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Bundesliga: Leipzig join Gladbach, Bayern in 2nd-place battle

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BERLIN (AP) Germany forward Timo Werner again scored twice to help Leipzig consolidate fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 home win over Mainz on Sunday.

Yussuf Poulsen also scored two goals as Leipzig maintained its unbeaten record at home this season and tightened its grip on the last qualification place for the Champions League.

Leipzig stayed two points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt and two behind Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund leads Bayern and Gladbach by nine points after 15 rounds.

If Werner scores in the league, fans have got used to expecting another goal – with his 10 goals coming in five games.

The former Stuttgart striker sealed Leipzig’s win in the 74th and claimed his second goal in the 88th off an assist from Poulsen, who grabbed two goals in five minutes in the first half.

Karim Onisiwo pulled one back before the break for Mainz, which remained 10th.

Stuttgart captain’s father dies in stadium after game

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner’s father died suddenly after the side’s 2-1 Bundesliga win at home over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

The club says it is mourning Herbert Gentner and its thoughts are “fully with the Gentner family in these difficult hours.”

Christian Gentner initially gave interviews on the pitch after the game. He then rushed from the changing room to where a doctor attempted to save his father.

Hertha said on Twitter: “Everyone from Hertha would like to send their thoughts and condolences to Christian Gentner and his family after today’s sad news.”

EURO 2020 qualifying draw: Germany meets Netherlands again

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EURO 2020 qualifying has put a freshly invigorated rivalry between Germany and the Netherlands on our calendar twice in the next 11 months.

The Dutch relegated Germany from the UEFA Nations League earlier this Fall, and will attempt to summit Group C in qualifying.

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Other top matches on the docket will be Belgium vs. Russia in Group I, and Spain vs. Sweden in Group F.

The deepest groups are E (Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan) and J (Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, and Liechtenstein).

Due to the new format, the top two group finishers qualify for Europe while group winners from the Nations League guaranteed themselves at least a playoff spot. Groups without such nations or in which the group winners advance via the top two places send the third place team.

Group A: England*, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo*

Group B: Portugal*, Ukraine*, Serbia*, Lithuania, Luxembourg

Group C: Netherlands*, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus*

Group D: Switzerland*, Denmark*, Republic of Ireland, Georgia*, Gibraltar

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan

Group F: Spain, Sweden*, Norway*, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia*, Latvia

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland*, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino

Group J: Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Finland*, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

UEFA Nations League: Germany end year with late collapse, relegation

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A roundup of all of Monday’s action in the UEFA Nations League…

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Germany 2-2 Netherlands

Germany’s first foray into the UEFA Nations League — much like their participation in the 2018 World Cup this summer — was short-lived and could be considered anything but a success. In short, it was a year to forget for the 2014 World Cup winners, but Joachim Loew’s side finished the year off with a victory another disappointing result on Monday.

Having already been relegated from Group A of the Nations League, Germany somehow managed to throw away a 2-0 lead in the final five minutes after piecing together 85 minutes of coherent soccer upon which they could have built heading into 2019. For one year at least, much of the world has enjoyed a hearty laugh at the expense of Germany.

The result sees Netherlands leapfrog France for top spot in Group 1, and they’ll join England, Portugal and Switzerland in the four-team finals next year.

Timo Werned and Leroy Sane put Die Mannschaft ahead by two goals inside the game’s opening 20 minutes.

The lead held firm until the 85th, at which point it all came unraveled and the Dutch made their comeback, courtesy of Quincy Pomes and Virgil Van Dijk.

Elsewhere in UEFA Nations League

League B Group 1

Czech Republic 1-0 Slovakia

League B Group 4

Denmark 0-0 Ireland

League C Group 3

Cyprus 0-2 Norway
Bulgaria 1-1 Slovenia

League D Group 1

Georgia 2-1 Kazakhstan
Andorra 0-0 Latvia

League D Group 4

Macedonia 4-0 Gibraltar
Liechtenstein 2-2 Armenia

Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League schedule

League A Group 3

Portugal vs. Poland — 2:45 p.m. ET

League B Group 2

Sweden vs. Russia — 2:45 p.m. ET

League C Group 1

Scotland vs. Israel — 2:45 p.m. ET

League C Group 4

Serbia vs. Lithuania — 2:45 p.m. ET
Montenegro vs. Romania — 2:45 p.m. ET

League D Group 3

Malta vs. Faroe Islands — 2:45 p.m. ET
Kosovo vs. Azerbaijan — 2:45 p.m. ET

Netherlands wins, relegates Germany

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Ronald Koeman‘s Netherlands sent Germany into League B, and moved a draw away from the semifinals after taking care of the World Cup champions in the highlight of Friday’s UEFA Nations League matches.

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Netherlands 2-0 France

Georginio Wijnaldum was in a prime position to slot in a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a save on Ryan Babel, and Memphis Depay converted a stoppage time panenka penalty as Netherlands’ win sent Germany into League B.

The Dutch are still alive for A1, and can make the semifinals with a win over Germany on Monday.

Wales 1-2 Denmark

An even match saw Denmark score off a counterattack, with Nicolai Jorgensen supplying the finish off put the Danes ahead of the hosts. Martin Brathwaite made it 2-0 in the 88th minute, with Gareth Bale‘s goal the only Welsh answer a minute later.

Denmark goes top of Group B4, and end Wales’ hopes of promotion to League A. It’s Denmark into the “top flight” next cycle, and the nation is guaranteed at least a playoff spot in qualification for EURO 2020.

Gibraltar 2-6 Armenia

Former Real Salt Lake attacker Yura Movsisyan scored four for captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s side.

Elsewhere
Cyprus 1-1 Bulgaria
Slovenia 1-1 Norway
Liechtenstein 0-2 Macedonia
Slovakia 4-1 Ukraine