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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern joins BVB on top; Wolfsburg wins

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Well, look out Lucien.

Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and his men have company atop the Bundesliga table, at least for a day, after Bayern Munich collected a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

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That puts the six-time defending Bundesliga champions level on points with BVB, who plays Sunday.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Having played at midweek, a grind of a 0-0 draw at Liverpool, Bayern had most of the ball but failed to generate too much danger.

So it’s fitting that an unorthodox scorer pushed the Bavarians through, with Javi Martinez scoring his first goal of the season and just fourth in as many years.

His 62nd minute winner was aided in producing the win by an 84th minute Hertha red card.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Wolfsburg

American center back John Brooks will be plenty happy with his performance under the eye of new USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, who was in attendance as Wolfsburg closed the gap on its third-place hosts to five points.

Brooks won 8 tackles and took a team-high 81 touches in the match, completing 53 of 59 passes.

Yannick Gerhardt scored before Admir Mehmedi added a brace for the visitors.

Elsewhere
Werder Bremen 1-1 Stuttgart — Friday; Sargent gets 1st start
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Nurnberg
Freiburg 5-1 Augsburg
Mainz 3-0 Schalke
Hannover 96 v. Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund v. Bayer Leverkusen — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 22 15 6 1 54 23 31 9-2-0 6-4-1 51
 Bayern Munich 23 16 3 4 51 26 25 7-3-1 9-0-3 51
 Mönchengladbach 23 13 4 6 42 25 17 9-0-2 4-4-4 43
 RB Leipzig 22 12 5 5 41 19 22 7-3-1 5-2-4 41
 VfL Wolfsburg 23 11 5 7 38 30 8 4-3-4 7-2-3 38
 Bayer Leverkusen 22 11 3 8 39 32 7 6-1-4 5-2-4 36
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 9 7 6 41 28 13 5-3-3 4-4-3 34
 1899 Hoffenheim 22 8 9 5 44 32 12 4-5-3 4-4-2 33
 Werder Bremen 23 8 8 7 38 34 4 4-5-3 4-3-4 32
 Hertha BSC Berlin 23 8 8 7 35 33 2 4-5-2 4-3-5 32
 FSV Mainz 05 23 8 6 9 26 36 -10 5-4-3 3-2-6 30
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 23 8 4 11 27 42 -15 6-0-6 2-4-5 28
 SC Freiburg 23 6 9 8 34 38 -4 4-5-3 2-4-5 27
 FC Schalke 04 23 6 5 12 25 35 -10 4-1-6 2-4-6 23
 FC Augsburg 23 4 6 13 32 45 -13 2-4-5 2-2-8 18
 VfB Stuttgart 23 4 4 15 19 51 -32 3-2-6 1-2-9 16
 Hannover 96 22 3 5 14 20 47 -27 3-1-7 0-4-7 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 23 2 7 14 18 48 -30 2-5-5 0-2-9 13

Champions League wrap: Dzeko dominates again; Real wins (just)

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Another terrific day in the UEFA Champions League saw goals, fine finishes, and star performances across Europe.

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Roma 3-0 CSKA Moscow

Powerful striker Edin Dzeko scored twice and assisted Cenzig Under’s 50th minute marker as Roma joined Real Madrid on six points in Group G.

How about a little love for Dzeko, by the way? The Bosnia and Herzegovina striker has five goals for Roma in this season’s UCL, and has 17 goals and seven assists in 23 appearances for Roma in the competition.

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Manchester United 0-1 JuventusRECAP

A spirited second half wasn’t enough for Jose Mourinho’s men to overcome another sloppy start, as Paulo Dybala’s 17th minute goal holds up at Old Trafford.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester CityRECAP

David Silva‘s star show could’ve produced 7 or 8 goals, but he’ll settle for the match winner as Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte also scored to send Man City atop its group.

Hoffenheim 3-3 Lyon

Talk about a back-and-forth affair.

Lyon led 1-0 and 3-2, in between overcoming a 2-1 deficit, but fell apart in stoppage time as Hoffenheim kept its UCL hopes alive via a Joelinton stoppage time finish.

Andrej Kramaric had the Bundesliga club’s other goals, while Bertrand Traore, Tanguy Ndombele, and Memphis Depay bagged goals for Lyon.

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar are three points back of Lyon and four behind Man City after three matches.

Real Madrid 2-1 Viktoria Plzen

Wobby Real built a 2-0 lead through Karim Benzema and Marcelo, but Slovakian midfielder Patrik Hrosovsky’s 78th minute goal gave the champions quite a fright at home.

Young Boys 1-1 Valencia

Michy Batshuayi struck first, but this one was all Young Boys. The Swiss side converted a 55th minute penalty through Guillaume Hoarau and out shot the La Liga side 18-8.

Ajax 1-0 Benfica

Dutch-born Moroccan right back Noussair Mazraoui scored in stoppage time to move Ajax level with Bayern Munich and in pole position to reach its first Champions League knockout round since 2005-06.

AEK Athens 0-2 Bayern Munich

Scoreless at halftime, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski scored within a 3-minute run at Bayern. It was a fine leaping volley for Martinez.

Bayern teammate backs USMNT’s Green for “many opportunities”

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With Arjen Robben out for the preseason and maybe longer, USMNT winger Julian Green has a big opportunity to impress new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The diminutive 21-year-old winger has already scored this preseason, and Green has the backing of Bayern Munich back Javi Martinez.

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Green, of course, is a common subject with Bayern touring the United States this summer, and here’s what Martinez told ESPN’s Dermot Corrigan about the youngster.

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“[Green] is a young kid, with lots of potential, and for sure he will play well,” Martinez told ESPN FC. “He is very fast, he battles hard, moves well and scores goals. A very dynamic player. I think that this year he will get many opportunities.”

Green’s only five Bundesliga appearances came courtesy of a tough loan spell at Hamburg in 2014-15, and he’s made just two First Team appearances for Bayern inside of season play (both in the UEFA Champions League).

The time is now for Green to impress, or he’ll have to find a new club. Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t wait for many (excepting Timmy Chandler. He waits for him with baited breath).

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng could be out three months

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Bayern Munich released more information on the injury to defender Jerome Boateng, and it’s not good.

The club confirmed that he suffered a groin injury and that he would be out for “a long time.” According to German publication Bild, Boateng is likely out for three months, which leaves Bayern Munich unquestionably thin in defense.

With Boateng potentially out until mid-April, and Medhi Benatia also injured until at least early February, that leaves just Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez as the only central defenders left on the roster. Badstuber has managed just 25 Bundesliga appearances over the last three seasons thanks to long-term injuries, and Martinez is a more natural midfielder than defender.

Boateng has been a rock for the German champions in recent years. Since arriving from Manchester City in 2011, he’s made at least 25 league appearances in every season.

“Without Benatia, Boateng and with a not entirely healthy Javi Martinez we have a problem,” manager Pep Guardiola said after their 1-0 win over Hamburg.

It’s possible that this could spring Bayern to action towards the end of the transfer window as they look to strengthen their defensive numbers. The club currently sits eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table. They have by far the league’s defensive record, with just nine goals conceded in 18 matches this season.

AP: Bayern extends deals of 4 players including Alonso, Mueller

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MUNICH (AP) Amid speculation on the future of coach Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich says it has extended the contracts of four players, including Germany forward Thomas Mueller and veteran Xavi Alonso.

Germany defender Jerome Boateng and Spain defensive midfielder Javi Martinez also received new deals.

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Mueller, Boateng, and Martinez are signed through mid-2021.

The 34-year-old Alonso is signed to the end of the next season.

There has been widespread speculation in German and Spanish media that Guardiola is set to announce his departure from Bayern at the end of the season. He is in the final season of a three-year deal.