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Lewandowski scores 26th as Bayern Munich win at Union Berlin

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Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard scored on Sunday as Bayern Munich won its first-ever match at Union Berlin in a 2-0 return to the Bundesliga.

Bayern’s table lead returns to four points over chasers Borussia Dortmund, while Union sits 12th with 30 points.

Lewandowski’s 26th league goal gives him a five-goal advantage over closest Golden Boot chaser Timo Werner.

[ MORE: What did we learn from Bundesliga return? ]

Lewandowski has topped the Bundesliga over two-straight seasons and four times in six between Borussia Dortmund and his current club.

The goal is also his 40th in 34 matches across all competitions, his fifth-straight year scoring at least that amount.

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The finishing was rusty, but Bayern had most of the ball in completing the season-double over their newly-promoted hosts.

Union came out of the gates with vigor, slashing a long ball just past the frame in the seventh minute.

Bayern had hold of the match and had the ball in the goal in the 18th-minute, Leon Goretzka flicking to Serge Gnabry for headed assist to Muller.

The scorer appeared to have been just offside on Goretzka’s flick and perhaps even on the Gnabry pass. Razor-thin on both accounts, but no goal.

Goretzka won a penalty off an unaware Neven Subotic in the 39th, and Lewandowski doesn’t miss a ton of those.

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The eight-time reigning champs struggled to put away the pesky hosts, and Serge Gnabry couldn’t get on the end of a 76th-minute cross to the back post.

Gnabry was soon defied by Union goalkeeper Rafael Gikiewicz — Lewandowski’s Poland national teammate — but Pavard completed the score line off a Joshua Kimmich corner kick.

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You can check out the full schedulestandings and find out how to watch the action, while we will have you covered right here on ProSoccerTalk with analysis, reaction and more.

Reports: Premier League new boys Middlesbrough set to land Subotic, Negredo

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Middlesbrough’s impressive offseason is continuing with a pair of big name signings.

Alvaro Negredo and Neven Subotic are expected to join Aitor Karanka’s Premier League push, according to the Northern Echo.

Boro had already picked up goalkeeper Victor Valdes and solid Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon.

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Negredo is coming on loan from Valencia. The 30-year-old had fits and starts in the Premier League with Manchester City, but was prolific in Cup and European play.

He scored 18 goals in two seasons at Valencia, and Boro may also be snaring La Liga teammate Antonio Barragan.

Subotic, 27, has made more than 250 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and will reportedly cost Boro approximately $22 million.

You may also remember him as the South Florida product who turned down the U.S. shirt to join Serbia.

The 6-foot-3 defender was born in Yugoslavia but appeared for the U.S. at the U-17 and U-20 levels. He’s been capped 36 times for Serbia.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern battles back to top Dortmund; Draxler injured and out until 2015

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Regardless of the almost-daily rumors that Borussia Dortmund wizard Marco Reus could be headed to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, he isn’t there yet.

That’s something Bayern fans were keenly aware of following Reus’ 31st minute goal, one that put the struggling BVB side up 1-0 at Allianz Arena against the reigning champions.

But in a bit of unfortunate poetic justice — for Dortmund fans — Robert Lewandowski scored for dominant Bayern to tie things up in 72nd minute. Lewandowski left Dortmund for Bayern after last season.

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And then Franck Ribery hit the deck in the box in the 85th minute, with Neven Subotic given a yellow card and Arjen Robben slotting home the penalty. The Bavarians had overcome the visitors lead and restored order.

The 2-1 loss sinks Borussia Dortmund into the relegation playoff slot.

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Reus puts BVB up front in the first half.

Other scores and fixtures
Hamburger SV 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen – USMNT attacker Julian Green did not feature, but Hamburger has leapt out of the relegation zone thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s early winner.
Stuttgart 0-4 Wolfsburg – Big Croatian attacker Ivan Perisic netted two goals as Die Wölfe moved into second place.
Hannover 96 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt – An 88th minute own goal condemned the visitors to a hard luck, as USMNT defender Timothy Chandler played the full match at right back.
Mainz 1-2 Werder Bremen – Former Wigan giant Franco Di Santo scored a brace in the comeback win, as Bremen pulls off the shock of the week to move off the bottom of the table.
Schalke 1-0 Augsburg – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s goal was enough for the hosts to pick up all three points, but the bigger news is the thigh injury to 21-year-old Schalke star Julian Draxler. The in-demand Premier League transfer target is not expected to play for the rest of 2014 after picking up the injury 11 seconds into the match.
Monchengladbach vs. Hoffenheim –
930am ET Sunday
Koln vs. Freiburg – 1130am ET Sunday
Paderborn vs. Hertha Berlin – 1130am ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 10 7 3 0 23 3 20 6-0-0 1-3-0 24
VfL Wolfsburg 10 6 2 2 20 9 11 4-1-0 2-1-2 20
Mönchen 9 4 5 0 12 4 8 2-3-0 2-2-0 17
1899 Hoffenheim 9 4 5 0 13 7 6 3-2-0 1-3-0 17
Bayer Leverkusen 10 4 4 2 17 15 2 3-2-0 1-2-2 16
Hannover 96 10 5 1 4 7 11 -4 4-0-1 1-1-3 16
FC Schalke 04 10 4 2 4 14 13 1 3-2-0 1-0-4 14
FSV Mainz 05 10 3 5 2 13 12 1 2-2-1 1-3-1 14
SC Paderborn 9 3 3 3 13 12 1 2-2-1 1-1-2 12
1. FC Köln 9 3 3 3 7 7 0 1-2-1 2-1-2 12
FC Augsburg 10 4 0 6 11 12 -1 3-0-1 1-0-5 12
Eintracht Frankfurt 10 3 3 4 17 19 -2 2-1-2 1-2-2 12
Hertha BSC Berlin 9 3 2 4 14 16 -2 3-1-1 0-1-3 11
Hamburger SV 10 2 3 5 4 12 -8 1-2-2 1-1-3 9
VfB Stuttgart 10 2 3 5 14 23 -9 1-1-3 1-2-2 9
Borussia Dortmund 10 2 1 7 11 17 -6 1-1-3 1-0-4 7
Werder Bremen 10 1 4 5 12 24 -12 0-2-2 1-2-3 7
SC Freiburg 9 0 5 4 8 14 -6 0-3-1 0-2-3 5

Klinsmann excited to have Green in USMNT training; Bayern winger’s rep claims no decision on international future

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Bayern Munich attacker Julian Green is a young talent with options when it comes to choosing his international footballing future. Born in Tampa to a German mother and American serviceman, Green made his senior debut for the reigning European champions this Fall.

So the States and their head coach are pretty jazzed to have the 19-year-old in the fold… at least for a couple of training sessions next month in Frankfurt.

The courtship of Green has been a roller coaster ride for both Jurgen Klinsmann and the legions of American supporters following his career. Green accepted an invitation to train with Klinsmann’s Yanks late in 2013 before ultimately changing his mind, later accepting a Germany U19 call-up.

There were reports in Germany that Green has formally chosen the United States for his international career, but an MLSSoccer.com report tossed some cold water on that. He won’t be playing in the March 5 friendly against Ukraine and has not made the big choice quite yet.

“No decision [on his international future] has been made yet,” Green’s rep, Katharina Schrott, told MLSsoccer.com. “The only fact I am able to confirm is that he is going to train with the US team in Frankfurt.”

In any event, it’s a good sign. As the USMNT hopes to continue its rise, earning “yesses” from Green and Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem would be a marked contrast from the disappointing decisions of Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) and Neven Subotic (Serbia).

And would the States much-maligned thinness on the wings contribute to a seat on the plane to Brazil for Green? If it works for Klinsmann, it’d seem a favorable decision for Green’s career; Who doesn’t want to play a role in a World Cup?

Dortmund 0-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern stay top, pull seven points clear of BVB

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Saturday’s match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the top two sides in the Bundesliga, was billed as the German clasico. But ultimately, the match failed to impress, as Bayern trotted out the easy winners. The loss pushes Dortmund down to third, seven points behind the league leaders.

The first half gave the hosts a bit of hope. Dortmund, struggling with a makeshift back line that missed Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer and Neven Subotic , still managed to engage their potent attack. However, they just couldn’t seem to threaten Manuel Neuer. Robert Lewandowski, apparently trying not to anger his future team, sent his attempt in the third minute too high. Jakub Blaszczykowski forced a vital block by David Alaba, and followed it up with another attempt. Neuer’s only real work came in stopping a shot from Marco Reus, who was, curiously, allowed to wander freely.

Bayern had the best chance of the half in the 37th minute. Arjen Robben played a lovely ball across the six-yard box for Mario Mandzukic, who’d already forced Roman Weidenfeller into a save earlier in the match. But this time, the Croatian just couldn’t get a good shot in, and the visitors’ chance went begging.

Early in the second half, Pep Guardiola chose to bring off Mandzukic and introduce Mario Götze. This, you might imagine, caused quite a stir at the Westfalenstadion. Götze certainly didn’t endear himself to the Dortmund supporters when, after coming up through the youth system and spending four seasons on the senior BVB side, he made the move to Bayern Munich — for a whole lotta Euros, of course.

And no, the fact that he did not celebrate when scoring for the visitors didn’t make the infamous Dortmund support love him again. For the neutrals, though, it was a fine goal: a little poke on from a ball from Thomas Müller. You might wonder why Götze was left with so much space to make that finish, but then you’ll remember the shambles that is the Dortmund defense.

Jurgen Klopp made a couple of changes shortly after the goal, hoping to introduce a bit more oomph in the attack. Jonas Hofmann came on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Blaszczykowski. Moments later, Marco Reus got on the end of a Lewandowski flick, firing his shot low. But Neuer managed a fantastic save to keep Bayern in the lead.

And ultimately it was Bayern who scored the second. And the third. With just five minutes to go, a chipped shot from Arjen Robben, possibly intended for Götze, found its way into the back of Weidenfeller’s net. But that wasn’t enough for Guardiola’s men. Müller put in a third just two minutes later, getting on the end of a ball from Philipp Lahm to finish off Dortmund.

Bundesliga Results — through Saturday evening

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Schalke 04

Hertha Berlin 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Nurnberg 1-1 Wolfsburg

Braunschweig 0-1 Freiburg

Augsburg 2-0 Hoffenheim

Stuttgart 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach