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Mainz win, Dortmund tie in German Bundesliga

Berlin, April 30: German football club Mainz upset Leipzig after winning 3-0 on home soil while Borussia Dortmund shared the spoils with Werder Bremen following a 1-1 draw at the close of the 32nd round in Bundesliga.

Relegation threatened Mainz reaped crucial points to avoid relegation after goals from Pablo De Blasis, Alexandru Maxim and Ridle Baku edged Leipzig, who lost their second game in a row on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Leipzig took the reins from the kickoff and controlled the proceedings. Mainz lacked in penetration but Leipzig squandered two opportunities as Yussuf Poulsen failed to slot home Ademola Looksman’s cross before Timo Werner’s shot on the empty goal was cleared off the line.

The hosts opened the scoring against the run of the game with a foul-play penalty. Yoshinori Muto was felled inside the box allowing Pablo De Blasis to net the opener from the spot at 29 minutes played.

Leipzig missed another chance before the break as Naby Keita pulled wide from a promising position in the dying seconds of the first half.

After the restart, Leipzig continued on the front foot but they lacked in accuracy and ideas to overcome Mainz’ well-positioned defence.

Meanwhile, the hosts staged a clinical chance conversion as substitute Alexandru Maxim poked home the 2-0 lead following a back-heel pass from Muto in the 85th minute.

Nevertheless, Mainz weren’t done with the scoring and added another goal to their lead as Ridle Baku rounded off his first Bundesliga appearance with a goal to make it 3-0 on the scoreboards in the closing period.

With the victory, Mainz climbed off a relegation play-off spot and onto 14th position of the standings while Leipzig continue on the 6th place of the standings.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund missed the chance to jump on the 2nd place as Werder Bremen held the BVB to a 1-1 draw.

Marco Reus broke the deadlock before Thomas Delaney restored parity before half time. Dortmund pressed for the victory but the woodwork and Bremen’s in-form goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka saved the hosts one point on home turf.

Dortmund remain on the 3rd place of the standings whereas Bremen continue on 12th position.

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Dortmund, Hoffenheim win in Bundesliga

Berlin, April 22: Jadon Sancho’s performance helped Borussia Dortmund to inflict the second loss in a row on Bayer Leverkusen following a 4-0 result, whereas Hoffenheim crushed ten-man Leipzig 5-2 in the 31st round of the Bundesliga football championship.

Dortmund on Saturday underlined their UEFA Champions League ambitions after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the top-four encounter in Dortmund. Youngster Sancho had a large role in the victory as he provided a goal and two assists, reports Xinhua news agency.

Peter Stoeger’s men started highly motivated. It took just 13 minutes before they opened the scoring through Sancho, who marked his first Bundesliga season with a low shot into the far post corner.

Dortmund controlled the proceedings on the pitch while Leverkusen were unable to come out of their territory.

Even though the hosts were in full control, they had to wait after the restart to double the lead as Mario Goetze teed up for Marco Reus, who made it 2-0 on the scoreboard in the 55th minute.

Dortmund showed no mercy and pressed forward to triple their advantage against a hapless Leverkusen eight minutes later when Sancho’s build-up allowed Maximilian Philipp to slot home from eleven metres.

The hosts retracted with their three-goal lead but they still were able to add another goal to their lead as Sancho chipped the ball to Reus, whose header overcame Leverkusen goalkeeper Ramazan Oezcan in the 79th minute.

With the result, Dortmund climbed to the 3rd place while Bayer Leverkusen slipped to the 4th position.

Leipzig suffered a setback in the hunt for a berth in Europe, as Hoffenheim thrashed them 5-2 to trade places in the standings.

Julian Nagelsmann-coached Hoffeinheim secured a flying start as Mark Uth poked home a fumbled ball from Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the 14th minute.

The visitors doubled the score through Serge Gnabry, who tapped home Uth’s through ball in the 35th minute.

To make things worse for Leipzig, Uth set up another goal as Pavel Kaderabek snatched his first Bundesliga goal before the break.

Leipzig’s hopes of a comeback were destroyed just two minutes into the second half as Emil Forsberg saw a straight red card for violent conduct.

Despite a numerical disadvantage, the hosts were able to reduce the arrears out of the blue after Naby Keita scored with a well-placed curl in the 58th minute.

However, Hoffenheim restored their three-goal lead as Uth nodded home Andrej Kramaric’s cross moments later. The visitors were still not done with the scoring though as Nadiem Amiri’s cross found Lukas Rupp, who tapped home right footed in the 64th minute.

Leipzig reduced the arrears to three goals in the closing period after Dayot Upamecano made the most of Ademola Lookman’s assist.

With the victory, Hoffenheim move to the 4th place while Leipzig slumped to the 5th position.

Elsewhere, newly crowned champions Bayern Munich continued their relentless run after cruising 3-0 past Hannover.

Hertha Berlin reaped their second win in a row after upsetting ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 with three second-half goals.

Stuttgart edged Werder Bremen 2-0 while relegation threatened Hamburg maintained their chances to remain in Germany’s top flight after overcoming Freiburg on the sole goal from Lewis Holtby.

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Dortmund’s Batshuayi may miss rest of season due to ankle injury

Berlin, April 17: Borussia Dortmund forward Michy Batshuayi may be sidelined for the rest of the Bundesliga season due to an ankle injury, both the German club and the player announced on Monday.

Batshuayi, who is on loan to the German side from Chelsea, suffered the injury during the 2-0 Ruhr derby defeat against Schalke 04 on Sunday, leaving the field on crutches, reports Efe.

“Well it is not good news for now, my season is probably over, and I won’t be able to pay Borussia Dortmund back for their confidence,” the Belgian international tweeted.

On its website, Dortmund said: “There remains a chance that he could still feature for the Belgian national team at the World Cup in Russia this summer,” while confirming that their forward was likely to be out for the rest of the season.

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Schalke overpower rivals Dortmund 2-0 in Bundesliga

Berlin, April 16: Schalke tightened their grip on the second place of the Bundesliga football championship beating local rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on second-half goals from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo.

Schalke secured their first “Revierderby” victory since 2014 as Konoplyanka and Naldo on Sunday inflicted Dortmund their seventh loss of the league season, reports Xinhua news agency.

Both sides staged a lively start into the clash. Alessandro Schoepf created the first chance of the game after testing Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki with a long range effort in the 5th minute.

However, both teams staged a well-positioned defense and defused most opportunities in the opening period.

Dortmund came to their first promising chance with 24 minutes played as Schalke custodian Ralf Faehrmann was forced to parry Marco Reus’ shot on target.

Before the break, the hosts picked up the pace and had the chance to grab the lead but Konoplyanka pulled wide.

After the restart, Schalke started where they left off and broke the deadlock. Daniel Caligiuri dispossessed defender Marcel Schmelzer before passing into the path of Konoplyanka, who made no mistake to slot home the opener from 11 meters in the 50th minute.

Dortmund were shocked and unable to respond, while Schalke failed to extend their lead.

As the match progressed, Dortmund pressed a passive Schalke into the defense. They remained nevertheless sloppy with their finish and failed to level the scores.

Schalke cut a better figure in front of the goal as Naldo secured all three points after unleashing 28-meter hammer past Dortmund goalie Roman Buerki in the closing period of the derby.

“Schalke won deservedly. We lacked in penetration up front while Schalke made the most of their few chances,” Dortmund’s coach Peter Stoeger said.

“We played a great first half. After the restart we managed to stay compact and often made breakthroughs on the wings. In the second half we scored the goals and defended well. I am very happy for the team and the fans,” Schalke’s coach Domenico Tedesco said.

With the result, runners-up Schalke opened up a four-point gap to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen while Dortmund slipped into 4th place.

Elsewhere, Leipzig and Werder Bremen shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw. Niklas Moisander opened the scoring for the hosts before Ademola Lookman provided the equalizer in the second half.

With the draw, Leipzig climb on the 5th place, eyeing for a berth in UEFA Europa League while Bremen continue on the 12th position of the table.

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Bayern crush Dortmund, prepare to go up against Sevilla

Berlin, April 1: Bayern swept over Borussia Dortmund 6-0, giving the Munich team a big boost ahead of next week’s match against Sevilla in the Champions League quarter- finals.

Robert Lewandowski’s three goals and an awe-inspiring performance by James Rodriguez were some of the highlights from this match on Saturday, in which Bayern confirmed its Bundesliga leadership, reports Efe.

Bayern’s chance to celebrate their sixth straight Bundesliga title will have to wait, because of Schalke’s victory over Freiburg earlier in the day, but the Bavarian team is just one match away from proclaiming victory.

Bayern’s starting lineup was most likely the one that will be used next Tuesday in Sevilla.

Midfielders Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez made a formidable pair, with James tallying one goal and three assists, even though he only played for 65 minutes.

The first goal came just five minutes into the first half, with a right-foot shot from Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area off a pass from Thomas Müller.

Nine minutes later, James scored the second goal connecting David Alaba’s cross from the left, and 23 minutes into the half, Müller scored Bayern’s third off a pass from James.

Just as the storm had appeared to pass, 44 minutes into regulation, Lewandoski tapped in the fourth goal after Franck Ribery managed to penetrate the goal area from the left, ending in a chaotic scramble with goalkeeper Roman Bürki.

About a minute later, Ribery scored the fifth goal off a pass from James.

During the second half, Bayern slowed its pace as the match had long been won.

The sixth goal came 86 minutes in, as Lewandowski scored from the goal area, connecting a cross from Kimmich.

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Dortmund extend contract with Piszczek

Dortmund (Germany), March 14: Borussia Dortmund have prematurely extended the contract with Lukasz Piszczek, the eight-time German champions confirmed in a statement.

The Poland international has put pen to paper on a new contract, which will keep him with Dortmund until June 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We are glad that after Marco Reus, we were able to bind with Lukasz Piszczek, another player on the long term. He is an institution on our right wing. It is not without reason that we lost none of the 31 Bundesliga games when Piszczu was there,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Tuesday.

Piszczek joined Dortmund in summer 2010 from fellow Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin and established himself as one of the cornerstones in the defence. Since his arrival, he has made 196 appearances and provided 14 goals.

“Although I am not a Dortmund native, this club and these fans have grown to my heart over the years. I feel for years as a real ‘Borusse’ and never felt the desire to leave. I would like to end my career here,” the 32-year-old defender said.

Since playing for the “Black-and-Yellows” he helped clinch the Bundesliga title 2010-2011 and the German domestic double in 2011-2012.

Borussia Dortmund are currently third in the German top division standings. They will clash with newly promoted Hannover in a Bundesliga tie on Sunday.

 

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Dortmund draw, Leverkusen win in Bundesliga

Berlin, March 4: Borussia Dortmund shared the spoils with Leipzig after a 1-1 stalemate while Bayer Leverkusen moved 2-1 past Wolfsburg in the 25th round in the Bundesliga.

The “BVB” lost their second place on Saturday to rivals Schalke after dropping points following a 1-1 draw at Leipzig, reports Xinhua news agency.

Both sides staged a lively opening period with chances at both ends of the pitch. Dortmund overcame Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi twice but the referee ruled both goals offside.

Leipzig made use of their next opportunity to shock the visitors with the opener through Jean-Kevin Augustin, who benefited on Naby Keita’s through ball to slot home at the the half-hour mark.

Dortmund remained unimpressed and responded before the break as Marco Reus rounded Leipzig goalkeeper Gulacsi to restore parity with 38 minutes played.

After the restart both sides lacked in accuracy for the final pass. Hence goal-scoring opportunities remained a rare occurrence.

Michy Batshuayi had the best chance for Dortmund but the Chelsea loanee failed to slot home from a promising position in the 63rd minute while Leipzig’s Bruma squandered two golden chances in the closing period.

With the result, Dortmund slipped to the 3rd place whereas Leipzig stay at the 6th place in the standings.

Bayer Leverkusen extended Wolfsburg’s winless run to five games, as goals from Lucas Alario and Julian Brandt were enough to record their 11th victory of the season.

The “Werkself” grabbed a bright start into the clash as Lars Bender pulled wide of the far post with just 19 seconds on the clock.

Heiko Herrlich’s men controlled the reins while the “Wolves” came to their first chance with 17 minutes played when custodian Bernd Leno had to defuse Maximilian Arnold’ s shot on target.

Wolfsburg helped Bayer Leverkusen to break the deadlock as Arnold felled Kai Havertz inside the box to cause a foul play penalty, which was converted by Alario, who sent Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels into the wrong corner in the 31st minute.

With the narrow lead behind Leverkusen retracted and let Wolfsburg do the work. However, the “Wolves” lacked in penetration and were unable to overcome Leverkusen’s well-positioned defence within the first half.

Meanwhile Leverkusen fielded Julian Brandt, who doubled the lead eleven minutes later after his fielding by chipping the ball over onrushing Casteels in the 78th minute.

The joy was, however, shortlived as Wolfsburg reduced the arrears when Admir Mehmedi marked his third goal of the season moments later.

However, Wolfsburg’s hopes of a comeback were destroyed in the dying minutes of the game when William received his marching orders after booking his second yellow card.

With the win, fifth placed Leverkusen remain in touching distance to the top four while Wolfsburg sit at the 16th place and are fully stuck in the relegation battle.

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Dortmund held by Augsburg in Bundesliga

Dortmund, Feb 27: Borussia Dortmund settled for a 1-1 draw here against FC Augsburg, wasting a chance to distance themselves from the four other clubs vying to be best of the rest in the Bundesliga football championship as Bayern Munich run away with the title.

Dortmund on Monday began the day 20 points behind Bayern and level with third-placed Schalke, but ahead in the standings based on goal difference, reports Efe.

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by forward Marco Reus on the counter, only to see Kevin Danso equalise for Augsburg in the 73rd minute, connecting with a header following a corner kick.

Though Dortmund dominated play with 65 per cent possession, the Augsburg defence limited them to two other genuine opportunities in the course of the 90 minutes

The draw ended Dortmund’s three-match winning streak and took the side to 41 points, separated from sixth-placed RB Leipzig — their next opponents — by only three points.

Augsburg, with 32 points from 24 matches, moved up to eighth.

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Dortmund wrap up Manuel Akanji deal

Berlin, Jan 16: Borussia Dortmund have signed Manuel Akanji from Basel with immediate effect, both sides confirmed in an official statement on Monday.

The “BVB” have reinforced their defence with the signing of the Swiss, who has put pen to paper on a deal until June 2022, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Manuel has been courted by several European top clubs. We are therefore delighted that he opted for us. He has already proven in the national team and in the Champions League that he can play at the highest level,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said.

The 22-year-old new arrival played the last two-and-a-half years at Swiss outfit Basel where he made 42 appearances and provided five goals.

His performances earned him a place in Switzerland’s national team in June 2017. He made ever since four caps.

“I felt very well during the talks with the Dortmund officials. It was a heart decision. I always liked Dortmund’s style of play,” Akanji, who received jersey no. 16, told the club’s official homepage.

Dortmund sit currently on the fourth place of the Bundesliga standings. They encounter with 11th positioned Hertha Berlin at the 19th round on Friday.

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Dortmund releases South Korean international Park Joo-ho

Berlin, Dec 5: German Bundesliga football side Borussia Dortmund has announced the release of South Korean left back Park Joo-ho, terminating their three-year contract by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old joined Dortmund from fellow German club Mainz in 2015 on a transfer fee of 3 million euros (about $3.56 million), but played only 712 minutes in 11 matches and scored just one goal in the 2015 Europa League against FC Krasnodar, reports Xinhua news agency.

Park had to play with the team’s under-23 squad this season since he failed to gain a spot in Dortmund’s first team. He last played for the club on November 17 against Essen.

He was called up once this year by South Korea and featured in only one World Cup qualifying match as his national side reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Park, who also served Japanese side Mito Hollyhock, Kashima Antlers and Jubilo Iwata before going to Europe to play for Switzerland’s FC Basel, has so far earned 32 caps for South Korea.

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