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Schalke signs Hoffenheim striker Mark Uth for next season

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GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) Schalke has signed striker Mark Uth for next season on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim.

The Gelsenkirchen-based club says the 26-year-old Uth, whose contract at Hoffenheim expires at the end of the season, is getting a four-year deal through June 2022.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel says, “Uth is the most dangerous German forward in the Bundesliga at the moment and will improve our options in attack drastically from the summer. We’re delighted we could win him for Schalke.”

Uth says the move is the “right step” for him after three seasons at Hoffenheim. He has 28 goals in 72 competitive games for his current club, with nine league goals so far this season.

The Cologne-born forward joined Hoffenheim in 2015 from Dutch side Heerenveen, which he joined in 2012 after failing to break into Cologne’s first team.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Reds nab away goals

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James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool a leg up on Hoffenheim with a 2-1 win in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff round first leg at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Mark Uth scored for Hoffenheim, which will need at least two goals at Anfield on August 23 to advance to the group stage.

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Simon Mignolet stopped an Andrej Kramaric and made a handful of other impressive interventions in helped a Liverpool back line which again suffered through fits and starts.

Joel Matip intervened to divert a tempting Hoffenheim cross in the 6th minute, and the hosts’ dangerous attack had another chance when Dejan Lovren cleared a free kick off his hand that Mignolet rescued outside the six.

Lovren got a piece of Serge Gnabry after the former Arsenal man made a quick cut, and Kramaric stepped up to the spot. He was denied Hoffenheim’s first goal in Champions League history when his poor attempt was parried by Mignolet.

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Mohamed Salah bungled a chance to score on a 50-yard breakaway when he grounded a shot wide of the goal.

Only indecision and nerves in the final third kept Hoffenheim off the scoreboard in the first half hour, though Liverpool had moments where it appeared to have its footing in the match.

Sadio Mane‘s danger was evident, and the Senegalese forward won the Reds a free kick from closer than 25 yards. Trent Alexander-Arnold curled the ball over a non-leaping edge of the wall and slipped it inside the far post to make it 1-0 Reds against the run of play.

Sandro Wagner came close to equalizing in the 43rd minute when Gnabry’s blocked shot rebounded to the forward. Wagner’s shot knocked the post en route to a goal kick.

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Gnabry looked to have made it 1-1 in the 49th minute, but was rightly called offside after beating Mignolet low and inside the near post. It was not the only time Gnabry would threaten during the half, though he left after watching Salah miss another Liverpool chance in the 70th minute. The ensuing free kick saw a Lovren header collected by Oliver Baumann.

Milner gave the Reds a second away goal when his cross deflected off Havard Nordtveit‘s chest, chipping Baumann in the 74th minute.

Mignolet made an outstanding diving stop on Nadiem Amiri’s side-volley in the 83rd minute.

The clean sheet was ruined minutes later, as Uth collected a diagonal cross over Alexander-Arnold — who proved to be fallible — and laced a low shot across Mignolet and inside the far post. 2-1.

Marko Grujic gave away a free kick as the match entered four minutes of stoppage time. Justin Hoogna rose to head a great offering from Kerem Demirbay, but it fired over the crossbar.

Bundesliga wrap: Hertha, Gladbach move up; Hoffenheim muddles relegation picture

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We know Thomas Muller pulled off a ridiculous goal to complete his brace in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Darmstadt, but what else did the Bundesliga provide on Saturday?

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Hoffenheim 3-2 Mainz

The goals came in bunches as Mark Uth helped the home side to a safety lifeline with a pair of second-half tallies. The three points bring Hoffenheim to within two points of the relegation playoff spot, three back of 15th place’s safe shores.

The hosts briefly trailed when Jhon Cordoba opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but Nadiem Amiri leveled it at 1 two minutes later. Uth’s pair of goals eight minutes apart didn’t kill Mainz, who made it 3-2 with 12 minutes to play through Jairo, but the equalizer wasn’t coming.

Hertha Berlin 1-1 Wolfsburg

USMNT center back John Anthony Brooks led the match in touches, with 74, as Hertha moved back into third place. It’s a point’s lead over No. 5 Borussia Monchengladbach and No. 4 Augsburg, the latter of which plays Sunday. Marcel Schafer put eighth place Wolfsburg ahead in the 53rd minute, but ex-Chelsea man Salomon Kalou belted in an equalizer seven minutes later.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Koln

Mahmoud Dahoud’s ninth minute goal was all ‘Gladbach needed to move into fifth place, a point behind third place Hertha. USMNT winger Fabian Johnson went 90 minutes in the win.

Ingolstadt 2-0 Werder Bremen

Benjamin Hubner scored early and Lukas Hinterseer added another quite late as Ingolstadt moved four points clear of the relegation playoff spot that now belongs to the visitors. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales was not in the victors’ 18.

 

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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Hamburg — Friday
Bayern Munich 3-1 Darmstadt — RECAP
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Schalke vs. Stuttgart — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover vs. Augsburg –11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 22 19 2 1 56 11 45 11-0-0 8-2-1 59
Borussia Dortmund 21 15 3 3 53 24 29 9-1-0 6-2-3 48
Hertha BSC Berlin 22 10 6 6 30 24 6 6-4-1 4-2-5 36
Bayer Leverkusen 21 10 5 6 31 22 9 5-3-2 5-2-4 35
Mönchengladbach 22 11 2 9 43 38 5 8-1-3 3-1-6 35
FC Schalke 04 21 10 3 8 30 28 2 6-2-3 4-1-5 33
FSV Mainz 05 22 10 3 9 29 28 1 6-1-4 4-2-5 33
VfL Wolfsburg 22 8 7 7 32 29 3 7-3-1 1-4-6 31
1. FC Köln 22 7 8 7 24 28 -4 4-4-3 3-4-4 29
FC Ingolstadt 04 22 8 5 9 16 23 -7 5-2-4 3-3-5 29
Hamburger SV 22 7 6 9 25 30 -5 3-3-5 4-3-4 27
VfB Stuttgart 21 8 3 10 33 41 -8 5-1-5 3-2-5 27
Darmstadt 22 6 6 10 23 34 -11 1-4-6 5-2-4 24
Eintracht Frankfurt 22 5 7 10 27 37 -10 3-4-4 2-3-6 22
FC Augsburg 21 5 6 10 23 31 -8 2-3-6 3-3-4 21
Werder Bremen 22 5 5 12 25 44 -19 1-3-6 4-2-6 20
1899 Hoffenheim 22 3 9 10 22 33 -11 2-5-4 1-4-6 18
Hannover 96 21 4 2 15 19 36 -17 2-0-8 2-2-7 14