Goalpost: 1, Franck Ribery: 0
The French winger suffered a bloody training injury when he crashed into a goalpost at the Bayern Munich summer training ground in the Western Bavarian Rottach-Egern.
Ribery, now 35 years old and in his 12th season at Bayern Munich, received lengthy treatment on the ground and untimately continued the training session with a big head wrap. Reportedly, however, he will miss a few days to recover. All indications are that he will be ok to start the season as Bayern begins the season a week from Sunday in the DFL-Supercup against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Thanks everyone for your kind messages,” Ribery posted on Twitter. “I‘m already recovering and will be back in no time.”
Ribery has not made more than 22 league appearances since way back in the 2012/13 season, hampered at times by either injury or poor form. He will compete this season for appearances with fellow left wingers Kingsley Coman and former Arsenal youth product Serge Gnabry, while Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller man the right flank. While Ribery should recover from his injury soon, missing training time won’t help in earning minutes on the field while challenging those much younger.
Franck Ribery played a part in two away goals as Bayern Munich took a 2-1 first leg lead from Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Pablo Sarabia scored the lone Sevilla goal, and the second leg is April 11 at the Allianz Arena.
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Minutes after hitting an open chance off the bar, Sarabia took advantage of poor positioning from countryman Juan Bernat to belt a ball past Bayern backup keeper Sven Ulreich and Sevilla into the lead after the half hour mark.
The match was level by the break thanks to a bit of freak luck, as Ribery’s hopeful ball into the fray took a turn off Jesus Navas’ feet. Goalkeeper David Soria could not adjust despite a decent effort, and it was 1-1.
It stayed that way until the 68th minute, as Ribery lifted a cross for Thiago Alcantara. The ensuing diving header took a turn on its way past Soria.
Sandro Ramirez had a terrific upper 90 attempt stopped by Ulreich minutes from the end.
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A Schalke win deprived Bayern Munich of a chance to clinch another Bundesliga title on Saturday, but the Bavarians will be happy to revel in the spoils of a Der Klassiker blowout.
Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat trick in a 6-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.
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Lewandowski scored in the 5th, 44th, and 87th minutes, and James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, and Franck Ribery also scored in the big win.
American winger Christian Pulisic suffered through a 39-touch performance in 74 minutes before he was pulled for Maximilian Philip.
Bayern now leads second place Schalke by 17 points. Dortmund is four back of second, and three above fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen and sixth-place Eintracht Frankfurt.
A day the champions dominated left the focus on the plight of its visitors, as the race to avoid the relegation playoff spot also stays tight in Germany’s top flight.
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Bayern Munich 6-0 Hamburg
USMNT forward Bobby Wood wasn’t in the 18 to see his likely relegation-bound side get absolutely bamboozled by the league’s gold standard attack.
Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat trick, Franck Ribery scored twice, and Arjen Robben also netted for the hosts.
Lewandowski’s 20 league goals are seven more than the field, and the second-place contestant is now in the Premier League (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal).
Here’s Hamburg boss Bernd Hollerbach:
“The game was over after 18 minutes. You can come here and lose, but I wasn’t happy with the manner of the defeat. That’s not the football I want to see.”
With the score 4-0, Ribery took nearly 70 percent of the Hamburg XI to school.
Hoffenheim 3-0 Wolfsburg
Serge Gnabry scored twice in about three minutes — one may be changed to an own goal — to bury the visitors’ hopes of relegation relief, as Hoffenheim stayed within sight of the Top Six. The loss means Wolfsburg remains ahead of playoff-bound 16th place on goal differential alone.
Mainz 0-1 Schalke — Friday
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Freiburg
Hannover 1-3 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Koln — 3:30 p.m. ET Monday
Franck Ribery is expected to be out for three months after suffering knee ligament damage in their draw with Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Ribery, 34, jarred his knee into the pitch when controlling the ball and is said to have damaged ligaments in his left knee.
The Frenchman, who has won seven Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and a UEFA Champions League in his 10 years at Bayern, turns 35 in April and is only contracted to the German giants until the end of the current season.
Speaking about the injury, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic’s wasn’t too optimistic.
“Franck has a lot of pain. We hope that there is nothing bad, but it does not look good. The doctor is investigating him. He could not examine him at first, because he had so much pain.”
Ribery’s injury caps off what has been a miserable week for Bayern.
First they were thumped 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. Then manager Carlo Ancelotti was fired. And now Ribery was injured against Hertha as they also blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.
The German giants will bounce back and despite their poor start to the season they’re only five points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
As for Ribery, his glittering Bayern career could be close to an end as it seems as though he may not return until after the winter break at the earliest.