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Argentina surges back late for friendly draw with Germany

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Argentina scored twice in the final 25 minutes to erase a two-goal deficit and draw Germany in a friendly between the two world powers inside Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday.

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Serge Gnabry continued his red-hot form of late by firing Die Mannschaft ahead after 15 minutes, followed by Kai Havertz’s (Bayer Leverkusen) first international goal (assisted by Gnarby) just seven minutes later to make it 2-0 and put Germany in a commanding position.

But Argentina, without the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain or Angel di Maria, battled back in the second half, as Lucas Alario (Leverkusen) and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) bagged goals in the 66th and 85th minutes, respectively.

Germany was also dealing with a lengthy list of injuries, including (but not limited to): Timo Werner, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Jonas Hector, Antonio Rudiger, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler.

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen started in goal in place of Manuel Neuer, meaning for the first time since lifting the World Cup trophy in 2014, Germany started a game without a single world champion on the field.

Bayern annihilates putrid Tottenham in 7-star showing

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Let’s be straight-forward: Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski humiliated Tottenham Hotspur’s abject back line in a 6-2 demolition of the hosts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London on Tuesday.

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Ex-Arsenal academy man Gnabry scored four times and Lewandowski twice while Joshua Kimmich also scored an extraordinary curler for Bayern in the blowout.

Olympiacos lost to Red Star Belgrade, which puts Spurs in the group’s third place. Bayern’s six points account for a four-point lead on the rest of the group.

Three things we learned

1. Lewandowski too powerful: It’s stunning to consider that Robert Lewandowski has never been named to a FIFPro World XI. The Polish striker started a move at the right end line, torching Jan Vertonghen, then worked himself back to the top of the 18 to pick up a loose ball and touch to his right before lashing inside the near post. Lewandowski added another to give Bayern six on the day. He now has 14 goals through 10 matches this season across all competitions.

2. Kane’s fine run (kinda) ends: Making penalties is pretty important, but Kane’s 61st minute success was his only real moment of impact in the match. He skied a free kick over the goal and saw a yellow card in the match. He had a goal or an assist in each of his last five matches, and continued that run. That’s really the lone positive from his day.

3. Serge Gnabry has a field day with Spurs back line, especially one fullback: Danny Rose and Serge Aurier did not deliver the goods at left and right back on Tuesday, with Rose cooked in the run-up to Kimmich’s opener. Aurier was roasted by Gnabry on his first goal, and then didn’t even bother to sprint behind the blazing Gnabry as he completed his hat trick by reaching a long ball from Thiago Alcantara. It’s the sort of move which would doom a player to the bench for weeks, but Spurs are very, very thin at fullback.

The ex-Arsenal man Gnabry added a fourth goal to complete the score line and would’ve loved his return to North London, having spent 2011-16 with Spurs’ heated rivals. He was magnificent.

Spurs struck first through Son in the 12th minute, as Corentin Tolisso passed to no man’s land. Moussa Sissoko took advantage of the giveaway, which carried a hint of a Dele Alli foul, and slid Son into the box.

Manuel Neuer could only get a hand on the South Korean’s shot as it headed for the side panel.

The lead lasted three minutes, and the equalizer was a beauty. Kimmich absolutely cooked Tanguy Ndombele with a cutback and whipped a vicious shot across goal and into the upper reaches of it.

Neuer and Lloris were each tested in the next five minutes, the latter by a Philippe Coutinho arrow in the 21st. The Bayern goalkeeper made an arm save on a hard Ndombele drive in the 25th.

Son ripped a shot wide at the half hour mark, an attempt to beat Neuer to the near post.

Former Arsenal man Gnabry would’ve loved scoring at the home of his former rivals, as he outlasted a dreadful challenge from Aurier and then blazed past a wooden Toby Alderweireld to blast past Lloris.

Gnabry scored again off a Harry Winks error, slipped into the 18 to dig out a shot that beat a diving Lloris.

Rose won a penalty kick off a high challenge with Kingsley Coman, sending Kane to the spot for his lone moment of the match.

Instead of inspiring a comeback, the goal spurred Bayern back into business. Gnabry added two more sandwiched around another classy Lewandowski finish.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern obliterates Borussia Dortmund to go top

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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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.


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


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


Mane leads Liverpool past Bayern Munich (video)

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  • Mane bags brace
  • Gnabry, Lewandowski force Matip own goal
  • Milner finds Van Dijk for goal

Sadio Mane scored two goals and was an all-around menace as Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to score a berth in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a scoreless first leg.

Virgil Van Dijk also scored for the Reds, who conceded via a Joel Matip own goal in the win.

The quarterfinal draw is Friday morning. Four of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Premier League.

Andy Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, and will miss the first leg of the next round.

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Liverpool made an early change when Jordan Henderson was hurt, bringing Fabinho into the XI.

Out of nothing, Roberto Firmino lashed a shot wide of Manuel Neuer’s far post.

Liverpool then took the lead on a horrible mistake from Neuer, as Mane turned him inside out on the edge of the 18 and swept a shot across the line.

Robert Lewandowski then bounced a shot to Alisson, as Bayern knew it would need to score twice without conceding.

Neuer stopped a marauding Andy Robertson at the near post in the 34th minute.

It all went level in the 39th minute, as Serge Gnabry cooked Robertson and Joel Matip‘s desperation bid to clear Gnabry’s cross toward Lewandowski went into the goal.

David Alaba zipped a free kick over the wall that Alisson Becker saved, and it remained 1-1 into halftime.

Mohamed Salah stung the palms of Neuer with a 50th minute rocket, as Liverpool looked for a goal to put victory firmly in its grasp.

Lewandowski then just missed a Gnabry cross before Bayern gave the Reds a pair of corner kicks.

The second was James Milner‘s assist on Van Dijk’s thumped back post header, and Liverpool was in very good shape with a little more than 20 minutes to play in Munich.

Salah could’ve earned a penalty after contact in the box but fought through it and had a chance denied by Bayern.

Substitute Renato Sanches missed wide with an 83rd minute effort to tie the second leg.

And in the end, Mane was just too much. The Senegalese star completed his brace in the 84th minute.

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.

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


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