Gladbach 3:3 Hoffenheim | BMG come from behind to snatch draw

Borussia Monchengladbach came from behind not once, but THREE times as they drew against Hoffenheim at Stadion IM Borussia Park.

MGB, who had won only once in seven games coming into this fixture, went behind when Benjamin Hubner nodded home Andrej Kramaric’s corner. They equalised in somewhat controversial circumstances when Josip Drmic, an early sub for Bobadilla, scored in the 33rd minute. Hoffenheim were insistent that Drmic had handled the ball, but after a VAR referral, referee Martin Petersen allowed the goal to stand. It was the Swiss international’s first goal in 2 and a half years for the club.

Hoffenheim went ahead through Kramaric’s penalty close to the hour mark. That was cancelled out by Lars Stindl’s strike on 72 minutes, but Hoffenheim retook the lead almost instantly through Florian Grillitsch after MGB had lost possession in midfield.

There was however more late drama to come. A 90th minute corner was headed away by Hoffenheim, but it fell to Raffael, who drove it across the face of goal to the unmarked Ginter at the far post, who made no mistake from close range.

The goal denied Hoffenheim another consecutive win following their previous triumphs over Augsburg and Wolfsburg.

Gladbach’s next game is away at FSV Mainz while Hoffenheim will be at home to Koln.

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Levante 0:2 Betis 2018- Los Verdiblancos push Granotas closer to the drop

Real Betis became only the second side to win away from home in Round 25 as they beat Levante 2:0 at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. The win saw the Andalusians leapfrog the likes of Eibar, Girona and Getafe in the league standings and move to seventh, just three below a Europa League spot.

In the ten games played in Round 25, Atleti (away at Sevilla) were the only team to triumph on the road apart from Los Verdiblancos, who won thanks to two second half goals- the first an own goal from Levante’s Chema (55), the other coming from Sergio Leon (69).

With Las Palmas and Deportivo both picking up points over the weekend, Levante are now just one point above the drop zone. The Granotas have now gone three months without a league win, and their only triumph in 2018 came in the Copa against Espanyol.

Betis are at home to Real Sociedad in their next fixture while Levante will be away at Alaves.

BVB 1:1 Augsburg 2018- Low attendance at Dortmund game as FCA take home point

Borussia Dortmund’s three game winning streak in the German league was brought to a halt as Augsburg snatched an unlikely looking point at the Westfalenstadion. The draw means that Dortmund now only have a one point cushion over third placed Schalke, with sixth placed Leipzig only three points behind Peter Bosz’s side.

Only 54.300 fans turned up at the Westfalenstadion instead of the 81.000 that normally turn up, with nearly one third of the fans staying away on Monday night.

Dortmund took the lead in the 15th minute through a lightning counter attack. Raphael Framberger’s cross into the BVB box was headed away by Marcel Schmelzer and fifteen seconds later, the ball was into the back of the Augsburg net. The scrambling Hinteregger tried his best to prevent Andre Schurrle’s cross from reaching Michy Batshuayi, but his weak sliding clearance meant the ball fell perfectly into the path of the incoming Marco Reus, who made no mistake from close range. Continue reading BVB 1:1 Augsburg 2018- Low attendance at Dortmund game as FCA take home point

Sunday Roundup- Bayer Leverkusen 0:2 Schalke & Leipzig 1:2 Cologne 2018

A first half strike from Guido Burgstaller and a late penalty from Nabil Bentaleb saw Schalke beat Leverkusen 2:0 at the Bay Arena and go third in the league.

Burgstaller broke his seven game drought when he produced a cool finish to open the scoring on 11 minutes. Daniel Caligiuri’s long pass found the Austrian international in space, and he deftly lofted it over defender Panagiotis Retsos before slotting home.

Things went from bad to worse for Leverkusen, who could’ve potentially gone second with a win here, when Dominik Kohr was sent off seven minutes before half time.

Schalke finished the job through substitute Nabil Bentaleb’s second half penalty after Retsos had brought down Embolo in the box. The Algerian, brought on in the second half for Leon Goretzka, sent Bernd Leno the wrong way for his fourth of the campaign.

A game to forget for both young Retsos and Kohr, one has to say Continue reading Sunday Roundup- Bayer Leverkusen 0:2 Schalke & Leipzig 1:2 Cologne 2018

Mainz 1:1 Wolfsburg 2018

Bruno Labbadia’s first game as Wolfsburg manager saw his side come away with a draw from the OPEL Arena against fellow strugglers Mainz. The visitors had a dream start to the game as Josip Brekalo opened the scoring for them in the sixth minute- his first for the club since his switch from Stuttgart.

William’s cross from the left, perhaps meant for Divock Origi, evaded the Belgian, but landed at the feet of Brekalo, whose first time effort, a weak one was blocked. Continue reading Mainz 1:1 Wolfsburg 2018

Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again

Scotland’s last remaining representative in European competition went out rather tamely as Celtic slumped to a 3:0 loss against Zenit St.Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie.

Brendan Rodgers’ men had won the first leg 1:0, and had progressed from the last ten European knockout ties where they had won the first leg. A disastrous recent away record in Europe (last clean sheet on the road was back in 2009 against Hamburg), and Zenit’s impressive home form (2 defeats in the last 15 years at home in European competition) were the factors against them.

The 3:0 defeat was Celtic’s heaviest away one in the Europa League (Or the UEFA Cup as it was called back then) since a 5:1 loss to Neuchatel Xamak in the Ro32 nearly three decades ago.

The manner of the defeat would’ve definitely hurt Celtic fans. None of Zenit’s goals were superb or spectacular, and if it had been prime Artur Boruc in goal instead of Dorus de Vries, the story might have been different. Continue reading Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again

Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund

It was a mixed bag for the four Italian teams in action in the Europa League earlier this evening, with two crashing out and two making it to the round of 16.

One obvious qualifier was AC Milan, who beat Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 at the San Siro, adding to their 3-0 first leg win in Bulgaria.

The other, perhaps not so obvious qualifier was Lazio. The Biancocelesti had lost 1-0 to Steaua in the first leg in Romania, but found their mojo to win 5-1 at the Olimpico, and thus completed a 5-2 win on aggregate. Continue reading Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund