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Benfica 4:2 Eintracht Frankfurt- Visitors have 15 game unbeaten streak snapped

Eintracht Frankfurt had their 15 game unbeaten streak snapped as they lost 4:2 to Portuguese giants SL Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. Eintracht, the last remaining German team in European competition this season following Bayern, BVB and Schalke’s exits from the Round of 16 of the Champions League, had last lost back in December 2018 to Bayern, but were well beaten at the Stadium of Light, with young Joao Felix announcing himself on the world stage with a hat trick.

Felix had three goals and an assist (check out his second goal if you can- an absolute screamer). Luka Jovic had scored against his parent club to make it 1:1, but Benfica netted in the 43rd, 50th and 54th minutes of this clash to put the result of the game beyond doubt.

It’s not all gloom and doom for Frankfurt though- their two away goals have kept them in the contest. A 2:0 in the return leg will do very nice, and so would a 3:1.

Felix became the youngest player to score a Europa League hat trick. There were more than a dozen clubs who sent scouts to watch this game, including several big Premier League ones (United, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenl and Leicester), and his performance here would’ve caught the eye of many. He has a €120m release clause in his contract, but there’ll be plenty willing to stump up that fee if he continues to progress at this level.

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How are the Whitecaps faring in the MLS?

Alphonso Davies is slowly settling into the Bundesliga, but how are the Whitecaps, the club that Bayern signed him from, faring currently in the MLS? Davies was the club’s player of the season last year.

The Vancouver outfit have had a horror start to the 2019 Major League Soccer season and currently sit second from bottom in the overall table. They struggled in pre-season as well, failing to win any of their games, and that form, it seems, has extended into their regular MLS campaign.

Whitecaps MLS season so far

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-3 Minnesota United
Real Salt Lake 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Houston Dynamo 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 LA Galaxy

That’s four defeats and one goalless stalemate for one point from 5 games (0-1-4 record).

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Southampton manager Hasenhuttl claims Premier League top six are all at Bayern’s level

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said that every team in the Premier League top six are of the same standard as Bayern, and added that playing them home and away was the equivalent of locking horns with the Bavarian giants twelve times in a year!

The Austrian, who has coached in the Bundesliga before taking up his Premier League assignment, added that he “didn’t want that to be misunderstood” but one could “compare it very well regarding the general requirements”

The Saints boss also said his team were the equivalent of Mainz, Freiburg or Augsburg- a level below the top six and a second tier of clubs. Southampton aren’t free from the drop zone at the time of writing, but should survive, with the last axe of relegation most likely to fall on Cardiff.

The Bundesliga as a competition has struggled in recent years- Bayern, Dortmund and Schalke all lost to English opposition in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, and there was no German club in the last eight of the competition, as compared to the four English clubs that did make it.

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Bundesliga Team of the Week- Round 27- No Bayern players in TOTW!

No Bayern players in the Bundesliga Team of the Round. We don’t see that happen often, but this weekend was one such occasion, with Niko Kovac’s side producing a lacklustre performance away at Freiburg. The SCF-FCB game ended in a 1:1 draw.

Freiburg did have one representative though, in the form of left back Christian Gunter.

The most dominant team in Game Week 27’s Team of the Round was Hoffenheim, who had three nominations thanks to their 4:1 win over Leverkusen. Ishak Belfodil, who netted a brace was one of them, along with Benjamin Hubner and Kevin Vogt.

Dusseldorf’s stunning 3:1 win over Monchengladbach saw Benito Raman and Mathias Zimmermann named in the TOTW.

Yussuf Poulsen’s hat trick for Leipzig in their 5:0 win over Hertha earned him a nomination alongside Tyler Adams.

Bundesliga Team of the Week Round 27

Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019 | Holland 2:3 Deutschland

Germany sprang an upset of sorts by beating Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands at the Amsterdam. Serge Gnabry’s 34th minute wonder strike was the highlight of the first half at the end of which Jogi Low’s side 2-0. Netherlands fought back through goals from De Ligt and Memphis, but Germany stole it at the death thanks to Nico Schulz.

Here are the player ratings for the game courtesy the German media (Bild & Kicker). Leroy Sane, Gnabry and Schulz, as the scorers of Germany’s goals, were the best rated players. Sane continued from where he had left off in the draw against Serbia. The best Dutch player on show, according to these ratings was Lyon’s Depay.

The worst appeared to be PSG right back Thilo Kehrer, who got a 3.5 in Kicker and a 4 in Bild.

Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019

Holland vs Germany Player Ratings 2019