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VIDEO: Worst miss in history? Choupo-Moting spoils PSG title party

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Spare a thought for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting this Monday morning.

On Sunday, his Paris Saint-Germain side had the chance to clinch the French league title by beating Strasbourg. Thomas Tuchel’s men drew 2-2, but it could have been so different if Choupo-Moting wouldn’t have missed from on the line/cleared the goalbound effort of his own teammate.

Yep, you read that correctly.

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Check out the video below to see the incredible miss from former Stoke City man Choupo-Moting, as the Cameroon star looked stunned at what he had just done.

PSG will win the title soon enough, but anybody who witnessed this miss in the Parc des Princes on Sunday will be talking about it for a very long time. And probably the rest of their lives.

No words.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern holds off Leverkusen, BVB leaves basement

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Borussia Dortmund used home field as an advantage to pull itself out of the Bundesliga basement, while Bayern Munich continued its winning ways and several teams kept Germany’s top-flight a high-scoring league on Friday and Saturday.

USMNT fans will have to wait until Sunday to see if Julian Green and/or Timmy Chandler can star, though two other American internationals were involved in our first showdown of the the wrap.

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Let’s get to the matches:

Borsource: APussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim
Ilkay Gundogan’s 17th minute goal lifted BVB off the bottom of the Bundesliga, as Dortmund leapt five places up the table with Friday’s much-needed home win against Hoffenheim. It was Gundogan’s first goal of the season in just his fifth appearance.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Franck Ribery’s 51st minute goal gave Bayern the edge after a first-half found the visitors making a play for the points.

Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 Hertha Berlin
A thriller at Borussia Park saw two American internationals on opposite ends of the pitch. Fabian Johnson came on as an 86th minute sub for the hosts, who led 3-1 at that point on goals from Tony Jantschke, Raffael and Thorgan Hazard. John Anthony Brooks was on the field for 90 minutes, but that also means he was on for a trio of goals.

Elsewhere
Stuttgart 0-4 Schalke¬†— Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting nets hat trick including 1st minute goal.
FC Koln 1-2 Augsburg — Visitors erase early deficit to move into a surprising third.
Paderborn 1-1 Freiburg —¬†Elias Kachunga saves a point for Freiburg at the death.
Hannover 1-3 Wolfsburg —¬†Visitors with a five-point cushion on third place, 7 back of Bayern.
Hamburger SV vs. Mainz — 930am ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Werder Bremen — 1130am ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 14 11 3 0 33 3 30 8-0-0 3-3-0 36
VfL Wolfsburg 14 9 2 3 28 13 15 6-1-0 3-1-3 29
FC Augsburg 14 8 0 6 20 14 6 5-0-1 3-0-5 24
Bayer Leverkusen 14 6 5 3 25 18 7 4-3-0 2-2-3 23
FC Schalke 04 14 7 2 5 25 18 7 5-2-0 2-0-5 23
Mönchen 14 6 5 3 19 12 7 4-3-1 2-2-2 23
1899 Hoffenheim 14 5 5 4 21 22 -1 4-2-1 1-3-3 20
Hannover 96 14 6 1 7 14 21 -7 4-0-3 2-1-4 19
Eintracht Frankfurt 13 5 3 5 22 24 -2 3-1-3 2-2-2 18
SC Paderborn 14 4 5 5 19 23 -4 3-4-1 1-1-4 17
FSV Mainz 05 13 3 7 3 16 18 -2 2-3-1 1-4-2 16
1. FC Köln 14 4 3 7 14 20 -6 1-2-4 3-1-3 15
Borussia Dortmund 14 4 2 8 15 21 -6 3-1-3 1-1-5 14
Hertha BSC Berlin 14 4 2 8 19 26 -7 3-1-3 1-1-5 14
SC Freiburg 14 2 7 5 15 21 -6 1-3-2 1-4-3 13
Werder Bremen 13 3 4 6 18 26 -8 2-2-2 1-2-4 13
Hamburger SV 13 3 3 7 7 17 -10 2-2-2 1-1-5 12
VfB Stuttgart 14 3 3 8 18 31 -13 1-1-5 2-2-3 12

Bundesliga Wrap: Goals galore!

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No game in the Bundesliga featured less than two goals so far this weekend, and an astonishing four matches saw the winners scoring four goals. That’s the sort of fun you get when you tune into German football – the title may be all but decided, but there’s still going to be plenty of excitement elsewhere. The sort of excitement you get when the last-placed side sinks four.

Friday Results

Mainz 2-0 Hannover
A very happy Valentine’s Day result for Mainz, who move one step closer to the European positions with their fourth win in five games.¬†Yunus Malli scored their first off a counter-attack in the 51st minute, while substitute¬†Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting grabbed the second deep into extra time.

Saturday Results

Bayern Munich 4-0 Freiburg
A routine win over one of the Bundesliga’s struggling sides ensures that Bayern Munich keep their hold on the top of the table, sitting an astonishing 16 points above Bayer Leverkusen. Dante scored the first, with Xherdan Shaqiri bagging a brace before the interval. Claudio Pizarro scored right at the end, completing Bayern’s rout over Freiburg.

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
They might be 17 points behind Bayern, but Dortmund weren’t about to be undone by the league’s top side. No, they had to go and score four as well, just to make a point against a poor Frankfurt side, who they’d already beaten earlier in the week in the domestic cup.¬†Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace inside 20 minutes, and Robert Lewandowski added a third with a penalty conversion to start the second half. The real talking point, though, was¬†MiloŇ° Jojińá, who scored with his first touch for Dortmund, a mere 12 seconds into his debut with the club.

Braunschweig 4-2 Hamburg
So Bayern got four, and Dortmund got four. No big deal, right? But bottom side Braunschweig, who’d had just 11 goals prior to this weekend, scoring four – that’s a big deal. And that’s just a sign of how poor Hamburg, who are now just a point off the bottom, are. It was the visitors that opened the scoring, and¬†Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s goal was enough to take them into the half with a 1-0 lead.¬†Domi Kumbela equalized for Braunschweig in the 51st minute, and added another ten minutes later.¬†Ivo Ilińćevińá pulled one back for Hamburg, but Braunschweig picked up the pace in the final five minutes. Kumbela completed his hattrick and¬†Jan Hochscheidt added a fourth with the final play of the game.

Hoffenheim 4-1 Stuttgart
What? Another side got four goals? Yes, this time it was mid-table Hoffenheim pushing Stuttgart, who started off the season in Europa League and have now lost six in a row, even closer to the danger zone. You’d think Stuttgart did it to themselves, going down to ten men when¬†Moritz Leitner received a second yellow, but Hoffenheim were already up 3-1 by the sending off in the 80th minute. Sven Schipplock scored on either side of the half, Kevin Volland put one in in between.¬†Antonio R√ľdiger finally found the net for Stuttgart in the 78th, but it was Hoffeinheim with the final say, a penalty converted by Roberto Firmino.

Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Just two goals? Yawn. Gladbach must’ve thought they’d had this one all sewn up, cruising after Raffael’s sixth minute goal. But¬†Ludovic Obraniak scored from a direct free kick in the 88th minute, grabbing a share of the points for Werder Bremen. If Gladbach, now in fifth, don’t start winning soon, their Champion League dreams will be completely out of reach.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Schalke
It’s obvious that Leverkusen aren’t going to catch Bayern, and it’s fairly clear they’re not going to lose out on a Champions League place. Still, you’d think they’d at least be able to secure a point at home, even against Schalke. Especially after getting kicked out of the Cup to Bundesliga 2 side¬†Kaiserslautern. But maybe Leverkusen are just saving it up to meet PSG midweek, because they could do little to stop Schalke. In fact, their goal came courtesy of the visitors, an own goal from Felipe Santana. It was¬†Leon Goretzka and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar that put the ball in the back of the Leverkusen net, giving Schalke the win.

Sunday Fixtures

Augsburg vs. Nurnberg
Nurnberg, with just two wins all season, don’t look a likely contender to throw a spanner in Augsburg’s plan to slip into the European positions. Then again, Nurberg do have six draws on the road and managed two wins in a row before facing Bayern, so the visitors grabbing a share of the points wouldn’t be¬†completely¬†out of left field.

Hertha Berlin vs. Wolfsburg
It’s rare that the Bundesliga weekend ends with an intriguing matchup with any relevance whatsoever, but the outcome of this game could have huge implications on which Bundesliga side takes the final Europa League spot. Wolfsburg has sixth right now, but Hertha are just two points back – and holding on to a European position would be quite a way to mark their return to Germany’s top division.

Bundesliga Report: Dortmund falls to Gladbach; Bayern held to a draw by Leverkusen

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The Bundesliga gave us plenty of surprises this weekend, the biggest of which was Dortmund losing to rivals Gladbach in the Revierderby. The loss is Dortmund’s first in the league this season, and it drops them from table toppers down into second place. There they sit even on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who drew against Bayern Munich in Saturday’s late match. The point earned by Bayern puts them on top, and Pep Guardiola’s squad remain the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga.

Here’s a closer look at the Bundesliga results through Saturday evening.

Friday

Hannover 1-1 Hertha Berlin

With these two sides sitting a point apart, in fifth and sixth place respectively, a draw comes as little surprise. Hannover held on to the lead through much of the match, but in the 81st minute, Christian Schultz’s goal was neutralized by Ronny’s equalizer. The Brazilian had been on the field for barely a minute when he scored from a free kick, sending his shot into the top corner of the net

Saturday

Wolfsburg 0-2 Braunschweig

Braunschweig’s victory may have been overshadowed by the big boys dropping points this weekend, but their first win of the season is certainly worthy of celebration. Wolfsburg may not be having the best of times, but they still weren’t expected to lose to bottom dwelling Braunschweig, who’d scored just three while letting in 18. Yet Karim Bellarabi and¬†Domi Kumbela both found the back of the net, although Braunschweig remain in the relegation zone.

Mainz 2-2 Hoffeinheim

Hoffeinheim must’ve thought they were going to trot off home comfortable winners, a win that would’ve elevated them up into the European places.¬†Kevin Volland and¬†Roberto Firmino had given the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute, but Thomas Tuchel made some intelligent changes to get Mainz back in the match. In the 82nd minute,¬†Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put one in, but it was Mainz’s corner in added time that broke Hoffeinheim’s back, with¬†Yunus Malli grabbing the equalizer.

Schalke 4-1 Augsburg

There’s nothing like thrashing a team above you in the standings to make up for a poor start to the season. It could’ve been a much different match for the visitors, with¬†Sascha M√∂lders scoring in the 10th minute. But¬†Ragnar Klavan was sent off five minutes later, and Kevin-Prince Boateng converted the resulting penalty to give Schalke the equalizer.¬†Ad√°m Szalai then scored two and Max Meyer put in the fourth. Schalke’s victory lifts them up to ninth, even with Werder Bremen and Stuttgart.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Well, who saw this coming? Whoever did is probably buying rounds tonight after collecting a decent chunk of change off their betting slip. Gladbach are a decent side, sure, but Dortmund were coming off a 3-0 victory over Marseille and had yet to lose in the Bundesliga. Perhaps conscious of this point, Gladbach seemed determined to play for a point, while Dortmund sent shot after shot at¬†Marc-Andr√© ter Stegen’s goal. But the match was turned on its head when Mats Hummels was sent off for a foul on¬†Havard Nordtveit. Max Kruse converted the penalty, and Raffael put in a second five minutes later.

Stuttgart 1-1 Werder Bremen

Two sides even on points ending the night in a draw. This is perhaps the least surprising thing that happened in Germany this week.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich

Guardiola’s men remain undefeated, but one can’t help but wonder if Bayern could’ve done a bit better, particularly after the thrashing they gave to Manchester City midweek. But after Sidney Sam equalized just two minutes after Toni Kroos’s opener, Bayer shut down their opponents completely. While the reigning champs tried again and again to break through the home side’s defense, Bayer weren’t about to give an inch, perfectly content to take a point from their meeting with the German giants.

Still to come

Nurnberg vs. Hamburg

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt