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Round up- German teams performance in Round of 16 Champions League First Leg

When the draw for the Round of 16 was made, few would’ve expected Schalke as the team to come closest to winning their first leg tie. S04 were up against mighty Man City, who had trampled all over Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, winning 6-0 a few days before their trip to the Veltins Arena.

Schalke were five minutes away from causing a massive upset before a superb free kick from Leroy Sane and a Raheem Sterling goal (set up by City goalkeeper Ederson!) saw the Royal Blues suffer heartbreak. With City having won in Germany (with ten men too!) and scored three goals as well, the odds are against S04.

Man City XI v Schalke

Schalke were the only German team to have their first leg tie at home. Both Bayern and Dortmund had to travel to England. Bayern prevented Liverpool from scoring, and as pointed out by this LFC fan blog, would probably be the happier side- they prevented the Reds from scoring, and a victory at the Allianz should seal the deal for them. Curiously enough, Bayern have travelled to Anfield thrice.

Dortmund were probably the most disappointing of the trio as they were well beaten by Spurs at Wembley. They lead the Bundesliga currently, but didn’t play like BuLI leaders against Pochettino’s men and crumbled to a 3-0 loss that has all but ended their chances of progressing to the last eight.

2.Bundesliga Team of the Week | Round 13 | Season 2018-19 | 5 Effzeh players

Here is the 2.Bundesliga’s team of the week for fixtures in Round 13 of the competition for the 2018/19 season. There were goals galore in this round- more than half the games produced four or more goals in this Game Week. There was only one goalless stalemate, and that was between Sandhausen and Duisburg, with both teams getting some breathing space from the drop zone after sharing the spoils. It also saw SVS goalkeeper Niklas Lomb earn a spot in goal in the Team of the Round.

Not surprisingly, Koln’s 8:1 thrashing of Dynamo Dresden sees them dominate this TOTW- as many as five of the XI named here are from Effzeh. An important win for them following their previous round loss to Hamburg. It took poor Dresden’s goal difference into the negative, having conceded only 12 goals in their previous 12 games.

Bundesliga 2 Team of the Week | MD13 | 2018-19 season: Lomb (Sanderhausen), Hector (Koln), Correia (Jahn Regensburg), Jorge Mere (Koln), Sakai (Hamburg), Mees (Union Berlin), Schaub (Koln), Narey (Hamburg), Schindler (Holstein Kiel), Terodde (Koln), Cordoba (Koln)

2.Bundesliga Team of the Week

Here are 2.Bundesliga’s results from Game Week 13

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DFB Pokal Round of 16 Draw | German Cup Pre-Quarters Games 2018-19

Here are the list of games to be played in the Round of 16 of the DFB Pokal, as well as their kick off timings. Fixtures to be played in February 2019 (5-6 Feb). Heidenheim, HSV, Duisburg and Dortmund will be hosting games on the 5th, while the 6th sees Kiel, Leipzig, Schalke and Hertha play host.

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Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

According to reports from England, Bayern Munich are considering a move for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh medio is out of contract at the end of the season and the Bundesliga side will apparently attempt to contact his representatives in January- only English clubs are prevented from approaching him till the summer.

Whether Ramsey would get plenty of game time at Bayern, who have a fair number of good medios in their ranks, is another question altogether. Ramsey has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.

Bayern haven’t had the best of seasons under new manager Niko Kovac. For the first time in 7 years, they’re NOT table of the table after Game Week 10, and were held to a draw by Freiburg over the weekend. The visitors produced a smash and grab operation with a late equaliser after Bayern withdrew Serge Gnabry, their goal scorer and of FCB’s better players on the afternoon, for Leon Goretzka. Continue reading Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

MD1- How did German teams fare in the Champions League

Four German teams were in action as the group stages of the Champions League kicked off this week. Bayern, Dortmund and Hoffenheim were all on the road, with Schalke the only German team to enjoy home advantage. Bayern and Dortmund both won their away fixtures, while Hoffenheim squandered the lead twice in Kharkiv to draw with Shakhtar. S04 failed to make home advantage count as they were held by Porto at the Veltins Arena.

Results for German teams on MD1 of the Champions League

Club Brugge 0:1 BVB (Pulisic 85) Group A

Dortmund left it late to beat Brugge in Belgium, with Christian Pulisic scoring the winner five minutes from time. Brugge are probably the easiest of BVB’s opponents in Group A, with further trips to Madrid and Monaco awaiting Lucien Favre’s men

Schalke 1:1 Porto (Embolo 64) Group D

S04 took the lead through Embolo on 64 minutes, but conceded a penalty ten minutes later to allow Porto back into this fixture. They’ll be off to Moscow in a fortnight’s time to play Lokomotiv, who were beaten 3:0 by Galatasaray in their opener

Benfica 0:2 Bayern (Lewandowski, Sanches) Group E

A good result for Bayern, beating Portuguese giants Benfica in front of a 60.000 strong crowd at the Estadio da Luz.

Shakhtar 2:2 Hoffenheim (Grillitsch, Nordtveit) Group F

A draw is a fairly good result for any team travelling to Shakhtar, but Hoffenheim would probably feel they squandered two points here. More importantly, their next opponents are Man City, who will be out for blood after being upset by Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad.