Bayern hit four past lowly Bremen

Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Werder Bremen 4-2 at the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon.

  • Bayern Munich 4 Werder Bremen 2
  • Gondorf on target on 25'
  • Muller levels on 41'
  • Lewandowski puts Bayern ahead on 63'
  • Sule own goal with 74' played
  • Lewandowski with his second on 76'
  • Muller scores fourth on 84'

Match summary

Jerome Gondorf opened the scoring on 25 minutes before Thomas Muller's equaliser with 41 minutes played.

Robert Lewandowski then put Bayern ahead just after the hour mark, and despite an own goal from Niklas Sule, Lewandowski and Muller both scored their second goals of the game each to secure a comprehensive victory.

Full report

It was an surprisingly sloppy start by both sides although Franck Ribery was lively early on while Javi Martinez fired a sixth minute shot wide with a flicked header.

Bremen then were so nearly in the lead a minute later but Max Kruse's header from Ludwig Augustinsson's cross deflected off Juan Bernat and clipped the outside of the post.

Ribery fired straight at Jii Pavlenka before Muller saw his goal-bound shot blocked by Nikolas Moisander and Lewandowski headed a Jerome Boateng cross from the left over the bar.

Junuzovic then hit a first-time shot just wide after connecting to a soft punch from Sven Ulreich, but the Bayern stopper could do nothing to deny Gondorf from slotting home and firing Bremen into the lead after some good work from Eggestein and Kruse.

Pavlenka got down well to cut out a low Ribery shot on 31 minutes and after a spell of sustained pressure from Bayern, the home side were level, through Muller, who shrugged off Veljkovic to chest down a Boateng cross and fire in on the volley.

Lewandowski was off target with a 47th minute header from a Robben delivery to the back post, before Boateng got back to deflect a Gondorf strike from the edge of the box over the bar.

Lewandowski was looking lively and  after Pavlenka denied Arturo Vidal with a fine save, he had to pick the ball out the back of his net as the Polish striker headed home from a James Rodriguez corner from the left.

Gebre Selassie was off target with a 65th minute header before another great save from Pavlenka to deny Lewandowski from close range. Moisander then cleared Ribery's follow-up off the line.

Astonishinyl though Bremen were level as a Zlatko Junuzovic corner from the right hit Sule on the leg and rolled over the line.

But no sooner had they conceded, Lewandowski restored Bayern's lead, with a clinical header from a Muller cross into the bottom left corner of the net.

Ulreich denied Junuzovic with ten minutes of the match remaining with a good low fingertip save, but could not keep out Muller, who guided a first-time shot past Pavlenka after racing onto an excellent Rodriguez ball, to cap off a resounding result.

Gisdol sacked by Hamburg

Hamburg have taken the decision to dismiss head coach Markus Gisdol following the 2-0 home defeat to bottom-side Cologne on Saturday.

A new coach has already been identified and will be announced by the club ahead of training on Monday.

It was a fourth successive Bundesliga defeat for the struggling side, who are currently just three points ahead of Cologne in 17th place.

The former Stuttgart and Hoffenheim coach joined Hamburg in September 2016 and helped the club avoid relegation after what had been a disastrous start to the season under his predecessor Bruno Labbadia.

A club statement read: "Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat to 1. FC Köln, the board and sporting director Jens Todt have made the decision to relieve head coach Markus Gisdol and his assistants Frank Fröhling and Frank Kaspari of their duties at the club."

Club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen added: "It wasn’t an easy decision to make. But we are convinced that there was no alternative at this point in time.

"We will unveil our new coach soon. We need to formalise a few things first - we know already who the new coach will be."

Bruchhagen added: "We expressed our gratitude to Markus Gisdol. We hadn't anticipated the current situation that we find ourselves in. Now we need to scrutinise ourselves too. A new head coach should give us a boost and take away any uncertainty in the team.

"The new head coach will take team training on Monday at 15:00."

BVB confirm 'first' Arsenal approach for Auba

Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed the club have received their first official enquiry about striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

The Bundesliga side appear to be suggesting that there had been no previous contact between BVB and the Gunners about the player, despite media speculation hinting strongly that a move to the Emirates Stadium was likely to happen.

Aubameyang has been left out of Dortmund's previous two games as it seems the Gabon international is clear about leaving North Rhine-Westphalia. The forward is a hot commodity for his scoring feats in Germany having plundered 141 goals in 212 appearances for the Black and Yellows.

German football magazine Kicker had earlier reported that the Londoners offered in the region of €50m for his services, though this bid was not said to be acceptable for the Peter Stoger-coached side. 

Watzke said: "I can confirm that there has been a first enquiry from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang." The 28-year-old is thought to be seen as a direct replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who is expected to finalise a move to Manchester United. 

Aubameyang saw off Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandoswki last season to become the Bundesliga's leading goalscorer. He ended with 31 league goals in 32 appearances and hit 40 in 46 matches in all competitions. 

Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich have a golden opportunity to extend their advantage in the title race when they face struggling Werder Bremen in Sunday's clash at the Allianz Arena. 

Robert Lewandowski is now fully fit for Bayern after some knee ligament issues. With his main competitor for the Golden Boot in Germany's top flight, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, having almost certainly signed for Arsenal, it means the Pole has a chance to add to his advantage with his next nearest opponent, Alfred Finnbogason, four goals behind him. 

With just five clean sheets in 18 league matches for the visitors, all eyes will undoubtedly be on goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka. With huge odds stacked against Werder, the 25-year-old could have a major say in at least keeping things respectable for the Die Werderaner. The Czech Republic shot-stopper will no doubt be eager to perform on the big stage. 

Jupp Heynckes' men enter the contest with a gaping 13-point lead at the top of the table over second-placed RB Leipzig. In addition, the Bavarians have beaten Werder in their last 16 competitive matches while scoring 59 and conceding just eight. 

Nonetheless, Heynckes is taking nothing for granted, saying: "Werder was still a shooting gallery in the league years ago, it has changed a lot, we have to be wide awake." 

Meanwhile, the away outfit come into the game with some improved form having picked up eight points from 15 in their last five matches. Despite the run, Bremen are still languishing in 16th position and are in a fight against relegation.

Nonetheless, boss Florian Kohfeldt is taking an optimistic approach: "Our belief in our own strength has grown over the last few weeks. We want to take something away from Munich, I don't have to encourage my players for that." 

For Bayern, Mats Hummels and David Alaba are both likely to miss out with illness while Lewandowski is available after making a full recovery from a knee concern. 

In Werder's camp, midfielder Thomas Delaney is fit and could feature, although long-term absentee Fin Bartels remains on the sidelines with an Achilles tendon rupture.

Kimmich is Germany's best

Joshua Kimmich has been named Germany's Player of the Year for 2017.

The 22-year-old Bayern Munich star has been exceptional over the past 12 months; becoming a regular for Bayern team but more significantly playing a prominent role in Germany's Confederations Cup success, and has even captained the team.

The former RB Leipzig defender, who has stepped into the breach following Philipp Lahm's retirement, beat off competition from Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Kimmich received more than 20,000 votes in the supporter poll to be crowned top dog.

Mesut Ozil, who won the award in 2016 and had been named Germany's Player of the Year five times in the last six years, didn't play enough times for Joachim Low's Germany this past year to be considered for voting, alongside Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.

Schurrle: It's annoying that we did not win

Andre Schurrle was left frustrated as Borussia Dortmund dropped more points away from home in their 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday night.

Shinji Kagawa stuck in the 71st minute to cancel out a 46th minute goal from Davie Selke.

The result left Dortmund in third place on the Bundesliga standings with 30 points, one behind RB Leipzig but 14 adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the side ahead of his potential exit, and an annoyed Schurrle struggled to impact the match at the Olympiastadion.

The German was particularly incensed as Andriy Yarmolenko's appeals for a stoppage-time penalty were waved away.

Schurrle told Eurosport: "In my opinion, this is a 60-40 decision whether that is a penalty at the end, but you can certainly give it.

"It's annoying that we did not win. We had planned a lot. In the first half we were a bit sleepy. We then woke up with the goal, found the space, played faster and in depth.

"We could have scored the second goal, we worked out the chances. We can build on the last 30 minutes."

Aubameyang could still have Dortmund future

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could still have a future at Borussia Dortmund after Peter Stoger claimed there was “nothing concrete” in interest from Arsenal.

Aubameyang was left out of the Dortmund line-up for the second game in succession on Friday night after missing the 1-1 Bundesliga encounter at Hertha BSC.

The 28-year-old’s omission from last weekend’s stalemate with VfL Wolfsburg looked set to signal the end of his Dortmund career and there have been reports that sporting director Michael Zorc is due to hold talks with Arsenal this weekend.

However, Dortmund boss Stoger has dampened talk of an imminent move to Arsenal, by suggesting that Aubameyang is still in his plans.

"There is nothing on the table, only hot air," said Stoger.

"We're planning with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and there's a way back into the team for him.

"All week long he was good at training, which is why I said at my press conference that he would be in the team.

"But at the last practice I just felt like he wasn't fully focused. It was a very important match and we have so many quality players that I chose another one.

"But I select the group every week. He has time to show he wants it. If he gives everything next week, he'll be in the squad."

 

Hertha and Dortmund share the spoils

Hertha Berlin were perhaps unfortunate not to record a victory over Borussia Dortmund in Friday's Bundesliga encounter at the Olympiastadion which ended 1-1.

  • Hertha Berlin 1 Borussia Dortmund 1
  • Lazaro goes close 
  • Selke nets opener 
  • Duda's error costs Hertha a chance of a second 
  • Kagawa levels matters 

Match summary 

It was a game of few chances in the first stanza though Shinji Kagawa did put a header over the bar. Valentino Lazaro hit the side-netting for the hosts but it ended 0-0 at the break.

After the interval, Davie Selke got the opener after good work from Lazaro. Ondrej Duda cost his side a second when he tapped in Salomon Kalou's goal-bound strike from a blatantly offside position. Kagawa made the hosts pay with a 71st minute equaliser. 

Match report 

It was a cagey opening 45 minutes with both sides threatening little in terms of creating real goalscoring chances. Yet, in the 14th minute the visitors did create half-a-chance for attacking midfielder Kagawa.

From another ranging Christian Pulisic run and cross from the flank, the Japan international made a trademark late run into the area but steered his header over the bar with Jadon Sancho behind him seemingly better positioned. 

Nonetheless, Die Alte Dame managed to conjure a response of sorts in the 22nd minute when the side won a free-kick outside the area. However, Marvin Plattenhardt's strike sailed over the bar as it didn't quite have the dip to trouble Roman Bürki in goal.

On the half-an-hour mark the hosts were not far away from snatching the lead after Lazaro's snapshot. With Burki unsighted by a cluster of bodies in front of him, the 21-year-old Austria international attacking midfielder saw his effort crash narrowly wide into the side-netting.

With that said, just before the break BVB spurned a good chance to grab the opener through Sancho. After Kagawa sent the 17-year-old through on goal, the inexperienced forward tried to find a pass instead of shooting and the moment was gone. It seemed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's absence was having an affect on manager Peter Stöger's team.

After the interval the home fans at the Olympiastadion exploded into celebration as Davie Selke found space at the far post to tap home Lazaro's superbly accurate cross in the 46th minute. Dortmund were lacking creativity in the final third as keeper Thomas Kraft was hardly being tested for long periods. 

Yet, the 29-year-old did produce a solid save from Pulisic in the 57th minute which he safely turned away from danger. In the 63rd minute it should have been 2-0 but for a moment of madness from Duda. 

After Salomon Kalou had clipped an effort beyond Bürki, the midfielder inexplicably poked the goal-bound ball over the line from a blatantly offside position to see the strike disallowed. Incredibly, the hosts would pay the price for the error eight minutes later as the lively Kagawa headed home Sancho's cross.

Die Schwarzgelben were more threatening in the closing stages although Pál Dárdai's men defended bravely. Kraft was forced into some routine saves and Alexander Isak hit the crossbar late on, yet it wasn't enough as it ended 1-1 in Germany's capital.  

Goretzka agrees to Bayern switch

Schalke have confirmed that Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old German international has been a target for a number of European clubs, with his contract with Schalke set to expire.

The former VfL Bochum midfielder passed a medical with Bayern before agreeing to the switch.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said: "Leon Goretzka has earlier this week informed us that he would like to leave the club and join Bayern Munich.

"We noted that with regret. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told us that Leon has passed his medical. We are losing a very good player.

"He has signed a contract from July 1, 2018 with Bayern. We did everything possible to keep Leon."

Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal had all been keen to sign the talented young German.

Dortmund's Durm tears ankle ligament

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that defender Erik Durm is set for another spell on the sidelines after tearing a ligament in his right ankle during training.

The 25-year-old only recently recovered from hip surgery and made the matchday squad for the goalless draw with Wolfsburg on Sunday, but he didn't come off the bench.

Durm is still yet to make a Bundesliga appearance this season due to the hip and ankle injuries, and it's unclear when he will be returning.

"The team has already wished him a speedy recovery," Dortmund said in a statement on their official website on Thursday.

The Germany international has been plagued by injuries over the last few years. He made only 13 league appearances last season due to knee surgery, and was also out of action following another knee operation back in September 2015.