minute penalty from Florian Niederlechner, Horn getting big to stop the effort.

Koln didn’t get a shot on target until Andreas Luthe made a sprawling denial and conceded a corner just after the hour mark.

It looked as if the teams would jog to a 0-0 when Modeste took an Ismail Jakobs knockdown and showed tremendous technique in smashing home.

The game had sprung to life, and Augsburg got its leveled with a back-post finish from Max off a Raphael Framberger cross within three minutes of the opener.

Leipzig doubles up Koln behind Werner’s 25th

Koln v. Leipzig recap and video highlights
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Timo Werner hit 25 goals for the first time in his Bundesliga career and Christopher Nkunku continued his fine season as RB Leipzig overcame hosts Koln 4-2 in a Monday thriller.

Leipzig moves third with the win, moving onto 58, after Patrik Schick scored his ninth goal in 18 league matches to open the contest. Dani Olmo also scored for the victorious visitors.

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Jhon Cordoba and Anthony Modeste scored for Koln, whose top six hopes take a big hit. The Billy Goats remain 11th and are now closer to the drop zone than sixth.

Only Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich has scored more league goals (29) than Werner.

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A great early save from Timo Horn on Timo Werner preceded Koln’s opener.

Elvis Rexhbecaj timed his run well and knifed to the near post, where he shot through the legs of Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The ball hit the post and skittered into the box and Gulacsi could only get a piece of Cordoba’s left-footed attempt.

Leipzig leveled when Upamecano dribbled up the heart of the pitch before finding Man City loanee Angelino on the left for a perfect cross and Schick header. Angelino had an exceptional day on the left flank.

Leipzig took its lead in the 38th minute with a deft finish from Nkunku, who took Konrad Laimer’s perfect feed and popped it over a charging Horn for 2-1.

Werner finished off a lightning counter as Gulacsi collected a free kick and hit a perfect punt to the league’s second-leading scorer.

That was far from the end of the fun.

Modeste hit an absolute hammer to make it 3-2, but Leipzig restored the two-goal advantage when Olmo hit a seeing-eye shot through the traffic to cap three goals in seven minutes between the two sides.

French striker Modeste won a penalty that was denied by VAR with under 20 minutes to play, he then missed wide after beating the keeping one 1v1 break with four minutes to play.

Americans Abroad: American midfielder Tyler Adams continued his streak of playing in every Leipzig match since the break when he came off the bench just before the hour mark.

Adams hit 94 percent of his 18 passes, drawing three fouls, making an interception, and winning three of four duels.

Transfer rumor roundup: Mahrez to Arsenal, Bakambu in demand

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As Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon, and Arsenal sort out their futures, plenty of other names are making their way through the gossip pages.

One of those is a former Premier League Player of the Year, and he’s being linked with the same destination as Lacazette.

CalcioMercato says Riyad Mahrez is close to a North London transfer, though it offers little in the way of concrete details. The report says Arsene Wenger is ready to make the move for one of Leicester City’s Algerian playmakers, and that it should be announced “soon.” Could the move be a domino that helps Alexis Sanchez in his decision to stay, or Arsenal’s readiness to let him go?

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West Ham has reportedly seen a $29 million bids turned down by Villarreal and Koln as the Irons aim to pry strikers Cedric Bakambu and Anthony Modeste from their clubs. Modeste, 29, scored a brilliant 25 goals in Bundesliga play last season, improving on his 15-goal 2015-16 campaign.

Bakambu, 26, has five goals in 13 caps for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has 34 goals in two seasons with the Yellow Submarines. The failed bid is rumored to trigger pursuit from Newcastle United, which is yet to add a new player this season.

Where could West Ham turn in their seemingly eternal search for a star striker? The Mirror claims the Irons could trigger a $17 million release clause in order to bring Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to London from Bayer Leverkusen.

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig falls, Koln’s Modeste on fire

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Anthony Modeste moved into second in the Bundesliga goal scoring table, adding his 20th, 21st, and 22nd goals of the season in moving Koln to within three points of fifth.

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That’s the individual highlight of a a busy day in Germany.

Werder Bremen 3-0 RB Leipzig

Werder Bremen is closer to completing its great escape, and this step came at the expense of the visitors’ increasingly unlikely title hopes.

Zlatko Junuzovic, Florian Grillitsch, and Florian Kainz scored in the win, the first looking pretty impressive:

Leipzig spent the better part of its first Bundesliga season in a fight for the title with Bayern Munich, but now sits 10 points back of first and just three ahead of third place Borussia Dortmund.

Werder Bremen is now one of four sides with 29 points, three ahead of the promotion playoff spot occupied by Hamburg. Bremen is unbeaten in five with four wins as it aims for a 37th-straight season in the top flight.

Koln 4-2 Hertha Berlin

USMNT center back John Brooks scored for the visitors, but also was part of a side that allowed four goals to the hosts. Three of those went to star striker Modeste, who has 22 goals on the season. The Frenchman remains uncapped!

Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Well-traveled big man Sandro Wagner scored his 11th goal of the Bundesliga campaign to move Hoffenheim five points clear of Hertha Berlin in the Top Four race.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Ingolstadt — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-0 Darmstadt — Mario Gomez scores
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg — Hosts three clear of danger zone
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Hamburg — 89 mins for Bobby Wood
Mainz vs. Schalke — 10:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich — 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 24 18 5 1 60 13 47 9-3-0 9-2-1 59
 RB Leipzig 25 15 4 6 43 28 15 9-1-2 6-3-4 49
 Borussia Dortmund 25 13 7 5 54 27 27 9-3-0 4-4-5 46
 1899 Hoffenheim 25 11 12 2 46 25 21 8-5-0 3-7-2 45
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 12 4 9 34 30 4 10-1-1 2-3-8 40
 1. FC Köln 25 9 10 6 37 29 8 6-5-1 3-5-5 37
 Eintracht Frankfurt 25 10 6 9 26 27 -1 6-4-2 4-2-7 36
 SC Freiburg 25 10 5 10 32 42 -10 7-1-4 3-4-6 35
 Mönchengladbach 24 9 5 10 30 33 -3 6-3-3 3-2-7 32
 Bayer Leverkusen 25 9 4 12 37 40 -3 5-3-5 4-1-7 31
 FC Schalke 04 24 8 6 10 31 27 4 7-2-4 1-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 5 11 33 40 -7 5-4-3 3-1-8 29
 Werder Bremen 25 8 5 12 34 44 -10 5-1-7 3-4-5 29
 FC Augsburg 25 7 8 10 24 34 -10 3-5-5 4-3-5 29
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 8 5 12 23 34 -11 4-2-7 4-3-5 29
 Hamburger SV 25 7 6 12 24 46 -22 5-3-4 2-3-8 27
 FC Ingolstadt 04 25 5 4 16 23 42 -19 2-3-7 3-1-9 19
 Darmstadt 25 4 3 18 17 47 -30 4-3-6 0-0-12 15

Bundesliga wrap: USMNT’s Chandler, Mexico’s Fabian team up to hold Bayern

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A wild Bundesliga weekend set the stage for top-half upheaval next week, as Bayern Munich dropped points to leave three teams within three points of the top in Germany.

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich tossed away two leads, the second with Eintracht Frankfurt condemned to 10 men, as Szabolcs Huszti and Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored equalizers. Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich scored for the visitors.

USMNT back Timmy Chandler led Eintracht with 58 touches and five crosses, including this pass that Fabian chested home.

Koln 2-1 Ingolstadt

Anthony Modeste scored a pair of first-half goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the hosts moved to within two points of Bayern. USMNT mid Alfredo Morales played 15 minutes off the bench for Ingolstadt.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg

Cleber took a 25th minute red card for Hamburg, but the hosts missed a pair of penalties through Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl. USMNT striker Bobby Wood played 16 minutes off the bench for Hamburg.

Augsburg 1-1 Schalke

Nabil Bentaleb and Daniel Baier trade goals at Augsburg Arena.

Hoffenheim 2-1 Freiburg

The hosts are unbeaten in seven after Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric netted, the latter just four minutes after Florian Niederlechner found an equalizer at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Ousman Manneh scored for the hosts, with Hakan Calhanoglu netting for Bayer.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Mainz vs. Darmstadt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 7 5 2 0 18 4 14 3-1-0 2-1-0 17
 1. FC Köln 7 4 3 0 12 4 8 3-1-0 1-2-0 15
 Hertha BSC Berlin 7 4 2 1 12 8 4 3-0-0 1-2-1 14
 Borussia Dortmund 7 4 1 2 17 7 10 3-1-0 1-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 7 3 4 0 13 10 3 2-2-0 1-2-0 13
 RB Leipzig 6 3 3 0 11 5 6 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 Eintracht Frankfurt 7 3 2 2 10 8 2 2-2-0 1-0-2 11
 Mönchengladbach 7 3 2 2 10 10 0 3-1-0 0-1-2 11
 Bayer Leverkusen 7 3 1 3 11 9 2 2-1-0 1-0-3 10
 SC Freiburg 7 3 0 4 8 11 -3 3-0-0 0-0-4 9
 FSV Mainz 05 6 2 2 2 12 11 1 0-1-1 2-1-1 8
 FC Augsburg 7 2 2 3 6 9 -3 1-1-2 1-1-1 8
 Werder Bremen 7 2 1 4 9 18 -9 2-0-2 0-1-2 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 6 1 3 2 4 7 -3 0-2-1 1-1-1 6
 Darmstadt 6 1 2 3 4 12 -8 1-2-0 0-0-3 5
 FC Schalke 04 7 1 1 5 7 11 -4 1-0-2 0-1-3 4
 Hamburger SV 7 0 2 5 2 12 -10 0-1-2 0-1-3 2
 FC Ingolstadt 04 7 0 1 6 4 14 -10 0-0-3 0-1-3 1