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Bayern Munich stunned by Hertha Berlin

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Bayern Munich’s weekend has been ruined.

The German giants were caught napping, falling 2-0 to Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion Berlin in the capital for the defending champions’ first Bundesliga loss of the season.

Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic saw his header saved by Manuel Neuer in the 23rd minute, but the rebound fell to former Chelsea man Salomon Kalou who was tackled by Jerome Boateng, and the referee pointed to the spot. Ibisevic took the penalty, and his effort found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

With Bayern trailing, they maintained a significant possessional advantage and looked to pepper Thomas Kraft’s net, but continued to miss the target. Hertha would find another just before halftime on the counter as Kalou’s smart through-ball unlocked the defense and connected with Valentino Lazaro’s run, and the Austrian expertly pulled it back as he reached the end line. 23-year-old Ondrej Duda was waiting at point-blank range, and he roofed the effort to double Hertha’s lead.

Bayern pushed forward looking to get back in the game, but they couldn’t find a way through. Taking 25 efforts on the Hertha net throughout the match, they were able to put just five on target. The visitors held 70% possession through the full 90 minutes, but ultimately were unsuccessful.

The win for Hertha draws them level with Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table on 13 points through six matches, with both Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen able to take over the lead spot with a victory this weekend.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern draws, Dortmund loses; Chicharito on fire (video)

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Bayern Munich dropped rare points but increased its lead on the field, as Borussia Dortmund fell at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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Javier Hernandez made sure he out-CONCACAFed Christian Pulisic, scoring for Bayer in the win. USMNT back Timmy Chandler also went 90 minutes in a loss, as did Mexico’s Marco Fabian.

Bayern Munich 1-1 FC Koln

Joshua Kimmich’s 40th minute goal looked to have lifted Bayern out of its doldrums after the Bavarians fell to Atletico Madrid at midweek, but Anthony Modeste scored his fifth goal in six matches to give Koln a point at the Allianz Arena.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Someone tapped Bayer out of its long early season nap, as Admir Mehmedi’s 10th minute goal combined with a disciplined, physical performance for the hosts to scoop up three points. Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez enters the international break in fine form after adding his seventh goal in all competitions this season.

USMNT teen Christian Pulisic got another start for BVB, and was waylaid with a knee to the back. The 18-year-old American came through the scare fine, but had a mostly anonymous match as his team struggled against a game home side.

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Hamburger SV

Vedad Ibisevic made it four goals in his last two outings as Hertha scored in both halves of a home win.

Darmstadt 2-2 Werder Bremen

Serge Gnabry had a great Olympics, and many were surprised when Arsenal allowed him to go back home to Germany. He’s picked up where he’s left off, joining Lamine Sane on the scoresheet in a 2-2 road draw.

Ingolstadt 1-2 Hoffenheim

Sandro Wagner and Kerem Demirbay scored for the visitors, whose clean sheet was spoiled in injury time by a Lukas Hinterseer penalty kick. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales did not make the 18 for Ingolstadt.

Freiburg 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Vincenzo Grifo scored in the fourth minute, and it was all the hosts needed to pick up three points. USMNT back Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes in the loss.

Sunday’s matches
Wolfsburg vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET
Schalke vs. Monchengladbach — 11:30 a.m. ET


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 6 5 1 0 16 2 14 3-1-0 2-0-0 16
 Hertha BSC Berlin 6 4 1 1 11 7 4 3-0-0 1-1-1 13
 Borussia Dortmund 6 4 0 2 16 6 10 3-0-0 1-0-2 12
 1. FC Köln 6 3 3 0 10 3 7 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 RB Leipzig 6 3 3 0 11 5 6 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 Mönchengladbach 5 3 1 1 10 6 4 3-0-0 0-1-1 10
 Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 10 7 3 2-1-0 1-0-2 10
 1899 Hoffenheim 6 2 4 0 11 9 2 1-2-0 1-2-0 10
 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 3 1 2 8 6 2 2-1-0 1-0-2 10
 SC Freiburg 6 3 0 3 7 9 -2 3-0-0 0-0-3 9
 FSV Mainz 05 5 2 1 2 12 11 1 0-1-1 2-0-1 7
 FC Augsburg 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3 1-0-2 1-1-1 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 Darmstadt 6 1 2 3 4 12 -8 1-2-0 0-0-3 5
 Werder Bremen 6 1 1 4 7 17 -10 1-0-2 0-1-2 4
 FC Ingolstadt 04 6 0 1 5 3 12 -9 0-0-3 0-1-2 1
 Hamburger SV 6 0 1 5 2 12 -10 0-1-2 0-0-3 1
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 10 -8 0-0-2 0-0-3 0

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


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

Euro 2016 roundup: Netherlands, Bosnia upset as Italy, Croatia open with wins

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Though Italy and Croatia cruised to multi-goal wins, Tuesday’s Euro 2016 qualifiers were less about favorites’ statements than underdogs’ glory. In Prague and Zenica, World Cup qualifiers were left empty-handed after their campaigns’ first 90 minutes, while one of the day’s more compelling games turned into a one-sided result in Reykjavik.

Here are the day’s results:

Group A

Kazakhstan 0-0 Latvia – A match short on chances saw the home side pressure their conservative guests into halftime, though Latvia nearly took the lead through Vladislav Gabovs mid-way through the second half. Out-shot 10-4 on the day, the Latvians were fortunate to leave Astana with a result, with a late Andrejs Kovajvos blast off the Latvian woodwork denying the home side full points.

Iceland 3-0 Turkey – What looked like one of the day’s most competitive games became Tuesday’s most lopsided result, with Fatih Terim’s team handed an early rebuke. Jon Dadi Boedvarsson’s 16th minute opener put the home side up early, giving Iceland the lead they’d carry into the final quarter-hour. In the 76th and 77th minutes, the home team pulled away, with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson building the day’s most one-sided result.

Czech Republic 2-1 Netherlands – Vaclav Pilar played hero as the Czech Republic, six days removed from a disappointing against the U.S., took full points from the group favorites, who saw a late mistake from Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat cost them a result in Prague. After goals for Borek Dockal (21′) and Stefan de Vrij (55′) sent the teams into stoppage time even, the new Newcastle defender put an errand back-header off his own post, allowing Pilar to clean up for the 92nd minute winner.

Next up: Latvia vs. Iceland, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, Turkey vs. Czech Republic on Oct. 10

Group B

Andorra 1-2 Wales – A Europeon qualifier was played on an artificial surface, and the Earth decline to stop turning. Instead, Gareth Bale, bringing his team back after Ildefona Lima put Andorra up from the spot, scored on each side of halftime, with his 81st minute winner vaulting Wales to join-top of the group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 Cyprus –  In one of the bigger surprises of the opening round (non-Portugal division), the World Cup qualifiers failed to defend their home ground, conceding two goals to Demetris Christofi in Cyprus’s comeback in. Vedad Ibisevic gave the home side a lead after six minutes, but after goals in the 45th and 73th minute, Christofi had secured his team’s upset result.

Next up: Belgium vs. Andorra, Cyprus vs. Israel, Wales vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina on Oct. 10

Group H

Azerbaijan 1-2 Bulgaria – Dimitrij Nazarov’s shot from just outside the area pulled back Bulgaria’s 16th opener just after halftime, nearly securing a home point for Barti Vogts’ side. Three minutes before time, however, Ventsislav Hristov headed home a Bulgaria corner, giving the Lions a valuable three points on the road.

Croatia 2-0 Malta – Worries arising from Croatia’s scoreless first half were alleviated less than a minute after intermission when Luka Modric put Niko Kovac’s team in front. Nine minutes before time, Andrej Kramaric doubled the home side’s lead, giving Croatia full points to start what’s expected to be a successful qualifying campaign.

Norway 0-2 Italy – Four days after making his international debut, Simone Zaza had his first Italy goal, scoring in the 16th minute to give the Azzurri a 1-0 lead in Oslo. Holding the Norweigans without a shot on target, Italy cruised to a two-goal victoryafter Leonardo Bonucci’s 62nd minute score secured Antonio Conte’s first competitive win.

Next up: Bulgaria vs. Croatia, Italy vs. Azerbaijan, Malta vs. Norway on Oct. 10

International friendly roundup: Italy, France ride impressive results into next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers

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Italy 2, Netherlands 0 – Guus Hiddink’s return to the Netherlands’ traditional 4-3-3 setup saw terrible early returns, with a third minute goal from Ciro Immobile and a ninth minute red card to Bruno Martins Indi ending the Oranje’s chances early. When Daniele De Rossi converted from the spot (after Martins Indi’s foul), the game was practically decided, with Antonio Conte cruising in his Azzurri coaching debut.

Italy opens Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday against Norway, while the Netherlands visits the Czech Republic.

France 1, Spain 0 – A Spain side that saw David de Gea, Daniel Carvajal, Mikel San Jose, and Raul Garcia get starts was held without a shot on target, with Loic Remy’s 73rd goal giving Les Bleus a 1-0 win at Stade de France. Valencia’s Paco Alcaácer came on in the 67th minute for his international debut.

Spain opens its qualifying campaign on Monday against Macedonia. France plays a friendly in Serbia.

Belgium 2, Australia 0 – Tim Cahill started up top for a Socceroos side that went behind early in Liège, giving up an 18th minute goal to Napoli’s Dries Mertens. Thirteen minutes from time, a long distance shot from Axel Witsel doubled the Red Devils’ lead, capping a strong showing for a team missing Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

Australia faces Saudi Arablia in a friendly on Monday, while Belgium’s Euro qualifier in Israel has been postponed.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 3, Liechtenstein 0  – Returning to the field after a disappointing exit in Brazil, the home side went up in the first minute through Vedad Ibisevic. The Hoffenheim striker added his second in the 14th minute, with Edin Dzeko ending the game’s scoring 10 minutes later.

Bosnia and Herzegovina begins Euro 2016 qualifying Tuesday against Cyprus, while Liechtenstein does the same on Monday in Russia.

Croatia 2, Cyprus 0 – New Atlético striker Mario Mandzukic scored early in each half during a dominant performance by Croatia, even if that dominance failed to make its way onto the scoresheet.

Croatia starts its qualification tournament on Tuesday against Malta, while Cyprus will be in Zenica to face Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Other scores

Iraq 0, Peru 2
Slovakia 1, Malta 0
Sweden 2, Estonia 0
China 3, Kuwait 1
Belarus 6, Tajikistan 1