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WATCH: Pulisic becomes youngest Dortmund player with Champions League assist

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Christian Pulisic became the youngest Borussia Dortmund player to start a UEFA Champions League game on Wednesday.

Then he became the youngest BVB player to record an assist.

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Dortmund had little trouble in rolling past Legia Warsaw 6-0 at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw, and Pulisic hit a beautiful first touch cross from the left that Gonzalo Castro slotted for the fifth goal of the game.

Oddly enough, his crossing and passing in the final third were the main critiques of his otherwise outstanding performances for the USMNT in the most recent international break.

WATCH: Dembele’s gorgeous goal, highlights from BVB’s 4-1 win over Manchester United

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The International Champions Cup has begun, and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele has already offered a possible goal of the tournament.

Dembele absolutely worked Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo for BVB’s third goal of a 4-1 shellacking of the Zlatan- and Rooney-less Red Devils on Friday.

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Ex-BVB man Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided the lone United goal, a tap-in, while Gonzalo Castro scored twice to go with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tally.

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Borussia Dortmund sign former Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Gonzalo Castro

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Borussia Dortmund have acquired midfielder Gonzalo Castro from fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen.

Dortmund didn’t reveal the fee needed to see through this transfer, but word from German media details that a release clause of around $12.1 million (€11 million euros) was paid off.

Castro has made five appearances for his home country, Germany, after getting his debut in a 2007 against Denmark.

A standout in Bayer’s youth system, the 27-year-old, whose contract was set to expire in 2016, was called up to the first team in 2004, scoring 25 goals and assisting on 57 in 286 league appearances for Leverkusen since then.

“I wanted to give a new impetus to my career. But it was no easy decision. I had a fantastic time in Leverkusen all these years,” he said to his ex-squad’s website.

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Performing as both a defender and midfielder, Castro fits the needs of Dortmund and would help fill the void of Ilkay Gundogan’s likely departure. His addition also marked the very first signing under new manager Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp’s replacement.

“We are delighted to have signed Gonzalo Castro — an experienced, technically skilled midfielder, who can be used in different positions,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said, per the club’s official website.

Beating Werder Bremen 3-2 today to secure a Europa League spot, the Black and Yellows ended their 2014-15 season at seventh place in the table despite severe struggles at the year’s beginning.

Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Munich come back to score big, Schalke prove a point


It’s never boring in the Bundesliga, and Saturday’s matches only emphasized that point. 24 goals from seven matches, with a full quarter of them coming in Bayern Munich’s come from behind win at Wolfsburg. The giants remain top, naturally, although Dortmund could reduce their lead to a mere 20 points by the end of the weekend. It’s still Braunschweig, Freiburg, and Hamburg at the bottom, although a surprise win from Freiburg on Sunday could lift them out of danger, while Stuttgart and Nurnberg are making a compelling case to fall down to Bundesliga 2.

Saturday Results

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Augsburg
It was the expected result, although many thought Gladbach would be leading at the break. See, the Foals have had a terrible time of it recently, taking leads only to lose them by the end of the match. Today was no exception. Raffael scored five minutes in, but by the 35th minute, Halil Altintop had canceled out the lead. The hosts had hope until the 81st minute, when an Augsburg counter produced a goal from Tobias Werner. Gladbach, now down to eighth, remain winless in 2014, while Augsburg move into sixth and a European position.

Hamburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hamburg, who – exempting a surprising 3-0 victory over Dortmund a couple weeks back – have been in horrible form lately, are likely relieved to have come out of this match with a point. The hosts came undone following a corner, resulting in a goal from Eintracht center back Alexander Madlung. A penalty from Hakan Calhanoglu tied things up, keeping Hamburg in 16th.

Hannover 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
If Leverkusen don’t watch out, they’re going to lose out on next season’s Champions League, after holding second for much of the season. The draw with Hannover puts Dortmund, who’ve yet to play, in second, while Schalke are now even with Leverkusen on points. It could’ve been worse for the visitors had Szabolcs Huszti scored his penalty in the fifth minute, but they still let the lead slip away when Artjoms Rudnevs canceled out Gonzalo Castro’s goal.

Schalke 4-0 Hoffenheim
After losing 6-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League fixture, then falling 5-1 to Bayern last weekend, it seems Schalke had something of a point to prove. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring in the sixth minute and went on to score a hat-trick, despite missing a penalty. Schalke’s fourth came from Chinedu Obasi, off an assist from Kevin-Prince Boateng. After a dreadful start to the season, it’s looking like Schalke will play in the Champions League again next year.

Stuttgart 2-2 Braunschweig
A draw must seem like a great result for Stuttgart, who’d lost their last seven matches. Then again, a point doesn’t do much, considering the side, which started the season in the Europa League playoffs, are now just barely above the relegation zone. Braunschweig, of course, remain dead last, but they’ll be thrilled that a late goal from Ermin Bicakcic got them at least a point. Oh, and this match featured yet another missed penalty, this one from Christian Gentner of Stuttgart.

Wolfsburg 1-6 Bayern Munich
Teams just never learn their lesson, do they? If you score early on Bayern Munich they will punish you. Naldo put in the opening goal in the 17th minute, but Xherdan Shaqiri had the visitors level by the break. Then Pep Guardiola must have raged in side the FCB dressing room. Bayern scored five goals in seventeen minutes: two from Thomas Müller, one from Franck Ribéry and two more from Mario Mandžukić. Seriously, don’t make Bayern angry.

Nurnberg 0-2 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen are sitting a bit more comfortably now, extending their unbeaten run to four games with a win over Nurnberg. Franco Di Santo and Philipp Bargfrede scored for the visitors, while Nurberg made some panicked attempts at avoiding sliding closer to the relegation zone.

Sunday Matches

Freiburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
It’s tough to see Freiburg, second from bottom, getting a result against Dortmund, second from top. But Hamburg did just that a couple weeks back, so it is possible. Not probable, but possible.

Mainz vs. Hertha Berlin
Hertha’s European hopes haven’t quite been extinguished – a win at Mainz would put them back into contention. But the visitors have struggled as of late, whereas Mainz, just a point outside the European positions, are unbeaten in their last three, and have kept a clean sheet throughout.