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Bundesliga wrap: Alcacer, BVB stays hot; Lewandowski feasts again

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Borussia Dortmund moved to a league-best 20 points on Saturday, ensuring that we’ll have a table leader not named Bayern Munich when the calendar turns to November.

[ VIDEO: Mourinho reacts to taunting, skirmish ]


Stuttgart 0-4 Borussia Dortmund

It’s been a very good time to be a supporter or member of Borussia Dortmund, who leads the table after another convincing win.

Red-hot Paco Alcacer now has seven goals in four Bundesliga matches after scoring the third goal on Saturday, while Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, and Marvin Philipp also scored for the visitors.

USMNT winger Christian Pulisic returned to the fold for BVB, subbing into the match and providing an assist on Philipp’s 85th minute marker.

Schalke 0-2 Werder Bremen

Josh Sargent wasn’t on the bench for the visitors, but American teammate Weston McKennie did start for the hosts. McKennie covered the second-most ground in the contest, winning 14 tackles. He converted 19 of 24 passes and did not register a shot.

Unfortunately, the match wasn’t much to write home about for his side. Bremen got goals from Maximilian Egglestein on each side of halftime to grab another win on the young season.

Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern Munich

Niko Kovac will be happy to get a decisive win after the international break, with James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski scoring in the win. Lewandowski’s brace included an absolute gift.

For Wolfsburg, USMNT center back John Brooks won tackles and completed 48 of his 53 passes, while Wout Weghorst scored its lone goal.

Elsewhere
Eintracht Frankfurt 7-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf — RECAP
Augsburg 0-0 RB Leipzig
Nurmberg 1-3 Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin vs. Freiburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Mainz — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 8 6 2 0 27 8 19 4-0-0 2-2-0 20
 Werder Bremen 8 5 2 1 15 8 7 2-2-0 3-0-1 17
 Bayern Munich 8 5 1 2 15 9 6 2-1-1 3-0-1 16
 RB Leipzig 8 4 3 1 16 9 7 3-1-0 1-2-1 15
 Mönchengladbach 7 4 2 1 15 9 6 3-0-0 1-2-1 14
 Hertha BSC Berlin 7 4 2 1 12 7 5 3-0-0 1-2-1 14
 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 4 1 3 19 12 7 2-1-1 2-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 8 3 1 4 14 13 1 1-1-2 2-0-2 10
 FC Augsburg 8 2 3 3 14 13 1 1-2-1 1-1-2 9
 FSV Mainz 05 7 2 3 2 4 4 0 2-2-0 0-1-2 9
 VfL Wolfsburg 8 2 3 3 11 14 -3 1-2-2 1-1-1 9
 SC Freiburg 7 2 2 3 9 13 -4 1-2-1 1-0-2 8
 Bayer Leverkusen 8 2 2 4 9 15 -6 1-1-2 1-1-2 8
 1. FC Nürnberg 8 2 2 4 8 19 -11 2-1-1 0-1-3 8
 Hannover 96 8 1 3 4 10 16 -6 1-1-1 0-2-3 6
 FC Schalke 04 8 2 0 6 5 11 -6 1-0-3 1-0-3 6
 VfB Stuttgart 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 1-1-2 0-1-3 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 8 1 2 5 6 18 -12 1-0-3 0-2-2 5

Bundesliga wrap: BVB goes atop the table with wild comeback

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It’s nearly October, and Bayern Munich is not atop the Bundesliga.

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Have you wiped your eyeglasses, phone, or computer screen? Cause that’s a true statement.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

For about an hour, Bayer Leverkusen’s turn in form looked to have firm roots in the soil. Bidding for a third-straight win following an 0-4 start, the hosts got goals from Mitchell Weiser and Jonathan Tah to stun visitors intent on claiming the top of the table.

Jacob Bruun Larsen and Marco Reus scored five minutes apart to level the score in the 69th minute, and Paco Alcacer scored twice in the final nine minutes as Borussia Dortmund won at BayArena.

USMNT star Christian Pulisic missed a lot of the fun, subbing off shortly after BVB pulled to within one via Brunn Larsen.

Hoffenheim 1-2 RB Leipzig

Six teams are now within three points of first place after Yussuf Poulsen scored his fifth and sixth goals in all competitions, and RBL only conceded a stoppage time penalty from Andrej Kramaric in moving sixth. The Danish 24-year-old has three of his goals in Bundesliga play.

Schalke 1-0 Mainz

Alessandro Schopf’s 11th minute goal was one of just two shots on target for Schalke, but the perennial contenders don’t care how their first league win arrived, just that it’s here.

Elsewhere
Hertha Berlin 2-0 Bayern Munich — Friday
Stuttgart 2-1 Werder Bremen
Wolfsburg 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Nurnberg 3-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hannover — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg vs. Freiburg — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 6 4 2 0 19 5 14 3-0-0 1-2-0 14
 Bayern Munich 6 4 1 1 12 5 7 2-1-0 2-0-1 13
 Hertha BSC Berlin 6 4 1 1 12 7 5 3-0-0 1-1-1 13
 Mönchengladbach 6 3 2 1 12 9 3 3-0-0 0-2-1 11
 Werder Bremen 6 3 2 1 11 8 3 1-2-0 2-0-1 11
 RB Leipzig 6 3 2 1 10 9 1 2-1-0 1-1-1 11
 VfL Wolfsburg 6 2 3 1 10 9 1 1-2-1 1-1-0 9
 FSV Mainz 05 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 2-1-0 0-1-2 8
 1. FC Nürnberg 6 2 2 2 7 10 -3 2-1-0 0-1-2 8
 1899 Hoffenheim 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 1-1-1 1-0-2 7
 SC Freiburg 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 1-1-1 1-0-1 7
 Bayer Leverkusen 6 2 0 4 7 13 -6 1-0-2 1-0-2 6
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 6 1 2 3 5 9 -4 1-0-2 0-2-1 5
 VfB Stuttgart 6 1 2 3 5 10 -5 1-1-1 0-1-2 5
 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 0-1-1 1-0-2 4
 FC Schalke 04 6 1 0 5 3 9 -6 1-0-2 0-0-3 3
 Hannover 96 5 0 2 3 4 9 -5 0-1-1 0-1-2 2

Bundesliga: Pulisic sets up two more in rout; Bayer wins again (video)

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Christian Pulisic had another influential day for Borussia Dortmund in a 7-0 home win over Nurnberg at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday.

The American 20-year-old assisted Dortmund’s first goal and helped set up their second as BVB poured goals on Nurnberg.

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Marco Reus scored twice, while Jacob Bruun Larsen, Julian Weigl, Jadon Sancho, Manuel Akanji, and Achraf Hakimi also found the back of the net. Sancho and Bruun Larsen also recorded assists.

The first is the pick of the litter, as Pulisic sets Jacob Bruun Larsen up for his first BVB goal with a clever pass to open the lid on the Nurnberg back line.

The second came a little over 20 minutes later as Marco Reus scored the first of his two goals on the night.

Pulisic is fouled as he touches an incisive pass to Maximilian Philipp, who redirects the ball into the path of his captain for a 32nd minute smash.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Boy, did Bayer need this week. Kevin Volland scored in the 50th and 60th minutes as the perennial top half contenders nabbed their second win in four days after beginning the season 0-3.

Elsewhere
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 0-0 Wolfsburg
RB Leipzig 2-0 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
 Borussia Dortmund 5 3 2 0 15 3 12 3-0-0 0-2-0 11
 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
 Mönchengladbach 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 3-0-0 0-1-1 10
 VfL Wolfsburg 5 2 2 1 8 7 1 1-1-1 1-1-0 8
 FSV Mainz 05 5 2 2 1 4 3 1 2-1-0 0-1-1 8
 RB Leipzig 5 2 2 1 8 8 0 2-1-0 0-1-1 8
 1899 Hoffenheim 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 1-1-0 1-0-2 7
 SC Freiburg 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 1-1-1 1-0-1 7
 Bayer Leverkusen 5 2 0 3 5 9 -4 1-0-1 1-0-2 6
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 1-0-2 0-2-0 5
 1. FC Nürnberg 5 1 2 2 4 10 -6 1-1-0 0-1-2 5
 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 0-1-1 1-0-2 4
 Hannover 96 5 0 2 3 4 9 -5 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 VfB Stuttgart 5 0 2 3 3 9 -6 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 9 -7 0-0-2 0-0-3 0

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.

[ MORE: Man Utd-Derby recap, League Cup wrap ]

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

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern keeps Schalke reeling; Hertha wins

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Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin both stayed unbeaten ahead of Friday’s match-up in Berlin, with the former adding to Schalke’s league woes with an away win.

[ RECAP: Spurs snap skid ]

Also some American kid scored again for Borussia Dortmund.

Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

Schalke had a chance to turn around its season following an 0-2 with a visit from the presumptive champions.

Didn’t happen.

Bayern outshot Schalke 14-10 at Veltins-Arena, getting an early goal from James Rodriguez and a Robert Lewandowski penalty to keep Schalke winless.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie was pulled off after 54 minutes, completing just four of his nine attempted passes.

Hertha Berlin 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

The big man was at it again. Vedad Ibisevic canceled out the visitors’ early lead with a 31st minute marker and then scored again in the 63rd minute as the second place side doubled up Gladbach at the Olympiastadion.

Hertha is one of five teams with a zero in the loss column, and sits two points back of Bayern.

Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Meanwhile, McKennie’s USMNT teammate saved a point for Schalke’s rivals. Down a man and a goal, BVB got this equalizer from Christian Pulisic late on to get a point.

Elsewhere
Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-3 Freiburg
Nurnberg 2-0 Hannover 96
Augsburg 2-3 Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. RB Leipzig — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

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