Bayern Munich dropped into second place, at least for a day, as Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways and RB Leipzig strengthened its hold on third place in the Bundesliga.
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RB Leipzig 2-0 Wolfsburg
Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner scored 12 minutes apart as RBL rode a 2-0 lead after 28 minutes all the way through the final whistle.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Mainz
Jadon Sancho scored two early goals, his ninth and 10th of the Bundesliga season to go with 16 assists, as BVB responded nicely to its embarrassment at Bayern Munich last weekend.
Nurnberg 1-1 Schalke — Friday
Werder Bremen 2-1 Freiburg
Stuttgart 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Hannover 96 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hoffenheim v. Hertha Berlin — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Augsburg — Noon ET Sunday
With Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Bayern Munich looming next weekend and both teams level on points entering Saturday’s matches as favorites, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see big wins.
But both squads entered halftime and even second half stoppage on level terms with their opponents, and only one found a match winner.
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Freiburg 1-1 Bayern Munich
It wasn’t Bayern, who did answer a third minute concession through Robert Lewandowski’s 22nd minute marker. But the league’s leading goal scorer couldn’t strike again, and Freiburg held on for a point at the Black Forest Stadium.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Wolfsburg
Raise your hand if you have multiple stoppage-time, match-winning free kicks in the past six months. We only see one hand, and it belongs to Paco Alcacer. He added an insurance goal to raise his season tally to 16 as BVB went atop the Bundesliga table by two points ahead of next week’s Der Klassiker
RB Leipzig 5-0 Hertha Berlin
A moment of silence for the
1 2 3 4 Hertha players who would’ve needed a miracle to handle this Tyler Adams pass to Youssef Poulsen.
The goal was the Dane’s 15th of the Bundesliga season, completing a hat trick, and also served as Adams’ second assist. The American midfielder is yet to lose with RBL, posting seven wins and three draws. That includes a 7-0 mark when he goes all 90 minutes.
Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
Werder Bremen 3-1 Mainz
Nurnberg 3-0 Augsburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hannover 96 v. Schalke — 9:30 a.m. ET
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Stuttgart — Noon ET
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
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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.
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
Bayern Munich took advantage of another Borussia Dortmund stumble to move within two goals in differential in the race for first place in the Bundesliga.
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BVB fell to Augsburg on Friday in its third-straight match without injured Christian Pulisic, and Bayern more or less cruised to a win away from the Allianz Arena.
Both clubs now have 54 points with 10 matches left on the league docket.
Nurnberg 0-1 RB Leipzig
Tyler Adams seamless transition from Major League Soccer to the Bundesliga continued on Saturday, as Lukas Klostermann’s 40th minute goal was all the visitors would need to snag all three points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Hoffenheim
Goals on either side of halftime allowed Hoffenheim to turn 1-0 into 2-1, and the visitors looked set to ride that advantage into the sunset only to see mayhem in the final moments. Sebastien Haller continued his torrid season with an 89th minute goal, and Goncalo Paciencia picked a fine time to score his first Bundesliga goal: the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-4 Bayern Munich
The visitors came out firing, with Javi Martinez continuing his offensive hot streak and Thomas Muller making it 2-0 in the first dozen minutes.
Lars Stindl made it 2-1 in the 37th, but Robert Lewandowski restored the advantage just after halftime before Serge Gnabry continued his fine tenure in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski added a penalty in stoppage to give him 15 goals on the season and level-footing with Luka Jovic in the race for another Golden Boot.
Oh, and the goal moved him square with Claudio Pizarro for the all-time Bundesliga lead.
Augsburg 2-1 Bayern Munich — Friday
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Mainz
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Freiburg
Schalke 0-4 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Stuttgart v. Hannover 96 — 9:30 am. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg v. Werder Bremen — Noon ET Sunday
Well, look out Lucien.
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and his men have company atop the Bundesliga table, at least for a day, after Bayern Munich collected a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
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That puts the six-time defending Bundesliga champions level on points with BVB, who plays Sunday.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin
Having played at midweek, a grind of a 0-0 draw at Liverpool, Bayern had most of the ball but failed to generate too much danger.
So it’s fitting that an unorthodox scorer pushed the Bavarians through, with Javi Martinez scoring his first goal of the season and just fourth in as many years.
His 62nd minute winner was aided in producing the win by an 84th minute Hertha red card.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Wolfsburg
American center back John Brooks will be plenty happy with his performance under the eye of new USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, who was in attendance as Wolfsburg closed the gap on its third-place hosts to five points.
Brooks won 8 tackles and took a team-high 81 touches in the match, completing 53 of 59 passes.
Yannick Gerhardt scored before Admir Mehmedi added a brace for the visitors.
Werder Bremen 1-1 Stuttgart — Friday; Sargent gets 1st start
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Nurnberg
Freiburg 5-1 Augsburg
Mainz 3-0 Schalke
Hannover 96 v. Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund v. Bayer Leverkusen — Noon ET Sunday