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Dortmund’s Goetze to miss 2017 season for injury

Berlin, Nov 28; Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze has been ruled out for six weeks due to an injury, the Bundesliga football club confirmed in an official statement.

The 25-year-old Germany international sustained a torn ligament in his ankle in Saturday’s dramatic 4-4 draw against rivals Schalke, reports Xinhua.

Goetze was fouled by Schalke’s Daniel Caligiuri in the 78th minute and had to be replaced by Gonzalo Castro as he was unable to continue.

According to the club’s official statement, the “BVB” will be without Goetze for “six weeks”.

His comeback is set for January 14 when Dortmund encounter Wolfsburg at the 18th round in Bundesliga.

The struggling eight-time German champions currently are at fifth place in the standings as they wait for their first win since October 24.

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Tottenham Beat Dortmund 2-1 In UEFA Champions League

Berlin, Nov 22 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund crashed out of Europe’s elite football competition after losing 1-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage.

Borussia failed to protect their one-goal lead until the end of the clash as Tottenham bounced back on two second-half goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to seal Dortmund’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, Peter Bosz’ men ensured a bright start on home soil and grabbed the reins. Andrey Yarmolenko unleashed a shot on target in the early stages before he set up the first chance of the game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who pulled wide from close range in the 19th minute.

Yarmolenko remained in the thick of things as his backheel pass into the path of Aubameyang allowed the Gabon international to drill the ball past Tottenham’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner of the far post at 31 minutes of play.

Dortmund’s opener was a wake-up call for the visitors from Tottenham, who increased the pressure.

The hosts had to be grateful as their goalkeeper Roman Buerki denied two golden opportunities within short succession before the break. Buerki first blocked Christian Eriksen’s side-foot with a superb reflex before he tipped Eric Dier’s header on target over the bar.

After the restart, Tottenham responded well and shocked the hosts with the equaliser through Harry Kane, who had time and space to hammer home from the edge of the box four minutes into the second half.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts, who needed a win to maintain their hopes for the knockout stage, as Dele Alli shrugged off two defenders on the left wing to tee up the 2-1 lead for Heung-Min Son inside the box in the 76th minute.

“We played well in the first half but our performance decreased in the second half. We currently lack in confidence to turn things around,” Dortmund’s head coach Peter Bosz said.

With the result, Tottenham win Group H while third-placed Borussia Dortmund will have to battle for a berth in the Europa League at the last group stage match on December 6.

It is the first group-stage elimination for Dortmund in six years. They only reaped one win in the last nine matches.

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Stuttgart Down Dortmund 2-1 In Bundesliga

Berlin, Nov 18 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund’s losing streak continued as they lost 1-2 away against newly promoted Stuttgart in the opener of the 12th round in Bundesliga football championship.

Dortmund on Friday suffered their third consecutive defeat as goals from Stuttgart’s Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo secured their fifth victory of the season, reports Xinhua news agency.

Peter Bosz’ men grabbed the worst possible start into the encounter as Akolo stunned the visitors after capitalising on a moment of madness by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki with just five minutes played.

The Congolese striker had the chance to double the lead but Buerki was on guard to deny moments later.

As the match progressed, Dortmund began to take over and their efforts got rewarded as Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard caused a handball penalty after a cross from Mario Goetze. Andre Schuerrle stepped up but was unable to overcome Ron-Robert Zieler, before Maximilian Philipp utilised the follow up shot from close range to level the scores before the break.

Despite Dortmund’s equaliser, newly promoted Stuttgart remained unimpressed after the restart. To make things worse, Stuttgart restored their lead with six minutes into the second half when substitute Brekalo finished off a counter attack after nutmegging goalkeeper Buerki.

Both sides remained in search for another goal but yet Dortmund were unable to avoid a damaging third straight loss, whereas Stuttgart wrapped up a vital victory in front of home crowd.

With the result, Dortmund stay on the third place for the moment meanwhile Stuttgart jumped on the 11th position of the Bundesliga standings.

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Rouge Aubameyang Causing Trouble For Borussia Dortmund

Berlin, Nov 17 (IANS) Bad news doesn’t seem to end for 2012 German football Champion Borussia Dortmund. While the side lost the lead in the Bundesliga and is in danger of being eliminated in the Champions League as early as after the group stage, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended by coach Peter Bosz for the Bundesliga game against VfB Stuttgart.

The 28-year-old Gabon-rooted striker missed the start of the Yellow and Blacks latest training session by 20 minutes, reports Xinhua news agency.

The new trouble hits the club having to face three crucial games within seven days.

After Stuttgart, Dortmund meets Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and regional rival FC Schalke in a vital derby.

Trouble around Aubameyang currently comes to a climax after the striker missed to score a goal for as long as 476 minutes. At the same time, Aubameyang enjoys several special favours such as trips to Italy and France during weekdays allowed by the club, teammates complain.

“After I went to Milano last year I could understand the ban for a game because I offended a rule. This time I can`t understand the clubs action. I wasn’t late for training deliberately,” Aubameyang told the Berlin-based tabloid Bild. Aubameyang claims he had the wrong time for training in mind.

In November 2016, Aubameyang was banned for a game by former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel after travelling to Italy for a private party without permission.

This week Aubameyang published new photos from a trip to Barcelona to party with former teammate Ousmane Dembele. The pictures were deleted by Aubameyang’ s management after the latest suspension. According to a report, the newest trip took place with the clubs permission.

Former Dortmund defender Christoph Metzelder said the current suspension is no surprise.

“His behavior might be accepted when he scores goals, but it all comes to a point when things get too much. That seems to be the case at present,” the former German international commented.

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Leverkusen, Dortmund Advance In German Cup

Berlin, Oct 25 (IANS) Bayer Leverkusen overcame Union Berlin 4-1 thanks to three second-half goals while titleholders Borussia Dortmund edged Magdeburg 5-0 to book the last 16 following the 2nd round of the German Cup.

The “Werkself” gained the upper hand against second division side Union Berlin from the kick off and missed the chance to open the scoring with nine minutes played when Admir Mehmedi pulled wide from 15 meters on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bayer Leverkusen remained in control of the proceedings yet the hosts had to wait until the 36th minute before their efforts paid off as Julian Brandt danced through Berlin’s defense to slot home the opener from 13 meters.

Union Berlin remained harmless and had to thank their goalkeeper Daniel Mesenhoeler, who denied the promising chances from Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi before the break.

However, things changed after the restart as Union Berlin levelled the scores out of the blue when Dennis Daube restored parity with a low shot into the bottom left in the 46th minute.

The hosts were shocked but they regrouped and grabged the 2-1 lead through Lucas Alario, who headed home into the top left corner with 59 minutes into the match.

Both sides continued offensively minded and exchanged chances at both ends of the pitch. Nevertheless, it were the hosts who hit the target twice in the closing period.

Wendell converted a foul play penalty before Charles Aranguiz unleashed a free kick hammer to round off the 4-1 victory over Union Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund stay on the road for their title defense after wrapping a 5-0 victory over lower league side Magdeburg.

The “BVB” dominated the first half but it took the titleholders 42 minutes before Gonzalo Castro capitalized on Alexander Isak’s header to break the deadlock against resilient Magdeburg.

The visitors conserved their momentum until the restart and doubled the lead in the 47th minute as Isak finished off a coast-to-coast attack after slotting home from eight meters.

Magdeburg focused on their defense and were able to keep the powerful visitors on the distance. However, the hosts were hapless in the 74th minute when Andrey Yarmolenko converted a handball penalty to mark the 3-0 lead.

The third goal took the wind out of the underdog’s sails thus Dortmund were able to add more goals as Marc Bartra headed home before Shinji Kagwa made it 5-0 on the scoreboards in the dying seconds of the game.

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Dortmund Held; Leverkusen Rout Monchengladbach

Berlin, Oct 21 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund settled for a 2-2 away draw on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in a fresh setback in their Bundesliga campaign, while Bayer Leverkusen thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 in ninth-round action in the German football league.

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After losing to Leipzig in the previous round, Dortmund appeared to get back on track at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt when they went up 2-0 on goals by Nuri Sahin and Maximilian Philipp in the 19th and 57th minutes, respectively, reports Efe.

But they subsequently squandered that advantage when Sebastian Haller and Marius Wolf scored for Eintracht over a four-minute stretch midway through the second-half.

Despite the draw, Dortmund still hold the top spot in the Bundesliga table with 20 points, just one ahead of Leipzig, who prevailed 1-0 over Stuttgart, thanks to a first-half goal by Marcel Sabitzer.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, came storming back after an early score by Monchengladbach’s Fabian Johnson, getting second-half goals from five different players: Sven Bender, Leon Bailey, Julian Brandt, Kevin Volland and Joel Pohjanpalo.

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With the win, Leverkusen hold the ninth spot with 12 points, while 10th-placed Augsburg were defeated 1-2 by Hannover 96.

Although Michael Gregoritsch gave Augsburg the lead in the 33rd minute, Niclas Fullkrug’s late-game brace sealed the win for Hannover, who climbed to sixth place.

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Want To See Sancho Start For Dortmund: Cooper

Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) Unhappy with the way star attacking midfielder Jadon Sancho had to leave England midway into the FIFA U-17 World Cup due to club commitments, coach Steve Cooper came down heavily on Borussia Dortmund, saying if he doesn’t start for the German giants in the next game there was no point in taking him away.

“It was disappointing to see him go. I can only imagine Dortmund playing him in the first team and he would start. I can’t think of any other reason why you would call a player during the World Cup,” Cooper said at the pre-match press conference ahead of their pre-quarterfinal against Japan on Tuesday.

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After much hoopla on whether the former Manchester City winger is staying beyond the preliminary round or not, Cooper informed the media that he has left for Germany to play in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund will play Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after losing 2-3 to RB Leipzig on October 14. Dortmund are at the top of the table with 19 points from eight games.

“People enjoyed seeing Jadon play. It is disappointing for him as well. He was enjoying his time in India. He was really relishing the chance to play in a World Cup. He loves playing for England and loves playing for this team in particular,” Cooper said.

Even without Sancho, who netted three times in the group stages, England have looked great and had a perfect record in the group matches, winning against Chile, Mexico and Iraq.

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“We look forward and not back. I have said before it isn’t about one player. If any of the boys left with any reason, may it be injuries, suspensions, club commitments … we will always be about a team and about a squad. I am absolutely convinced we have players who are capable of playing for England.

“So the spirit in the camp is excellent and I am really excited about playing a knockout game tomorrow again in this wonderful stadium. All to look forward and to be excited about and that is the mentality we will be going with,” Cooper said.

Asked about Japan who come into the tie after a shock 1-1 draw against minnows New Caledonia, Copper stressed the Asian giants play to a plan and have their own identity on the pitch.

“They changed the team. So I very much imagine they will change the team tomorrow (injecting) some fresh legs,” the coach said not wanting to read too much into the New Caledonia result.

“I like the way Japan play the game. Compliments to the coach and players. They play an attractive style of football. They are a well-organised team, very much clear with an identity and a plan. We are very much aware of that. We will be well prepared for that.

“In my opinion, one of Japan’s biggest strength is their team. They have an identity and have good players in all areas of the pitch. They have an expert coach. We have to make sure we match them tomorrow. Some teams we play have star men but we look at the opposition as a whole.”

England have a poor history when it comes to shootouts. In the knockout stages of this tournament, there won’t be any extra time if the two parties are locked level after normal time. The tie will be decided straightway on penalty shootouts.

“Listen penalty shootouts is part of tournament football…very much part of international football.

“Whether we enjoy them or not we cannot get away from them. I have talked about a lot of international experience and the development pathway of the players and the journey that they are on,” Cooper said.

“Penalty shootouts is part of that journey. We have tried to change the mindset about thriving at penalty shootouts and being confident about them. If we happen to progress tomorrow and if it happens again in the tournament which is likely, I am sure there will be penalty shootouts in all knockout stages, we will be ready and will be confident.” 

England U-17 captain Joel Latibeaudiere, who is of Dominican origin, added that playing for England is a matter of great pride and donning the armband is even more special.

“Every time I step onto the pitch with or without the armband, it’s an honour to represent the country. having the armband is something extra, something I have dreamed about,” he said.

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Leipzig Upset Dortmund In Bundesliga

Dortmund, Oct 15 (IANS) Front-runners Borussia Dortmund suffered their first defeat of the Bundesliga football season after losing 2-3 to RB Leipzig.

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Leipzig on Saturday bounced back from one goal down and edged leaders Borussia Dortmund 3-2 away.

The hosts ensured a bright start as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with only four minutes played. The Gabon international benefited a black out by Leipzig defender Stefan Ilsanker to beat Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from sharp angle into the far post corner.

The “Bulls” remained unimpressed and restored parity six minutes later through Marcel Sabitzer, who nodded home a header from Marcel Halstenberg at the near post.

Dortmund wobbled and had to swallow the 2-1 lead from Leipzig as Yussuf Poulsen tapped home Bruma’s build up work and square pass from the left wing in the 25th minute.

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After the restart, things went from bad to worse for Dortmund as Sokratis fouled Jean-Kevin Augustin inside the box to receive the double punishment of a straight red card and a penalty.

Augustin stepped up and extended the lead to 3-1 from the spot with 49 minutes played.

The hosts were only outnumbered for seven minutes as Leipzig’s Ilsanker received his marching orders after seeing his second yellow card of the evening.

Dortmund kept it going and got on the scorecards as Aubameyang converted a foul play penalty to wrap up his brace and to reduce the deficit to 2-3.

Peter Bosz’ men pressed frenetically for the equaliser but his men lacked in accuracy to secure one point on home soil.

Despite the loss, Dortmund remain atop the standings with a two-point advantage to runners-up Bayern Munich. Leipzig climbed on the 3rd place after reaping the fifth win of the season.

Bayern returned to winning ways and ensured a winning comeback for Jupp Heynckes after crushing Freiburg 5-0.

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim were held to a 2-2 draw by Augsburg, as Kevin Vogt’s own goal in the dying minutes of the game proved to be a costly one.

Schalke recorded their fourth victory of the season after beating 10-men Hertha Berlin on the goals from Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller.

Mainz extended their unbeaten run to three games as the “Nuellfuenfer” inflicted Hamburg the fifth loss of the season following a 3-2 and Frankfurt downed newly promoted Hannover 2-1.

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Dortmund Prodigy Sancho Joins England U-17 Training

Kolkata, Oct 4 (IANS) England Under-17 football team’s talented attacking midfielder Jadon Sancho on Wednesday hit training during their first official practice session ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign.

England play Chile on Sunday in their Group F opener. Iraq and Mexico are the other two teams in the group.

Sancho is likely to play in the group stages of the tournament after which he has to leave for club commitments with German giants Borussia Dortmund eager to get back his services after the international break.

“At the moment, he is available for the group stages. Let’s see what happens after that if we qualify,” an England team source said here.

England sweated it out at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex here for two hours.

The Young Lions had a training camp in Mumbai where they played a friendly against New Zealand and won 3-2.

Before that, the Steve Cooper-coached side played against Brazil and South Africa at home.

London-born Sancho was part of Dortmund’s first-team squad for the first time at the weekend, but did not feature in the 2-1 victory over Augsburg.

Sancho has netted 13 goals in 16 games so far for the Young Lions. He joined the German outfit from English Premier League heavyweights Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window.

This is England’s fourth participation in the U-17 World Cup and their second in a row. The only edition in which they failed to get beyond the first round was the last one in Chile two years ago, when they collected two draws and a defeat.

The U-17 side is one of two English teams to have won a penalty shoot-out in the finals of a FIFA competition, having outsmarted Argentina from the spot in the Round of 16 in 2011.

The other side is the U-20 team, who edged Mexico in the quarter-finals in 1993.

By contrast, the senior team has been involved in three penalty shootouts and lost every one, all in the FIFA World Cup.

England lost on penalties to Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2017.

Nevertheless, they qualified for the U-17 World Cup 2017 by edging Republic of Ireland 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

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Dortmund Remain Atop The Standing In German Bundesliga

Berlin, Oct 1 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund kept their rivals on the distance after beating Augsburg narrowly 2-1 and Thorgan Hazard’s late strike secured Monchengladbach a 2-1 win over Hannover at the seventh round in Bundesliga football league.

Borussia Dortmund reaped their fourth win in row after moving 2-1 past Augsburg on the first-half goals from Andrey Yarmolenko and Shinji Kagawa on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The “BVB” grabbed a fairy-tale start on the road as summer signing Andrey Yarmolenko protected the ball inside the box to slot home with his back heel following a corner in the 4th minute.

Augsburg remained unimpressed and levelled the scores only seven minutes later as Philipp Max’ cross found Caiuby Francisco da Silva, who headed home from inside the box.

However, Dortmund remained on the front foot and restored their one-goal lead after Shinji Kagawa completed a combination with a chip over onrushing custodian Marwin Hitz with 23 minutes played.

After the restart, Augsburg took the reins and worked out a promising chance through Caiuby, who forced goalkeeper Roman Buerki to make a save in the 59th minute.

Dortmund had the chance to extend their lead against the run of the play as referee Marco Fritz awarded the visitors a penalty. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up but lobbed the ball into the arms of goalie Hitz in the 79th minute.

Augsburg dominated and pressed forward but they lacked in accuracy unable to secure one point on home soil.

With the victory, Dortmund stay on the first place after recording their sixth win of the season whereas Augsburg stay on the 5th place for the moment.

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