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Bundesliga: Gladbach go top in style; Unbeaten Wolfsburg 2nd

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Saturday’s Bundesliga action opened the door wide for a new Top Two in Germany’s top flight, and both Sunday opportunists waltzed right through to a fine seat during the international break.

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ICYMI Saturday, Bayern lost at home to Hoffenheim but several chasers drew matches to leave the Top Five all with 4W-2D-1L records.

That meant huge opportunity for ‘Gladbach and Wolfsburg.

Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 Augsburg

The hosts embraced their chance early, scoring in the third minute and building a 3-0 lead before the quarter-hour mark.

Alassane Plea had a goal and two assists, while Patrick Hermann had two goals and an assist in the win. Marcus Thuram and Breel Embolo also scored,

Plea’s goal was assisted by industry and comedy.

Wolfsburg 1-0 Union Berlin

So the lone remaining unbeaten team in the Bundesliga entered a home match knowing their weekend ceiling was second, and needed better than an hour to find its breakthrough.

Wout Weghorst continued his fine run as Wolfsburg’s new and improved Bas Dost with a 69th minute goal to push the club a point ahead of five teams on 14 points.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Werder Bremen

Eintracht’s many sales and fixtures are catching up to it.

Sebastian Rode’s 55th minute equalizer looked like a much-needed goal to pull a point at home, an Andre Silva soon scored to make three points a possibility.

But the lead would last only three minutes, as Milot Rashica scored in stoppage to earn a point for the visitors.

Davy Klaassen had given Bremen a lead, and USMNT teen Josh Sargent played 72 minutes.

Elsewhere

Hertha Berlin 3-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf — Friday
Freiburg 2-2 Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 RB Leipzig — Saturday
Paderborn 1-2 Mainz — Saturday
Schalke 1-1 Koln — Saturday

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern scores 6 to move ahead of BVB

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Bayern Munich hung six goals on its visitors Saturday to make sure its goal differential problem against title rivals Borussia Dortmund became a thing of the past.

It could’ve been worse for BVB had American winger Christian Pulisic not come off the bench to save Lucien Favre’s men from more dropped points.

Bayern Munich 6-0 Wolfsburg

Bayern retook the Bundesliga lead and its talisman moved in front of the pack in the race to win the Golden Boot as the Bavarians walloped Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena.

Maybe Joachim Low’s decision to drop a trio of Bayern players from German national team duty was just a tonic.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season, while Serge Gnabry stayed hot in notching the match-winner for Bayern. James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich also scored as Bayern moved two goals ahead of BVB in goal differential.

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Stuttgart

Pulisic was the definition of an impact sub as he assisted Paco Alcacer’s match-winner before joining Alcacer and Marco Reus on the score sheet in a nerve-settling home win.

Mainz 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Swiss defender Nico Elvedi’s fourth goal in two seasons sends ‘Gladbach level on points with RB Leipzig.

RB Leipzig 0-0 Augsburg

RBL stayed ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach on goal differential in the race for third place.

American midfielder Tyler Adams went 73 minutes in the draw, but still made the third-most intensive runs of the match. He won nine tackles and completed 57 of 66 passes.

Elsewhere

Werder Bremen 4-2 Schalke — Friday
Freiburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Hoffenheim v. Nurnberg — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 v. Bayer Leverkusen — 1 p.m. ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 25 18 3 4 62 27 35 8-3-1 10-0-3 57
 Borussia Dortmund 25 17 6 2 61 28 33 11-2-0 6-4-2 57
 RB Leipzig 25 13 7 5 43 20 23 7-5-1 6-2-4 46
 Mönchengladbach 25 14 4 7 44 30 14 9-0-3 5-4-4 46
 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 11 7 6 47 30 17 6-3-3 5-4-3 40
 Bayer Leverkusen 24 12 3 9 43 35 8 7-1-4 5-2-5 39
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 11 6 8 39 37 2 4-4-4 7-2-4 39
 Werder Bremen 25 9 9 7 43 37 6 5-5-3 4-4-4 36
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 9 8 8 38 36 2 5-5-2 4-3-6 35
 1899 Hoffenheim 24 8 10 6 47 36 11 4-5-3 4-5-3 34
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 24 9 4 11 31 42 -11 6-0-6 3-4-5 31
 SC Freiburg 25 7 9 9 36 41 -5 5-5-3 2-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 25 8 6 11 27 39 -12 5-4-4 3-2-7 30
 FC Schalke 04 25 6 5 14 27 43 -16 4-1-7 2-4-7 23
 FC Augsburg 25 5 7 13 34 46 -12 3-4-5 2-3-8 22
 VfB Stuttgart 25 5 4 16 25 55 -30 4-2-6 1-2-10 19
 Hannover 96 24 3 5 16 21 55 -34 3-1-8 0-4-8 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 24 2 7 15 18 49 -31 2-5-6 0-2-9 13

Bundesliga wrap: BVB held, Gladbach goes ahead of Bayern (video)

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Bayern Munich lost on a day leaders Borussia Dortmund dropped points, the combustible Bundesliga season continuing its way on Saturday in Germany.

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Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Bayern Munich

Leon Goretzka’s goal before halftime, his fourth in three matches, was not the start of something good. Leon Bailey scored his first goal in five months to kickstart a three-goal second half that sent Bayern to its third away loss of the season. Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario scored the other Bayer goals.

The Bailey goal was magnificent.

Schalke 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Alexander Nübel’s 59th minute red card put the hosts under the sword, but Christoph Kramer’s winner didn’t arrive until the 85th minute. Gladbach added another in stoppage time through Florian Neuhaus, and leaps over Bayern on goal differential for second on the table.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Marco Reus’ early goal was his 13th of the season, putting the leaders ahead in the 22nd minute, but fellow Golden Boot chaser Luka Jovic scored his 14th about a quarter-hour later to earn a point for still Top Four-chasing Eintracht.

Top Goal Scorers
Pos Name Total
1 L. Jovic 14
2 M. Reus 13
3 R. Lewandowski 12
3 P. Alcácer 12
5 S. Haller 11
5 T. Werner 11

Elsewhere

Hannover 96 0-3 RB Leipzig — Friday
Hoffenheim 1-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Nurnberg 1-1 Werder Bremen
Hertha Berlin 0-1 Wolfsburg
Augsburg v. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Stuttgart v. Freiburg —  Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 20 15 4 1 51 20 31 9-1-0 6-3-1 49
 Mönchengladbach 20 13 3 4 41 18 23 9-0-0 4-3-4 42
 Bayern Munich 20 13 3 4 44 23 21 5-3-1 8-0-3 42
 RB Leipzig 20 11 4 5 38 18 20 7-2-1 4-2-4 37
 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 9 5 6 40 27 13 5-2-3 4-3-3 32
 VfL Wolfsburg 20 9 4 7 29 27 2 3-3-4 6-1-3 31
 Bayer Leverkusen 20 9 3 8 32 31 1 5-1-4 4-2-4 30
 1899 Hoffenheim 20 7 8 5 38 29 9 3-5-3 4-3-2 29
 Hertha BSC Berlin 20 7 7 6 31 31 0 4-4-2 3-3-4 28
 Werder Bremen 20 7 6 7 32 32 0 3-4-3 4-2-4 27
 FSV Mainz 05 19 7 6 6 22 25 -3 4-4-2 3-2-4 27
 FC Schalke 04 20 6 4 10 24 29 -5 4-0-6 2-4-4 22
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 20 6 4 10 22 39 -17 4-0-6 2-4-4 22
 SC Freiburg 19 5 6 8 24 32 -8 3-4-3 2-2-5 21
 FC Augsburg 19 3 6 10 26 33 -7 1-4-4 2-2-6 15
 VfB Stuttgart 19 4 2 13 15 42 -27 3-1-5 1-1-8 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 20 2 6 12 17 44 -27 2-4-5 0-2-7 12
 Hannover 96 20 2 5 13 18 44 -26 2-1-7 0-4-6 11

Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund, Gladbach scoop big away wins

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The Top Three all won their first matches after the Bundesliga’s Winterpause, as leaders Borussia Dortmund and third place side Borussia Monchengladbach joined Friday winners Bayern Munich in the win column.

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Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Alassane Plea’s 10th goal of the season kept ‘Gladbach three points back of Bayern and nine behind BVB. The visitors had almost a month to stew on a 2-1 loss to the leaders, but were fairly fortunate to get three points considering Bayer out-attempted the Foals by a 21-7 margin and put nine shots on Yann Sommer.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Freiburg

Eintracht’s pair of Top Ten scorers struck again, with Luka Jovic adding his league-best 13th goal and Sebastien Haller notching hsi 10th goal of the season. Borussia Dortmund is the only other club with two double-digit league scorers (Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus). The other goal came from Ante Rebic, who has six in 874 minutes.

RB Leipzig 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Axel Witsel’s well-hit 19th minute goal off a corner kick was all BVB needed to restore its six-point table advantage on Bayern Munich. Christian Pulisic played the final quarter-hour for BVB, while fellow American youngster Tyler Adams of RBL was an unused sub during his first Bundesliga matchday.

Elsewhere
Hoffenheim 1-3 Bayern Munich — Friday
Stuttgart 2-3 Mainz
Augsburg 1-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Hannover 0-1 Werder Bremen — USMNT’s Sargent plays 10 mins
Nurnberg v. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Schalke v. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 18 14 3 1 45 18 27 8-1-0 6-2-1 45
 Bayern Munich 18 12 3 3 39 19 20 4-3-1 8-0-2 39
 Mönchengladbach 18 11 3 4 37 18 19 8-0-0 3-3-4 36
 RB Leipzig 18 9 4 5 31 18 13 7-2-1 2-2-4 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 9 3 6 37 24 13 5-1-3 4-2-3 30
 VfL Wolfsburg 17 8 4 5 27 22 5 3-3-3 5-1-2 28
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 6 7 5 33 26 7 3-4-3 3-3-2 25
 Werder Bremen 18 7 4 7 29 29 0 3-3-3 4-1-4 25
 Hertha BSC Berlin 17 6 6 5 26 27 -1 4-3-1 2-3-4 24
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 3 8 26 30 -4 4-1-4 3-2-4 24
 FSV Mainz 05 18 6 6 6 20 24 -4 3-4-2 3-2-4 24
 SC Freiburg 18 5 6 7 22 28 -6 3-4-2 2-2-5 21
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 6 3 9 21 34 -13 4-0-5 2-3-4 21
 FC Schalke 04 17 5 3 9 20 24 -4 3-0-5 2-3-4 18
 FC Augsburg 18 3 6 9 26 31 -5 1-4-4 2-2-5 15
 VfB Stuttgart 18 4 2 12 14 38 -24 3-1-5 1-1-7 14
 Hannover 96 18 2 5 11 17 36 -19 2-1-6 0-4-5 11
 1. FC Nürnberg 17 2 5 10 14 38 -24 2-3-4 0-2-6 11

Borussias clash in Germany as top two duel in Dortmund

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BERLIN (AP) The Bundesliga is braced for a clash of the Borussias as the top two meet in the final round before the winter break.

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Friday’s game, which will be shown on free TV in Germany, has been given added spice after Borussia Dortmund’s first defeat of the season on Tuesday, which gives Borussia Moenchengladbach the chance to close within three points with a win in Dortmund.

Both sides have been enjoying sterling league campaigns, capturing attention with fast attacking football and a host of goals. Dortmund has 42 in 16 games, Gladbach 35. Both scored three goals in wins over defending champion Bayern Munich.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus, who will be facing his former side on Friday, said his team’s 2-1 loss at promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf was a “deserved defeat” from which it must learn. Reus suggested his side underestimated Duesseldorf.

“We have to be more purposeful and determined, to wait for the chance and take it,” he said.

“As always, wipe the mouth, keep going. We have the next chance on Friday. I’m certain we’ll show a different face.”

Dortmund has problems in defense, however, and will be put under strain by Gladbach’s in-form forwards Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea. Both have nine goals so far in the league.

“We have to see who can play in central defense. (Manuel) Akanji and (Abdou) Diallo are out, both are injured. (Dan-Axel) Zagadou is also injured,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre, who also faces a former side.

The Swiss tactician is still remembered fondly in Moenchengladbach from his time there from 2011-15, leading the side from relegation candidate to the Champions League, before his tenure was cut short when Gladbach started the 2015-16 season with five defeats in the league.

“It was special at the time,” Favre said. “But I’ve been away from Moenchengladbach for three years and now I’m in Dortmund.”

Favre praised his former side for making its best start in 42 years with 33 points from 16 games.

“Moenchengladbach has a very efficient team. They are very strong up front, in midfield, too. And they are more than compact, they are very well organized,” Favre said.

Despite his team’s brilliant opening half of the season, Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking was happy to remain the underdog.

“We’re no Dortmund-hunter,” Hecking said.

BAYERN LURKING

Bayern Munich will be looking with interest at events in Dortmund, especially after Franck Ribery’s late goal earned the side a 1-0 win over Leipzig on Wednesday to stay level with Gladbach on points – six points behind Dortmund.

“We’re back,” Thomas Mueller said.

A win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday could see Bayern further narrow the gap or move to second.

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