Kevin Volland

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Bundesliga: Pulisic sets up two more in rout; Bayer wins again (video)

Leave a comment

Christian Pulisic had another influential day for Borussia Dortmund in a 7-0 home win over Nurnberg at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday.

The American 20-year-old assisted Dortmund’s first goal and helped set up their second as BVB poured goals on Nurnberg.

[ MORE: Pogba or Mourinho? ]

Marco Reus scored twice, while Jacob Bruun Larsen, Julian Weigl, Jadon Sancho, Manuel Akanji, and Achraf Hakimi also found the back of the net. Sancho and Bruun Larsen also recorded assists.

The first is the pick of the litter, as Pulisic sets Jacob Bruun Larsen up for his first BVB goal with a clever pass to open the lid on the Nurnberg back line.

The second came a little over 20 minutes later as Marco Reus scored the first of his two goals on the night.

Pulisic is fouled as he touches an incisive pass to Maximilian Philipp, who redirects the ball into the path of his captain for a 32nd minute smash.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Boy, did Bayer need this week. Kevin Volland scored in the 50th and 60th minutes as the perennial top half contenders nabbed their second win in four days after beginning the season 0-3.

Elsewhere
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 0-0 Wolfsburg
RB Leipzig 2-0 Stuttgart

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 5 4 1 0 12 3 9 2-1-0 2-0-0 13
 Borussia Dortmund 5 3 2 0 15 3 12 3-0-0 0-2-0 11
 Werder Bremen 5 3 2 0 10 6 4 1-2-0 2-0-0 11
 Hertha BSC Berlin 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 2-0-0 1-1-1 10
 Mönchengladbach 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 3-0-0 0-1-1 10
 VfL Wolfsburg 5 2 2 1 8 7 1 1-1-1 1-1-0 8
 FSV Mainz 05 5 2 2 1 4 3 1 2-1-0 0-1-1 8
 RB Leipzig 5 2 2 1 8 8 0 2-1-0 0-1-1 8
 1899 Hoffenheim 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 1-1-0 1-0-2 7
 SC Freiburg 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 1-1-1 1-0-1 7
 Bayer Leverkusen 5 2 0 3 5 9 -4 1-0-1 1-0-2 6
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
¬†Fortuna D√ľsseldorf 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 1-0-2 0-2-0 5
¬†1. FC N√ľrnberg 5 1 2 2 4 10 -6 1-1-0 0-1-2 5
 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 0-1-1 1-0-2 4
 Hannover 96 5 0 2 3 4 9 -5 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 VfB Stuttgart 5 0 2 3 3 9 -6 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 9 -7 0-0-2 0-0-3 0

U-21 EURO roundup: England top Sweden on late Lingard volley; Germany cruise

1 Comment

Through two round or group stage games, the 2015 U-21 European Championship in the Czech Republic has seen no shortage of goals (17 goals in eight games) as the premier European youth competition edges closer to the end of the group stage.

[ MORE: Thursday’s transfer rumor roundup ]

The latest round of group games were won, lost and drawn as follows:

Sweden 0-1 England

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard scored a spectacular,¬†late winner (below video)¬†from just outside the penalty area, as Gareth Southgate’s England U-21 side knocked off Sweden to grab second place in Group B with a game to play. The goal was the first of the tournament for an England side that also includes strikers Harry Kane and Danny Ings.

A date with Italy in the two sides’ group stage finale awaits.

Germany 3-0 Denmark

Hoffenheim’s Kevin Volland scored a pair of goals on either side of halftime (his first two¬†of the tournament) before Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter completed the scoring to put Germany top of Group A. Liverpool’s Emre Can scored a real beauty in the Germans’ first group game, a 1-1 draw with Serbia.

It’ll be 1st vs. 3rd when Germany and the Czech Republic face off in the group stage finale on Tuesday.

Serbia 0-4 Czech Republic

No one in this year’s tournament has scored more goals than 21-year-old Czech striker Jan Kliment (Czech side¬†FC Vysocina Jihlava), and could be the breakout star making his way to¬†one of Europe’s “bigger” sides following an impressive showing. Kliment bagged a hat trick against Serbia after failing to score in the opener against Denmark.

Elsewhere in U-21 EURO action

Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark
Germany 1-1 Serbia

Italy 1-2 Sweden
England 0-1 Portugal

Italy 0-0 Portugal

Group A standings: 1) Germany – 4 points, 2) Denmark – 3 points, 3) Czech Republic – 3 points, 4) Serbia – 1 point

Group B standings: 1) Portugal – 4 points, 2) England – 3 points, 3) Sweden – 3 points, 4) Italy – 1 point

Bundesliga Wrap: Goals galore!

Leave a comment

No game in the Bundesliga featured less than two goals so far this weekend, and an astonishing four matches saw the winners scoring four goals. That’s the sort of fun you get when you tune into German football – the title may be all but decided, but there’s still going to be plenty of excitement elsewhere. The sort of excitement you get when the last-placed side sinks four.

Friday Results

Mainz 2-0 Hannover
A very happy Valentine’s Day result for Mainz, who move one step closer to the European positions with their fourth win in five games.¬†Yunus Malli scored their first off a counter-attack in the 51st minute, while substitute¬†Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting grabbed the second deep into extra time.

Saturday Results

Bayern Munich 4-0 Freiburg
A routine win over one of the Bundesliga’s struggling sides ensures that Bayern Munich keep their hold on the top of the table, sitting an astonishing 16 points above Bayer Leverkusen. Dante scored the first, with Xherdan Shaqiri bagging a brace before the interval. Claudio Pizarro scored right at the end, completing Bayern’s rout over Freiburg.

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
They might be 17 points behind Bayern, but Dortmund weren’t about to be undone by the league’s top side. No, they had to go and score four as well, just to make a point against a poor Frankfurt side, who they’d already beaten earlier in the week in the domestic cup.¬†Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace inside 20 minutes, and Robert Lewandowski added a third with a penalty conversion to start the second half. The real talking point, though, was¬†MiloŇ° Jojińá, who scored with his first touch for Dortmund, a mere 12 seconds into his debut with the club.

Braunschweig 4-2 Hamburg
So Bayern got four, and Dortmund got four. No big deal, right? But bottom side Braunschweig, who’d had just 11 goals prior to this weekend, scoring four – that’s a big deal. And that’s just a sign of how poor Hamburg, who are now just a point off the bottom, are. It was the visitors that opened the scoring, and¬†Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s goal was enough to take them into the half with a 1-0 lead.¬†Domi Kumbela equalized for Braunschweig in the 51st minute, and added another ten minutes later.¬†Ivo Ilińćevińá pulled one back for Hamburg, but Braunschweig picked up the pace in the final five minutes. Kumbela completed his hattrick and¬†Jan Hochscheidt added a fourth with the final play of the game.

Hoffenheim 4-1 Stuttgart
What? Another side got four goals? Yes, this time it was mid-table Hoffenheim pushing Stuttgart, who started off the season in Europa League and have now lost six in a row, even closer to the danger zone. You’d think Stuttgart did it to themselves, going down to ten men when¬†Moritz Leitner received a second yellow, but Hoffenheim were already up 3-1 by the sending off in the 80th minute. Sven Schipplock scored on either side of the half, Kevin Volland put one in in between.¬†Antonio R√ľdiger finally found the net for Stuttgart in the 78th, but it was Hoffeinheim with the final say, a penalty converted by Roberto Firmino.

Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Just two goals? Yawn. Gladbach must’ve thought they’d had this one all sewn up, cruising after Raffael’s sixth minute goal. But¬†Ludovic Obraniak scored from a direct free kick in the 88th minute, grabbing a share of the points for Werder Bremen. If Gladbach, now in fifth, don’t start winning soon, their Champion League dreams will be completely out of reach.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Schalke
It’s obvious that Leverkusen aren’t going to catch Bayern, and it’s fairly clear they’re not going to lose out on a Champions League place. Still, you’d think they’d at least be able to secure a point at home, even against Schalke. Especially after getting kicked out of the Cup to Bundesliga 2 side¬†Kaiserslautern. But maybe Leverkusen are just saving it up to meet PSG midweek, because they could do little to stop Schalke. In fact, their goal came courtesy of the visitors, an own goal from Felipe Santana. It was¬†Leon Goretzka and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar that put the ball in the back of the Leverkusen net, giving Schalke the win.

Sunday Fixtures

Augsburg vs. Nurnberg
Nurnberg, with just two wins all season, don’t look a likely contender to throw a spanner in Augsburg’s plan to slip into the European positions. Then again, Nurberg do have six draws on the road and managed two wins in a row before facing Bayern, so the visitors grabbing a share of the points wouldn’t be¬†completely¬†out of left field.

Hertha Berlin vs. Wolfsburg
It’s rare that the Bundesliga weekend ends with an intriguing matchup with any relevance whatsoever, but the outcome of this game could have huge implications on which Bundesliga side takes the final Europa League spot. Wolfsburg has sixth right now, but Hertha are just two points back – and holding on to a European position would be quite a way to mark their return to Germany’s top division.