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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern wins, pulls within two points of BVB

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The table is getting tighter as the Bundesliga moves to within a fortnight of the season’s first Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hertha Berlin

Salomon Kalou twice answered Jadon Sancho goals as Hertha rescued a point at the Westfalenstadion thanks to a stoppage time penalty.

Achraf Hakimi and Mario Gotze assisted for BVB, who remains atop the Bundesliga by two points over victorious Bayern. Christian Pulisic played the final 18 minutes plus stoppage after starting midweek in the Champions League.

Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich

The hosts threatened to nab a point when Jean-Paul Boetius scored early in the second half to level the score line after Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead from a Joshua Kimmich feed.

Robert Lewandowski helped cue up Thiago Alcantara for the winner as the champions moved to within two points of Dortmund.

Elsewhere
Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach — Friday
Hannover 96 1-2 Augsburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-3 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 4-0 Stuttgart
Nurnberg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday
RB Leipzig vs. Schalke — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 1 p.m. ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 9 6 3 0 29 10 19 4-1-0 2-2-0 21
 Bayern Munich 9 6 1 2 17 10 7 2-1-1 4-0-1 19
 Mönchengladbach 9 5 2 2 20 12 8 4-0-0 1-2-2 17
 Werder Bremen 8 5 2 1 15 8 7 2-2-0 3-0-1 17
 Hertha BSC Berlin 9 4 4 1 15 10 5 3-1-0 1-3-1 16
 RB Leipzig 8 4 3 1 16 9 7 3-1-0 1-2-1 15
 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 4 1 3 19 12 7 2-1-1 2-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 9 4 1 4 18 13 5 2-1-2 2-0-2 13
 FC Augsburg 9 3 3 3 16 14 2 1-2-1 2-1-2 12
 VfL Wolfsburg 9 3 3 3 14 14 0 1-2-2 2-1-1 12
 SC Freiburg 9 3 3 3 13 15 -2 2-2-1 1-1-2 12
 FSV Mainz 05 9 2 3 4 5 10 -5 2-2-1 0-1-3 9
 Bayer Leverkusen 8 2 2 4 9 15 -6 1-1-2 1-1-2 8
 1. FC Nürnberg 8 2 2 4 8 19 -11 2-1-1 0-1-3 8
 FC Schalke 04 8 2 0 6 5 11 -6 1-0-3 1-0-3 6
 Hannover 96 9 1 3 5 11 18 -7 1-1-2 0-2-3 6
 VfB Stuttgart 9 1 2 6 6 21 -15 1-1-2 0-1-4 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 9 1 2 6 6 21 -15 1-0-4 0-2-2 5

Bundesliga wrap: Lewandowski, Pizarro nab records; Hoffenheim gets big W

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And you thought the Premier League was wild: More than half the Bundesliga table is in relegation danger.

There are now five teams within a point of the final relegation spot after Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt picked up a big wins that ensured at least nine and as many as 10 teams will finish the weekend within six points of the drop zone.

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So while Bayern Munich continues to pull away from Borussia Dortmund, and both have created a massive gap from the other 16 teams in Germany’s top flight, there’s plenty to play for across the board over these final weeks of the season

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Ingolstadt

John Brooks’ Hertha continues to surge toward the UEFA Champions League, this one at the expense of his USMNT teammate Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt. Salomon Kalou collected his 13th Bundesliga goal of the season, while Genki Haraguchi also netted for the hosts.

Brooks went 90 minutes for the 16th straight Bundesliga match, completing 58 passes, making 10 tackles, and garnering 84 touches. But no, you’re right, he shouldn’t get every chance to play for the USMNT.

Hoffenheim's coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrates during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Hamburg, Saturday, March 19,2016. (Dominik Fluegel/dpa via AP)
Hoffenheim’s coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrates. (Dominik Fluegel/dpa via AP)

Hamburg 1-3 Hoffenheim

The visitors’ woeful road form was missing on Saturday, and Hoffenheim is out of the automatic relegation zone after a huge win at Hamburg. Andrej Kramaric, Kevin Volland and Eduardo Vargas all scored for HSV, now in the relegation playoff spot and within a point of 14th.

Koln 0-1 Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski and Leonard Bittencourt entered the game as two of the hotter players in the Bundesliga, and both registered three shots on frame during the game. But Lewandowski buried one of his, a 10th minute chance, to give him his 25th goal of the season. That’s a new record for a foreign-born player on Bayern, as Luca Toni goes to second in the books.

 

Elsewhere
Schalke 2-1 ‘Gladbach — USMNT’s Johnson hurt in loss
Bremen 1-1 Mainz — Pizarro nets 101st league goal for hosts
Wolfsburg 1-1 Darmstadt — Schurrle equalizes in 93rd minute
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hannover — Ben-Hatira scores in win
Stuttgart – Bayer Leverkusen — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund — 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 27 22 3 2 65 13 52 12-0-1 10-3-1 69
Borussia Dortmund 26 19 4 3 61 25 36 11-2-0 8-2-3 61
Hertha BSC Berlin 27 14 6 7 37 27 10 9-4-1 5-2-6 48
FC Schalke 04 27 13 5 9 39 35 4 8-3-3 5-2-6 44
Mönchengladbach 27 13 3 11 54 44 10 10-1-3 3-2-8 42
FSV Mainz 05 27 12 5 10 35 33 2 7-2-4 5-3-6 41
Bayer Leverkusen 26 11 6 9 37 33 4 6-3-4 5-3-5 39
VfL Wolfsburg 27 10 8 9 39 34 5 8-4-2 2-4-7 38
1. FC Köln 27 8 9 10 28 34 -6 4-4-6 4-5-4 33
FC Ingolstadt 04 27 8 9 10 23 31 -8 5-4-4 3-5-6 33
VfB Stuttgart 26 9 5 12 43 52 -9 6-1-6 3-4-6 32
Hamburger SV 27 8 7 12 31 38 -7 4-4-6 4-3-6 31
Darmstadt 27 6 10 11 28 41 -13 1-5-7 5-5-4 28
Werder Bremen 27 7 7 13 36 54 -18 2-5-6 5-2-7 28
FC Augsburg 26 6 9 11 32 40 -8 2-5-6 4-4-5 27
1899 Hoffenheim 27 6 9 12 30 43 -13 4-5-4 2-4-8 27
Eintracht Frankfurt 27 6 9 12 29 43 -14 4-6-4 2-3-8 27
Hannover 96 27 5 2 20 22 49 -27 2-0-11 3-2-9 17

Bundesliga wrap: Another day, another goal (or three) for Chicharito

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A roundup of all the day’s action on Chicharito’s personal playground in Germany’s top flight, the Bundesliga…

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Bayern Munich 2-0 Ingolstadt

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, which should once again be crowned Bundesliga champions by early April, rode second-half goals scored by Robert Lewandowski (65th minute – below video) — what, you’re surprised? — and Philipp Lahm (75th minute) to re-establish an eight-point lead (43 points) atop the league table, with second-place Borussia Dortmund still to play on Sunday.

Darmstadt 0-4 Hertha Berlin

Which side is easily the biggest surprise of the current Bundesliga season? Easy answer: third-place Hertha Berlin, who hammered 12th-place Darmstadt 4-0 on Saturday. Vedad Ibisevic bagged a brace (12th and 50th minutes) to go along with single tallies from Marvin Plattenhardt (26th) and ex-Chelsea man Salomon Kalou (77th). U.S. national team defender John Brooks started the game and played all 90 minutes for the victors, his fifth-straight game playing all 90 minutes.

Wolfsburg 1-1 Hamburg

In the race for the UEFA Champions League, Wolfsburg leapfrogged Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, despite a disappointing home draw with Hamburg, thanks to Bayer Leverkusen’s dismantling of Gladbach in the day’s final game. Nicolai Muller put the visitors on top after 21 minutes, but Maximilian Arnold equalized for Wolfsburg in the 78th minute to prevent back-to-back league defeats for Dieter Hecking’s side.

Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

You read the headline — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a hat trick for Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. This is just about the least surprising news you’re bound to hear all weekend — in his last 12 games for Leverkusen, the Mexican national team star has scored 15 goals (all competitions), now including five in the last three. Saturday’s hat trick came in a 13-minute span from minutes 63 to 76 and included goals in back-to-back minutes in the 75th and 76th. With the victory, Leverkusen climb up to sixth in the league table, just two points behind Wolfsburg for the fourth and final Champions League place.

Anyway, let’s go ahead and roll the footage…

The quality of those goals, particularly the first two. Speaking of which, it sure was nice of Manchester United to ship Hernandez off to Germany, seeing as how they have so many red-hot goalscorers of their own right now. He’d surely not be able to help them one bit these days.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

Werder Bremen 1-1 Koln
Hoffenheim 1-0 Hannover

Sunday’s Bundesliga schedule

Augsburg vs. Schalke (9:30 a.m. ET)
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (11:30 a.m. ET)

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 16 14 1 1 45 8 37 9-0-0 5-1-1 43
Borussia Dortmund 15 11 2 2 42 20 22 6-1-0 5-1-2 35
Hertha BSC Berlin 16 9 2 5 24 18 6 5-1-1 4-1-4 29
VfL Wolfsburg 16 7 5 4 25 18 7 6-2-1 1-3-3 26
Mönchengladbach 16 8 2 6 31 28 3 5-1-2 3-1-4 26
Bayer Leverkusen 16 7 3 6 24 20 4 4-2-2 3-1-4 24
FSV Mainz 05 16 7 3 6 23 21 2 4-1-4 3-2-2 24
FC Schalke 04 15 7 3 5 21 21 0 4-2-2 3-1-3 24
Hamburger SV 16 6 4 6 19 22 -3 2-2-3 4-2-3 22
1. FC Köln 16 5 6 5 16 20 -4 2-4-2 3-2-3 21
FC Ingolstadt 04 16 5 5 6 11 17 -6 2-2-3 3-3-3 20
Darmstadt 16 4 6 6 15 23 -8 1-4-4 3-2-2 18
Werder Bremen 16 4 3 9 16 30 -14 1-1-6 3-2-3 15
Eintracht Frankfurt 15 3 5 7 18 23 -5 1-3-3 2-2-4 14
Hannover 96 16 4 2 10 18 28 -10 2-0-5 2-2-5 14
FC Augsburg 15 3 4 8 18 25 -7 1-2-5 2-2-3 13
1899 Hoffenheim 16 2 7 7 17 24 -7 1-4-3 1-3-4 13
VfB Stuttgart 16 3 3 10 19 36 -17 2-1-5 1-2-5 12

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern rolls, Chicharito scores again for Bayer

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It was a sleepy Saturday in the Bundesliga for the most part, as even a four-goal outing from Bayern Munich is nothing out of the ordinary in Germany’s top-flight.

[ WATCH: Chicharito scores his eighth in five matches ]

Mainz 2-0 Wolfsburg

Julian Draxler was shown red in the 13th minute to put the visitors behind the 8-ball, and Mainz found its opener 18 minutes later through Pablo De Blasis. Though Wolfsburg had its share of chances in the match, Yunus Malli gave Mainz insurance with about 15 minutes to play.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Stuttgart

After throttling Arsenal at the Allianz Arena midweek, the Bavarians picked up where they left off. Arjen Robben scored in the 11th minute, and Bayern had all its goals by the time Thomas Muller netted in the 40th. In between the two, Robert Lewandowski kept up his hot-scoring while Douglas Costa also scored for the table leaders.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Koln

Call it a brace from an unlikely blace, as defender Dominic Maroh scored both Koln goals. Maroh put the hosts up early with a 17th-minute goal, but red-hot Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez equalized for Bayer in the 33rd minute. The hosts went down to 10 men on a straight-red to Kyriakos Papadopoulos in the 53rd minute, and Slovenian back Maroh connected on his second of the night to give Koln all three points.

Elsewhere
Hoffenheim 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt — Visitors more of a threat in draw.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Ingolstadt —
Hosts’ Xhaka sent off late.
Hannover 1-3 Hertha BSC —
Kalou scores 3, USMNT’s Brooks goes 90 in W.
Darmstadt 1-1 Hamburg —
Lasogga’s goal canceled out by hosts’ Heller.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke
 — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
Augsburg vs. Werder Bremen — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 12 11 1 0 37 4 33 7-0-0 4-1-0 34
Borussia Dortmund 11 8 2 1 32 13 19 4-1-0 4-1-1 26
VfL Wolfsburg 12 6 3 3 17 15 2 5-1-0 1-2-3 21
Hertha BSC Berlin 12 6 2 4 17 15 2 3-1-1 3-1-3 20
FC Schalke 04 11 6 2 3 14 13 1 3-2-1 3-0-2 20
Mönchengladbach 12 6 1 5 23 18 5 3-1-2 3-0-3 19
1. FC Köln 12 5 3 4 15 18 -3 2-3-1 3-0-3 18
Bayer Leverkusen 12 5 2 5 14 16 -2 3-1-2 2-1-3 17
FSV Mainz 05 12 5 1 6 18 19 -1 3-0-4 2-1-2 16
FC Ingolstadt 04 12 4 4 4 7 9 -2 1-1-3 3-3-1 16
Hamburger SV 12 4 3 5 11 16 -5 1-2-2 3-1-3 15
Eintracht Frankfurt 12 3 5 4 16 17 -1 1-3-1 2-2-3 14
Darmstadt 12 3 5 4 13 16 -3 1-3-3 2-2-1 14
Hannover 96 12 3 2 7 12 22 -10 1-0-5 2-2-2 11
Werder Bremen 11 3 1 7 11 18 -7 1-0-5 2-1-2 10
VfB Stuttgart 12 3 1 8 17 27 -10 2-0-4 1-1-4 10
1899 Hoffenheim 12 1 5 6 12 19 -7 0-3-3 1-2-3 8
FC Augsburg 11 1 3 7 12 23 -11 1-1-4 0-2-3 6

Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund and Bayern flying high with big goal performances

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After dwelling in the relegation zone for the majority of the season, a four-match league win streak not only has Borussia Dortmund five points clear of complete safety, but eight points back of the UEFA Champions League.

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That’s the headline story from a big weekend in Germany’s Bundesliga, which is making its case among the best top-to-bottom flights in Europe.

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke
Three goals in eight minutes put the exclamation point on a dominant derby performance, as Jurgen Klopp’s BVB continued its ascent from the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund won this edition of the Rivierderby, but needed 78 minutes to find an opener. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped home a ball before breaking out a bag of costume gear from behind the Schalke goal. Enter Batman Aubameyang and Robin Reus.

Reus later scored by taking advantage of an audacious dribbling choice by Schalke keeper Timon Wellenreuther. Watch it here.

Bayern Munich 4-1 Koln
The stars shone in Munich, as Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski helped the league leaders hammer down on their relegation-scrapping visitors.

Bayern out-attempted Koln 23-9, won 14-5 in corners, and won the passing attack by 717-140.

source: Getty ImagesYes, that’s 577 more passes than the visitors. Bananas.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Hamburger SV
USMNT back Timothy Chandler went 90 minutes and completed the second-most passes (31) in the match as Eintracht pulled into eighth place, ahead of Werder Bremen for at least a day.

Veteran striker Alexander Meier (right) scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season in the win. He’s one shy of Bayern’s Arjen Robben for the Bundesliga lead.

Elsewhere
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Freiburg — Simon Rolfes’ 33rd minute goal stands up.
Hannover 1-1 Stuttgart — Lars Stindl and Christian Genter trade goals.
Hoffenheim 2-0 Mainz —
Eugen Polanski and Kevin Volland score to lift hosts.
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Augsburg —
USMNT’s Brooks goes 90, Salomon Kalou scores in win.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Paderborn —
 930 am ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg —
1130 am ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 23 18 4 1 63 10 53 11-1-0 7-3-1 58
VfL Wolfsburg 22 14 5 3 48 24 24 10-2-0 4-3-3 47
Mönchen 22 10 7 5 29 18 11 7-3-1 3-4-4 37
Bayer Leverkusen 23 9 9 5 37 29 8 5-6-1 4-3-4 36
FC Schalke 04 23 10 5 8 32 27 5 7-4-1 3-1-7 35
FC Augsburg 23 11 2 10 32 30 2 7-2-2 4-0-8 35
1899 Hoffenheim 23 9 6 8 36 35 1 7-2-3 2-4-5 33
Eintracht Frankfurt 23 8 7 8 42 45 -3 6-3-3 2-4-5 31
Werder Bremen 22 8 6 8 36 44 -8 6-3-2 2-3-6 30
Borussia Dortmund 23 8 4 11 31 31 0 5-2-4 3-2-7 28
Hannover 96 23 7 6 10 26 34 -8 5-2-4 2-4-6 27
FSV Mainz 05 23 5 10 8 30 33 -3 4-4-3 1-6-5 25
1. FC Köln 23 6 7 10 21 29 -8 1-6-4 5-1-6 25
Hertha BSC Berlin 23 7 3 13 28 42 -14 5-1-6 2-2-7 24
Hamburger SV 23 6 6 11 16 33 -17 4-3-4 2-3-7 24
SC Paderborn 22 5 8 9 23 41 -18 3-4-4 2-4-5 23
SC Freiburg 23 4 10 9 24 32 -8 2-6-3 2-4-6 22
VfB Stuttgart 23 4 7 12 24 41 -17 1-2-8 3-5-4 19