With Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Bayern Munich looming next weekend and both teams level on points entering Saturday’s matches as favorites, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see big wins.
But both squads entered halftime and even second half stoppage on level terms with their opponents, and only one found a match winner.
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Freiburg 1-1 Bayern Munich
It wasn’t Bayern, who did answer a third minute concession through Robert Lewandowski’s 22nd minute marker. But the league’s leading goal scorer couldn’t strike again, and Freiburg held on for a point at the Black Forest Stadium.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Wolfsburg
Raise your hand if you have multiple stoppage-time, match-winning free kicks in the past six months. We only see one hand, and it belongs to Paco Alcacer. He added an insurance goal to raise his season tally to 16 as BVB went atop the Bundesliga table by two points ahead of next week’s Der Klassiker
RB Leipzig 5-0 Hertha Berlin
A moment of silence for the
1 2 3 4 Hertha players who would’ve needed a miracle to handle this Tyler Adams pass to Youssef Poulsen.
The goal was the Dane’s 15th of the Bundesliga season, completing a hat trick, and also served as Adams’ second assist. The American midfielder is yet to lose with RBL, posting seven wins and three draws. That includes a 7-0 mark when he goes all 90 minutes.
Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
Werder Bremen 3-1 Mainz
Nurnberg 3-0 Augsburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hannover 96 v. Schalke — 9:30 a.m. ET
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Stuttgart — Noon ET
Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten league season is over, stopped at the hands of an unlikely conqueror.
Fortuna Dusseldorf scored twice in the first hour to take advantage of the super sleepy leaders, who could only manage a late Paco Alcacer goal at the Espirit Arena.
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USMNT winger Christian Pulisic went 90 minutes for BVB, setting up a goal that was called back for offside and also earning a yellow card.
Both of the hosts’ goals were fantastic in the 2-1 win, the first a long dribble from young Belgian wizard Dodi Lukembakio and the second this hammer of Thor from defender Jean Zimmer.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Nurnberg
Hertha Berlin 2-2 Augsburg
Wolfsburg 2-0 Stuttgart
Schalke vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen vs. Hoffenheim
Freiburg vs. Hannover 96
Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig
Mainz vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
David Alaba scored a beautiful goal as Bayern Munich pulled level with second place Borussia Monchengladbach, but the pair sit nine points back of outstanding Borussia Dortmund.
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Meanwhile, Stuttgart and Augsburg both moved away from the Bottom Three on Saturday in Germany.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Werder Bremen
Paco Alcacer scored his 11th goal of the Bundesliga season to make it 1-0 in the 19th minute. He’s scored in eight of 10 league matches this season, and has a goal in the Champions League as well.
Marco Reus would double BVB’s advantage seven minutes later, but Max Kruse put the difference back to one by halftime.
Americans Christian Pulisic (BVB) and Josh Sargent (Bremen) began the match on the bench, with Sargent coming on for the final seven minutes and Pulisic in the 89th. Sargent was shown a yellow card.
Hannover 96 0-4 Bayern Munich
There were four different scorers for the visitors, but David Alaba’s wonder strike stands as the clear highlight.
The Austrian laid into a half-volley atop the 18, smashing the 29th minute effort toward the upper 90.
Hannover keeper Michael Esser saw the ball rocket off his fingers, as Alaba scored the second goal for Bayern. Joshua Kimmich opened the soring in the 2nd minute, and both Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski also found the scoresheet.
Nurnberg 0-2 Wolfsburg — Friday
Stuttgart 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Augsburg 1-1 Schalke
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 Freiburg
Hoffenheim 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
RB Leipzig vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen — Noon ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund continued its winning ways, while Niko Kovac and Bayern Munich may finally be pulling it all together for a worthwhile chase for the Bundesliga title.
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Hoffenheim 1-1 Schalke
Saturday will go down as an unforgettable one for California native Haji Wright, as the 20-year-old American center forward made his first Bundesliga start (a week after coming off the bench for his first senior appearance).
Wright played 70 minutes, leaving the match one minute after countryman Weston McKennie entered as a sub. Wright’s was industrious on the day but only managed 18 touches and 4-for-4 passing to go with his mileage up top.
As for Schalke, it answered in-form Andrej Kramaric‘s 59th minute goal with Nabil Bentaleb‘s 73rd minute marker to earn a point and move 11th.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Freiburg
Speaking of Americans, the league-leading hosts’ Christian Pulisic missed this one with a calf injury. No problem, really, as Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer scored to move the table lead to seven points before second-place Gladbach plays Sunday.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Werder Bremen
The serial champions are third for the time-being following a Serge Gnabry double at the Allianz Arena.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Mainz — Friday
Stuttgart 1-0 Augsburg
Hannover 96 0-2 Hertha Berlin
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday
Nurnberg vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 2:30 p.m. ET Monday
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund has completed the permanent signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Barcelona.
The 25-year-old Alcacer joined the German leader on a season-long loan in August, and Dortmund had the option of making the deal permanent.
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Dortmund says on Friday that Alcacer’s contract will run until June 2023.
Alcacer has nine goals in eight competitive matches this season, with his form earning him a recall to the Spain squad.
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