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Bayern beats Bremen 3-2 to reach German Cup final

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BREMEN, Germany (AP) Robert Lewandowski sent Bayern Munich into the German Cup final by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday, including the winner in the 80th minute.

Bayern built a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead after Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 36th minute by turning in a header from Thomas Mueller, who added the second in the 63rd.

But Bremen staged a quick comeback with two goals in the span of two minutes through Yuya Osako and Milot Rashica.

However, Kingsley Coman was fouled inside the box in the 80th minute and Lewandowski converted the penalty to set up a final against RB Leipzig.

“In my opinion, we deserve to reach the final because we had better chances than Bremen,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac said.

“It was a great fight, as expected, and in the end we needed that little bit of luck.”

Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman fight

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Bayern Munich is back atop the Bundesliga, but it’s not all sunshine and roses at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern boss Niko Kovac confirmed that the Bavarian side had a training ground fist fight on its hands this week.

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The combatants? Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski and young playmaker Kingsley Coman.

“The three of us talked about it. The players are sorry and have apologized for their behaviour,” said Kovac. “There will be no financial penalties and the matter has been resolved.”

Lewandowski has 35 goals and 13 assists in 39 matches across all competitions, while Coman missed September, October, and November and has six goals and two assists in 22.

The Polish striker was also massive in Bayern’s 5-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker last weekend. Bayern leads the table by a point with six matches to play.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern obliterates Borussia Dortmund to go top

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And for those of us who thought this could be a banner year for Borussia Dortmund, we’re only weeks away from telling Bayern Munich that we won’t get fooled again.

Niko Kovac’s Bavarians rode four first-half goals to a 5-0 hammering of their Der Klassiker rivals on Saturday at the Allianz Arena, moving back atop the Bundesliga table by a point.

Mats Hummels started the scoring with a powerful header off a corner kick, and Robert Lewandowski scored a pair before it was all said and done. Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry cemented the halftime score line at 4-0.

Elsewhere

Mainz 5-0 Freiburg
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Schalke 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 RB Leipzig
Stuttgart 1-1 Nurnberg
Wolfsburg 3-1 Hannover 96
Augsburg v. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 28 20 4 4 74 28 46 10-3-1 10-1-3 64
 Borussia Dortmund 28 19 6 3 66 35 31 12-2-0 7-4-3 63
 RB Leipzig 28 16 7 5 53 22 31 8-5-1 8-2-4 55
 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 15 7 6 56 31 25 8-3-3 7-4-3 52
 Mönchengladbach 27 14 5 8 46 34 12 9-1-3 5-4-5 47
 VfL Wolfsburg 28 13 6 9 47 42 5 6-4-4 7-2-5 45
 Werder Bremen 27 11 9 7 49 39 10 6-5-3 5-4-4 42
 Bayer Leverkusen 28 13 3 12 50 48 2 7-1-6 6-2-6 42
 1899 Hoffenheim 27 10 11 6 54 39 15 6-5-3 4-6-3 41
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 28 11 4 13 38 52 -14 7-0-7 4-4-6 37
 Hertha BSC Berlin 28 9 8 11 41 46 -5 5-5-4 4-3-7 35
 FSV Mainz 05 28 9 6 13 33 48 -15 6-4-4 3-2-9 33
 SC Freiburg 28 7 11 10 38 48 -10 5-6-3 2-5-7 32
 FC Schalke 04 28 7 5 16 29 46 -17 4-1-9 3-4-7 26
 FC Augsburg 27 6 7 14 37 50 -13 4-4-5 2-3-9 25
 VfB Stuttgart 28 5 6 17 27 60 -33 4-4-6 1-2-11 21
 1. FC Nürnberg 28 3 8 17 23 53 -30 3-5-6 0-3-11 17
 Hannover 96 28 3 5 20 25 65 -40 3-1-10 0-4-10 14

 

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern scores 6 to move ahead of BVB

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Bayern Munich hung six goals on its visitors Saturday to make sure its goal differential problem against title rivals Borussia Dortmund became a thing of the past.

It could’ve been worse for BVB had American winger Christian Pulisic not come off the bench to save Lucien Favre’s men from more dropped points.

Bayern Munich 6-0 Wolfsburg

Bayern retook the Bundesliga lead and its talisman moved in front of the pack in the race to win the Golden Boot as the Bavarians walloped Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena.

Maybe Joachim Low’s decision to drop a trio of Bayern players from German national team duty was just a tonic.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season, while Serge Gnabry stayed hot in notching the match-winner for Bayern. James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich also scored as Bayern moved two goals ahead of BVB in goal differential.

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Stuttgart

Pulisic was the definition of an impact sub as he assisted Paco Alcacer’s match-winner before joining Alcacer and Marco Reus on the score sheet in a nerve-settling home win.

Mainz 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Swiss defender Nico Elvedi’s fourth goal in two seasons sends ‘Gladbach level on points with RB Leipzig.

RB Leipzig 0-0 Augsburg

RBL stayed ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach on goal differential in the race for third place.

American midfielder Tyler Adams went 73 minutes in the draw, but still made the third-most intensive runs of the match. He won nine tackles and completed 57 of 66 passes.

Elsewhere

Werder Bremen 4-2 Schalke — Friday
Freiburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Hoffenheim v. Nurnberg — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 v. Bayer Leverkusen — 1 p.m. ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 25 18 3 4 62 27 35 8-3-1 10-0-3 57
 Borussia Dortmund 25 17 6 2 61 28 33 11-2-0 6-4-2 57
 RB Leipzig 25 13 7 5 43 20 23 7-5-1 6-2-4 46
 Mönchengladbach 25 14 4 7 44 30 14 9-0-3 5-4-4 46
 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 11 7 6 47 30 17 6-3-3 5-4-3 40
 Bayer Leverkusen 24 12 3 9 43 35 8 7-1-4 5-2-5 39
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 11 6 8 39 37 2 4-4-4 7-2-4 39
 Werder Bremen 25 9 9 7 43 37 6 5-5-3 4-4-4 36
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 9 8 8 38 36 2 5-5-2 4-3-6 35
 1899 Hoffenheim 24 8 10 6 47 36 11 4-5-3 4-5-3 34
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 24 9 4 11 31 42 -11 6-0-6 3-4-5 31
 SC Freiburg 25 7 9 9 36 41 -5 5-5-3 2-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 25 8 6 11 27 39 -12 5-4-4 3-2-7 30
 FC Schalke 04 25 6 5 14 27 43 -16 4-1-7 2-4-7 23
 FC Augsburg 25 5 7 13 34 46 -12 3-4-5 2-3-8 22
 VfB Stuttgart 25 5 4 16 25 55 -30 4-2-6 1-2-10 19
 Hannover 96 24 3 5 16 21 55 -34 3-1-8 0-4-8 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 24 2 7 15 18 49 -31 2-5-6 0-2-9 13

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern roars level on points with BVB

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Bayern Munich took advantage of another Borussia Dortmund stumble to move within two goals in differential in the race for first place in the Bundesliga.

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BVB fell to Augsburg on Friday in its third-straight match without injured Christian Pulisic, and Bayern more or less cruised to a win away from the Allianz Arena.

Both clubs now have 54 points with 10 matches left on the league docket.

Nurnberg 0-1 RB Leipzig

Tyler Adams seamless transition from Major League Soccer to the Bundesliga continued on Saturday, as Lukas Klostermann’s 40th minute goal was all the visitors would need to snag all three points.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Hoffenheim

Goals on either side of halftime allowed Hoffenheim to turn 1-0 into 2-1, and the visitors looked set to ride that advantage into the sunset only to see mayhem in the final moments. Sebastien Haller continued his torrid season with an 89th minute goal, and Goncalo Paciencia picked a fine time to score his first Bundesliga goal: the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-4 Bayern Munich

The visitors came out firing, with Javi Martinez continuing his offensive hot streak and Thomas Muller making it 2-0 in the first dozen minutes.

Lars Stindl made it 2-1 in the 37th, but Robert Lewandowski restored the advantage just after halftime before Serge Gnabry continued his fine tenure in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski added a penalty in stoppage to give him 15 goals on the season and level-footing with Luka Jovic in the race for another Golden Boot.

Oh, and the goal moved him square with Claudio Pizarro for the all-time Bundesliga lead.

Elsewhere
Augsburg 2-1 Bayern Munich — Friday
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Mainz
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Freiburg
Schalke 0-4 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Stuttgart v. Hannover 96 — 9:30 am. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg v. Werder Bremen — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 24 16 6 2 58 27 31 10-2-0 6-4-2 54
 Bayern Munich 24 17 3 4 56 27 29 7-3-1 10-0-3 54
 RB Leipzig 24 13 6 5 43 20 23 7-4-1 6-2-4 45
 Mönchengladbach 24 13 4 7 43 30 13 9-0-3 4-4-4 43
 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 11 7 6 47 30 17 6-3-3 5-4-3 40
 Bayer Leverkusen 24 12 3 9 43 35 8 7-1-4 5-2-5 39
 VfL Wolfsburg 23 11 5 7 38 30 8 4-3-4 7-2-3 38
 Hertha BSC Berlin 24 9 8 7 37 34 3 5-5-2 4-3-5 35
 1899 Hoffenheim 24 8 10 6 47 36 11 4-5-3 4-5-3 34
 Werder Bremen 23 8 8 7 38 34 4 4-5-3 4-3-4 32
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 24 9 4 11 31 42 -11 6-0-6 3-4-5 31
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 6 10 27 38 -11 5-4-3 3-2-7 30
 SC Freiburg 24 6 9 9 34 40 -6 4-5-3 2-4-6 27
 FC Schalke 04 24 6 5 13 25 39 -14 4-1-7 2-4-6 23
 FC Augsburg 24 5 6 13 34 46 -12 3-4-5 2-2-8 21
 VfB Stuttgart 23 4 4 15 19 51 -32 3-2-6 1-2-9 16
 Hannover 96 23 3 5 15 20 50 -30 3-1-8 0-4-7 14
 1. FC Nürnberg 24 2 7 15 18 49 -31 2-5-6 0-2-9 13