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Dortmund hammer Freiburg but gain no ground on Bayern

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Borussia Dortmund moved back within one point of Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich with a 4-0 win against Freiburg on Sunday.

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Dortmund went ahead in the 11th minute when 19-year-old Jadon Sancho scored from the six-yard box after a run by Marco Reus. It was Sancho’s 11th Bundesliga goal this season.

Dortmund added three after the interval with goals from Reus, Mario Gotze and Paco Alcacer with a penalty.

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In the day’s other game, Hertha Berlin was held 0-0 at home by bottom side Hannover, which ended an eight-game losing streak.

On Saturday, Bayern beat Werder Bremen 1-0.

With four rounds left, Bayern leads with 70 points, Dortmund has 69 and Leipzig is third with 61.

Bayern’s Manuel Neuer out with calf injury

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss about two weeks with a muscle fiber tear in his calf and defender Mats Hummels is out for a few days with a thigh strain.

The Bundesliga club says doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt diagnosed the injuries after the 4-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday. Neuer injured his calf with no other players involved and limped off in the 53rd minute.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac said it was the same left calf that caused Neuer to miss games two weeks before. Neuer also had a thumb injury at the time.

Neuer will miss Bayern’s league and cup games against Werder Bremen and the league match at Nuremberg. Bayern, which leads Borussia Dortmund by one point, is also bidding to reach the German Cup final.

The 33-year-old Neuer made only three league appearances for Bayern last season because of a hairline fracture in his left foot and was only confirmed late for Germany’s World Cup squad last year.

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Bayern Munich return to top of Bundesliga

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BERLIN (AP) After fighting with teammate Robert Lewandowski in training, Kingsley Coman struck again with two goals to help Bayern Munich return to the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday.

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Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka scored the other goals as Bayern reclaimed its one-point lead from Borussia Dortmund, which scraped a 2-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.

Lewandowski failed to add to his league-leading tally of 21 goals but congratulated Coman for his scores. There was no sign of any animosity between the two following their training-ground punch-up on Thursday.

Duesseldorf, which grabbed a 3-3 draw in Munich earlier in the season, had its Bundesliga survival confirmed on Saturday thanks to relegation-rival Stuttgart’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and was effectively only playing for pride in its second game against Bayern.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac made no changes from the team that started in the 5-0 rout of Dortmund the weekend before and was rewarded with another concentrated performance from his side.

Coman struck the post early on before Thiago Alcantara headed just wide. Bayern duly made its early pressure count through Coman in the 15th minute, when Thomas Mueller missed his cross before the ball flew inside the post.

Dawid Kownacki went close for Duesseldorf in response, but Coman struck again before the break when Joshua Kimmich pulled the ball back for the French winger to rifle inside the top far corner.

Gnabry effectively ended the game in the 55th after Mueller headed on a corner.

Mats Hummels was penalized for hand ball after referee Felix Zwayer consulted video replays and Dodi Lukebakio claimed Duesseldorf’s consolation from the spot in the 89th.

There was still time for Goretzka to score in injury time.

Five games remain for both Bayern and Dortmund.

Hoffenheim defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0 at home earlier to move sixth – the last place for Europa League qualification. It was Hertha’s fifth consecutive defeat.

Fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt was hosting Augsburg later.

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Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman fight

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Bayern Munich is back atop the Bundesliga, but it’s not all sunshine and roses at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern boss Niko Kovac confirmed that the Bavarian side had a training ground fist fight on its hands this week.

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The combatants? Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski and young playmaker Kingsley Coman.

“The three of us talked about it. The players are sorry and have apologized for their behaviour,” said Kovac. “There will be no financial penalties and the matter has been resolved.”

Lewandowski has 35 goals and 13 assists in 39 matches across all competitions, while Coman missed September, October, and November and has six goals and two assists in 22.

The Polish striker was also massive in Bayern’s 5-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker last weekend. Bayern leads the table by a point with six matches to play.

Robben reportedly prefers MLS move to Serie A

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Arjen Robben to Major League Soccer?

Bayern Munich’s living Dutch legend, 35, is said to like the thought of an MLS move more than an offer from Inter Milan, according to Calcio Mercato.

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Out-of-contract this summer, Robben has not returned to Bayern’s side after thigh and calf injuries short-circuited a decent season (especially relative to his age).

Robben scored five goals and added two assists in all competitions, including a brace against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League.

He has 143 goals and 101 assists in 305 matches for Bayern in a career which includes Bundesliga, Premier League, La Liga, and Eredivisie titles between the Bavarian side, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and PSV Eindhoven.

Where could he fit, presumably as a Designated Player? Chicago could theoretically buy down Aleksandar Katai, who makes $1.3 million, with allocation money to reunite Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Or maybe Robben wouldn’t need a DP deal, somewhat like Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s start in MLS?