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World Cup winner Kevin Grosskreutz hospitalized after fight

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) German second-division leader Stuttgart says World Cup winner Kevin Grosskreutz has been hospitalized after getting involved in a fight Monday night.

The club says “Grosskreutz is doing well in the circumstances. It looks like he can leave the hospital again on Wednesday. Kevin Grosskreutz will file charges after the incident.”

Stuttgart does not give the extent of the 28-year-old right back’s injuries.

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Police, who didn’t name the player, reported that a 28-year-old was taken to hospital with a head injury after receiving a punch in a fight between two groups. A 16-year-old from the same group was also taken to hospital, with no apparent external injuries. Four suspects were arrested.

Grosskreutz, then playing for Borussia Dortmund, was an unused substitute for Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team in Brazil.

Arsenal 2-0 Dortmund: Sanogo and Sanchez send the Gunners through to the Knockout Stage

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With Dortmund already through to the Champions League knockout stage, it was a night that Arsenal needed to capitalize on if they too were to join the Germans in making it out of Group D. And capitalize they did, comprehensively beating Dortmund 2-0 to send Arsenal through to the Knockout Stage for the 11th consecutive season.

Controversy has surrounded Arsene Wenger of late and today was no different, choosing to start 21-year-old Yaya Sanogo up front. But this time around the French manager got it right as the French striker fired home 73 seconds into the match. It was a brilliant piece of skill as Sanogo exchanged passes with Santi Cazorla before calmly slotting through the legs of Roman Weidenfeller for his first European goal.

With Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain full of energy and ideas, the Gunners oozed confidence. But boosted by 4,000 traveling supporters, Dortmund settled in after the early goal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan causing trouble on a number of occasions. After a linkup with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close but was knocked away by Kieran Gibbs, the Armenian fired over the bar just two minutes later and directly at third-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez only a minute later.

Dominating parts of the match through possession, Arsenal also were quick off the counter-attack and in the 56th minute, the tactical expansion nearly paid off. After nipping Dortmund of possession around midfield, a looped clearance found Oxlade Chamberlain, who brought the ball down and fired square onto the bar from 30 yards out.

With the crowd amped, Arsenal continued to pour forward and a minute later they found Sanchez on the left side of the pitch. Lukasz Piszczek showed the Chilean inside and Sanchez cleverly touched right before hooking a low dipping shot to the far post that skipped under the arms of diving Weidenfeller. The goal brought Sanchez’ goal tally to three in the Champions League and 13 on the season.

Comfortable in the lead, Arsenal backed in and Dortmund took advantage as Ilkay Gundogan found Kevin Grosskreutz only for his ball across the goal-mouth to go untouched. As time wound down, Gundogan was at it again taking touches outside the box to create space and shoot only for Martinez to collect. Arsenal bent but did not break and just before time Martinez ensured his clean sheet with an impressive save on a turn and shot by Adrian Ramos.

 

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal: Gunners outclassed by BVB

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To say a team was outclassed has become a soccer cliché, but on rare occasions, the difference is undeniable. So it was today at the Westfalenstadion, where a Borussia Dortmund team at the peak of its counter attacking expertise embarrassed Arsenal. Outshooting its guests 23-5, BVB opened its UEFA Champions League campaign with a  2-0 win over the visiting Gunners, casting early doubts on the North Londoners’ chance of improving their fortunes in the this year’s tournament.

Eliminated in the Round of 16 four years running, Arsenal’s 2014-15 competition got off to an auspicious start despite staying even for 4r minutes, though Ciro Immobile’s goal just before halftime gave a dominant host its 1-0 lead. After the break, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quickly doubled that advantage, with 2012-13’s finalists ending the game with a 7-1 edge in shots on target.

The victory leaves Dortmund alone at the top of Group D after a late Galatasaray goal earned the Turkish champions a draw with Anderlecht. BVB visits the Belgians in the next round of games (Oct. 1), while Arsenal hosts Gala.

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A lopsided first half that saw Arsenal outshot 15-2 nearly ended scoreless, but moments before intermission, one of Dortmund’s offseason reinforcements scored his first BVB goal. Found on a counter attack in the 45th minute, Immobile carried the ball half the field and to the right of the Gunners’ goal, splitting two defenders at the edge of the penalty area before rolling a right-footed shot inside Wojciech Szczesny’s far post. Leaving the Arsenal keeper flat-footed, the Italian international gave his team a 1-0 lead.

Moments after the break, BVB doubled its edge, again exposing Arsenal’s defense on the counter. Playing a ball from the center circle wide left to Kevin Grosskreutz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned and sprinted toward the edge of the Gunners’ area, where Grosskreutz’s long pass allow him to round an out-of-position Szczesny. Stumbling, Aubameyang eventually regained his composure to loft a left-footed finish into the abandoned goal, giving BVB a 2-0 lead.

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The remainder of the game descended into a series of close calls and Arsenal errors. In the 57th minute, Aubameyeng hit the cross-bar after another defense-breaking counter. Later, pressure from the Gabon international nearly deflected a ball off Szczesny’s foot and into Arsenal’s net, while lackadaisical play from Mikel Arteta on a pass from the flank created an open chance for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Arsenal were able to create occasional chances for Danny Welbeck, footnotes in what as an otherwise meek performance.

It was nearly a worst case scenario for Arsenal. While getting points out of Westphalia was always unexpected, Arsenal now has reason to doubt whether they can meet the standard of Europe’s best. Today in Germany, the Gunners weren’t close.

For BVB, the performance was early confirmation. Though Robert Lewandowski has moved on, Jurgen Klopp still has enough weapons to do damage in this competition. Dortmund may be primed for another Champions League run.

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Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Durm, Subotic, Sokratis, Schmeltzer (Jojic 79′); Mkhitaryan, Kehl (Ginter 45′), Bender, Grosskreutz; Immobile (Ramos 86′), Aubameyang

Arsenal: Szczesny; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta (Podolski 77′); Ozil (Oxlade-Chamberlain 62′), Ramsey (Cazorla 62′), Wilshere, Sánchez; Welbeck

Goals: Immobile 45′, Aubameyang 48′