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Werder Bremen is staying the Bundesliga on away goals after a 2-2 draw at Heidenheim in the second leg of the promotion/relegation playoff preserved their place in Germany’s top flight.

Bremen’s American forward Josh Sargent had a front-row seat for the decisive goal, getting the last touch before Norman Theuerkauf put it in his own goal in the third minute.

Heidenheim thickened the drama late when Tim Kleindienst put home the rebound of a shot smashed off the crossbar in the 85th, but a grinder’s effort from veteran Fin Bartels to set up Ludwig Augustinsson in stoppage time put the tie to bed. Heidenheim added a penalty at the death as Kleindienst finished his brace.

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Bremen avoids its first relegation in nearly 40 years. Heidenheim finished third in 2.Bundesliga while Bremen was third-bottom of Bundesliga.

Sargent, 20, worked his way into becoming a Bremen regular this season, featuring in its last 17 league matches and both playoff matches. He started Monday, one of 15 starts between the Bundesliga and playoffs. He finished the season with four goals and four assists.

His stats over 88 minutes were good. Sargent had two shots on target, one blocked, completed two of four dribbles, and influenced the own goal (SofaScore). One of his shots saved could’ve easily been a goal but it did not cost Bremen. The industrious Sargent was involved in 24 duels and drew two fouls.

Manager Florian Kohfeldt asked Sargent to run his shorts off and press hard at forward and Bremen was not good at getting service to anyone this season. Sargent will have hardened his game this season and can now claim to be a part of one of the greatest escapes in Bundesliga history.

An editorial note of pure opinion: Keep an eye on Heidenheim’s Niklas Dorsch, a Bayern Munich academy product who drove Heidenheim with influential performances all season. Unsure there’s another year in the second tier for him.

Bundesliga wrap: Reyna assists as Dortmund clinches 2nd; Richards debuts

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The Bundesliga’s top four picture is a lot clearer on a day that Americans danced through many of the matches on the penultimate match day of the season.

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USMNT teen prospect Giovanni Reyna made his first start and got his first assist, 20-year-old Chris Richards saw his first Bayern Munich league minutes, and several other American mainstays logged minutes across Germany.

RB Leipzig 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Giovanni Reyna’s first Bundesliga start was a good one, the 17-year-old American setting up Erling Haaland for the first of 2 goals that sealed BVB’s second-place standing this season.

Haaland’s second goal came off a Julian Brandt feed, as Dortmund’s team is loaded with youth even with Jadon Sancho seemingly set for a summer sale. Haaland had no mercy on his former Red Bull family and now has 13 Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances since arriving from Salzburg in January.

Leipzig will finish top four with a point at Augsburg next week or dropped points from Borussia Monchengladbach or Bayer Leverkusen.

Reyna went 81 minutes, completing 86 percent of his passes including his only long ball. He converted four of five dribbles, won 10 of 17 duels, drew three fouls, and was credited with three tackles (SofaScore).

American midfielder Tyler Adams was a halftime sub for Leipzig, entering with the score 1-0. He won 2-of-3 duels, connected on 3-of-4 distance passes, made two interceptions and two tackles.

Supreme calmness and smarts on the assist, as Reyna darts into the box and knows where to find Haaland with his first touch.

Paderborn 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Gladbach continues to control its top four destiny following a straight-forward win over already-relegated Paderborn, who took a red card with less than a half hour to play.

The visitors led 2-1 at that point on goals from Patrick Herrmann and Lars Stindl, the latter adding another on a Ramy Bensebaini assist with 17 minutes remaining on the clock.

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Dodi Lukebakio had a goal and an assist as Bruno Labbadia’s Hertha continued its fine post-pause play and limited Bayer’s top four hopes to just that with one week to play.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Freiburg

The champions indoctrinated some new blood after building a 3-1 halftime lead on two goals and an assist from Robert Lewandowski.

American center back Chris Richards, 20, made his Bundesliga debut in the 84th minute of the win, completing all four of his passes and losing his only duel. Ex-Southampton and Chelsea man Jamal Musiala, 17, also made his Bundesliga debut.

Joshua Kimmich scored Bayern’s other goal.

Here’s what Richards told CBS’ Roger Gonzalez after the game:

“I was very excited when I heard my name to come over to the bench. Once I got the instructions from the coach then the nerves started to kick in, but after my first action I felt right at home.”

 

Hoffenheim 4-0 Union Berlin

Four different players scored as Hoffenheim clinched a place in the Europa League. Union is guaranteed a bottom-half finish but won’t care: There will be a second season in the top flight.

Mainz 3-1 Werder Bremen

Bremen now needs help from Union Berlin to avoid its first season in the second tier since 1980 after three different Mainz players scored to key a 3-1 win.

In-form Davy Klaassen set up Bremen’s lone goal from Yuya Osako, and American forward Josh Sargent’s good day up top wasn’t enough to produce a result. Sargent took two shots, completed two of three dribbles, and won five of nine duels as center forward.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Augsburg

Fortuna’s point coupled with Werder Bremen’s loss means the hosts need to match or better Bremen’s final week result to avoid automatic relegation and contest the playoff against 2.Bundesliga’s third-place finisher. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales was an unused sub in the draw, and Rouwen Hennings was again Fortuna’s scorer.

Schalke 1-4 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg is headed back to the Europa League after clobbering woeful Schalke. Wout Weghorst scored two more goals to pace the visitors.

USMNT center back John Brooks made his 12th-straight start in the win, helping to limit Schalke to zero big chances (SofaScore). International teammate Weston McKennie went 90 minutes in the loss, picking up a yellow card, a blocked shot, an interception, and two tackles. He won 10 of 20 duels, drew two fouls, and fouled three times himself.

Koln 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht had the better of play but needed a 72nd-minute Bas Dost goal to take a point after Florina Kainz gave the hosts a lead before halftime. Neither team is going to Europe nor the second tier.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 33 25 4 4 96 32 64 13-2-2 12-2-2 79
 Borussia Dortmund 33 21 6 6 84 37 47 11-3-2 10-3-4 69
 RB Leipzig 33 17 12 4 79 36 43 7-8-2 10-4-2 63
 Mönchengladbach 33 19 5 9 64 39 25 11-2-3 8-3-6 62
 Bayer Leverkusen 33 18 6 9 60 44 16 8-4-4 10-2-5 60
 VfL Wolfsburg 33 13 10 10 48 42 6 4-7-5 9-3-5 49
 1899 Hoffenheim 33 14 7 12 49 53 -4 7-1-9 7-6-3 49
 SC Freiburg 33 12 9 12 44 47 -3 8-2-6 4-7-6 45
 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 12 6 15 56 58 -2 7-4-5 5-2-10 42
 Hertha BSC Berlin 33 11 8 14 47 57 -10 6-3-8 5-5-6 41
 FC Schalke 04 33 9 12 12 38 54 -16 5-7-5 4-5-7 39
 1. FC Union Berlin 33 11 5 17 38 58 -20 7-3-6 4-2-11 38
 FSV Mainz 05 33 11 4 18 44 64 -20 5-2-10 6-2-8 37
 1. FC Köln 33 10 6 17 50 63 -13 6-4-7 4-2-10 36
 FC Augsburg 33 9 9 15 44 61 -17 5-5-6 4-4-9 36
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 33 6 12 15 36 64 -28 4-6-7 2-6-8 30
 Werder Bremen 33 7 7 19 36 68 -32 1-3-12 6-4-7 28
 SC Paderborn 33 4 8 21 35 71 -36 2-2-13 2-6-8 20

Bundesliga: Bremen takes another step to safety, Haaland saves BVB

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Borussia Dortmund’s late and perhaps undeserved winner at Fortuna Dusseldorf means Bayern Munich still have some work to do to win an eighth-straight Bundesliga title.

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A late goal from Erling Haaland was the difference on a day that nine of 10 teams playing at 9:30 a.m. ET found the back of the net.

Werder Bremen picked up a huge win and all-but-sealed Paderborn’s relegation, while Wolfsburg and Freiburg split the spoils in a battle with Europa League implications.

There were Americans all over the Bundesliga pitches today, and we’ll highlight each one as we round up all of the early action from the Bundesliga on Saturday morning.

Paderbon 1-5 Werder Bremen

Davy Klaassen scored twice as Werder Bremen kept its safety push alive while all-but-relegating hosts Paderborn.

Bremen’s win gives them 28 points, one goal of differential behind playoff side Fortuna, three back of Mainz, and four behind Augsburg. Bremen has been in the top flight since 1980.

Niclas Fullkrug, Maximilian Eggestein, and Yuya Osako also scored for Bremen.

Paderborn can no longer seal automatic safety and its playoff hopes are on a lifeline after the loss leaves them 11 points off 15th and nine back of 16th place Fortuna.

The bottom-place side made a good fight of it after the coronavirus pause, but draws and not wins killed them. Abdelhamid Sabiri scored late to ruin Jiri Pavelka’s clean sheet.

Americans Abroad: Josh Sargent played the role of pest well again today over , hassling the Paderborn back line while putting two shots on target and completing 2-of-3 dribbles though Sofascore credited him with a big chance missed. He won 7-of-15 duels, drew three fouls, made two interactions, and a tackle. It will be fascinating to see how much he grows from being in a such desperate (and maybe successful) relegation battle at such a tender age.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Super sub Erling Haaland’s header of a Manuel Akanji cross deep in stoppage time saved sleepy Borussia Dortmund from a horrible draw in Dusseldorf.

Haaland had missed two-straight matches with a knee injury suffered against Bayern Munich, and scored for the first time in five matches when he won it with his 11th in 12 Bundesliga outings.

Raphael Guerreiro belted a shot through the heart of the box and past diving Kenan Karaman but VAR pulled it off the board.

And Fortuna pushed for a winner, Steven Skrzybski twice hitting the post including a late smash off the post.

Americans Abroad: Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna and Fortuna’s Alfredo Morales were second half subs. Reyna entered for the final 16 minutes and drew a foul while winning both of his duels and passing well as usual (9-of-11). Morales only had three touches and two passes over nine minutes off the bench, registering a clearance.

Hertha Berlin 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt

What a winner.

Days after Daichi Kamada assisted a goal in Eintracht’s ill-fated German Cup semi loss to Bayern Munich, he conjured up some magic to set up a cute finish after the hour mark in Berlin.

Kamada’s mazy dribble led to a sweeping back leg goal from Andre Silva, who had assisted Bas Dost’s opener and late added Eintracht’s fourth.

Krzysztof Piatek had given Hertha an early lead but BSC star center back Dedryck Boyata was sent off in first half stoppage time in an odd incident where a penalty was taken off the spot but his last man back foul remained.

Evan N’Dicka scored the third goal for Eintracht.

Americans Abroad: Timothy Chandler was an 87th minute sub in the win after playing the wealth of the midweek cup semifinal loss.

Koln 1-2 Union Berlin

This was more like the Union we saw in the first part of the season, as Marvin Friedrich and Christian Gentner scored to move the promoted side level on points with their hosts.

Koln star Jhon Cordoba scored in stoppage time for the hosts.

Both sides are six points clear of the bottom three and seven off the automatic relegation places with three matches to play.

USMNT-eligible Julian Ryerson was not in the 18 for Union after an injury last weekend.

Wolfsburg 2-2 Freiburg

Wolfsburg’s built a 2-0 lead that could’ve been four had two goals not been canceled by VAR in the first half-hour, but Freiburg scored just before and after halftime to level the score line with 44 minutes to play.

Wout Weghorst scored his 13th and 14th goals of the Bundesliga season, the second from the spot, before Lucas Holer and Roland Sallai answered for Freiburg. Holer’s goal was set up by in-form Vincenzo Grifo.

Americans Abroad: John Brooks couldn’t do much on the second goal and his diving header failed in a bid to stop the cross that led to Freiburg’s first goal. He had seven clearances, won 5 of 10 duels, and completed four of six long balls as part of a 78 percent passing day.

Weghorst heads Wolfsburg past Bremen (video)

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Wolfsburg got a late goal from Wout Weghorst to send hosts Werder Bremen closer to a first relegation in almost four decades following a 1-0 match at the Weserstadion on Sunday.

Sixth-place Wolfsburg insured its Europa League hopes with the win, now two points ahead of Hoffenheim and four clear of Freiburg.

Bremen is deeper into relegation danger and no longer controls its own destiny. The hosts are six points back of safety and three points behind the playoff spot.

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Wolfsburg’s goal came after an under-hit pass was picked off by ex-Newcastle man Kevin Mbabu, who has been fantastic this season.

Mbabu dribbled into the final third and laid off for Felix Klaus, whose cross was nodded home by Weghorst for the 27-year-old Dutchman’s 16th goal in all competitions this season.

Americans Abroad

Josh Sargent had a hard time with Wolfsburg’s John Brooks(and the American’s strong counterpart Marin Pongracic). The Bremen center forward played 76 minutes and had a shot blocked while completing his only dribble. Sargent was again very busy and charged into 14 duels, winning six. He fouled three times, was fouled four times, and picked up a yellow card.

Brooks was pretty good, with three interceptions, two tackles, a blocked shot, and two clearances. He won seven of 13 duels and completed six of 13 long balls as part of 72 percent passing.

Eintracht nears safety with second-half surge past Bremen

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Andre Silva and Stefan Ilsanker sent Eintracht Frankfurt to Bundesliga safety and sent Werder Bremen crashing to a new reality in a 3-0 at the Weserstadion on Wednesday.

Eintracht’s 35 points put it eight points clear of the bottom three with five matches to play, while Bremen’s three-match unbeaten run ends with it standing three points back of 15th-place Mainz.

Silva has scored 12 goals on loan from AC Milan, eight coming in the Bundesliga and four in the five matches since the league returned from the coronavirus pause.

For Ilsanker, his goals mark his first ever in the Bundesliga over 87 appearances, and first in any competition since scoring for RB Leipzig in the 2015-16 2.Bundesliga season.

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The first half was very cagey, with little to report aside from a penalty denied Bremen, who again looked nothing like the side that’s been in the relegation places for so much of the season.

Eintracht thought it’d gone ahead with a Dominik Kohr goal before the hour mark, but either a slight offside or handball by the passer counted against his hopes.

The visitors scored as the clock struck 60:00. Makato Hasebe starts the play and Filip Kostic crossed for Silva to head inside the near post.

Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt responded by putting USMNT striker Josh Sargent in for Davie Selke.

Davy Klaassen wasted a 78th minute counter attack as Bremen showed some desperation and Leonardo Bittencourt hit a wayward attempt a minute later.

Ilsanker made it 2-0 within moments of subbing into the match, a Bas Dost-redirected corner kick landing in his path for a close-range finish. Fellow sub Jonathan de Guzman then spun a free kick around the fray for an emphatic Ilsanker header.

Americans Abroad: Sargent’s half-hour was non-descript. Dost flicked the corner kick before Sargent could head clear. He was eight-of-eight passing on 11 touches and completed his lone long ball. Sargent won 2-of-3 duels and drew a foul. Judging by what we saw from Davie Selke, Sargent could get another turn in the Starting XI versus Wolfsburg.

Timmy Chandler was an unused sub for Eintracht, a little over a week after playing super sub with a match-winning goal.