Borussia Dortmud joined RB Leipzig in the knockout stages of the Champions League after beating Slavia Praha 2-1 on the final match day. BVB’s 2-1 win, along with Inter’s loss by the same scoreline against Barca, sealed their progress to the round of 16.
There wasn’t much to choose between the two sides, as these player ratings will show.
Bayern’s revival under Hansi Flick continued as they hammered Red Star Belgrade 6-0 away from home in the Champions League. Red Star are not easy to beat at home, as shown by their win over Liverpool and draw against Napoli last season, but they were blown away by the Bavarians, with striker Robert Lewandoski scoring four times after the interval.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the Pole was Bayern’s best rated player on the evening according to Bild. In their four games since Flick took over from Niko Kovac, Bayern now boast of a 16-0 record, finding the back of the net sixteen times and conceding none.
With the results on MD5, Bayern and Spurs have now both confirmed their places in the Round of 16.
Bayern’s first game after the departure of Niko Kovac saw the Bavarian giants outclass rivals Borussia Dortmund. It was a rare Der Klassiker where neither of the teams were top of the table, and Bayern ran out deserved winners thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s brace. The Polish striker has now scored on each of the Bundesliga’s opening 11 game weeks- a new record.
Dortmund’s first shot on target only came in the middle of the second half, and they could have no complaints about the result.
The player ratings from German newspaper Bild tell the story- Axel Witsel the only BVB player to emerge with a level of credit, but every Bayern player on the park was better than him. Sancho, Akanji and Hakimi the worst of the lot according to these Bild ratings. Caretaker Bayern manager Flick (1) comprehensively outplayed his opposite number, with Lucien Favre getting a 5.
Bayern put their 1:1 draw over the weekend against Leipzig behind them as they began their UCL campaign with a 3:0 win over Belgrade. With the other group game between Tottenham and Olympiacos ending in a 2:2 draw, Bayern are currently top of their group.
The Red Star Belgrade side that played this evening had some familiar names in their starting lineup- Marko Marin (their skipper), Jose Canas (ex Swansea), Rajiv van La Parra (ex Huddersfield, Brighton and Wolves).
Here are the player ratings from Bild- a good day at the office for Bayern’s midfielders and forwards.
Bayern’s goals in the game came through Coman, Lewandowski and Muller, the last of whom also became the club’s most capped UCL forward.
Here is the Bundesliga Team of the Week for MD4 of the 2019/20 season. Leipzig stayed top of the table as they held Bayern Munich to a 1:1 draw, as a result of which the Bavarian giants slipped from 2nd to 4th. There is no Bayern player in either Sportschau’s Team of the Week or Kicker’s TOTW.
Elsewhere, Dortmund’s 4:0 win over Leverkusen saw them take Bayern’s spot in the table. Paderborn slipped into the drop zone as they were beaten 5:1 at home by Schalke.
All 9 games over the weekend produced goals. There were two red cards and both came in the same game- Union Berlin vs Werder Bremen, with Neven Subotic and Nuri Sahin getting sent off towards the end of that fixture.
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Germany may have moved to the top of their group after their 2:0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, but the nature of the win did not please the media, with the country’s top paper asking coach Joachim Low why die Mannschaft were playing so poorly. Their ratings also had more than half the team with a 4 or worse- which is “poor” in the German grading system.
The NI players were full of heart, and Germany just about managed to come through with a win- with one goal just after half time, and the other in second half stoppage time. Some would argue that a win is a win, but the nature of the triumph, coupled with the way they capitulated against the Netherlands in Hamburg, means that pressure remains on Low going into the European Championships.
Here are the expected lineups for Germany vs Netherlands later tonight from Hamburg. The two sides will do battle in a decisive Euro 2020 Group C qualifier.
The starting XI’s appear to be pretty much set in stone- here they are below from two different German newspapers. The German side is made up almost entirely of players from the Bundesliga- Toni Kroos, currently representing Real Madrid, is the only exception (here is the squad that was announced by the DFB). Bayern have only four players in the XI, but have atleast one player in each area of the pitch (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward)
The Netherlands squad will apparently have only three Eredivisie representatives, and all of them from Ajax (Blind, Veltman, Promes)
Continue reading Predicted Lineups for Germany vs Netherlands (Euro 2020 Qualifier on 6 September 2019)
The third week of the Bundesliga started with Leipzig’s 3-1 win away at Monchengladbach and finished with Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Only two of the nine travelling teams- Leipzig and Koln, came away with victories. The biggest shock was of course in the capital city, where newly promoted Union Berlin, playing in the top flight for the first time in their history, stunned star-studded Dortmund 3-1.
It was actually a fantastic week for the three promoted teams- Union Berlin and Koln both won while Paderborn became the first team to take points off Wolfsburg (and that too at the Volkswagen Arena!)
There was only one goalless stalemate- Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim at the Bay Arena, while the highest scoring game was in Munich, where Bayern put six past Mainz after having fallen behind at the Allianz Arena. Former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichsteiner was the recipient of the only red card of the week, and his 34th minute dismissal didn’t help Augsburg’s cause as they lost a five goal thriller to Werder Bremen.
From the Sportschau and Kicker teams mentioned below, six players find a spot in both lineups, but there’s more variety in comparison to previous weeks.
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Here is a look at what teams the Bundesliga clubs will face as opponents in the group stage of the 2019/2020 Champions League.
Bayern are in Group B with Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade.
BVB are in Group E with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Slavia Praha
Leipzig are in Group G with Zenit St Petersburg, SL Benfica and Olympique Lyonnais.
Leverkusen are in Group D along with Juve, Atletico and Lokomotiv Moscow
In our opinion, Bayern’s chances of qualifying are the best, followed by Leipzig’s. Dortmund have Barcelona and an Inter team coached by Antonio Conte in theirs, while Leverkusen have to contend with Ronaldo’s Juve and Simeone’s Atleti- a pretty tough ask of them.
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The DFB have officially announced Germany’s squad for their fixtures against Netherlands (home in Hamburg) and Northern Ireland (away in Belfast) next month.
Die Mannschaft are 3/3 from their European qualifying group and are second behind Northern Ireland, who also boast a 100% record but have played an extra game. The Dutch have only played 2 – one being a win over Belarus and the other being a 3:2 loss to Germany.
Here is the Bundesliga Team of the Week for Game Week 2 for the 2019/20 from three different German media outlets- Kicker, Bild and Sportschau.
Here are the xG scores from Koln 1-3 Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last night. Koln were playing their first home top flight game after promotion, and they took the game to BVB, who needed a late rescue act from Jadon Sancho and co. to win in front of a 50,000 strong crowd.
Full xG scores Koln (0.95) vs Dortmund (2.09)
Individual xG scores of goals: Drexler (Koln 0.47), Sancho (BVB 0.03), Hakimi (BVB 0.59) and Alcacer (BVB 0.62).
Jadon Sancho recently inked a new BVB deal that would take his salary to 190,000 pounds a week, and goals like this one (probability of 0.03, or 3 times per 100 shots), tell us why.
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