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Bundesliga: Bremen takes another step to safety, Haaland saves BVB

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Borussia Dortmund’s late and perhaps undeserved winner at Fortuna Dusseldorf means Bayern Munich still have some work to do to win an eighth-straight Bundesliga title.

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A late goal from Erling Haaland was the difference on a day that nine of 10 teams playing at 9:30 a.m. ET found the back of the net.

Werder Bremen picked up a huge win and all-but-sealed Paderborn’s relegation, while Wolfsburg and Freiburg split the spoils in a battle with Europa League implications.

There were Americans all over the Bundesliga pitches today, and we’ll highlight each one as we round up all of the early action from the Bundesliga on Saturday morning.

Paderbon 1-5 Werder Bremen

Davy Klaassen scored twice as Werder Bremen kept its safety push alive while all-but-relegating hosts Paderborn.

Bremen’s win gives them 28 points, one goal of differential behind playoff side Fortuna, three back of Mainz, and four behind Augsburg. Bremen has been in the top flight since 1980.

Niclas Fullkrug, Maximilian Eggestein, and Yuya Osako also scored for Bremen.

Paderborn can no longer seal automatic safety and its playoff hopes are on a lifeline after the loss leaves them 11 points off 15th and nine back of 16th place Fortuna.

The bottom-place side made a good fight of it after the coronavirus pause, but draws and not wins killed them. Abdelhamid Sabiri scored late to ruin Jiri Pavelka’s clean sheet.

Americans Abroad: Josh Sargent played the role of pest well again today over , hassling the Paderborn back line while putting two shots on target and completing 2-of-3 dribbles though Sofascore credited him with a big chance missed. He won 7-of-15 duels, drew three fouls, made two interactions, and a tackle. It will be fascinating to see how much he grows from being in a such desperate (and maybe successful) relegation battle at such a tender age.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Super sub Erling Haaland’s header of a Manuel Akanji cross deep in stoppage time saved sleepy Borussia Dortmund from a horrible draw in Dusseldorf.

Haaland had missed two-straight matches with a knee injury suffered against Bayern Munich, and scored for the first time in five matches when he won it with his 11th in 12 Bundesliga outings.

Raphael Guerreiro belted a shot through the heart of the box and past diving Kenan Karaman but VAR pulled it off the board.

And Fortuna pushed for a winner, Steven Skrzybski twice hitting the post including a late smash off the post.

Americans Abroad: Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna and Fortuna’s Alfredo Morales were second half subs. Reyna entered for the final 16 minutes and drew a foul while winning both of his duels and passing well as usual (9-of-11). Morales only had three touches and two passes over nine minutes off the bench, registering a clearance.

Hertha Berlin 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt

What a winner.

Days after Daichi Kamada assisted a goal in Eintracht’s ill-fated German Cup semi loss to Bayern Munich, he conjured up some magic to set up a cute finish after the hour mark in Berlin.

Kamada’s mazy dribble led to a sweeping back leg goal from Andre Silva, who had assisted Bas Dost’s opener and late added Eintracht’s fourth.

Krzysztof Piatek had given Hertha an early lead but BSC star center back Dedryck Boyata was sent off in first half stoppage time in an odd incident where a penalty was taken off the spot but his last man back foul remained.

Evan N’Dicka scored the third goal for Eintracht.

Americans Abroad: Timothy Chandler was an 87th minute sub in the win after playing the wealth of the midweek cup semifinal loss.

Koln 1-2 Union Berlin

This was more like the Union we saw in the first part of the season, as Marvin Friedrich and Christian Gentner scored to move the promoted side level on points with their hosts.

Koln star Jhon Cordoba scored in stoppage time for the hosts.

Both sides are six points clear of the bottom three and seven off the automatic relegation places with three matches to play.

USMNT-eligible Julian Ryerson was not in the 18 for Union after an injury last weekend.

Wolfsburg 2-2 Freiburg

Wolfsburg’s built a 2-0 lead that could’ve been four had two goals not been canceled by VAR in the first half-hour, but Freiburg scored just before and after halftime to level the score line with 44 minutes to play.

Wout Weghorst scored his 13th and 14th goals of the Bundesliga season, the second from the spot, before Lucas Holer and Roland Sallai answered for Freiburg. Holer’s goal was set up by in-form Vincenzo Grifo.

Americans Abroad: John Brooks couldn’t do much on the second goal and his diving header failed in a bid to stop the cross that led to Freiburg’s first goal. He had seven clearances, won 5 of 10 duels, and completed four of six long balls as part of a 78 percent passing day.

Eintracht nears safety with second-half surge past Bremen

Werder Bremen v. Eintracht Frankfurt recap
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Andre Silva and Stefan Ilsanker sent Eintracht Frankfurt to Bundesliga safety and sent Werder Bremen crashing to a new reality in a 3-0 at the Weserstadion on Wednesday.

Eintracht’s 35 points put it eight points clear of the bottom three with five matches to play, while Bremen’s three-match unbeaten run ends with it standing three points back of 15th-place Mainz.

Silva has scored 12 goals on loan from AC Milan, eight coming in the Bundesliga and four in the five matches since the league returned from the coronavirus pause.

For Ilsanker, his goals mark his first ever in the Bundesliga over 87 appearances, and first in any competition since scoring for RB Leipzig in the 2015-16 2.Bundesliga season.

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The first half was very cagey, with little to report aside from a penalty denied Bremen, who again looked nothing like the side that’s been in the relegation places for so much of the season.

Eintracht thought it’d gone ahead with a Dominik Kohr goal before the hour mark, but either a slight offside or handball by the passer counted against his hopes.

The visitors scored as the clock struck 60:00. Makato Hasebe starts the play and Filip Kostic crossed for Silva to head inside the near post.

Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt responded by putting USMNT striker Josh Sargent in for Davie Selke.

Davy Klaassen wasted a 78th minute counter attack as Bremen showed some desperation and Leonardo Bittencourt hit a wayward attempt a minute later.

Ilsanker made it 2-0 within moments of subbing into the match, a Bas Dost-redirected corner kick landing in his path for a close-range finish. Fellow sub Jonathan de Guzman then spun a free kick around the fray for an emphatic Ilsanker header.

Americans Abroad: Sargent’s half-hour was non-descript. Dost flicked the corner kick before Sargent could head clear. He was eight-of-eight passing on 11 touches and completed his lone long ball. Sargent won 2-of-3 duels and drew a foul. Judging by what we saw from Davie Selke, Sargent could get another turn in the Starting XI versus Wolfsburg.

Timmy Chandler was an unused sub for Eintracht, a little over a week after playing super sub with a match-winning goal.

Bundesliga: Takeaways from Week 29

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Two teams with American players going in two very different directions met Sunday in Gelsenkirchen.

Werder Bremen beat Schalke 1-0 via a wonderful Leonardo Bittencourt goal to give it plenty of hope of avoiding its first relegation in nearly 40 years.

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The win also gave plenty of misery to Schalke, who looks absolutely rudderless. David Wagner’s men are winless in 11 league outings with five draws and a total of three goals scored. Three of those losses have come to teams currently ranked 13th and lower on the table.

Schalke has produced nine shots on target in its four matches back from the break, with Weston McKennie’s diving header its only goal in 430 minutes. Next on the docket is a trip to Union Berlin before finishing with Bayer, Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, and Freiburg.

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Bremen, on the other hand, can move level on points with 15th place Mainz by beating Eintracht on Wednesday.

There are still tough matches on the docket including Wolfsburg and Bayern — the latter of whom may have already won the league by that June 16 home match — but Eintracht, Paderborn, Mainz, and Koln… there are points to be had there.

Also encouraging: American forward Josh Sargent has started all three matches of Bremen’s unbeaten run. He’s getting valuable experience and mettle for a 20-year-old, even if the direction has been, “Run around like a maniac and make lives miserable.”

Sargent is covering the entire field from his striker position, and he’s being noticed by defenders. He drew five fouls in 70 minutes, won 10-of-17 duels, and posted two tackles, an interception, and a clearance (Sofascore).


Player of the Week: There’s little question here. Jadon Sancho’s return to the Starting XI was an unqualified success as the English winger collected his first hat trick in a 6-1 win over Paderborn.

It was 0-0 before Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring, but Sancho had shown signs of life even while kicking off first half rust.

Sancho went 90 minutes in getting his three goals (57′, 74′, 90’+1), completing three of his four take-ons while passing at an absurd 92 percent given he plays much of his match in the final third.

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Additionally, Sancho registered five key passes, two of which were classified as big chances by Sofascore.

He’s one of four players in Europe’s top five leagues to have double digit goals and assists (Alassane Plea, Serge Gnabry, and Lionel Messi). His price tag, rightfully, is going to be absolutely nuts, pandemic or not.

Paderborn v. Borussia Dortmund recap and video highlights
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BEST XI

Hradecky (Bayer)

Hakimi (Dortmund) — Torunarigha (Hertha) — Bender (Bayer) — Angelino (Leipzig)

Klaassen (Bremen)

Sancho (Dortmund) — Bittencourt (Bremen) — Thuram (Gladbach)

Plea (Gladbach) —  Lewandowski (Bayern)

Notes:

  • Klaasen joined Hoffenheim loanee Kevin Vogt in locking down the midfield against Schalke. Yes, we exhaustively covered Schalke’s offensive ineptitude but their steely performances won the day.
  • Thuram and Plea are a dynamic duo with power and skill. Plea is now one of the referenced four players with double-digit goal and assist seasons this year, while Thuram is likely to meet him there.
  • Twenty-two year old German youth international Jordan Torunarigha was very strong, making nine clearances, two blocks, an interception, and two tackles while passing at 85 percent.

SCORES

Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen — RECAP
Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim — RECAP
Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg — RECAP
Schalke 0-1 Werder Bremen — RECAP
Wolfsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt — RECAP
Bayern Munich 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf — RECAP
Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Union Berlin — RECAP
Paderborn 1-6 Borussia Dortmund — RECAP
Koln 2-4 RB Leipzig — RECAP


UPCOMING FIXTURES (Full season schedule here)

Week 24 reschedule
Werder Bremen v. Eintracht Frankfurt — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Week 30
Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach — 2:30 p.m. ET Friday
Bayer Leverkusen v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
RB Leipzig v. Paderborn — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Borussia Dortmund v. Hertha Berlin — 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Werder Bremen v. Wolfsburg — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Union Berlin v. Schalke — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg v. Koln — Noon ET Sunday


STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 28 20 4 4 81 28 53 10-2-2 10-2-2 64
 Borussia Dortmund 28 17 6 5 74 34 40 10-3-1 7-3-4 57
 RB Leipzig 28 15 10 3 70 29 41 7-6-1 8-4-2 55
 Mönchengladbach 28 16 5 7 53 34 19 9-2-3 7-3-4 53
 Bayer Leverkusen 28 16 5 7 53 36 17 7-4-3 9-1-4 53
 VfL Wolfsburg 28 11 9 8 40 34 6 4-6-4 7-3-4 42
 1899 Hoffenheim 28 11 6 11 39 48 -9 6-1-8 5-5-3 39
 SC Freiburg 28 10 8 10 38 40 -2 6-2-5 4-6-5 38
 FC Schalke 04 28 9 10 9 34 45 -11 5-6-3 4-4-6 37
 Hertha BSC Berlin 28 9 8 11 41 50 -9 4-3-7 5-5-4 35
 1. FC Köln 28 10 4 14 44 52 -8 6-3-5 4-1-9 34
 FC Augsburg 28 8 7 13 40 54 -14 5-4-5 3-3-8 31
 1. FC Union Berlin 28 9 4 15 33 48 -15 6-2-6 3-2-9 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 27 8 5 14 44 52 -8 6-4-4 2-1-10 29
 FSV Mainz 05 28 8 4 16 37 61 -24 4-2-8 4-2-8 28
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 28 6 9 13 31 53 -22 4-4-6 2-5-7 27
 Werder Bremen 27 5 7 15 29 59 -30 1-3-9 4-4-6 22
 SC Paderborn 28 4 7 17 31 55 -24 2-2-10 2-5-7 19

Everton drop another $30 million for Klaassen; Toffees mean business

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New Everton owner Farhad Moshiri promised big things — including, among other things, a new stadium and a replenished transfer war chest — when he bought the club last February.

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Fast forward 16 months, and boy oh boy, has Moshiri come good on his promises thus far. A stadium deal remains in the works with a land deal agree in March, and though the summer transfer window is only in its infancy, the Toffees have been plenty busy, most notably for the $68 million departed to complete a pair of key signings on Thursday.

Jordan Pickford was announced as the club’s new record signing in the early afternoon, followed a few hours later by the confirmation of 24-year-old Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen as the club’s latest signing, for a fee of $30 million.

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Klaassen, who’s spent his entire career (55 goals in 180 appearances — all competitions) at Ajax, has been linked with every Premier League giant under the sun for years now. He’s been capped 14 times by the Netherlands and has four international goals to his name.

With two key signings already in the door, Everton’s attention will now turn to the futures of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. Klaassen could very well be Barkley’s replacement, with the 23-year-old failing to sign a new contract as of yet, and perhaps even an upgrade from the Englishman. If Lukaku and/or Barkley do depart Goodison in the coming weeks or months, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not that money is reinvested immediately, or if the signings of Pickford and Klaassen were merely a precursor of the inevitable.

Or, perhaps the early transfer dealings are one last attempt at convincing the pair to stay for at least one more season and make a run at crashing the top-four/six party.

Report: Everton chasing Sigurdsson, Klaassen

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Swansea City could avoid relegation and still lose its talisman.

Reports had claimed Gylfi Sigurdsson would be a Southampton target were Swans to drop into the Championship, but Everton is hoping to tempt the Welsh side and Iceland star with big money regardless of the side’s status for next season.

The report comes on the heels of Koeman telling Ross Barkley he had a week to decide whether he’d sign a new contract to stay at Goodison Park.

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Sky Sports says Everton is willing to go as high as $32 million for Sigurdsson, and he’s not the only notable name on Ronald Koeman‘s wish list.

Everton are likely to face competition from Southampton for the 27-year-old, whose current contract at Swansea runs until 2020.

As well as Sigurdsson, Ronald Koeman is interested in signing Ajax captain Davy Klaassen.

In terms of consistency, both Klaassen and Sigurdsson have proven themselves a bit more than the 23-year-old Barkley. And the English international would fetch a pretty penny from the winning Premier League bidder.