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Dortmund win five-goal derby against Schalke

In the derby debut for both coaches,Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel prevailed 3-2 over Schalke's André Breitenreiter. Tuchel's men dominated but the final scoreline was much closer than it had to be. For Dortmund, the Ruhr Valley derby was a chance to underscore their status as Germany's second-best team as well as an always welcome opportunity to put the hurt on their hated local rivals. Schalke were looking to break a five-game winless stretch in all competitions that had seen the Royal Blues' fine season start grind to a halt. Forced to sit out the festivities were Dortmund's Marco Reus with a typical Reusian short-term injury, as well as suspended Schalke midfielder Johannes Geis and teammate Benny Höwedes, who had fallen ill. Breitenreiter had Schalke set up to protect their make-shift back four, and in the opening phase of the match the Royal Blues succeeded in holding the hosts at bay. Dortmund had 65 percent possession, but the first 20 minutes came and went without a single shot on either goal. As the match wore on, Dortmund gradually found the chinks in Schalke's armor. On the half hour, Matthias Ginter snuck away from Max Meyer and crossed the ball in from the end line. An unmarked Shinji Kagawa - hardly a giant of a man - headed Dortmund in front. Mats Hummels gave back that advantage only three minutes later. The Dortmund defender's errant pass sent Schalke off to the races, and Leroy Sané smartly squared the ball for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to end his five match scoring drought. It was the Dutchman's second goal of the season. Dortmund kept pressing, with Ilkay Gündogan and Ginter coming close as the half wound down. And Ginter refused to be denied two minutes before the break, getting his head to a well-placed Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner. A sure thing becomes a nail-biter Schalke came out of the dressing room knowing they needed to score and led with their chin into a Dortmund counterpunch. In minute 47, Mkhitaryan seized the ball in midfield and laid it on to Gonzalo Casto, Castro found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Gabon striker slotted it past Ralf Fährmann. Seven minutes later, Mkhitaryan should have put the game away, but Fährmann denied him one-on-one from close range. There was little in Schalke's body language to suggest their believed in a comeback. By the hour mark, Dortmund had 11 shots on goal to the Royal Blues' three. So everyone in the Signal Iduna Park was shocked when Huntelaar scored his second 20 minutes from time, after being left criminally unmarked on a rare Schalke counter-attack. Dortmund had made a nail-biter out of a sure thing. The Royal Blue faithful began to dream of revenge for 2008, when Dortmund had overturned a three-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw against their rivals. Tuchel sent on Lars Bender to help defend Dortmund's advantage, while Breitenreiter rolled the dice on 19-year-old forward Felix Platte. But it was Gündogan who came closest to a goal in injury time, drawing another stunner of a save from Fährmann. But Dortmund's profligacy didn't come back to hurt them. "We lost track of them and gave them too much space," Breitenreiter said after the match. "But other teams would have gotten slaughtered. We came back and had a chance. That's something positive." Tuchel admitted that his team had played with fire. "If everything ends well, it's entertaining," Tuchel told reporters. "We had numerous chances to make it 4-1." Dortmund only won 3-2, but that result means that they keep pace with Bayern - five points behind the leaders at the top of the table. Schalke will enter the international break in fifth place. Bremen hand Augsburg another loss Last year's pleasant surprises Augsburg are rapidly becoming this season's worst underachievers. In Sunday's late match, the southern Germans went down at home 2-1 to fellow strugglers Werder Bremen, showing why they're currently mired in last place in the table. Oldie-but-goodie Claudio Pizarro opened the scoring just before the hour mark in a listless contest. It was the 37-year-old Bremen legend's first goal for the team this season and extends his all-time record for goals scored by a foreign player in the Bundesliga. If that weren't bad enough, Fin Bartels doubled Werder's advantage ten minutes later. Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl reacted by sending on talismanic striker Tobias Werner, but he couldn't stem the tide of another defeat. Bremen's Ulisses Garcia did the hosts a favor by handling the ball in the first minute of injury time. Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh was his customary steel-nerved self from the spot, but it was much too late for the southern Germans to mount a comeback. Bremen's 2-1 win moves them up to thirteenth in the table. Augsburg are rock bottom with only six point in 12 rounds.

In the derby debut for both coaches,Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel prevailed 3-2 over Schalke’s André Breitenreiter. Tuchel’s men dominated but the final scoreline was much closer than it had to be. For Dortmund, the Ruhr Valley derby was a chance to underscore their status as Germany’s second-best team as well as an always welcome opportunity to put the hurt on their ... Read More »

Klopp claims first Premier League win as Liverpool beat Chelsea

Jürgen Klopp opened his Premier League account, leading Liverpool to a 3-1 win against Chelsea. The Reds hardly looked like a classic Klopp team, but they did enough to get by the Blues to pile pressure on Mourinho. In his final press conference ahead of Liverpool's clash with Chelsea in London, Jürgen Klopp talked about his cordial relations with controversial Blues coach José Mourinho. "I think if you're not a journalist or a referee, he can be a nice guy," Klopp said with a wry smile. But relations between the two men may have taken a knock after Klopp's Reds handed disappointing Chelsea their sixth loss of the season on Saturday. Mourinho already looked as though his head were in danger of imminent explosion prior to Saturday, and the Blues' toothless perfomance in front of their home fans isn't going to lower the Special One's blood pressure. Chelsea began in customarily destructive fashion, and they took the lead after only three mintues through a Ramires header. It would prove to be the Blues' only shot on target in the first half. Liverpool showed little of the high-pressing "full-throttle" football for which Klopp's title-winning Dortmund sides were known. Indeed, they were stymied by Chelsea's defensive bulwark until the dying moments of the first half. In the third minute of added time (only two had been indicated), Chelsea lost track of Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho, and the Brazilian leveled the score. Coutinho trumps Mounrinho Mourinho, already halfway down the tunnel, turned round to scowl briefly at that latest development and what happened in the second half elicited more sour grimaces from the Portugese. A little over a quarter of an hour from time, with Chelsea increasing the offensive pressure, Coutinho curled in his second to put the visitors ahead. Chelsea's marking on the goal left a lot to be desired. On Liverpool's third strike, it was nearly non-existent. Hulking striker Christian Benteke, not an easy player to overlook, was left alone to slot home from the center of the box. The goal prompted Klopp's first leaping, first-pump celebration for his new employer. The 3-1 victory was hardly a vintage performance, but it's hard to argue that Liverpool didn't desire a win, given that they got off twice as many shots and put three times as many of them on goal as Chelsea. Predictably, Mourinho didn't see things that way. "In the second half something happened that didn't allow us to win the game," Mourinho said in his post-match remarks, probably implying that the referees had disadvantaged Chelsea. Stuff happens Klopp was sympathetic with the Special One's plight. "I feel for him," The German told reporters. "He's a great coach. I don't think anyone in this room doubts he's one of the best in the world. Things like this happen. I had a similar situation at Dortmund last year." The Reds faltered at the beginning of the season under Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rogers. Klopp - who jokingly nicknamed himself the "Normal One" upon assuming the Liverpool job - at least has them out-running and out-hustling opponents. The German head coach can now look to claim his first European win with his new side, against Russian club Rubin Kazan on Thursday night.

Jürgen Klopp opened his Premier League account, leading Liverpool to a 3-1 win against Chelsea. The Reds hardly looked like a classic Klopp team, but they did enough to get by the Blues to pile pressure on Mourinho. In his final press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea in London, Jürgen Klopp talked about his cordial relations with controversial ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Gladbach’s Schubert equals record, Dortmund beat Werder

Borussia Dortmund made up ground on league leaders Bayern Munich, but the team of the moment are Borussia önchengladbach. The Foals beat Hertha Berlin - putting their coach in the history books. When André Schubert was promoted from Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth ranks to coach of the first team earlier this fall, he would hardly have imagined himself equalling one of the Bundesliga's longest standing records. But with the Foals' 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Schubert's sixth straight victory, he matched Willi Entenmann's best-ever coaching debut with Stuttgart from 1985. The most amazing thing is that the streak came after Gladbach had lost their first five matches of the season. The Foals had a relatively easy time of it in the German capital against a passive Hertha side, who themselves have been strong so far this season. Oscar Wendt and Raffael took the visitors to a first half-lead, exploiting their opponents' defensive lapses. Granit Xhaka added a penalty and Harvard Nordveit a late strike after the interval. Alexander Baumjohann's penalty for Hertha was a mere blip on the capital club's otherwise flat-lining EKG. Despite the one-sidedness of the match, some of the main factors in Gladbach's unique recovery were on clear display. The Foals' defense has benefited from greater playing time given to experienced individuals, like Alvaro Dominguez. Schubert is also wise to put his trust in speedster Ibrihima Traoré, who drew Gladbach's penalty. With nearly everything going right, the Foals now have the sort of self-perpetuating momentum that allows them to brush aside teams like Hertha. The capital-club had yet to lose a home match prior to Saturday and had the Bundesliga's third best defense. But they had no chance against a streaking Gladbach side that has now risen all the way to the top third of the table. Dortmund take advantage If you close your eyes and wish really, really hard, you might almost be able to convince yourself that the title race is back on. At least the gap in the table between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is back down to five points, after Thomas Tuchel's men cruised past Werder Bremen 3-1. Marco Reus, who finally seems to have recovered from his numerous knocks and niggles, was the man of the match, finishing off passes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in minutes 9 and 72. Mkhitaryan himself headed in a marvelous cross from Mats Hummels just before the break, after Anthony Ujah had equalized. Werder looked more switched on than in recent weeks, but they were no match for Dortmund and will look forward to facing easier opposition next week. Completing a pleasant afternoon for Dortmund fans was the fact that arch-rivals Schalke could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against newly promoted Ingolstadt. The visitors took the lead through journeyman defender Tobias Levels - only his third strike ever in the top flight - just before half-time. Wonderkind Leroy Sané spared the Royal Blues' blushes when he headed home the equalizer a quarter of an hour from time. Schalke's strong season start seems to have run its course. They're winless in their last two Bundesliga matches and crashed out of the German Cup during the week. Pair of draws for two strugglers Draws come in many varieties. Augsburg's 3-3 at home versus Mainz was nothing short of a heart-breaker. The hosts got off to a horrid start with Yoshinori Muto scoring a pair in the first half hour but battled back to overturn that deficit. Paul Verhaegh converted a controversial penalty late in the first half before Ja-Cheol Koo found the mark shortly after the restart, and Raul Bobadilla had the home fans cheering ten minutes from time when he completed the turn-around. But Muto completed his hat-trick in the third minute of added time to deny Augsburg a much needed win and keep the southern Germans in last place. Hoffenheim's fans were hoping for a turnaround under new coach Huub Stevens. The Dutchman, who's becoming famous for saving teams from the drop, once described his philosophy as: 'the first and foremost thing is keeping a clean sheet.' And that's exactly what the Hoff got in his debut - a goalless draw against Cologne.

Borussia Dortmund made up ground on league leaders Bayern Munich, but the team of the moment are Borussia önchengladbach. The Foals beat Hertha Berlin – putting their coach in the history books. When André Schubert was promoted from Borussia Mönchengladbach’s youth ranks to coach of the first team earlier this fall, he would hardly have imagined himself equalling one of ... Read More »

Copa America centennial to be held in US

The 100-year anniversary of the Copa America, South America's equivalent of the Euro Cup, will take place in the US. The announcement follows CONCACAF and CONMEBOL's rupture with an allegedly-corrupt marketing company. The Americas' two football confederations along with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) announced on Friday that the 100 year anniversary of the South American Football Championship, better known as the Copa America, will be held in the US. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the South American Confederation of Football (CONMEBOL) said on Friday that they were "extremely happy" to partner with the USSF in presenting the Copa America centennial tournament, with possible host cities including Washington, San Francisco and Chicago. "We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament's operations and finances," CONCACAF and CONMEBOL said in a joint statement. "The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes - to celebrate the 100 years of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions," the two football federations said in the statement. FIFA scandal still an issue? The move comes after both football federations ended their relationship with Datisa, a marketing company that held the Copa America rights. Datisa allegedly agreed to pay $110 million (99.8 million euros) in bribes to South American football officials, according to US federal prosecutors. Doubts were cast over the event's viability following US federal prosecutors' decision to unseal indictments against 14 football officials and marketing executives in May, with FIFA suspending Enrique Sanz, the general secretary of CONCACAF, weeks later. The Centenario Copa America is set to take place from June 2 to 26, 2016, which coincides with the much-anticipated 2016 Euro Cup.

The 100-year anniversary of the Copa America, South America’s equivalent of the Euro Cup, will take place in the US. The announcement follows CONCACAF and CONMEBOL’s rupture with an allegedly-corrupt marketing company. The Americas’ two football confederations along with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) announced on Friday that the 100 year anniversary of the South American Football Championship, better known ... Read More »

Champions League: Arsenal end Bayern’s winning run, Leverkusen snatch point

Arsenal strike twice to send Bayern Munich home pointless from matchday three. Bayer Leverkusen and Roma, meanwhile, played out a classic Champions League encounter that will live long in the memory. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Giroud 77', Özil 90+4) Two late goals have resurrected Arsenal's Champions League campaign as the North London side beat German champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud punished an error from Manuel Neuer on 77 minutes before Mesut Özil struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure the Gunners' first win of the campaign. Bayern Munich, having won all of their league games this season, were off the pace and suffered their first loss in 12 games. Pep Guardiola lined up with a 4-3-3 formation comprising of Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa in attack. The inclusion of the Brazilian left-winger was the only change to the side from the 1-0 win at Werder Bremen on Saturday. But the Gunners were on the front-foot from the first whistle. Özil forced an early save from Neuer on seven minutes before Theo Walcott missed the first of several chances on 29 minutes. Bayern's number one keeper produced an outstanding, quick-reaction save on 32 minutes to keep out Walcott's header from close range. Costa had the beating of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin in one-on-one situations and forced a fine save from Petr Cech on 42 minutes. The Brazilian set up a chance for Thiago a minute later but the Spaniard's shot was blocked. But for all Bayern's possession, Arsenal were rewarded for their patience on 77 minutes as Neuer was caught out of position at a set-piece and allowed Giroud to score from the loose ball. Bayern conjured up very little and Lewandowski was uncharacteristically tame in attack. Arsenal sealed the points in the 94th minute as Bellerin crossed for Özil, the German turning the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Neuer. Bayern remain on top spot in the group, but experience defeat for the first time since losing in the Super Cup to Wolfsburg in August. Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma (Hernandez 4' pen, 19', Kampl 84', Mehmedi 86' - De Rossi 29', 37', Pjanic 54', Falque 73') Bayer Leverkusen and Roma played out an exhilarating 4-4 draw on matchday three with both sides throwing away two-goal advantages at the Bay Arena. Leverkusen took an early 2-0 lead and fell 4-2 behind with about 20 minutes left to play. But goals from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi turned the game around once more inside the last five minutes to share the spoils ahead of a rematch in Rome two weeks from now. Ahead of the third 4-4 draw in Champions League history, Leverkusen drew 0-0 at Hamburg as their league troubles continued. But Roger Schmidt's men delivered the perfect response early on to take a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes. 'Chicharito' Hernandez tucked home opener on four minutes from the spot after the referee penalized a handball in the box. Leverkusen were bright and energetic, the performance similar to the first half efforts in Barcelona on matchday two. Hernandez's instinctive finishing was on show again on 19 minutes when the Mexican finished off a fine move at the second attempt. But Roma were presented with some gifts before the interval as Leverkusen failed to defend numerous free kicks and corner kicks. Miralem Pjanic delivered twice inside eight minutes and Daniele de Rossi reacted quickest to turn the ball home twice and level the scores at 2-2. Bosnia international Pjanic then delivered the sucker punch on 54 minutes, curling home an exquisite free kick to leave Bernd Leno helpless. Ingo Falque came off the bench and made it 4-2 on 73 minutes as the Germans were punished for overcommitting in attack. Incredibly, Leverkusen found the extra energy to claw the game back. Kampl was key to the late revival and sent a shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Two minutes later, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder rallied his troops and surged forward with possession and set up Mehmedi who tapped home from yards out. Leverkusen sit second in the group on four points, while Roma have just two points from three games. Champions League matchday two results: Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Olympiacos Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma BATE Borisov 0-2 Barcelona Valencia 2-1 Gent Zenit 3-1 Lyon Porto 2-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea

Arsenal strike twice to send Bayern Munich home pointless from matchday three. Bayer Leverkusen and Roma, meanwhile, played out a classic Champions League encounter that will live long in the memory. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Giroud 77′, Özil 90+4) Two late goals have resurrected Arsenal’s Champions League campaign as the North London side beat German champions Bayern Munich at the ... Read More »

Andre Schubert takes over at Gladbach

Max Eberl has confirmed Andre Schubert as the club's new short-term head coach. The Foals are without a win in five matches and will take on Manchester City in the Champions League next week. Andre Schubert has been confirmed as the interim head coach at Borussia Mönchengladbach following the shock resignation of Lucien Favre. The 57-year-old released a statement on Sunday evening after his side went down 1-0 at rivals Cologne, their fifth defeat in five games - the worst start in the club's history. Despite the best attempts of sporting director Max Eberl and the board, Favre wasn't set to change his decision. Eberl confirmed at a press conference at Borussia-Park that he was walking his dog late in the evening when Favre's agent contacted him about the decision. "Favre was concerned that he wouldn't find a solution for this difficult situation, but that concern is only human," the 42-year-old sporting director told reporters. "I'm still thoroughly convinced that we could have had more success with Favre. We had some great years together," he added. Favre had made previous attempts to hand in his resignation in 2014 and in the summer, but Eberl was able to convince him to stay on. There is no timescale on a new long term appointment, according to Eberl who described this situation as a 'transitional period' for the Foals. Finding a solution now was a challenge and Eberl ruled out any offer for Jürgen Klopp amid speculation in German newspapers. "We have no plan B right now," he said. Schubert is a highly-rated development coach with experience of training Germany's youth national teams for more than a decade. The Kassel-born coach has been in charge of the U15 national side for a year, while leading Gladbach's U23 team in the regional divisions this season. Schubert will start work immediately with assistant coaches Frank Geideck und Manfred Stefes ahead of Wednesday's match against Augsburg.

Max Eberl has confirmed Andre Schubert as the club’s new short-term head coach. The Foals are without a win in five matches and will take on Manchester City in the Champions League next week. Andre Schubert has been confirmed as the interim head coach at Borussia Mönchengladbach following the shock resignation of Lucien Favre. The 57-year-old released a statement on ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Malli inspires Mainz to win

Mainz secured their third win of the season as Yunus Malli became the third player in the club's history to score a hat trick in the Bundesliga. With one point from five, Hoffenheim still can't shake off their poor form. Mainz 3-1 Hoffenheim (Malli 18', 61', 69' - Schmid 13') Yunus Malli scored his first Bundesliga hat trick to inspire Mainz to a comfortable 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday. The attacking midfielder made it five goals in five games this season as he helped his side come from behind to take all three points. Hoffenheim drew first blood after 13 minutes when former Freiburg winger Schmid broke the offside trap and finished beyond the reach of Loris Karius. Schmid had scored in his last two games against Mainz, but hadn't experienced a win. That barren run was set to continue for the French-born player as Malli cut inside on 18 minutes to equalize with a low shot. Volland pointed to Loris Karius' save on 24 minutes as the decisive turning point. The 22-year-old keeper, previously linked with clubs like Benfica, produced an excellent save when the German international forward weaved his way past Stefan Bell, his shot goal-bound before the intervention of Karius. The Mainz number one made another massive contribution for the home side three minutes before half time. Schmid was bearing down on goal once more, but decided to shoot from long-range and forcing the keeper into a good save. Malli-Mania But the second period began to open up in favor of Mainz. On 53 minutes, Yoshinori Muto was inches away from putting the hosts ahead, but his header cannoned against the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Malli executed a superb goal from the right-hand side of the pitch, cutting inside and bending the ball into the corner of the net. The 23-year-old attacking-midfielder has impressed in 2015 and has become a vital part of Schmidt's side. The intelligent Malli has become the nerve-center of this team, playing between the traditional No.10 position and center-forward. He put the icing on the cake eight minutes after his second goal, finishing from close range at the second attempt as Hoffenheim failed to clear Muto's cross. The visitors used Mark Uth and Kevin Kuranyi from the bench, but Mainz prevailed amid a late surge of pressure from Hoffenheim. "We are completely lacking self-confidence," Volland told reporters. Asked how to inject belief into his players, Gisdol emphasized the need for 'hard-work' in training with the next opportunity to end the winless run on Wednesday at home to Borussia Dortmund. With their fifth defeat in six games, Hoffenheim slips into the bottom-three, while the story couldn't be much different for Mainz - the Rhineland club are in third, although before the other 16 teams are in action this weekend.

Mainz secured their third win of the season as Yunus Malli became the third player in the club’s history to score a hat trick in the Bundesliga. With one point from five, Hoffenheim still can’t shake off their poor form. Mainz 3-1 Hoffenheim (Malli 18′, 61′, 69′ – Schmid 13′) Yunus Malli scored his first Bundesliga hat trick to inspire ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Bremen shock Hoffenheim, Schalke beat Mainz

In Sunday's late match, Schalke got an unnecessarily nervy 2-1 win over Mainz. Earlier, a pair of goals in added time gave Werder Bremen an unlikely 3-1 victory over floundering Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim came into their home clash against Werder Bremen looking for an opening win of the season. But there was no home-field advantage on display in the first half. The hosts looked leggy and lethargic and failed to threaten Bremen's goal, with veteran striker Kevin Kuranyi a particular non-event. Bremen weren't exactly bubbling over with ambition either but did manage to get a couple of good looks. Just before the half-time whistle, a loose ball fell to Zlatko Junuzovic who volleyed it into the net. It was by no means an undeserved lead for Bremen. After the interval, Hoffenheim coach yanked Kuranyi for new acquisition Eduardo Vargas - a move that paid immediate dividends. Only three minutes later, the Chilean equalized on the break. Hoffenheim were energized but couldn't extend their lead. Bremen weathered the pressure and got a boost of their own when Werder legend and prodigal son Claudio Pizarro came on ten minutes from time. Initially it seemed Bremen would be content with a draw, but in injury time, they hoofed the ball up front to Pizarro. The Peruvian stumbled but somehow managed to poke the leather over to Anthony Ujah, who slipped it home. And Junuzovic lashed a third goal past Oliver Baumann on the last play of the match. The 3-1 scoreline was very harsh on Hoffenheim who are hovering just above the drop zone. Meanwhile Bremen surge up to the top third of the table. Schalke waste but want not Against Mainz in Sunday's late match, Schalke defied the footballing adage that teams who don't take their chances inevitably get punished. The Royal Blues squandered at least a dozen opportunities but still ran out 2-1 winners in front of their home fans. After only four minutes, Schalke had a penalty. Daniel Brosinski brought down Dennis Aogo in the box, but Mainz keeper Loris Karius guessed correctly and parried Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's effort from the spot. Variations on that scene were to repeat themselves throughout the first half, with Karius thwarting one Schalke chance after another and even deflecting what looked to be a certain own goal. But he was powerless to prevent Joel Matip from heading in a Johannes Geis corner kick in minute 37. Five minutes later, Mainz converted only the second of their chances. After some nifty passing and a rebound off the post, all Yunus Malli had to do was stick out his foot to equalize. The score at the interval: 1-1. There weren't as many scoring opportunities in the second half, but Schalke remained dominant. And Huntelaar gained redemption on the hour mark, losing his marker and firing a world-class bullet past Karius. The Royal Blues then returned to their profligate ways, with Huntelaar, Max Meyer and Leroy Sané all spurning grade A chances to put the game away. At the other end, Ralf Fährmann pulled off a stunning save of his own to deny Mainz an equalizer in the dying minutes. In the end it was a deserved and entertaining 2-1 win for a Schalke side that generated 24 shots on goal and kept pulses racing inn Gelsenkirchen.

In Sunday’s late match, Schalke got an unnecessarily nervy 2-1 win over Mainz. Earlier, a pair of goals in added time gave Werder Bremen an unlikely 3-1 victory over floundering Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim came into their home clash against Werder Bremen looking for an opening win of the season. But there was no home-field advantage on display in the first half. ... Read More »

Hernandez deal leads Leverkusen down right path

In a summer that has presented highs-and-lows, Leverkusen have come out of the chaotic transfer window on the right path. The signing of 'Chicharito' gives the club the tools to be successful, writes DW's Ross Dunbar. Deadline day is a bit like a Latin American telenovela. The pace, the theatrics, the endless cliff-hangers; all building towards an exhilarating crescendo to keep you ticking over until the next episode. So there's a hint of irony that a Mexican's move to Germany is one of the most impressive deals. As Germany's transfer window came to an unusually frantic conclusion, the whole complexion of the Bundesliga changed. Kevin de Bruyne went to Manchester City with Julian Draxler moving from league rivals Schalke - both transfers were record-breaking in their own right. Borussia Dortmund let long-serving Jakub Blaszcykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz leave, whilst adding Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United to the attack. Elsewhere, Hamburg signed Aaron Hunt, Augsburg bought Ja-Cheol Koo and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Schalke on loan from Bayern Munich. But the winners are arguably Bayer Leverkusen. Despite taking their fair share of blows in the last few months, the duo of Jonas Boldt and Rudi Völler have come out smelling like roses. The pair have done a sterling job, preparing Leverkusen for an arduous Champions League campaign. Deals for Admir Mehmedi, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Andre Ramalho were done early in the summer, while the record signing of Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz was a superb coup. The euphoria was temporary with Aranguiz ruling himself out of action for several months. On top of that, the departure of Son Heung-Min to Tottenham - the timing, hours before the Champions League clash with Lazio just as strange - was a blow. The 25-million-euro deal ($28.2 million) made sense from a financial point of view, meaning Leverkusen could add to other positions and giving room for Julian Brandt to blossom in the first-team. But as a result of Son's sale, Leverkusen has bolstered other positions in the squad. Kevin Kampl's arrival from Borussia Dortmund sees the attacking-midfielder link up with Roger Schmidt, the coach who brought out so much from him at RB Salzburg. Crucially, though, its the addition of a second striking option in Javier Hernandez which puts Leverkusen in a strong position. A simple benefit is squad depth. There were concerns that the Werkself would run out of steam towards the winter with Stefan Kiessling, the only recognized center-forward on the books. After scoring 59 goals in 157 games for Manchester United, Hernandez opens a new chapter in his career at Leverkusen. The 27-year-old settled quickly in England and regularly hit double-figures under Sir Alex Ferguson. But the arrival of David Moyes saw the Mexican leave for Real Madrid on loan before finding himself out of favor under Louis van Gaal. How Chicharito fits into Schmidt's high-pressing system is just as fascinating. Although known as an orthodox center-forward, he is extremely quick with good acceleration over a long distance. In theory, he should offer Schmidt more mobility, speed and intensity in attack. The first three league games of the season has shown that Leverkusen requires a jolt of pace in attack. Hernandez fits the picture after his 11,5 million euro move from Old Trafford where has picked up experience in the Premier League and Champions League. Rounding off a busy window for Leverkusen, the striker's arrival could be the catalyst for the club to have a successful season.

In a summer that has presented highs-and-lows, Leverkusen have come out of the chaotic transfer window on the right path. The signing of ‘Chicharito’ gives the club the tools to be successful, writes DW’s Ross Dunbar. Deadline day is a bit like a Latin American telenovela. The pace, the theatrics, the endless cliff-hangers; all building towards an exhilarating crescendo to ... Read More »

Champions League: Leverkusen advances to group stages with win over Lazio

Strikes either side of the break from Hakan Calhanoglu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi sends Leverkusen into the Champions League group stages for the ninth time in the club's history. Bayer Leverkusen ensured a fourth German club will be represented in Thursday's Champions League group stage draw after overturning a one-goal deficit to beat Lazio 3-1 on aggregate. Out to make up for Keita's late goal in Rome last week, Leverkusen scored before the break through Hakan Calhanoglu and ran out comfortable winners in the end with strikes from Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi. The pre-match narrative was centered on South Korean attacker Son Heung-Min who was left out of the squad ahead of his expected transfer to Tottenham. The 23-year-old missed Saturday's match in Hannover and has completed his medical with the North London club, according to sporting director Rudi Völler. Bellarabi and Kyriakos Papadopoulos were reinstated to the starting line-up after missing out of the weekend's 1-0 win at Hannover. Goalie Bernd Leno didn't have much to do over the 90 minutes, but was forced to make an important intervention in the fourth minute after a mistake from Jonathan Tah. Leverkusen resorted to long-range efforts with Calhanoglu - at times, frustratingly - opting for the more ambitious option on the counterattack. But Calhanoglu rammed home the opening goal to the delight of the home supporters with five minutes of the first-half remaining. The free-kick specialist netted from open play, slotting home a loose ball from 10 yards out after good work from Kiessling and Bellarabi on the right-hand side. Hakan fires Leverkusen to win Despite leading, Leverkusen's performance had room for improvement. And Schmidt's half-time team talk paid dividends as the Bundesliga side took the initiative. On 48 minutes, Mehmedi scored the second - the Swiss international striker's first goal for Leverkusen - thumping the ball past Berisha with his right-foot in the inside-right channel. Two minutes later, Calhanoglu and Kiessling combined wonderfully on the edge of the penalty box, the Turkish international shooting directly at the keeper. Midfielder Lars Bender then tried his best to add a third to the score sheet, but his shot was tipped over the crossbar. Without the leadership of captain Lucas Biglia or former German international striker Miroslav Klose, Lazio showed very limited signs of a fightback. Instead, the Italians spent their energy chasing back from a high defensive line, which saw center-back Mauricio dismissed for his second bookable offence on 68 minutes. Bellarabi scored the third late on, assisted by Julian Brandt, as Leverkusen secures a vital financial boost by reaching the group phase of the Champions League. In three of the last four seasons, Leverkusen has reached the Last 16 of Europe's premier club competition. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal's men comfortably secured a return to the Champions League group stages. Rooney scored his second Champions League hat-trick for the Red Devils, his three goals falling either side of the half-time break. Ander Herrera made it four, latching on to a pass from Bastian Schweinsteiger who came off the bench. Elsewhere, Astana are the first team from Kazakhstan to reach the lucrative group phase following a late strike to secure a win over APOEL Nicosia. After the Kazakh side won 1-0 in the first-leg, the pressure was on the Cypriots to deliver the goods. Bosnian Semir Stilic scored on the hour mark, a deserved strike for all their dominance. But with four minutes left, Nemanja Maksimovic scored to send the away side into the group stages. Full results: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio (3-1 on aggregate) Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (1-7 on aggregate) CSKA Moscow 3-1 Sporting Club (4-3 on aggregate) Partizan Belgrade 2-1 BATE Borisov (2-2 on aggregate) APOEL 1-1 Astana (1-2 on aggregate)

Strikes either side of the break from Hakan Calhanoglu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi sends Leverkusen into the Champions League group stages for the ninth time in the club’s history. Bayer Leverkusen ensured a fourth German club will be represented in Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw after overturning a one-goal deficit to beat Lazio 3-1 on aggregate. Out to ... Read More »

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