Bayern Munich Win 10th Straight Bundesliga Title

Bayern Munich's German midfielder Jamal Musiala (2nd L) celebrates scoring the 3-1 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v BVB Borussia Dortmund in Munich, southern Germany on April 23, 2022. KERSTIN JOENSSON / AFP
Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Jamal Musiala (2nd L) celebrates scoring the 3-1 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v BVB Borussia Dortmund in Munich, southern Germany on April 23, 2022. KERSTIN JOENSSON / AFP

 

Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the 10th consecutive season on Saturday after a 3-1 home win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

First-half goals by Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski put Bayern in control at a sold-out Allianz Arena before Emre Can converted a penalty after the break for Dortmund.

But teenager Jamal Musiala fired in a late goal to spark early celebrations in the home crowd.

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This is the first time a club has won 10 straight titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

The Bavarian giants’ eighth successive win over Dortmund leaves Bayern an unassailable 12 points clear with three games left.

Bayern dominated the opening half and Gnabry fired a magnificent volley into the top corner from the edge of the box to give them a 15th-minute lead.

Gnabry had a second effort disallowed before Lewandowski doubled the advantage 11 minutes before half-time.

It was the Poland striker’s 27th goal in 26 matches against Dortmund, who he left for Bayern in 2014.

Dortmund responded early in the second half as Can converted a penalty after Marco Reus was brought down in the area.

The visitors had their appeals for another spot-kick waved away with 30 minutes left when Lucas Hernandez brought Jude Bellingham down in the area.

Lewandowski won the battle of the Bundesliga’s star strikers as Erling Haaland, who has been linked with big-money move to Manchester City, failed to score despite forcing Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into two late saves.

Musiala put the result beyond doubt when he slotted home seconds after his initial shot was saved by Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz.

Late Union goals stun Leipzig

Earlier, Union Berlin scored two late goals to poach a 2-1 win at RB Leipzig, which kept alive their Champions League qualification hopes.

Bayer Leverkusen thumped bottom club Greuther Fuerth 4-1 to take third place from Leipzig and move three points clear of fifth-placed Freiburg in the race for the top four.

Freiburg missed the chance to draw level on points with Leipzig, conceding a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Union are just two points further back in sixth, with five clubs, including seventh-placed Cologne, separated by just six points with three games remaining in the battle to reach next season’s Champions League group stage.

Yussuf Poulsen put Leipzig ahead early in the second half to put the hosts on course for their second win in four days over Union, who they beat 2-1 in the German Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

However, Union avenged the cup defeat as substitutes Sven Michel and then Kevin Behrens scored in the 86th and 88th minutes.

The defeat ended Leipzig’s unbeaten run of 15 games in all competitions, ahead of their Europa League semi-final, first leg at home to Rangers on Thursday.

Union are bidding to reach the Champions League for the first time in just their third season since being promoted to the Bundesliga.

Freiburg, also hoping for a maiden appearance in Europe’s premier competition, looked set to pile the pressure on Leipzig as they fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to lead Gladbach.

But Lars Stindl struck for the away side in the third minute of injury time.

Fuerth were finally relegated after their loss to Leverkusen, having been last in the table since September.

Eintracht Frankfurt, who visit West Ham on Thursday in their Europa League semi-final first leg, conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to Hoffenheim.

 

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Dortmund Loss At Hertha Leaves Bayern Nine Points Clear

Hertha Berlin’s German midfielder Marco Richter (C) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with his team mates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund in Berlin on December 18, 2021. AFP

 

Marco Richter scored twice as hosts Hertha Berlin earned a shock 3-2 win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund Saturday to leave Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Julian Brandt gave Dortmund a first-half lead, but Hertha roared back with three unanswered goals at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium as Ishak Belfodil equalised before Richter scored twice.

Dortmund substitute striker Steffen Tigges pulled one back shortly after replacing Brandt, but the visitors head into the winter break having won just once in their last four league games.

“We gave the game away,” admitted Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.

“We did nothing in the 20 minutes after half-time and only after were we back in it.”

Bayern thrashed Wolfsburg 4-0 on Friday and will start the new year as overwhelming favourites for a 10th straight Bundesliga title.

Just four days after losing 4-0 at mid-table Mainz, Hertha bossed Dortmund and crucially kept Erling Haaland quiet after the Norwegian had scored four goals in a 5-2 romp in the same fixture last season.

Haaland barely had one shot on goal and showed his frustration at Dortmund’s poor display as Hertha fought hard from the first whistle.

Forward Myziane Maolida tapped an early shot past Hitz, but the goal was disallowed with Belfodil marginally offside.

Dortmund took the lead when Haaland spotted a run by Brandt, who chipped in with half an hour gone.

It stayed 1-0 at the break, but Hertha stamped their authority with two goals within six minutes.

Belfodil beat Axel Witsel and tucked his shot under Hitz to claim his first Bundesliga goal for three years.

Moments later Brandt lost possession and Maolida laid it off to his right for Richter to hammer in.

He then grabbed his second after getting in behind the defence following Brandt’s loose pass before Tigges gave Dortmund late hope.

Eintracht win again

Earlier, Eintracht Frankfurt continued their rise up the table with a sixth win in seven games as Danish forward Jesper Lindstrom scored for the third match in succession to seal a 1-0 victory over Mainz.

Frankfurt broke into the top five, having started last weekend 12th, as Lindstrom added to goals he scored in wins against Moenchengladbach and Leverkusen over the past week.

When Rafael Borre snuck in behind the defence, the Colombia striker chipped the on-rushing goalkeeper straight into the path of Lindstrom who tapped in the winner on 35 minutes.

The clubs passed each other in the table as Mainz dropped to eighth.

Union Berlin went sixth – level with Frankfurt on 27 points – thanks to former Germany striker Max Kruse, who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Bochum two days after getting married.

Fourth-placed Hoffenheim snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach after defender Kevin Akpoguma tapped in a last-gasp equaliser.

Gladbach, who had lost their four previous league games, took a first-half lead when Swiss striker Breel Embolo scored from close range.

Domenico Tedesco suffered his first loss in three games as coach of RB Leipzig, who lost 2-0 at home to 10-man Arminia Bielefeld.

After forward Janni Serra put the visitors 1-0 up, Bielefeld substitute Fabian Klos was shown a red card for fouling Leipzig defender Willi Orban soon after coming on.

Despite being a man down, Bielefeld clinched the win when Japan midfielder Masaya Okugawa hit the bottom corner with 15 minutes left.

Greuther Fuerth are now 11 points adrift at the foot of the table after their goalless draw at home to Augsburg.

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Haaland Out For ‘Several Weeks’ With Hip Injury

 In this file photo taken on September 19, 2021 Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs FC Union Berlin on September 19, 2021 in Dortmund, western Germany. Ina Fassbender / AFP
In this file photo taken on September 19, 2021 Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs FC Union Berlin on September 19, 2021 in Dortmund, western Germany. Ina Fassbender / AFP

 

Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Erling Haaland will be sidelined for “several weeks” with a hip flexor injury, coach Marco Rose said Friday.

The 21-year-old Norwegian played the entire match as Dortmund went down 4-0 to Ajax in the Champions league on Wednesday.

“Time to focus on my injury. I will be back stronger,” tweeted Haaland alongside a photo of himself clapping the public.

Haaland’s absence is a blow for Dortmund, currently second in the Bundesliga, one point off leaders Bayern Munich.

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The Norwegian has already scored nine goals this season, sitting atop the league’s goal-scoring charts alongside Bayern rival Robert Lewandowski.

Those nine goals represent a third of all scored by Dortmund this season, while his tally of four assists is also a club best, underlining the importance Haaland has in Rose’s team.

Haaland had already recently sat out three matches because of a bruised thigh, but made his comeback in mid-October.

His absence will also be felt by the Norwegian team, with Haaland to miss two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and the Netherlands on November 13 and 16 respectively.

“I spoke with Dortmund and Erling, and the conclusion is that he’ll not be included in the call-up for the national team,” Norway’s team doctor Ola Sand told the NTB news agency.

“It’s an injury that needs some time to mend itself. It’s at least three to four weeks, maybe more.”

Norway have not participated in a major tournament since Euro 2000, but currently sit second in Group G, two points behind the Dutch and two ahead of Turkey.

 

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Dortmund Sign Swiss Goalkeeper Kobel From Stuttgart

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 02, 2021 Stuttgart’s Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kobel saves the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart v RB Leipzig in Stuttgart, southern Germany. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / various sources / AFP)

 

Borussia Dortmund on Monday strengthened their squad for next season by signing goalkeeper Gregor Kobel from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart.

Dortmund, who finished third in the 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign, have signed Kobel until 2026 having reportedly paid Stuttgart a transfer fee of around 15 million euros ($18 million).

Despite being included in the provisional group, the 23-year-old has not been included in the final 26-man Switzerland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 finals from June 11-July 11.

The 1.95m-tall shot stopper will rival Swiss compatriots Marwin Hitz and Roman Buerki for the goalkeeper shirt at Dortmund, where he is looking forward to playing Champions League football next season.

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“Borussia Dortmund is one of the biggest and best known football clubs in the world, which has the ambition to fight for the Bundesliga and German Cup titles each year, as well as play in the Champions League,” said Kobel.

“It will make me proud to run out for Borussia Dortmund and I want to be a part of their future success.”

Stuttgart sports director Sven Mislintat revealed that the sale of Kobel will help boost the club’s finances as their revenue has been badly hit by a lack of home crowds during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“His move is a classic win-win situation, because Gregor can take the next step at a Champions League club and we can take the next step by generating important income during these tense times,” said Mislintat.

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Dortmund Secure Champions League Spot With Sixth Straight Bundesliga Wins

Dortmund’s German forward Marco Reus (2nd R) celebrates with teammates for scoring the second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Mainz 05 vs Borussia Dortmund, in Mainz, on May 16, 2021. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / POOL / AFP)

 

Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the Champions League for next season as Raphael Guerreiro, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt scored in a 3-1 win at Mainz on Sunday.

Three days after routing Leipzig 4-1 to win the German Cup final, Dortmund swept aside Mainz in the league.

Guerreiro and captain Reus hit first-half goals before Germany winger Brandt made sure of the three points with a late effort.

Mainz striker Robin Quaison claimed his 30th Bundesliga goal by netting a 90th-minute penalty.

Qualifying for Europe caps a remarkable turnaround by Dortmund in the last six weeks.

They were fifth and seven points from the Champions League places after losing 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in early April.

Dortmund have since won all six league games to guarantee a place next season in the group stages of the Champions League.

Dortmund’s purple patch has extended to the German Cup, winning Thursday’s final after Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland both scored twice in Berlin.

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Qualifying for Europe also reduces the chance of star striker Haaland leaving at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has made no secret of the fact he wants Champions League football and his agent Mino Raiola has recently fuelled speculation the Norwegian could leave.

Haaland has a contract until 2024, but there is reportedly a release clause which becomes active in 2022.

Dortmund are adamant he is staying, with sports director Michael Zorc insisting Haaland “will play for us next season” before kick-off Sunday.

In their previous home game, Mainz pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Bayern Munich, who have since been confirmed Bundesliga champions, but Dortmund allowed no such repeat.

Dortmund took the lead when Guerreiro unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area on 23 minutes.

The visitors kept up the pressure and Dortmund had appeals for a handball turned down when a Reus flick caught the hand of Mainz defender Alexander Hack.

Reus got on the scoresheet when Sancho ghosted past defenders and squared the ball for his captain to tap home three minutes from the break.

There was a ten-minute delay to the second-half after a storm drenched the Mainz pitch, but Dortmund picked up where they left off.

Just after coming on, Brandt fired home having combined with Haaland after the pair opened up the Mainz defence ten minutes from the whistle.

There was still time for Quaison to put away his 30th Bundesliga goal from the penalty spot to become his club’s all-time top scorer in Germany’s top flight.

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Bayern Win Ninth Straight Bundesliga Title

Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring the 3-0 during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v Borussia Moenchengladbach in Munich, southern Germany on May 8, 2021. MATTHIAS SCHRADER / POOL / AFP
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring the 3-0 during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v Borussia Moenchengladbach in Munich, southern Germany on May 8, 2021. MATTHIAS SCHRADER / POOL / AFP

 

Bayern Munich already have their eyes on a decade of Bundesliga dominance after winning the league for the ninth successive season Saturday, thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over second-placed RB Leipzig.

England winger Jadon Sancho netted twice in Dortmund’s home victory which crowned Bayern as champions without kicking a ball before hosting Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday.

“Of course, everyone was a bit excited, but we are absolutely focused on this game (against Moenchengladbach), 100 per cent,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick told Sky.

“We want to deliver, that’s the mentality of this side.

“It was a pleasure to work with this team,” added Flick, who will leave at the end of the season having won seven titles in 18 months.

Before kick off, Bayern have an unassailable 71 points to Leipzig’s 64.

The Bavarians had yet to lift the Bundesliga trophy before board member Oliver Kahn challenged them to a tenth title in a row.

“We watched the Leipzig game together, the atmosphere was great,” said Kahn.

“You don’t get used to it, it’s an incredible achievement.

“Now we can do something next season that no team in the world has ever done: become champions ten times in a row.”

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic congratulated Bayern on being crowned champions before even kicking a ball on Saturday.

“I don’t think anyone has ever become champions before while in the team bus on the way to the stadium!” he quipped.

Julian Nagelsmann, the 33-year-old coach who will leave RB Leipzig to replace Flick at Bayern next season, offered a terse “congratulations on a deserved title” to his future employers.

The victory lifted Dortmund into the Champions League places, but Eintracht Frankfurt can knock them out of fourth place if they beat Mainz on Sunday.

Even without star striker Erling Braut Haaland, Dortmund were 2-0 up at the start of the second half thanks to goals from Marco Reus and Sancho.

Leipzig fought back with a Lukas Klostermann header before Dani Olmo equalised only for Sancho to grab the winner with superb footwork.

The clubs meet again on Thursday in the German Cup final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

“We showed a lot of morale, the game had absolutely nothing to do with the final in Berlin, but of course we want to win on Thursday too,” said goal-scorer Reus.

Dortmund hope to have Haaland back from a thigh injury before the cup final and even with their top-scorer watching in the stands, the hosts still raced into the lead after only seven minutes.

Reus span out of Lukasz Piszczek’s pass, sprinted behind the defence and took a beautiful back-heeled ball from Thorgan Hazard before sweeping his shot past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz did not come out for the second half after being injured colliding with his centre-back Manuel Akanji just before the break and was replaced by Roman Buerki.

Dortmund doubled their lead just six minutes after the break with a superb piece of skill from Sancho, who cut back inside after a Raphael Guerreiro pass and fired his shot in off the far post with superb accuracy.

The visitors pulled a goal back on 63 minutes when Emil Forsberg floated in a corner and Lukas Klostermann steered his header past Buerki.

Leipzig drew level when South Korea striker Hwang Hee-chan broke clear of Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and squared for Olmo who tapped home from close range.

However, Sancho grabbed the winner when he flicked the ball to Guerreiro, took a return pass and tapped home to hand Bayern the title.

 

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Dortmund, Bayern Munich ‘Reject’ Super League Plans

File photo of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich

 

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund said Monday that they and German rivals Bayern Munich both rejected proposals to form a European Super League.

In a statement on Monday, Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said that the members of the European Club Association (ECA) had met Sunday evening and expressed “a clear opinion to reject the foundation of a Super League”.

He added that the two German clubs on the ECA board, Bayern and Dortmund, had taken “100 percent” the same position “in all discussions”.

The announcement appears to confirm that neither of Germany’s two biggest clubs will join the breakaway league, whose announcement on Sunday threw European football into turmoil.

Overnight, 12 of Europe’s most powerful clubs announced the launch of the so-called European Super League to oversee a new midweek competition.

Six of the breakaway clubs are from the English Premier League. Three are Spanish and three Italian. Three more are to be announced.

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Champions League: Foden Hands Man City Late Advantage Against Dortmund

Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden (L) scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden (L) scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Phil Foden struck a 90th minute winner as Manchester City took a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring on 19 minutes for the runaway Premier League leaders, but Dortmund grabbed a vital away goal when Erling Haaland teed up Marco Reus to equalise six minutes from time.

Foden had missed a series of chances to double City’s lead earlier in the second-half, but made amends at the death to give Pep Guardiola’s men the advantage with the second leg to come in Germany on April 14.

City have failed to get beyond the last eight in their previous four seasons under Guardiola and once again struggled replicate their scintillating Premier League form on the European stage.

The English side were overwhelming favourites before a ball was kicked against a Dortmund side that has fallen seven points adrift of the top four in the Bundesliga.

By contrast, City men have now won 27 of their last 28 games in all competitions to remain on course for a historic quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

But the hosts had to ride their luck to take a narrow advantage to Germany next week.

Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden (R) walks off the pitch with Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland after the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden (R) walks off the pitch with Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland after the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

A composed start from Dortmund was undone when Emre Can gifted the ball away to Riyad Mahrez inside the City half.

The Algerian started a brilliant team move as De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged passed before the Belgian tapped home from close range.

City thought they had a great chance to double their advantage moments later when Rodrigo went down under Can’s challenge inside the area and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty spot.

Hategan, though, rightly overturned his call on a VAR review in the first of a number of dubious decisions from the Romanian official.

His next big call ruled out a Dortmund goal when Hategan adjudged Jude Bellingham to have fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty net just before half-time.

Haaland was the focus of much of the pre-match hype with City one of a number of clubs interested in the Norwegian wonder kid.

The 20-year-old had failed to score in just two of his previous 14 Champions League appearances, but he spurned his one big chance to net early in the second-half.

Haaland showed great strength and pace to outmuscle and outsprint Ruben Dias, but could not lift the ball over the advancing Ederson.

De Bruyne was at the heart of all of City’s most dangerous moments as Foden should have done better than fire too close to Marwin Hitz with the goal gaping.

The City captain then sent a low shot inches wide before once more picking out Foden, who saw another effort beaten away by Hitz.

Haaland showed he is more than just a goalscorer as his brilliant reverse ball released Reus to fire beyond Ederson in what seemed a sting in the tale.

But Dortmund could not hold out in the closing stages as City pushed for a winner.

De Bruyne was the creator again as his cross found Ilkay Gundogan at the back post and his cut-back was swept home by a relieved Foden.

 

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Dortmund Sack Coach, Favre

FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2020 Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre looks on ahead the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg v BVB Borussia Dortmund in Augsburg, southern Germany.   AFP

 

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund said Sunday they have fired head coach Lucien Favre, a day after the team suffered their heaviest home defeat in over a decade. 

Swiss coach Favre is to be replaced by his assistant-coach Edin Terzic after Dortmund crashed 5-1 to VfB Stuttgart leaving them fifth in the league five points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

“It is very difficult for us to take this step, but we believe that the current negative development has put our season goals in danger, and we have to take action,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

A defiant Favre said that he was disappointed by the decision.

“I think it’s a great shame that we are parting ways,” the sacked Swiss was quoted as saying by Bild newspaper.

“We had two very successful years and have a team which would also have had a successful season this year. I am still convinced of that,” he added.

Yet Favre himself had also branded “a disaster” Saturday’s showing, which was the squad’s heaviest home defeat since being humbled 5-1 at home to Bayern Munich in 2009.

Dortmund have taken just a point in their two league games since star striker Erling Braut Haaland was ruled out until January with a hip injury.

Their home form has been particularly poor in recent weeks, with defeat to Stuttgart the third loss in a row at the Signal-Iduna-Park.

Favre’s fate was decided during a crisis meeting of club bosses at the stadium directly after the final whistle on Saturday, German media reported.

“We are all grateful to Lucien Favre for his fantastic work in the last two and a half years,” said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke Sunday.

 Will achieve nothing

Favre, 63, left Ligue 1 side OGC Nice for Dortmund in 2018, having previously managed fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Having won the Swiss Cup with both Servette and FC Zurich early in his career, he also received plaudits for leading both Nice and Gladbach to Champions League qualification.

Swiftly after arriving in Dortmund in 2018, Favre made a name for himself as a fine soccer technician.

He has twice led the club to second place in the Bundesliga but has often been criticised for not managing to launch a serious title challenge.

Dortmund won just one piece of silverware under Favre’s leadership, beating Bayern 2-0 in the 2019 German Supercup.

The club confirmed that Favre’s assistant Edin Terzic would take the reins “until the end of the season”, beginning with Dortmund’s trip to Werder Bremen on Tuesday.

Terzic, 38, previously worked in Dortmund’s youth system and was part of Croatian coach Slaven Bilic’s staff at both Besiktas and West Ham United.

He will be assisted by former youth coach Sebastian Geppert and former Dortmund midfielder Otto Addo.

With Favre gone, the team is under pressure to return to winning ways against Bremen and steer Dortmund back on course for Champions League qualification.

“We need to sort this out internally and we will do that. If we keep playing like we have been in recent games, we won’t achieve anything,” said Dortmund veteran Marco Reus.

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Lewandowski Rescues Bayern At Union, Dortmund Suffer ‘Disaster’

Lewandowski Rescues Bayern At Union, Dortmund Suffer 'Disaster'
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (L) in action during Saturday’s game against Union Berlin. AFP

 

 

Robert Lewandowski marked his 200th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich with a second-half equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Union Berlin which keeps the defending champions top on goal difference.

After Grischa Proemel put Union ahead with four minutes gone, Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer, slotted his 13th goal in his 10th league game to rescue a point on 67 minutes.

Bayern have drawn their last two league games and Bayer Leverkusen can go top with a home win against Hoffenheim on Sunday.

The game in eastern Berlin was played behind closed doors, but Union fans fired a barrage of fireworks when the Bayern team bus arrived at the Alten Foersterei stadium.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb save after 52 seconds to deny Union’s Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi.

Proemel beat Neuer soon after when his deft header flew inside the far post.

Union kept up the pressure when Awoniyi fired just wide after wrong-footing both David Alaba and Jerome Boateng.

Moments later the VAR denied Bayern a penalty appeal when Lewandowski went down after a nudge in the area as it stayed 1-0 at half-time.

Bayern drew level when Kingsley Coman dribbled past two defenders and squared the ball for Lewandowski who slotted home.

Munich had a few late chances, but Union defended doggedly.

The result keeps Bayern top, level on 24 points with RB Leipzig, who briefly led the table after their 2-0 win over Werder Bremen earlier.

Union stay sixth, two points behind Dortmund who crashed to a 5-1 defeat against VfB Stuttgart.

Dortmund ‘disaster’

Dortmund coach Lucien Favre admitted the home defeat, their worst since 2009, was a “disaster” for their title ambitions.

Congo winger Silas Wamangituka netted twice in the romp which piled the pressure on Favre with fifth-placed Dortmund now five points behind Bayern and Leipzig.

“Things went mercilessly wrong,” admitted Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.

“We shot ourselves in the foot every few minutes.”

Dortmund have taken just a point in their two league games since star striker Erling Braut Haaland was ruled out until January with a hip injury.

Stuttgart’s relentless pressing and sloppy Dortmund defending resulted in the visitors scoring four unanswered second-half goals.

“We are not a team that can defend well, that has to be said quite clearly,” fumed Dortmund captain Marco Reus.

Wamangituka converted a first-half penalty after Dortmund’s Emre Can brought down Mateo Klimowicz.

Dortmund equalised when a superb Raphael Guerreiro long ball picked out Giovanni Reyna, who deftly chipped home.

It was 1-1 at the break, but the floodgates opened in the second period as nearly every Dortmund mistake was punished with a Stuttgart goal.

Wamangituka claimed his second goal eight minutes after the break, then Philip Foerster scored with a perfectly timed run into the area with an hour played.

A stray Dortmund pass was snapped up by Wamangituka and moved to striker Tanguy Coulibaly, who fired home on 63 minutes.

Reyna had a second goal ruled out by the VAR before Nicolas Gonzalez claim Stuttgart’s fifth goal in added time.

The debacle is Dortmund’s heaviest home defeat since being humbled 5-1 at home to Bayern Munich in 2009.

Leipzig down Bremen

Fresh from knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League in midweek, RB Leipzig beat Bremen 2-0.

Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer converted a penalty and Dani Olmo grabbed a first-half goal for the hosts.

The home win capped a good week for Leipzig whose 3-2 defeat of United on Tuesday helped them into the last 16 in Europe.

Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi scored his first goal for Hertha Berlin in their 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who equalised through Breel Embolo.

Freiburg ended their nine-match winless run with a 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld.

Cologne stay just above the relegation places after their 1-0 win at second-from-bottom Mainz.

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Dortmund Advance To Champions League Last 16

Players vie for the ball in the box during the UEFA Champions League group F football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Lazio in Dortmund, western Germany, on December 2, 2020.  AFP

 

Borussia Dortmund reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday despite Lazio captain Ciro Immobile scoring a second-half penalty against his former club in a 1-1 draw in Germany.

The result at Signal Iduna Park means leaders Dortmund need a win at Zenit St Petersburg next Tuesday to be sure of progressing as Group F winners.

Lazio, who are second and a point behind the Germans, will also go through if they draw at home to Club Brugge the same night.

Immobile, who failed to make his mark in the Bundesliga after an unhappy 2014/15 season at Dortmund, converted a 67th-minute penalty to cancel out Raphael Guerreiro’s goal just before half-time.

The draw could have come at a cost as Dortmund defender Mats Hummels had to be helped off after Immobile trod on his ankle in the dying stages.

Even though their star striker Erling Braut Haaland dropped out just before kick-off, Dortmund did enough to reach the knockout stages.

Haaland, the top scorer in the Champions League this season with six goals in four games, was sidelined by a leg injury.

Dortmund have not said how long he will be out for.

In his absence, captain Marco Reus moved further upfront and Dortmund deservedly went ahead just before the break.

Lazio’s veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 38, played out a weak clearance which was snapped up by Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney.

The Dane moved the ball quickly to Guerreiro, who passed off to teenager Giovanni Reyna and sprinted into the area onto Thorgan Hazard’s final pass, which he fired past Reina a minute before half-time.

However, Immobile was a constant menace for Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki, who palmed away a fierce shot with an hour gone.

Guerreiro made way for Nico Schulz as Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre strengthed his defence, but the substitution soon had repercussions.

Schulz had only been on three minutes when he lunged into a clearance in the area and made contact with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Lazio were awarded a penalty which Immobile duly converted.

Lazio finished the stronger and only a superb diving save by Burki just before the final whistle pushed Immobile’s well-struck effort around the post.

Immobile collided with Hummels late on and the 2014 World Cup winner needed assistance in leaving the pitch.

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Haaland Continues Record Exploits As Dortmund Beat Brugge

Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (3rd L) celebrates scoring the 3-0 goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Champions League group F football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge in Dortmund, western Germany, on November 24, 2020.  AFP

 

Erling Braut Haaland broke yet another Champions League record on Tuesday as he fired Borussia Dortmund a step closer to the knockout stages with two goals in a 3-0 win over Club Brugge.

Haaland’s 18th-minute opener against Brugge saw him reach 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than any other player in the competition’s history.

The 20-year-old Norwegian hit the milestone in just 12 appearances, smashing the previous record of 19 games held by Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado.

Haaland added another in the second half to take his tally to 16, as he and Dortmund annihilated Brugge to defend top spot in Group F and move within touching distance of qualification for the second round.

With two games to go, Lucien Favre’s side are now five points clear of third place and a point ahead of second-placed Lazio, who beat Zenit Saint Petersburg 3-1 on Tuesday.

Dortmund were predictably dominant in the first half, and it took Haaland just 70 seconds to send a shot fizzing past the Brugge post.

The Norwegian found the net on 18 minutes, placing a low shot past Simon Mignolet after Jadon Sancho set him up with an elegant through ball.

Sancho, who had been dropped to the bench for Dortmund’s league win at Hertha Berlin last weekend, was in excellent form upon his return to the starting XI.

The 20-year-old Englishman doubled Dortmund’s lead on the stroke of half-time, curling a free-kick into the top corner after compatriot Jude Bellingham was fouled on the edge of the box.

Haaland put the game beyond reach on the hour mark, gratefully pouncing on an inadvertent assist from Brugge midfielder Ruud Vormer and sweeping the ball in from close range.

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