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Dortmund tops Gladbach to move nine clear in Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Borussen derby.

Marco Reus picked up the winner nine minutes after the halftime break on a beautiful counter-attack that the German finished off with a slide. Dortmund countered with just four attackers against seven defenders, and Mario Gotze unlocked the back line with a low curling cross that bent around the Gladbach defenders and right to the feet of a streaking Reus.

That earned the three points after Jadon Sancho and Cristoph Kramer had cancelled each other out just before halftime. The English kid scored the opener on 42 minutes thanks to a wonderful free-kick routine that featured some trickeration around the ball, leading to a Gotze delivery that found three Dortmund players free on net, with Sancho heading in past Yann Sommer.

Kramer equalized just three minutes later on a controversial tap-in that featured Thorgan Hazard barreling over two Dortmund defenders in an attempt to get his head to a cross from the right flank.

The win saw the hosts bounce back from the season’s first loss, a 2-1 defeat to 15th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf on the road on Tuesday. American Christian Pulisic did not feature in the match on Friday after a full 90 minutes in the loss three days prior. The emergence of Sancho has seen Pulisic’s time on the field drop considerably, with just that one start since the end of September.

Transfer gossip: Gotze, Boateng, Miazga linked with moves

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As Antoine Griezmann commits to staying at Atletico Madrid, other players may be looking to find news homes.

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A couple of German World Cup winners are being linked with moves away from their respective Bundesliga giants.

Mario Gotze was left off the German squad for this summer’s tournament, and is said to be looking at clubs other than Borussia Dortmund.

Gotze, 26, is being linked with desire to play Premier League football, with Metro saying Arsenal, West Ham, and Everton are interested in his services.

Liverpool will naturally be mentioned as well, given his former manager Jurgen Klopp‘s status at Anfield, though Gotze scored just twice with four assists in 23 appearances last season.

Twenty-nine year old German center back Jerome Boateng could leave Bayern Munich, and Manchester United would be interesting in buying the former Man City man.

Boateng, 29, could leave Bayern if an “important” offer arrives and the player is interested in the location, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tells Bild.

The center back is a serial winner in Germany but recently sounded a bit bored by the tasks of winning German hardware. From Manchester Evening News:

“I’ve experienced everything at FC Bayern, and I am slowly coming to a point where I must answer myself certain questions,” he previously told Socrates magazine.

“What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?

MSG’s Kristian Dyer says Matt Miazga is a wanted man in Europe. The USMNT center back, now 22, is Chelsea property but has spent the last two seasons on loan to Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

The Netherlands outfit would like him back, but Dyer said other Premier League clubs have interest as do sides in the Bundesliga (video link). Would it be a full-time move, or a third loan? It’s hard to say with Chelsea, who also may have a new boss in town to assess what the depth looks like at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere…

  • A former Juventus director says Manchester United is set to miss out on Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who will move to Turin and join The Old Lady (Manchester Evening News).
  • Le10 Sport claims that Arsenal’s Unai Emery has lodged a $23 million bid for David Luiz of cross-London rival Chelsea.

VIDEO: Aubameyang, Pulisic set BVB to Revierderby lead

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What’s that about big time players in big time matches?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Borussia Dortmund a 12th minute lead over Schalke in Saturday’s Revierderby at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday, with a little help from Christian Pulisic.

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The American teen met a diagonal ball from Aubameyang on the right edge of the 18, and first-touched a right-footed ball to Nuri Sahin near the penalty spot.

Sahin tried a deft touch toward the goal, but it wouldn’t make its way over the goal until Aubameyang slid it inside the far post with a little help from his hand.

It’s 3-0 off an own goal and Mario Gotze after just 20 minutes.

Mario Goetze to return to Dortmund training after months out

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Germany World Cup hero Mario Goetze is expected to return to training with Borussia Dortmund when the side reconvenes from its summer break on Friday.

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Goetze hasn’t played since January and was diagnosed in February with “metabolic disturbances” following months of recurring muscular problems.

The 25-year-old Goetze completed just four games in 11 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund since returning from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich last summer.

New Dortmund coach Peter Bosz also expects new signings Omer Toprak and Dan-Axel Zagadou to take part on Friday, though the injury list remains long, with Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Julian Weigl and Shinji Kagawa all still out.

New signings Maximilian Philipp and Mahmoud Dahoud, as well as Mikel Merino of Spain, will join the side later following their involvement in the Under-21 European Championship.

Gotze out indefinitely with metabolism disorder

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Mario Gotze’s last few seasons have not fulfilled the expectations thrust about the World Cup-winning attacker.

Gotze, 24, scored the 113th minute goal that lifted Germany past Argentina in the 2014 World Cup, but has endured successive disappointing seasons between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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With just two goals this season, Gotze has played just 24 minutes since BVB came back from winter break. On Monday, the club revealed why: a metabolism disorder that will keep him out for an indefinite period of time. From Sky Sports:

“We are glad to know the reasons for Mario’s complaints and we are convinced that after recovering he will give us extra quality with his exceptional abilities,” said Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc.

“Mario gets the full backing and maximum support from all of us at Borussia Dortmund on his way back.”

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gotze at his best, and here’s hoping this problem is both curable and the reason for his struggles.