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BERLIN — A German club’s supporters are planning to replace real-life fans with plastic ones when the Bundesliga resumes – and raise some money for a child’s medical treatment in the process.

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Borussia Monchengladbach supporters have come up with a novel way to support their team, even though they probably won’t be allowed to attend games for a while longer because of the coronavirus outbreak.

One Gladbach supporters group is giving members the chance to create life-size plastic figures that will be placed in the stadium in their places when – and if – the Bundesliga is able to complete its season.

“We don’t have any concrete expectations but it should be a couple of thousand fans anyway,” the FPMG club’s liaison officer Thomas “Tower” Weinmann told The Associated Press.

For 19 euros ($21) each supporter can have their portrait taken and reprinted on hard weatherproof plastic cutouts. From each sale, 2 euros ($2.20) will go toward a fundraising campaign for a boy named Ben to receive treatment for spinal muscular atrophy. Another portion of the money raised will go toward supporting seven workers in the fan club whose jobs are under threat with no soccer being played.

“The rest is pure manufacturing and processing costs. With this we’re also helping two small companies in Monchengladbach that had to close their shops,” FPMG says on its website. “So no profit will be made, and when the ‘war is won’ and we can all go back to the stadium, everyone can take their portrait in plastic as a souvenir of a memorable time.”

Borussia Monchengladbach players forego wages to help club staff

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Borussia Monchengladbach’s players are foregoing their wages during the coronavirus suspension in order to help the club’s staff.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players have inspired the clubs’ coaches, directors, and CEOs to join the effort.

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“The players know what’s going on,” Eberl said in a Q&A on Gladbach’s site. “It’s their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about what they could do. The team has offered to forgo salary if it can help the club and its employees.

I am very proud of the boys. It’s a clear signal that we stand together for Borussia, in good times and in bad. They want to give something back to the club and therefore also to all the fans who support us. The coaching staff have followed suit, as have our directors and CEOs.

Eberl played for Gladbach from 1999-2005 as part of a 14-year playing career also spent with Greuther Furth, VfL Bochum, and Bayern Munich.

Cheers to Die Fohlen, who are showing their strong season has more than a little off-field character behind it.

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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund wins late, Leipzig drops points

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Borussia Dortmund put a little added pressure on leaders Bayern Munich with a big win at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

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That’s the lead story, along with a Leipzig draw, as the Bundesliga provided Saturday action ahead of Bayern’s Sunday match with Augsburg.

USMNT players Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie both scored early in draws for their clubs.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Achraf Hakimi’s 71st-minute goal, off another Jadon Sancho assist, moved BVB to within a point of the leaders and dropped Gladbach’s hopes of a Bundesliga title.

Erling Haaland assisted Thorgan Hazard‘s opener before in-form Lars Stindl leveled for the hosts.

USMNT teen Giovanni Reyna was trusted with 12 minutes off the bench, making seven touches and a tackle while winning one of two duels.

Wolfsburg 0-0 RB Leipzig

There were no goals here, as Leipzig only gained a point on leaders Bayern Munich ahead of the Bavarians’ Sunday tussle with Augsburg.

John Brooks played his role in the draw, making three clearances to go with an interception and two blocked shots. He won four of six duels, completed six of 11 long balls, and passed at 81 percent according to SofaScore.

Fellow USMNT player Tyler Adams was an unused sub in his return from injury for the visitors.

Elsewhere
Paderborn 1-2 Koln — Friday
Schalke 1-1 Hoffenheim
Freiburg 3-1 Union Berlin
Hertha Berlin 2-2 Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayern Munich v. Augsburg — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Mainz v. Fortuna Dusseldorf — 1 p.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 24 16 4 4 71 26 45 8-2-2 8-2-2 52
 Borussia Dortmund 25 15 6 4 68 33 35 9-3-0 6-3-4 51
 RB Leipzig 25 14 8 3 62 26 36 7-4-1 7-4-2 50
 Bayer Leverkusen 25 14 5 6 45 30 15 7-4-2 7-1-4 47
 Mönchengladbach 24 14 4 6 47 29 18 8-2-2 6-2-4 46
 FC Schalke 04 25 9 10 6 33 36 -3 5-6-2 4-4-4 37
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 9 9 7 34 30 4 4-6-3 5-3-4 36
 SC Freiburg 25 10 6 9 34 35 -1 6-2-4 4-4-5 36
 1899 Hoffenheim 25 10 5 10 35 43 -8 5-1-7 5-4-3 35
 1. FC Köln 24 10 2 12 38 43 -5 6-1-5 4-1-7 32
 1. FC Union Berlin 25 9 3 13 32 41 -9 6-1-5 3-2-8 30
 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 8 4 12 38 41 -3 6-3-3 2-1-9 28
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 7 7 11 32 48 -16 3-3-7 4-4-4 28
 FC Augsburg 24 7 6 11 36 50 -14 5-3-4 2-3-7 27
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 1 15 33 52 -19 4-1-7 4-0-8 25
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 24 5 6 13 26 49 -23 3-3-6 2-3-7 21
 Werder Bremen 24 4 6 14 27 55 -28 1-2-8 3-4-6 18
 SC Paderborn 25 4 4 17 30 54 -24 2-1-10 2-3-7 16

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern puts up six; Dortmund, Gladbach keep pace

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Bayern Munich continues to fire at will in its bid to win yet another Bundesliga title.

The Bavarians stayed on course for its seventh-straight league title with a six-star stomping of Hoffenheim.

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Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach kept up with the leaders, while RB Leipzig and/or Bayer Leverkusen will fall off the pace on Sunday.

Hoffenheim 0-6 Bayern Munich

This was a blowout of the highest order.

Bayern outshot Hoffenheim 25-4, completing 88 percent of its passes and 65 percent of its dribbles.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice, while Joshua Kimmich had a goal and an assist. Thomas Muller had two assists, while Serge Gnabry, Joshua Zirkzee, and Leon Goretzk rounded out the scoring to move Bayern to 52 points (standings below).

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Freiburg

Jadon Sancho‘s 15th-minute goal was all BVB needed at the Westfalenstadion. He now has 14 goals and 15 assists in league play, as BVB sits four points back of Bayern.

USMNT phenom Giovanni Reyna played another nine minutes in the win, completing 87 percent of his passing including one key pass and an one long ball. He won 2 of 4 ground duels and completed 2 of 3 dribbles.

Augsburg 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Lars Stindl had a goal and an assist including what would stand as the match-winner in an entertaining match.

All five goals came between the 49th and 83rd minutes, with Gladbach leading 2-0 and 3-1 en route to the win.

The visitors are six points back of Bayern with a match-in-hand.

Elsewhere
Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-3 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Koln 3-0 Schalke
Mainz 2-0 Paderborn
Union Berlin v. Wolfsburg — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
RB Leipzig v. Bayer Leverkusen — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen v. Eintracht Frankfurt — postponed

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 24 16 4 4 71 26 45 8-2-2 8-2-2 52
 RB Leipzig 23 14 6 3 61 25 36 7-3-1 7-3-2 48
 Borussia Dortmund 24 14 6 4 66 32 34 9-3-0 5-3-4 48
 Mönchengladbach 23 14 4 5 46 27 19 8-2-1 6-2-4 46
 Bayer Leverkusen 23 13 4 6 40 29 11 6-4-2 7-0-4 43
 FC Schalke 04 24 9 9 6 32 35 -3 5-5-2 4-4-4 36
 VfL Wolfsburg 23 9 7 7 32 28 4 4-5-3 5-2-4 34
 1899 Hoffenheim 24 10 4 10 34 42 -8 5-1-7 5-3-3 34
 SC Freiburg 24 9 6 9 31 34 -3 5-2-4 4-4-5 33
 1. FC Köln 23 9 2 12 36 42 -6 6-1-5 3-1-7 29
 1. FC Union Berlin 23 9 2 12 29 36 -7 6-0-5 3-2-7 29
 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 8 4 11 38 37 1 6-3-3 2-1-8 28
 FC Augsburg 24 7 6 11 36 50 -14 5-3-4 2-3-7 27
 Hertha BSC Berlin 24 7 6 11 30 46 -16 3-2-7 4-4-4 27
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 1 15 33 52 -19 4-1-7 4-0-8 25
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 24 5 6 13 26 49 -23 3-3-6 2-3-7 21
 Werder Bremen 23 4 5 14 25 53 -28 1-2-8 3-3-6 17
 SC Paderborn 24 4 4 16 29 52 -23 2-1-9 2-3-7 16

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig, Gladbach keep pressure on Bayern Munich

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The Bundesliga table has a new leader for at least an evening after RB Leipzig walked over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

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Gladbach also stayed on pace for Leipzig’s numbers with its match-in-hand, while Bayern plays Sunday and chasing Dortmund won on Friday.

RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen

This wasn’t in question at really any point, as Lukas Klostermann, Patrick Schick, and Nordi Mukiele scored by end of the 46th minute. Schick also picked up an assist in the win.

Leipzig’s USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams missed out with a calf injury, but Werder Bremen’s American forward came on for a 25-minute appearance. Josh Sargent had nine touches, three-of-four passing, drew a foul, and won two of five duels.

Leipzig now leads Bayern Munich by two points before the red-hot Bavarian side visits improving Koln on Sunday.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Borussia Monchengladbach

Gladbach got a nice challenge from the relegation-threatened hosts in the first-half, Jonas Hofmann’s opener canceled out by Erik Thommy.

Lars Stindl took over in the second half, scoring twice before Florian Neuhaus put it away.

Marcus Thuram finished the dal with two assists, while Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo also registered helpers.

Lilian’s kid can ball. The 22-year-old Thuram has 10 goals and eight assists so far this season.

Hoffenheim 2-3 Wolfsburg

John Brooks was back in the Starting XI for the visitors, but American interest aside this was all about Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst scored three goals for Wolfsburg, his first since December. He had 11 goals this season by the time the calendar turned to 2020.

His first goal was answered by Christoph Baumgartner assisted by Andrej Kramaric, the latter then making it 2-2 before Weghorst won it with his hat trick goal in the 71st.

Elsewhere

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday | RECAP
Union Berlin 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg
Paderborn 1-2 Hertha Berlin
Koln v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Mainz v. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 RB Leipzig 22 13 6 3 56 25 31 7-3-1 6-3-2 45
 Bayern Munich 21 13 4 4 58 23 35 7-2-2 6-2-2 43
 Borussia Dortmund 22 12 6 4 63 32 31 8-3-0 4-3-4 42
 Mönchengladbach 21 13 3 5 42 24 18 8-1-1 5-2-4 42
 Bayer Leverkusen 22 12 4 6 38 29 9 5-4-2 7-0-4 40
 FC Schalke 04 21 9 4 32 27 5 5-5-1 4-3-3 35
 SC Freiburg 22 9 6 7 31 31 0 5-2-3 4-4-4 33
 1899 Hoffenheim 22 10 3 9 33 35 -2 5-1-6 5-2-3 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 22 8 7 7 28 28 0 3-5-3 5-2-4 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 8 4 10 37 35 2 6-3-2 2-1-8 28
 FC Augsburg 22 7 6 9 34 45 -11 5-3-3 2-3-6 27
 1. FC Union Berlin 22 8 2 12 27 35 -8 6-0-5 2-2-7 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 22 7 5 10 27 38 -11 3-2-6 4-3-4 26
 1. FC Köln 20 7 2 11 27 38 -11 5-1-4 2-1-7 23
 FSV Mainz 05 21 7 0 14 31 48 -17 3-0-7 4-0-7 21
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 4 5 13 21 46 -25 3-2-6 1-3-7 17
 Werder Bremen 22 4 5 13 25 51 -26 1-2-7 3-3-6 17
 SC Paderborn 22 4 4 14 27 47 -20 2-1-9 2-3-5 16