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Leipzig, Adams draw 1-1 and stay on course for Champions League

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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim held Leipzig to 1-1 in the Bundesliga but couldn’t prevent his future side from taking another step toward Champions League qualification on Monday.

Nagelsmann, who agreed last summer to stay one more season at Hoffenheim before taking charge in Leipzig this year, looked like he was about to oversee a coup against his future side, but Leipzig captain Willi Orban equalized in the 89th minute to move his side within a point of third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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American midfielder Tyler Adams came on as a second half substitute at halftime and finished the match in central midfield.

Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric scored in the 22nd on the rebound after Joelinton’s initial effort was saved by Peter Gulacsi.

Gulacsi made a brilliant reflex save to deny Adam Szalai what would have been Hoffenheim’s second goal late on, before Orban made the home side’s pressure finally count.

Leipzig, which was without Germany striker Timo Werner due to illness, consolidated fourth place, the last to qualify for Europe’s premier competition, with Wolfsburg four points behind in fifth after round 23 from 34.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern closes ground after BVB’s awful finish

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A wild day in the Bundesliga saw humiliating performances for two of the Top Three.

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The third side did not blow its chance to take advantage, as Bayern Munich moved ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach to get within five points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim

Leading 3-0 at home with 15 minutes remaining in the match, Dortmund disintegrated.

There’s no other way to describe it. Jadon Sancho, Mario Gotze, and Raphael Guerreiro led to a solitary point thanks in large part to Ishak Belfodil.

The 27-year-old scored his fifth and six goals of the season, sandwiched around a Pavel Kaderabek goal, as Hoffenheim keeps its European hopes alive.

USMNT attacker Christian Pulisic was an unused sub in the draw after playing 120 minutes at midweek. BVB meets Tottenham on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Hertha Berlin

Thirty-three year old Salomon Kalou was among the scorers as Hertha scored a result almost as surprising as Hoffenheim’s draw. Ondrej Duda and Davie Selke scored second half goals to put the away win in the bag.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Schalke

An own goal started the scoring at the Allianz Arena, and the hosts didn’t wilt when Schalke answered in the 25th minute, as American midfielder set up Ahmed Kutucu.

The deadlock lasted all of two minutes.

Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry scored on either side of halftime to give Bayern a boost in the table and leading into a UEFA Champions League tie with Liverpool.

And Lewandowski assisted Gnabry’s goal with a very nice-looking overhead attempt.

Mainz 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
RB Leipzig 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg 3-3 Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 2-0 Nurnberg
Werder Bremen v. Augsburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Stuttgart — Noon ET Sunday


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 21 15 5 1 54 23 31 9-2-0 6-3-1 50
 Bayern Munich 21 14 3 4 47 24 23 6-3-1 8-0-3 45
 Mönchengladbach 21 13 3 5 41 21 20 9-0-1 4-3-4 42
 RB Leipzig 21 11 5 5 38 18 20 7-3-1 4-2-4 38
 Eintracht Frankfurt 21 9 6 6 40 27 13 5-2-3 4-4-3 33
 Bayer Leverkusen 21 10 3 8 37 32 5 5-1-4 5-2-4 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 21 9 5 7 32 30 2 3-3-4 6-2-3 32
 Hertha BSC Berlin 21 8 7 6 34 31 3 4-4-2 4-3-4 31
 1899 Hoffenheim 21 7 9 5 41 32 9 3-5-3 4-4-2 30
 Werder Bremen 20 7 6 7 32 32 0 3-4-3 4-2-4 27
 FSV Mainz 05 21 7 6 8 23 33 -10 4-4-3 3-2-5 27
 SC Freiburg 21 5 8 8 29 37 -8 3-5-3 2-3-5 23
 FC Schalke 04 21 6 4 11 25 32 -7 4-0-6 2-4-5 22
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 20 6 4 10 22 39 -17 4-0-6 2-4-4 22
 FC Augsburg 20 4 6 10 29 33 -4 2-4-4 2-2-6 18
 VfB Stuttgart 20 4 3 13 17 44 -27 3-2-5 1-1-8 15
 Hannover 96 21 3 5 13 20 44 -24 3-1-7 0-4-6 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 21 2 6 13 17 46 -29 2-4-5 0-2-8 12

Spectacular Sane guides Man City to group crown

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Leroy Sane scored two beautiful goals as Manchester City came back from an early deficit to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and claim its UEFA Champions League group on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.

City is the lone Premier League side to win its group.

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Kramaric curled a wonderful ball toward the City goal, but Ederson tipped it wide of the far post with an outstanding effort.

City conceded a penalty on the ensuing corner when Laporte took down Benjamin Hubner in the box, allowing Kramaric to converted the 16th minute penalty.

Gabriel Jesus nearly equalized two minutes later, heading a Leroy Sane corner kick off the post. Oliver Baumann then made a sprawling save on John Stones.

Sane answered with a beauty before halftime, bending a wicked free kick over and around the wall.

The Premier League champions were much better in the second half, with Raheem Sterling and Sane continuing their season-long danger.

Sterling then led a 3v1 break, passing to Sane who got a bit too unselfish with a layoff to Bernardo Silva, who was stymied by the goalkeeper. It was an astounding miss.

But Sane did the thing himself, playing a sensational low pass onto the path of Sterling before getting the ball returned and touching around Baumann to make it 2-1.

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Guardiola tries to bite tongue on refs, says experience will help Man City

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Pep Guardiola‘s last two matches on a Champions League touch line have been less than ideal, and it goes without saying that Manchester City’s experience followed suit when its mastermind watched from the stands last month in Manchester.

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City was on the winning end of this one, though, with the Premier League champions getting a 2-1 win in Hoffenheim following David Silva‘s 87th minute winner in Germany on Tuesday.

Guardiola earned a one-match ban in the Spring when he lit into referees against Liverpool in the UCL quarterfinals and was sent to the stands. He served it at the Etihad Stadium when Lyon beat City 2-1 on Sept. 19.

So though he was clearly less than pleased with the men in yellow shirts on Tuesday, he bit his tongue the best he could, hinting strongly at his displeasure by saying, “We fought against absolutely everything today.”

Guardiola said triumphing against adversity is something that will bode well for City in the tournament moving forward (H/T to Sam Lee of Goal.com).

“We need to experience this as a club. In the past we have qualified with one or two games to spare but in the future this is going to help us. You cannot go far without living moments like this. What happened today gave me a lot of good signals for the future.”

Next up for City is a visit to Liverpool on Sunday, while its next Champions League match is Oct. 23 in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Man City secure late Champions League win at Hoffenheim

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Manchester City are off and running in the UEFA Champions League, as they sealed a comeback 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

With less than a minute on the clock Ishak Belfodil gave the hosts the lead in their first-ever home game in the UCL group stage, but Sergio Aguero equalized six minutes later.

City had plenty of the ball and David Silva scored the winner in the 87th minute after a defensive mistake from Hoffenheim.

Pep Guardiola‘s men have now opened up Group F with a defeat at home to Lyon and a win at Hoffenheim. City’s next two games are home and away against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Hoffenheim face Lyon in their next two outings.

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Just 48 seconds were on the clock when Hoffenheim took the lead.

Kerem Demirbay’s ball found Belfodil and he had acres of space before he slotted the ball under Ederson and into the net. The home fans could hardly believe their luck in their first-ever UCL group stage home game.

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City responded quickly as Aguero equalized within six minutes.

The Argentine finished Leroy Sane’s Cross after Silva’s pass and normal service was resumed.

Hoffenheim poured forward in search of a second goal but City had plenty of the ball but were frustrated.

A lively Raheem Sterling was denied after going through on goal, as the teams went in level at the break in Germany.

In the second half City continued to pour forward in search of a winner with Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany dangerous from set piece situations. Bernardo Silva dribbled free of his man and stood up a wonderful cross for Aguero but his header was saved.

A huge moment of controversy arrived late on as the brilliant Sane drove into the box and knocked the ball past goalkeeper Baumann, and despite being clipped by Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper no penalty kick was given.

Silva then scored in the closing minutes with a calm finish after a defensive error from Stefan Posch, as he sealed a deserved win for City against their Bundesliga opponents.