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

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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.

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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: Hamburg holds Bayern; Newly-promoted club atop league

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There were several eyebrow raisers on Matchday 4 of the Bundesliga season, and that’s before Sunday’s Rhein Derby and a big Wolfsburg match versus Bayer Leverkusen.

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Paderborn 2-0 Hannover 96
First off, yes, that is newly-promoted SC Paderborn at the top of the table. In the German third-flight back in 2009, they’ve now beaten Hamburg and Hannover to go with draws against Koln and Mainz. Saturday’s win came versus Hannover, a decisive 2-0 win behind goals from Elias Kachunga (above) and Moritz Stoppelkamp. The 22-year-old Kachunga has three goals in four matches this season. Next week for Paderborn? A trip to Bayern.

Hamburger SV 0-0 Bayern Munich
That’s because Bayern Munich couldn’t take advantage of struggling Hamburger SV… at all. On loan from Bayern, American attacker Julian Green couldn’t produce a goal as a substitute, but all of Hamburg will take a point in the fixture against the reigning champions.

Mainz 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
A Champions League win against Arsenal won’t make up for Dortmund’s second league loss in four outings. Shinji Okazaki scored in the 66th minute before a Matthias Ginter own goal gave the hosts breathing room. Dortmund out-chanced Mainz 20-8, but that doesn’t mean anything on the table.

Schalke 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
source: APA wild one in Gelsenkirchen saw four goals and three red cards… in that order. American back Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes, and his Eintracht side opened up a 2-0 lead after 24 minutes on goals from Alexander Meier and Marco Russ. But Schalke’s stars responded, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Julian Draxler scoring on each side of halftime.

Then, Kevin Prince-Boateng found a second yellow in the 61st minute and, on his birthday, Draxler put Schalke down to 9-men with a 71st minute red for a kick out.

Despite 24 minutes up one-man and 14 up two, Eintracht couldn’t find a winner. Then Slobodan Medojevic took a red for the visitors in the 85th minute, and the game finished with the score line even and Schalke down one man.

Elsewhere

Augsburg 4-2 Werder Bremen — Four different goal scorers for the Fuggerstädter.
Stuttgart 0-2 Hoffenheim —
The hosts put more shots on net, but zero into it
Freiberg 2-2 Hertha Berlin —
John Anthony Brooks goes 90, Ronny scores two for visitors
Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen
 — Sunday
FC Koln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
SC Paderborn 4 2 2 0 7 2 5 1-2-0 1-0-0 8
FSV Mainz 05 4 2 2 0 7 3 4 1-1-0 1-1-0 8
1899 Hoffenheim 4 2 2 0 6 2 4 1-1-0 1-1-0 8
Bayern Munich 4 2 2 0 5 2 3 2-0-0 0-2-0 8
Bayer Leverkusen 3 2 1 0 9 5 4 1-1-0 1-0-0 7
Hannover 96 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
FC Augsburg 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 1-0-1 1-0-1 6
Borussia Dortmund 4 2 0 2 6 7 -1 1-0-1 1-0-1 6
Mönchen 3 1 2 0 5 2 3 1-1-0 0-1-0 5
1. FC Köln 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 0-1-0 1-1-0 5
Eintracht Frankfurt 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 1-0-1 0-2-0 5
Werder Bremen 4 0 3 1 8 10 -2 0-1-0 0-2-1 3
VfL Wolfsburg 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 0-1-0 0-1-1 2
SC Freiburg 4 0 2 2 3 6 -3 0-2-0 0-0-2 2
Hertha BSC Berlin 4 0 2 2 7 11 -4 0-1-1 0-1-1 2
FC Schalke 04 4 0 2 2 5 9 -4 0-2-0 0-0-2 2
Hamburger SV 4 0 2 2 0 5 -5 0-1-1 0-1-1 2
VfB Stuttgart 4 0 1 3 1 7 -6 0-0-2 0-1-1 1

Captain Bastian: Schweinsteiger named new skipper of Germany

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On Tuesday the German national team announced they have a new captain.

After winning the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Philipp Lahm retired from international soccer and a replacement was needed for the Bayern Munich legend.

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Turns out, one of his club teammates was the perfect fit. Welcome, captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The 30-year-old midfielder was the obvious candidate for the job, as Joachim Low has appointed the veteran midfielder as his new skipper prior to Germany’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign beginning this weekend against Scotland.

Schweinsteiger has played 108 times for Germany since making his debut in 2004 and battled away in the engine room as Germany roared to success in South America this summer. Here’s what Low had to say about his new skipper.

“Schweinsteiger has always taken on responsibility when he had to. I could always rely on him,” Low said. “He is very well respected in the team and among the coaching staff. His immense experience is also important. We have developed a trusting relationship over many, many years.”

With Lahm stepping away from the international game at the age of 30, Schweinsteiger is the same age but has no such plans. He will lead Germany towards the 2016 European Championships in France as their most experienced squad member.

Over the summer Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose all retired from Die Mannschaft as a new era will be ushered in by Low. The German national team have so many talented youngsters such as Julian Draxler, Marco Reus, Matthias Ginter, Sebastian Rudy and Christoph Kramer among others. Now is there chance to shine.

The World champions may well be ringing the changes but some things never change. Like he has done for over a decade, Schweinsteiger will lead the charge. Now he has the armband to prove it.

Bundesliga Wrap: Leverkusen stuns BVB, Hoffenheim cruises

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It’s back! The Bundesliga began its opening weekend with some thrilling moments to go with plenty of drama. If you’re looking for a unifying thread, the closest we can offer is “goals in bunches.” Momentum swung more than a few times on Saturday.

Friday was opening day, with Bayern Munich needing an absolutely stunning miss from Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda to settle into a 2-1 win. American ‘starlet’ Julian Green made Pep Guardiola’s 18, but did not feature off the bench.

[ WATCH: Leverkusen scores fastest goal in Bundesliga history ]

And there are matches to play on Sunday, with newly-promoted Paderborn hosting Mainz and Stuttgart dueling with Borussia Monchengladbach.

But let’s dig into the meat of the schedule with Saturday’s matches.

Hannover 96 2-1 Schalke 04
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened his account early in the second half, but it was more of a wake-up call to the home team than anything else. Edgar Prib and Joselu scored twice in three minutes to give Hannover the points.

Koln 0-0 Hamburg
Twenty-nine combined shots, just eight on goal, in a snoozer. Koln picks up a point in its first game since promotion.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 SC Freiburg
Haris Seferovic made a lot of fans at his club with a 15th minute goal that would stand as the winner. American defender Timmy Chandler did not play for the hosts, playing the role of unused substitute.

Hoffenheim 2-0 Augsburg
The goals came just two minutes apart, with Adam Szalai’s 33rd minute tally met by Tarik Elyounoussi’s 35th minute marker, and Hoffenheim cruised to all three points.

Hertha Berlin 2-2 Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund misfit striker Julian Schieber netted twice to give new team Hertha a 2-0 lead, but Assani Lukimya and Franco Di Santo scored twice in three minutes for the visitors to salvage a point. USMNT World Cup hero John Anthony Brooks was an unused substitute for Hertha.

Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen
The fastest goal in Bundesliga history, nine seconds from the opening whistle, would’ve been enough for the visitors to walk away with all three points. Karim Bellarabi nutmegged Matthias Ginter and pushed a ball home for the win, and Stefan Kießling added a stoppage time goal to cement the win.

 

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayer Leverkusen 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0-0-0 1-0-0 3
1899 Hoffenheim 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Bayern Munich 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Hannover 96 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Werder Bremen 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1
Hertha BSC Berlin 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
1. FC Köln 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
Hamburger SV 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1
FSV Mainz 05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
Mönchen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
SC Paderborn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
VfB Stuttgart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
FC Schalke 04 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
VfL Wolfsburg 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
SC Freiburg 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
Borussia Dortmund 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-1 0-0-0 0
FC Augsburg 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-0 0-0-1 0

WATCH: Leverkusen scores fastest goal in Bundesliga history at BVB

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Borussia Dortmund fans have been waiting all summer for the start of their Bundesliga campaign, but only had to wait nine seconds to see their team go down 1-0.

Karim Bellarabi nutmegged Matthias Ginter and ripped home a shot inside the 18 to lift Bayer Leverkusen to an early lead at the Westfalenstadion. Ginter, 20, signed for Dortmund over the summer and just came off a World Cup win.

This was quite different than glory:

Here is a ‘sped-up’ Vine of the goal from kick-off.