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Borussia Dortmund signs Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund signed Germany defender Nico Schulz from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Dortmund, which finished runner-up in the league, said the 26-year-old Schulz signed a deal through June 2024.

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“We will benefit greatly from his physicality, his tempo and his extreme dynamism,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “A player like him with his fighting spirit and his desire to be successful would help any team.”

Schulz, who will be familiar to Dortmund coach Lucien Favre from their time together at Borussia Moenchengladbach, scored one goal and set up six more for Hoffenheim last season.

Kicker magazine reported that Dortmund was paying 27 million euros ($30 million) for the player, making Schulz Dortmund’s second most expensive signing after Andre Schuerrle.

Schulz has scored two goals in six appearances for Germany.

Dortmund was also reportedly on the verge of signing 19-year-old Spanish right back Mateu Morey on a free transfer from Barcelona, while Belgium international Thorgan Hazard was expected to join from Gladbach and Germany midfielder Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen remained a target.

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Schulz strikes late as Germany overcomes blown lead in Holland (video)

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Nico Schulz’s 90th minute goal helped Germany make amends for blowing a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat of the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday, as the German opened EURO 2020 qualifying with all three points.

The win puts Germany a point back of Northern Ireland’s group-leading four, keeping the Dutch on three points.

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Goals by Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry had the Dutch trailing 2-0 in Amsterdam, but Memphis Depay is having himself a week.

Three days after scoring in the first minute as part of a brace in battering Belarus 4-0, Memphis set up Matthijs de Ligt after halftime before scoring himself to level the score line at 2.

But Hoffenheim’s Schulz scored in stoppage time to give the Germans their win.

Nico Schulz enjoys dream debut to help Germany beat Peru 2-1

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SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) Nico Schulz scored late on his debut to give Germany a 2-1 win over Peru in their friendly game on Sunday.

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The Hoffenheim midfielder, making his first international appearance in the club’s stadium, claimed the winner through a slightly deflected shot with five minutes remaining.

The 25-year-old Schulz, one of three new call-ups to the squad, was only playing as Germany coach Joachim Loew assesses his options following the team’s failed World Cup defense.

Loew had kept changes to a minimum when his cautious team was held to a 0-0 draw by France in their UEFA Nations League opener in Munich on Thursday.

Against Peru, Germany dominated the first half but fell behind in the 22nd minute to a strike from Luis Advincula, who beat Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the near post.

Julian Brandt provided the response, dinking the ball over Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese after Toni Kroos had played him in.

Peru captain Jefferson Farfan should have scored in the second half when he only had the goalkeeper to beat, but the former Schalke winger shot over the goal.

Loew brought on Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer with about 20 minutes remaining and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz in the final minutes, but Schulz was the only one of the three new faces to enjoy a dream debut.

While Peru was without captain Paolo Guerrero due to a doping ban, Germany was playing without Mats Hummels because of an ankle problem and Leroy Sane due to the birth of his daughter on Friday.

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