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Bundesliga wrap: Gotze nails former club Bayern; Werder Bremen wins

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Bayern Munich dropped its first points of the Bundesliga season, as Niko Kovac’s men couldn’t make a lead stand up at the Allianz Arena.

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The match was one of four Tuesday tilts in Germany’s top flight, with five more scheduled for Wednesday.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Augsburg

If you were predicting a night to drop points, this one may’ve been far down your list.

Bayern had won seven-straight against the visitors, the last six by two or more goals including a 6-0 throttling on April Fools’ Day 2017, and Augsburg was 0-2-2 to start its season.

But Felix Gotze, the 20-year-old former Bayern man, struck in the 87th minute to cancel out Arjen Robben’s goal and end the hosts’ perfect start to the season.

Werder Bremen 3-1 Hertha Berlin

What a difference a season makes, as the hosts are one of just three unbeaten teams after spending much of last season near the bottom of the table. Martin Harnik, Milos Veljkovic, and Max Kruse scored as Werder handed Hertha its first loss of the season.

Freiburg 1-0 Schalke

Schalke’s nightmare start to the season continues, now 0-5 after Florian Niederlechner scored a 52nd minute goal.

Hannover 96 1-3 Hoffenheim

Easy sailing for the visitors, whose markers were scored by first goal scorers.

Wednesday
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund vs. Nurnberg
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz vs. Wolfsburg
RB Leipzig vs. Stuttgart

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 5 4 1 0 12 3 9 2-1-0 2-0-0 13
 Werder Bremen 5 3 2 0 10 6 4 1-2-0 2-0-0 11
 Hertha BSC Berlin 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 2-0-0 1-1-1 10
 Borussia Dortmund 4 2 2 0 8 3 5 2-0-0 0-2-0 8
 1899 Hoffenheim 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 1-1-0 1-0-2 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 4 2 1 1 8 7 1 1-1-1 1-0-0 7
 Mönchengladbach 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
 FSV Mainz 05 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
 SC Freiburg 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 1-1-1 1-0-1 7
 1. FC Nürnberg 4 1 2 1 4 3 1 1-1-0 0-1-1 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 1-0-1 0-2-0 5
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 RB Leipzig 4 1 2 1 6 8 -2 1-1-0 0-1-1 5
 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 Bayer Leverkusen 4 1 0 3 3 8 -5 1-0-1 0-0-2 3
 VfB Stuttgart 4 0 2 2 3 7 -4 0-1-1 0-1-1 2
 Hannover 96 5 0 2 3 4 9 -5 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 9 -7 0-0-2 0-0-3 0

Dortmund fans stay home to protest Monday kickoffs

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Thousands of Borussia Dortmund fans skipped the club’s Monday draw with Augsburg in protest of the match.

It didn’t tick off the higher-ups, as BVB announcer Norbert Dickel said the following before the match (from the BBC).

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“We respect the opinion of those who have chosen to stay at home. We are also against a further stretching out of the weekend and will be raising this when the next TV deal is discussed.”

Monday matches are new to the Bundesliga, and Eintracht Frankfurt supporters caused delays in both halves of last week’s tilt with RB Leipzig.

Marco Reus’ early goal was met by Kevin Danso’s late marker as BVB drew 1-1 with eighth place Fuggerstädter. BVB still moves second with the point, one better than Schalke.

Two players with American blood subbed into the match at the 77th minute. Christian Pulisic went 13-plus minutes for BVB and was limited to 13 touches on the ball. Augsburg brought in Shawn Parker, the 24-year-old German striker who retains USMNT potential through an American father.

Stoke City adds versatile Greek left-sided man on loan

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New Stoke City boss Paul Lambert is tasked with shoring up a defense which has been bottom half in goals allowed for several seasons, and has made his first move.

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Kostas Stafylidis is a 24-year-old left-sided player with 22 Greek caps to his name, but he’s fallen out of favor at Bundesliga side Augsburg and managed just 31 minutes this season.

He’ll head on loan to the Potteries, where he’ll attempt to aid the leakiest side in the Premier League. Stoke’s 50 goals allowed are eight more than its closest competitor (Watford).

Stafylidis has played left back and left mid for club and country, though he had his most league success last season at left back. He scored four goals and was rated Augsburg’s best field player by WhoScored and its top player overall by Squawka.

And he wants to be there (from StokeCityfc.com):

“As soon as I heard I told my agent directly that I wanted this move,” he added. “I left it to him then, he spoke to the Club more, and then to the trainer and we all wanted to make this move happen. It is good for me, it is good for the Club to bring me here for five months and I am very happy about that.”

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern rises; Schalke, Augsburg win on road (video)

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It remains tight atop the Bundesliga table, with six clubs within three points of leaders Hannover 96.

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Borussia Dortmund can leapfrog HSV with a win over Koln on Sunday, while Bayern Munich used Saturday to show last week’s stumble at Hoffenheim was likely a fluke.

RB Leipzig 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Timo Werner scored in the 17th minute and Jean-Kevin Augustin gave the hosts a second lead in the 31st minute as RB Leipzig returned to the Bundesliga after a 1-1 draw versus Monaco in the Champions League.

Thorgan Hazard converted a first half penalty for Gladbach to make it 1-1 and Lars Stindl was responsible for the side’s second equalizer. USMNT left mid Fabian Johnson was on the bench for Gladbach.

Future Liverpool mid Naby Keita made Sadio Mane‘s sending off look closer to like patty cake:

Werder Bremen 1-2 Schalke

Lamine Sane gave the hosts a 20th minute lead, one that would last just two minutes. An own goal made it level, and Leon Goretzka scored in the 83rd minute to give Schalke all the points. U.S. youth player Weston McKennie was an unused sub for the visitors.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Mainz

It was a night for the old boys, as Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller joined brace-bagging Robert Lewandowski in boosting Bayern back into a winning position.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Augsburg

Caiuby’s 76th minute insurance goal turned out to be needed, but the hosts only pulled one back the rest of the way. USMNT back Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes in the loss.

Stuttgart 1-0 Wolfsburg

Chadrac Akolo’s 42nd minute marker held up for Stuttgart.

Elsewhere
Hannover 96 2-0 Hamburg — Friday
Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Freiburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Koln — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Hannover 96 4 3 1 0 5 1 4 2-0-0 1-1-0 10
 Bayern Munich 4 3 0 1 9 3 6 2-0-0 1-0-1 9
 FC Schalke 04 4 3 0 1 7 3 4 2-0-0 1-0-1 9
 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 1-0-0 1-1-0 7
 RB Leipzig 4 2 1 1 8 5 3 1-1-0 1-0-1 7
 FC Augsburg 4 2 1 1 7 4 3 1-1-0 1-0-1 7
 1899 Hoffenheim 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 Hamburger SV 4 2 0 2 4 5 -1 1-0-1 1-0-1 6
 VfB Stuttgart 4 2 0 2 3 5 -2 2-0-0 0-0-2 6
 Mönchengladbach 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 1-0-1 0-2-0 5
 Hertha BSC Berlin 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 1-1-0 0-0-1 4
 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 0-0-2 1-1-0 4
 VfL Wolfsburg 4 1 1 2 2 5 -3 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 FSV Mainz 05 4 1 0 3 3 7 -4 1-0-1 0-0-2 3
 SC Freiburg 3 0 2 1 1 4 -3 0-2-0 0-0-1 2
 Bayer Leverkusen 3 0 1 2 4 8 -4 0-1-0 0-0-2 1
 Werder Bremen 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 0-0-2 0-1-1 1
 1. FC Köln 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6 0-0-1 0-0-2 0

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern upset; Dortmund held

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The Bundesliga giants did not fare well in Week 3 of the new season.

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Below is a quick look at all of the action from around Germany on Saturday, while you can see the latest stats and schedule by clicking on the link above.


Hoffenheim 2-0 Bayern Munich

The reigning champs were dealt a shock defeat at Hoffenheim as Carlo Ancelotti’s side conceded a goal in each half to suffer their first defeat of the season. Mark Uth scored both the goals for Hoffenheim who move up to second place in the table.

Augsburg 3-0 Koln

Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason broke out for a hat trick, giving the hosts a 1-1-1 start to the season and dropping Koln to 0-3.

Freiburg 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

The shots on goal were 27-5, but Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund couldn’t find a way past Freiburg and dropped their first points of the season.

Elsewhere
Hamburg 0-2 RB Leipzig — Keita, Werner score Friday
Wolfsburg 1-1 Hannover 96
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Schalke vs. Stuttgart — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 1-0-0 1-1-0 7
 1899 Hoffenheim 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 Hannover 96 3 2 1 0 3 1 2 1-0-0 1-1-0 7
 RB Leipzig 3 2 0 1 6 3 3 1-0-0 1-0-1 6
 Bayern Munich 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 1-0-0 1-0-1 6
 Hamburger SV 3 2 0 1 4 3 1 1-0-1 1-0-0 6
 FC Augsburg 3 1 1 1 5 3 2 1-1-0 0-0-1 4
 Mönchengladbach 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 1-0-1 0-1-0 4
 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 0-0-1 1-1-0 4
 VfL Wolfsburg 3 1 1 1 2 4 -2 0-1-1 1-0-0 4
 FC Schalke 04 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 1-0-0 0-0-1 3
 FSV Mainz 05 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 1-0-1 0-0-1 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
 SC Freiburg 3 0 2 1 1 4 -3 0-2-0 0-0-1 2
 Bayer Leverkusen 3 0 1 2 4 8 -4 0-1-0 0-0-2 1
 Werder Bremen 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 1. FC Köln 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6 0-0-1 0-0-2 0