Ribery Out For 10 Weeks After Ankle Surgery

Franck Ribery of ACF Fiorentina injured during the Italian championship Serie A football match between Fiorentina and Lecce on November 30, 2019 at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy.

 

French midfielder Franck Ribery will be sidelined for 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle, his club Fiorentina confirmed on Saturday.

Ribery, 36, had to be helped off the pitch after a clash with Lecce midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on November 30.

The veteran underwent joint stabilisation surgical treatment in Germany and it “succeeded perfectly,” the club said.

The former Bayern Munich player will return to Florence on Sunday, to begin physiotherapy treatment and in two weeks time the active work will begin.

“Ribery’s return to normal activity is expected in about 10 weeks,” the club added.

Fiorentina are on a run of four consecutive defeats and are struggling in 13th in the league, five points above the relegation zone.

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Ribery To Undergo Ankle Surgery

Franck Ribery of ACF Fiorentina injured during the Italian championship Serie A football match between Fiorentina and Lecce on November 30, 2019 at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy – Photo Luca Pagliaricci/AFP

 

French midfielder Franck Ribery will undergo surgery after suffering serious ligament damage to his right ankle, his club Fiorentina confirmed on Thursday.

Ribery, 36, had to be helped off the pitch after a clash with Lecce midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on November 30.

“In order to solve the problem, a joint stabilisation surgical treatment has been proposed which will be performed in the next few hours,” Fiorentina said.

“At the end of the procedure, the times for resuming competitive activity will be announced.”

Some Italian media said the former Bayern Munich star will be sidelined for two months.

Fiorentina are on a run of four consecutive defeats and are struggling in 13th in the league, five points above the relegation zone.

Bayern Confirm Ribery Departure And Farewell Match

Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery reacts after his goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Hanover 96 in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on May 4, 2019. PHOTO: Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Bayern Munich confirmed that veteran French star Franck Ribery will end his 12-year spell at the club at the end of this season, and announced that he and fellow stalwart Arjen Robben will be granted a farewell match next year. 

In a statement on their website on Sunday morning, the Bundesliga club announced that the Frenchman would not extend his contract beyond June 2019.

“When I came to Bayern it was a dream come true,” said Ribery, 36, who joined in 2008 and has won eight Bundesliga titles in the 12 years since.

“It won’t be easy to leave, but we must never forget what we have achieved together.”

Robben, 35, confirmed his impending departure at the end of last year, and it was widely expected that Ribery would follow suit, as Bayern prepare for a squad overhaul ahead of next season.

The two wingers have been defining stars in a dominant decade for Bayern, winning the Champions League in 2013 as well as a host of domestic titles.

Bayern announced that they would organise a “big farewell game” for both Ribery and Robben, to be held in 2020.

“Franck and Arjen are great players, and Bayern Munich have a lot to thank them for,” said club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“They helped shape the most successful decade in the history of the club.”

Robben made an emotional return from injury and Ribery scored in a 3-1 win over Hanover on Saturday.

The win lifted Bayern four points clear of title rivals Borussia Dortmund and put them on the brink of a seventh successive Bundesliga title.

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Robben, Ribery Help Bayern Go Five Points Clear In Bundesliga

Robben, Ribery Help Bayern Go Five Points Clear In Bundesliga
Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v Hanover 96 in Munich, southern Germany on May 4, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Arjen Robben said his Bayern Munich journey was not yet over after he and Franck Ribery returned from injury on Saturday to help Bayern to a 3-1 win over Hanover and heap pressure on Bundesliga title rivals Borussia Dortmund. 

The veteran wingers, both of whom are set to leave Bayern at the end of the season, came off the bench as Bayern made heavy weather of a crucial victory over the Bundesliga’s bottom club.

Ribery scored what may be his last ever goal at the Allianz Arena to seal a 3-1 win and put Bayern five points clear of title rivals Borussia Dortmund, who face a tough trip to Werder Bremen later on Saturday.

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Robben, who had not played since November, told Sky that his cameo appearance would not be his last for Bayern.

“I always said I didn’t want to come back just to wave to the fans and say goodbye. There are two games left and the German Cup final, so there is more to come,” he said.

Hanover kept Bayern at bay for nearly half an hour before Robert Lewandowski headed the hosts ahead from close range and Leon Goretzka curled the second in off the post.

The visitors hit back after half-time with a Jonathas penalty, the result of a highly controversial handball decision from VAR against Jerome Boateng.

Ribery secured the win six minutes from time, and the home fans had more reason to cheer a few minutes from time when Robben was brought on moments later.

Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hoffenheim both stumbled in the race for the top four, as they shared the points in a 2-2 draw.

Matthias Ginter cancelled out Pavel Kaderabek’s opener before Nadiem Amiri restored the lead with a fine volley. Josip Drmic saved Gladbach’s Champions League hopes with a late equaliser.

At the bottom of the table, relegation looms ever larger for Nuremberg, after goals from Felix Klaus and Marcel Tisserand saw them lose 2-0 in Wolfsburg.

They and Hanover were spared relegation for at least another week, however, as Hertha Berlin won 3-1 at home to Stuttgart, who remain in the relegation play-off place.

Vedad Ibisevic ended Hertha’s 395-minute goal drought when he prodded them ahead on 40 minutes.

Goals from Ondrej Duda and Salomon Kalou sealed the win for Hertha, despite a late consolation header from Mario Gomez.

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Ribery Out After Tearing Hamstring Amid Golden Steak Controversy

Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery reacts during the warm up prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Munich, southern Germany.  Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Franck Ribery has been ruled out ahead of the resumption of the Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich revealed on Thursday, as the winger reels from his golden steak scandal.

The 35-year-old, who is out of contract in June, tore his right hamstring at Bayern’s winter camp in Doha ahead of the German champions’ return to league action on January 18 at Hoffenheim.

“Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad,” Bayern said in a statement.

The injury adds to a troubled week for the veteran French attacker, who was fined an undisclosed sum by Bayern over the weekend for an obscenity-laced outburst on social media after he became embroiled in controversy for eating a gold-coated steak in Dubai.

Ribery, who could be offered a contract extension for next season after scoring four goals in his final three league games of 2018, was punished by Bayern for lashing out at critics in a string of angry, expletive-filled posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich To Fine Franck Ribery Over Gold-Coated Steak Controversy

In this file photo taken on October 06, 2018 Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery reacts during the warm up prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Munich, southern Germany. Bayern Munich hands “heavy fine”

 

Bayern Munich on Sunday said it will impose “a heavy fine” on Franck Ribery over an obscenity-laced outburst on social media after the French striker became embroiled in controversy for eating a gold-coated steak.

The punishment comes after Ribery lashed out at critics in a string of angry posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday. It is the latest scandal to engulf the 35-year-old, who is deeply unpopular in his native France but revered by German fans.

“I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it,” the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told journalists in Qatar, where the club is on a training camp.

“He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role-model and player of FC Bayern,” added Salihamidzic.

On Thursday, Ribery posted a video on social media showing him in a Dubai steakhouse owned by celebrity Turkish restauranteur Salt Bae and rubbing his hands before tucking into a huge chop coated in gold.

That ostentatious luxury and the reported cost of the meal drew ferocious criticism before Ribery — who earns an estimated eight million euros a year with the German champions — hit back.

“Let’s start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom,” read the first of the posts on Ribery’s Twitter account.

“F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and your whole family tree,” he wrote, having taken care to sanitise the French word “n*quez”.

Salihamidzic made clear that Ribery did not pay the bill himself because he had been invited to the restaurant.

“Franck has been slandered and insulted,” said Salihamidzic. “And not only Franck but his pregnant wife, his child and his mother, who is currently in the hospital for an operation. Franck wanted to defend himself and defend his family. He has the right to do that. I support him in that, but unfortunately, he totally lost control.”

German media and social media users had called on the reigning Bundesliga champions to punish the striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season after 11 years at the club.

“Bosses must suspend Ribery,” urged Germany’s best-selling Bild newspaper.

The news portal T-Online went even further, slamming Bayern for not taking firmer action.

“Ribery should not play for Bayern anymore,” it said in an editorial. “With this fine, the club falls short of drastic repercussions and that is a fatal signal.”

Hated at home, loved abroad

Ribery’s outburst comes less than two months after the forward insulted and attacked French TV pundit Patrick Guillou who had criticised his performance following Bayern’s 3-2 loss against Dortmund.

Bayern later made Ribery post a video apology on the club website.

Despite being known as one of France’s best players, Ribery is little loved at home, partly because of his perceived key role in the French team’s infamous training ground strike during their disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Ribery’s reputation was also damaged by allegations that he had had sex with an underage prostitute although charges in the case were dropped for lack of evidence in 2014.

Ribery announced his retirement from France duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which he missed due to a back injury.

But run-ins with the media and perceived displays of arrogance have kept Ribery in the headlines, and he has repeatedly been mocked on the French satirical puppet show “Les Guignols” as a dim-witted, out of touch figure.

It’s a different story in Germany, where Ribery is known as “King Franck” to grateful Bayern supporters.

Since joining the Bavarian giants in 2007, Ribery has helped the team win the Champions League in 2013 as well as eight Bundesliga titles and five German Cups.

Although he now sees less time on the pitch than in his younger days, Ribery finished 2018 in style scoring four goals in the final three matches of the year.

But Bayern bosses have indicated the current season is very likely to be Ribery’s last.

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Ribery Apologises For Reportedly Slapping TV Pundit

Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery attends a training session at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on April 30, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg football match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
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Former France international Franck Ribery on Thursday issued a public apology to French television pundit Patrick Guillou, who he reportedly insulted and assaulted following Bayern Munich’s away defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

“I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich,” Ribery said in a video posted on Bayern’s website in German.

“We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match.

“I apologised to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation.”

According to reports, Ribery “made abusive remarks and then physically attacked” Guillou, a commentator for sports channel beIn, on the Bayern team bus after Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.

According to accounts, the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.

German daily Bild claim Ribery was annoyed by Guillou’s critical comments about the veteran winger’s performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders Dortmund.

Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless”.

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Ribery Signs Bayern Extension Until 2019

Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery attends a training session at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on April 30, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg football match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
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Veteran winger, Franck Ribery, 35, has signed a one-year extension to stay at Bayern Munich until 2019, the German giants announced on Monday.

“I am very happy to be able to play for another year at this great club,” said Ribery in a statement.

“Munich has long since become a home for my family and I, therefore, am proud to be able to play in the FC Bayern shirt next season.”

Ribery joined Bayern in 2007, scoring 80 goals in 247 Bundesliga appearances, and won the German league title for a joint record eighth time this season.

“We are very pleased that Franck has been retained,” said Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“This season, Franck has proved once again in the Bundesliga, as well as in the Champions League and German Cup, what he is capable of and what great quality he has.

“He is also one of our crowd pleasers.”

Despite a knee injury in October which kept him out for 10 games, Ribery, who will be 36 when his contract expires, has managed five goals in 19 league games this season.

He was a key figure when Bayern won the treble in 2013 of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League titles, providing 11 goals and 23 assists in a total of 43 matches.

It was Ribery’s final pass which Arjen Robben converted for the winning goal at Wembley when Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in that year’s Champions League final.

“When I came to Munich in 2007, I was looking to push my career to the next level,” Ribery wrote on Instagram.

“But I never imagined winning eight German championships, the German Cup five times and the Champions League trophy with this club.

“But what I found above all that success is a place called home.

“Thanks to everyone who is supporting me, to my beloved family and friends, the best fans, team mates and staff.

“Let’s work hard to make this time another glorious chapter in the story of the best club in the world.”

However, according to reports, Ribery can expect to fight for his place next season.

Bayern are said to want to give priority to rising stars Serge Gnabry, 22, who will return from a loan spell at Hoffenheim, and Kingsley Coman, 21, who is currently sidelined by injury.

Fellow veteran Robben, 34, has also been offered a year’s extension to his deal which expires in June, but the Dutch winger has yet to put pen to paper.

German magazine Kicker report that Robben, who joined Bayern in 2009, will not announce his decision until the German Cup final, against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19 in Berlin, as he considered other offers.

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‘The War Isn’t Over’, Ribery Issues Bayern Battle Cry

FILE PHOTO Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg football match FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid CF in Munich, southern Germany on April 25, 2018. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

 

Franck Ribery has issued a battle cry before Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Real Madrid where Bayern Munich know they must be ruthless in front of goal to stage an unlikely comeback.

Bayern have it all to do at the Santiago Bernabeu after wasting several chances in last week’s 2-1 first-leg loss in Munich.

“The battle is lost, but the war is not over,” the Frenchman wrote on Twitter, borrowing from the famous Charles de Gaulle quote.

“We will get our chances in Madrid.”

The 35-year-old Ribery was one of the few Bayern stars to shine in the defeat at the Allianz Arena.

A dreadful error from Bayern defender Rafinha let in substitute Marco Asensio to score a second-half winner, handing holders Real a significant advantage.

After Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead, Ribery twice came agonisingly close to scoring for Munich.

He stumbled at the crucial moment in a one-on-one with Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first half before Marcelo equalised for Real.

Ribery wreaked havoc on the left wing and also forced Navas into an excellent second-half save.

The winger and his Bayern team-mates fly to Madrid on Monday vowing to upset the odds.

“We’ll give it everything we have,” insisted Bayern left-back David Alaba, back from a thigh injury.

Bayern are in an identical position to last year’s quarter-finals, when Real knocked them out.

After losing the first leg 2-1 in Munich, they won by the same margin over 90 minutes in Madrid only to bow out 6-3 on aggregate after losing 4-2 after extra time.

On Saturday, Ribery was among a host of players rested as a weakened Bayern team beat their incoming coach Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1.

 Real ‘all at sea’ 

Sandro Wagner scored in the Bundesliga victory and pinpointed how Bayern can win in Madrid.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes dubbed the striker ‘a fighter’ and Wagner could get the chance to be on the end of Ribery’s crosses at the Bernabeu.

“I think Real were all at sea defending every cross, so we know what we have to do,” said Wagner, the back-up for top-scorer Robert Lewandowski.

“We all want revenge and have all vowed to give it absolutely everything in Madrid.”

The match could be Ribery’s last chance to show his trademark sprints with the ball at his feet on the European stage.

Along with Arjen Robben, he has yet to sign a one-year extension to his contract which expires in June.

Ribery joined Bayern in 2007 and holds the club record for a foreign player of 247 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 80 goals.

He also holds the joint-record of eight Bundesliga titles with Oliver Kahn, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mehmet Scholl.

Thomas Mueller, Javi Martinez, Alaba and Ribery are the four survivors from the team which won the 2013 Champions League final set to play on Tuesday.

Martinez and Alaba have shaken off head and thigh injuries respectively.

According to reports, Robben will not fly to Madrid on Monday after coming off early with a groin injury in the first leg.

Ribery is desperate for a crack at another Champions League final.

After suffering the heartbreak of defeats in the 2010 and 2012 finals, it was his deft backheel which Robben fired home for the winning goal at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

Five years later, Bayern are bidding to keep their treble dreams alive with the Bundesliga title secured and the German Cup final to come on May 19.

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Ribery Signs One-Year Bayern Extension

Ribery Signs One-Year Bayern Extension
Bayern Munich’s players, including French midfielder Franck Ribery (C) celebrate at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against Sevilla FC on April 11, 2018, in Munich, southern Germany. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

 

Veteran winger Franck Ribery, 35, has signed a year’s contract extension to stay at Bayern Munich for the 2018/19 season, according to German magazine Kicker on Thursday.

Kicker claim Ribery has been told to fight for his place with wingers Kingsley Coman, 21, and Serge Gnabry, the 22-year-old who will return from a loan spell at Hoffenheim, set to be preferred next season.

Bayern reportedly received interest in Ribery from clubs in China, Qatar and Turkey.

His new contract until June 2019 is a reward for long service at the German champions. He joined from Marseille in 2007 and has made 380 appearances, scoring 117 goals and delivering 176 assists.

Ribery played in Bayern’s goalless draw at home to Sevilla on Wednesday when they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the seventh time in nine seasons.

Ribery has played in each campaign and was a key figure when Bayern won the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.

He has won the Bundesliga eight times, the German Cup on five occasions and the Club World Cup in 2013.

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Robben, Ribery Playing For New Bayern Deals

Robben, Ribery Playing For New Bayern Deals
File photo: Arjen Robben /Guenter Schiffmann / AFP

 

Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.

Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.

They are part of a group of four players, alongside goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and defender Rafinha, whose contracts expire in June.

“We need some time, then we will make decisions,” Rummenigge told Sky.

“What is required of us is to create a gentle transition.

“We have already made a first (round of talks), when the second will follow, we will see.”

According to daily newspaper Bild, a decision will be made by the end of March at the earliest, leaving the quartet with just a few months to convince the German champions — currently 18 points clear in the Bundesliga — of their continued worth.

Between them, Robben and Ribery — part of the team that won the 2013 treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga — have made nearly 650 appearances for Bayern and scored exactly 250 goals.

However, both are injury prone, especially Ribery, who tore a knee ligament last October.

Yet, when fit, they continue to perform.

Robben scored two late goals in Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of minnows Paderborn in the quarter-finals of the German Cup.

Ribery netted a rare Bundesliga goal in Bayern’s 2-0 win at Mainz last Saturday.

Bayern will not want to leave themselves light on the flanks and Kingsley Coman is the only other winger in the squad, although Germany forward Thomas Mueller can play out wide.

Bayern host Schalke in a crunch Bundesliga match on Saturday and face Besiktas in the last 16 of the Champions League in a fortnight.

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Ribery Scores Rare Bundesliga Goal As Bayern March On

Ribery Scores Rare Bundesliga Goal As Bayern March On
Mainz’ Ivorian midfielder Jean Philippe Gbamin (L) and Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery vie for the ball during a football match on February 3, 2018 in Mainz. Daniel ROLAND / AFP

 

Franck Ribery netted a rare Bundesliga goal as Bayern Munich eased to an eighth consecutive league victory with a 2-0 win over Mainz on Saturday.

After a sluggish first half-hour, the veteran Frenchman put Bayern ahead on 33 minutes. Picking up a poorly cleared corner at the edge of the box, he released a fizzing half-volley to score only his second league goal of the season.

James Rodriguez then doubled the lead just before half-time, elegantly bringing the ball down on his chest before volleying it past Robin Zentner.

The win saw Bayern extend their lead at the top of the table to 18 points after second-placed Bayer Leverkusen were held to a 0-0 draw in Freiburg.

Lucas Alario hit the post for Leverkusen early in the game, but there were more yellow cards than chances, as seven players were booked and Freiburg once again frustrated a top team.

Leverkusen, though, remain in second after Schalke once again dropped points. Both teams profited from goalkeeping errors in Gelsenkirchen, as a late goal saw Werder Bremen snatch a surprise 2-1 victory.

A catastrophic mistake from Jiri Pavlenka gifted Schalke the lead on 24 minutes. Yevhen Konoplyanka’s speculative effort flew straight at the Bremen goalkeeper, who allowed the ball to slip through his fingers.

With 11 minutes to go there was more farcical goalkeeping as Ralf Faehrmann allowed Max Kruse to equalise for Bremen.

After Matija Nastasic was sent off for a second bookable offence, Faehrmann fumbled the resulting free-kick, allowing the ball to bounce out of his hands and into the path of Kruse.

It would get worse for Schalke in stoppage time, as Zlatko Junuzovic stabbed a loose ball past Faehrmann to claim a dramatic and invaluable victory for relegation-threatened Bremen.

Elsewhere in the lower half of the table, Mario Gomez scored against his former club to rescue a point for VfB Stuttgart, as they welcomed new coach Tayfun Korkut with a 1-1 draw in Wolfsburg.

Liverpool loanee Divock Origi put Wolfsburg in front on 24 minutes, curling a long-range shot into the bottom corner.

Gomez, who left Wolfsburg for Stuttgart in January, levelled the scores on the hour mark, prodding the ball home from close range.

In Saturday’s other game, Hoffenheim extended their winless run to five matches after throwing away a 1-0 lead to draw at Hertha Berlin.

Andrej Kramaric gave Hoffenheim the lead from the penalty spot on 39 minutes, but Salomon Kalou’s header drew the home side level just before the hour mark.

On Friday, Michy Batshuayi scored twice on his debut for Borussia Dortmund after joining on loan from Chelsea as his new club won 3-2 at bottom side Cologne.

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