Bundesliga results: Leverkusen beat Hamburger; Cologne earn first point of the season

Hannover 96 0 – 0 FC Cologne
Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 Hamburger SV

Kevin Volland scored a brace as Bayer Leverkusen returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Hamburg at BayArena.
The 25-year-old Germany international opened the scoring midway through the first half as he picked out the bottom corner following Leon Bailey’s headed pass.
Lucas Alario doubled their lead three minutes later — with Bailey again the provider — and Volland completed his double with a close-range effort with seven minutes remaining thanks to Alario’s assist.
The result moves the hosts up five spots to 10th but means a fourth-straight defeat for the visitors, who have dropped a place to 15th.

Cologne collected their first point of the season with a hard-fought goalless Bundesliga draw at Hannover.
The visitors had lost all five of their opening games to make the German top-flight’s worst start since 1962.
They rode their luck, with Salif Sane and Niclas Fullkrug both rattling the crossbar with headers in the first half.
Jhon Cordoba went close for Cologne in the second half but his shot flew narrowly wide.

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Bundesliga results: Aubameyang scores a hat-trick in Dortmund crushing of Gladbach; Hoffeinheim WIN again

Hoffenheim 2 – 0 Schalke 04
Mainz 05 1 – 0 Hertha Berlin
RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
VfB Stuttgart 0 – 0 Augsburg
Werder Bremen 0 – 0 Freiburg
Borussia Dortmund 6 – 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick helped Borussia Dortmund thrash Borussia Monchengladbach to go two points clear in the Bundesliga.
The Gabon striker, 28, opened his scoring on the stroke of half-time, before heading past goalkeeper Tobias Suppel for his second soon after.
Aubameyang completed his hat-trick from a tight angle to secure Dortmund their fifth win from six league games.
Two from Maximilian Philipp and one by Julian Weigl completed the scoring.
Monchengladbach’s goal was by Lars Stindl and was the first Dortmund, whose rivals Bayern Munich drewwith Wolfsburg on Friday, have conceded in the league this season.
On Wednesday, Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games when they beat Hamburg 3-0.

Hoffenheim are also ahead of Bayern in second place, two points behind Dortmund with a 2-0 win over Schalke.
In a match which pitted two of the youngest managers in European football against each other, 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann came out on top against his 32-year-old opposite number Domenico Tedesco.
The hosts racked up their fourth victory from six games in rather easier fashion than their 3-2 comeback success at Mainz on Wednesday, which was crowned by Mark Uth’s injury-time winner.
This time an early goal from 19-year-old Dennis Geiger and a late Lukas Rupp clincher sealed the points.
Geiger scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 13th minute, firing home from 20 yards after good work down the left from Steven Zuber. And Rupp sealed a win that temporarily sent Hoffenheim top of the table until Dortmund won in the late game.

RB Leipzig bounced back from defeat at Augsburg in midweek with a 2-1 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Timo Werner set up new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin to score his second goal since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain and then scored midway through the second half, turning brilliantly and firing inside the far post.
Ante Rebic pulled one back for a nervy finale and the visitors were unlucky not to equalise when Simon Falette hit the post and the rebound came back off Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi’s back before rolling out of play.
Suspended Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita watched his side in an eye-catching dinner jacket with a red top hat.

Pablo De Blasis’ 54th-minute penalty earned Mainz a 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin, who had captain Vedad Ibisevic sent off in the 89th minute for what referee Tobias Stieler said was an insult directed against him.
But the Bosnian insisted he said nothing untoward to the referee and is calling for a lip-reader to prove it. Stieler contended: “I know what I heard.”

Struggling pair Werder Bremen and Freiburg were left still waiting for their first wins of the campaign after a 0-0 draw. Along with bottom side Cologne, who travel to Hannover on Sunday still looking for their first point of the season, they are the only teams yet to win this term.

The match between Stuttgart and Augsburg also finished goalless.

Bundesliga result: Bayern struggle without Neuer – champions blow two-goal lead

Bayern Munich 2 – 2 Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich blew a two-goal lead at home as they were held by Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Wolfsburg, in new coach Martin Schmidt’s second game in charge, survived a couple of early corners, but frustrated their hosts for much of the first half.

After 10 goals in their three games following their shock loss to Hoffenheim, a Bayern side featuring Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Lewandowski struggled to continue that free-scoring form.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty, his 11th goal in nine games this season, and Arjen Robben made it 2-0 with a deflected strike.

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich – deputy for the injured Manuel Neuer – fumbled Maxi Arnold’s 25-yard free-kick into the net.


Daniel Didavi headed in a late equaliser as Bayern stayed second.

Bundesliga results: Dortmund stay perfect to top league; Cologne lose to suffer worst start

FC Cologne 0 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg 1 – 1 Hannover 96
Hamburger SV 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
Hertha Berlin 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Mainz 05 2 – 3 Hoffenheim

Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games as Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg 3-0 to remain top of the table.
Goals from Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic took them to 13 points.
This leaves them a point better off than Bayern Munich, who beat Schalke 3-0 on Tuesday.
The victory was also Dortmund’s 750th in the history of the competition.
Aubameyang, last season’s top Bundesliga scorer, headed against the post from an Andriy Yarmolenko cross before Japan midfielder Kagawa slotted in from close range in the 25th minute.
Aubameyang got on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute, finishing off a quick Dortmund break and he should have scored another when he had only keeper Christian Mathenia to beat soon after.
Pulisic made sure of the three points with his shot going in off the post.

Hoffenheim climbed to third, on 11, after recovering from a two-goal deficit to snatch a 3-2 stoppage-time win at Mainz thanks to Mark Uth’s late winner
Danny Latza and Yoshinori Muto had put Mainz aheadm before Nadien Amiri annd Sandro Wagner drew Hoffenheim level.

Hanover 96 failed to keep pace and dropped to fourth after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
Nil Petersen’s late goal for the host cancelled Martin Harnik’s 65 minute goal.
Niederlechner missed a penalty for Freiburg.

Cologne made it five losses in a row, their worst Bundesliga start in the club’s history, after their 1-0 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt, courtesy of a Sebastien Haller’s first half penalty .

Bayer Leverkusen lost to Hertha Berlin 2-1 at the Olympiastadion.
First half goals by Mathew Lecke and Salomon Kalou ensured that Julian Brandt late goal was a mere consolation.

Bundesliga results: Aubameyang and Max Philipp net braces as Dortmund go top; Leverkusen get first win

Hoffenheim 1 – 1 Hertha Berlin
Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 0 Freiburg
Borussia Dortmund 5 – 0 FC Cologne

  • Borussia Dortmund 5 – 0 FC Cologne

Borussia Dortmund moved top of the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne, who suffered the German top-flight’s worst start since the 1962-63 season.
Cologne have lost all four Bundesliga matches this campaign, have only scored one league goal and have a goal difference of minus 11.
Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp netted twice, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos also scoring.
Cologne’s Europa League game at Arsenal on Thursday was delayed by an hour.
About 20,000 Cologne fans arrived in London for the first match in the group stage despite a ticket allocation of only 2,900, with the Gunners going on to win 3-1.
Dortmund have won three and drew one of their four Bundesliga matches, but did lose 3-1 to Tottenhamin the Champions League on Wednesday.
Cologne want to force a re-match after an irregular goal was wrongfully awarded in their 5-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

    Hoffenheim 1 – 1 Hertha Berlin

    Hoffenheim missed the chance to regain a share of pole position in the Bundesliga on Sunday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hertha Berlin.

    Sandro Wagner’s sixth-minute header, from Andrej Kramaric’s cross, put Hoffenheim on course for their third successive home win.
    However, Alexander Esswein equalised for the capital club 10 minutes into the second half.

    It denied Hoffenheim three points which would have seen them rejoin Hannover at the top of the table and gave Hertha, who struggled away from home last season, their first point on the road in 2017-18.

    • Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 0 Freiburg

    Bayer Leverkusen picked up their first win of the season — and left Freiburg still searching for theirs — with a 4-0 win at the BayArena.
    The damage was done in 13 first-half minutes, as the hosts opened up a three-goal lead.
    Kevin Volland opened the scoring in the 21st minute, Charles Aranguiz doubled the lead seven minutes later, then Volland tapped in his second 11 minutes before half-time.
    Aranguiz then set up Julian Brandt for a fourth goal with three minutes remaining, as Leverkusen moved up to 12th in the table and left Freiburg in the bottom three.

    Bundesliga results: Lewandowski’s double help Bayern destroy Mainz; Schalke win at Bremen

    Hannover 96 2 – 0 Hamburger SV
    Bayern Munich 4 – 0 Mainz 05
    Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 2 Augsburg
    VfB Stuttgart 1 – 0 Wolfsburg
    Werder Bremen 1 – 2 Schalke 04
    RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    • Bayern Munich 4 – 0 Mainz 05

    Robert Lewandowski scored twice on his 100th Bundesliga appearance with Bayern Munich as his side thrashed Mainz.

    The Poland striker has scored 82 goals in the league since signing on a free from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

    His first came on 55 minutes after converting Thomas Muller’s cross, before heading in a second past Rene Adler 13 minutes from time.

    Forward Muller had opened the scoring by drilling in a finish and Arjen Robben doubled their advantage.

    The result provided much relief for Bayern who have had a difficult week, following reports in the Spanish media that Lewandowski was looking for a move to La Liga champions Real Madrid.

    And German football writer Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 livethat Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti will “not see out his contract beyond the summer” and be replaced by Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
    But after the match, Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claims by saying “it is not 1 April”, in reference to April Fool’s Day.

    The champions are second in the league – behind unbeaten Hannover – having been beaten by Hoffenheim in their previous game.

    • Werder Bremen 1 – 2 Schalke 04

    Schalke joined Carlo Ancelotti’s men on nine points after coming from behind to edge out struggling Werder Bremen 2-1 at the Weserstadion.
    Senegal defender Lamine Sane slammed into the net after Ludwig Augustinsson’s header had come back off the post in the 20th minute but the visitors levelled almost immediately through Milos Veljkovic’s own goal.

    It remained that way until eight minutes from time, when a corner was scrambled home by Leon Goretzka, as Bremen were left on one point from their opening four matches.

    • RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Borussia Monchengladbach twice came back from behind to grab a 2-2 draw at 10-man RB Leipzig.
    Timo Werner struck the home side in front after 17 minutes but Thorgan Hazard equalised from the penalty spot eight minutes later.

    Jean Agustin quickly put the home side back in front but the visitors sealed a point when Lars Stindl netted their second midway through the second half.

    Leipzig played the last seven minutes with 10 men after Naby Keita was sent off for a high tackle on Christoph Kramer.

    • Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 2 Augsburg

    Philipp Max’s goal midway through the first half was followed up by substitute Caiuby’s 77th-minute effort as Augsburg claimed a 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, whose goal from on-loan Benfica forward Luka Jovic proved to be a consolation.

    • VfB Stuttgart 1 – 0 Wolfsburg

    Chadrac Akolo’s goal three minutes before half-time gave Stuttgart their second win of the season as they overcame Wolfsburg 1-0.

    Bundesliga results: Bayern beaten by Hoffeinheim; Dortmund held by Freiburg

    Augsburg 3 – 0 FC Cologne
    Borussia Moenchengladbach 0 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
    Freiburg 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund
    Mainz 05 3 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
    Wolfsburg 1 – 1 Hannover 96
    Hoffenheim 2 – 0 Bayern Munich

    • Hoffenheim 2 – 0 Bayern Munich

    Mark Uth scored twice as Hoffenheim inflicted a first Bundesliga defeat on Bayern Munich since April.
    Uth, who scored against Liverpool in their Champions League play-off last month, fired in the opener after Bayern were caught out by a quick throw.

    The striker then added a second with a neat finish from inside the area.
    The defeat was Bayern’s first this season and first in the league for five months, when they also lost to Hoffenheim.

    It was an especially disappointing outcome for Bayern forward Thomas Muller, who was making his 400th appearance for the German champions.

    Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti had rotated his squad, with one eye on next week’s Champions League opener against Anderlecht, and despite sending on Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery for the closing stages, the champions could not find a way back into the match.

    • Freiburg 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

    Ten-man Freiburg halted Dortmund’s promising start to the season in a goalless draw and also added to BVB’s injury list.
    Dortmund defenders Marc Bartra and Marcel Schmelzer both went off in the first half and are doubtful for the Champions League opener at Tottenham on Wednesday.

    Tim Kleindienst had the best early chance for Freiburg but failed in a one-on-one with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.
    Dortmund dominated possession afterward but lost Bartra and then Schmelzer as the home side pulled no punches.

    French midfielder Yoric Ravet was sent off on his Bundesliga debut for a cynical challenge on Schmelzer after referee Benjamin Cortus consulted with his video assistant.

    Cortus at first showed a yellow card but TV replays showed Ravet stamped on Schmelzer’s right ankle.
    Freiburg coach Christian Streich applauded sarcastically, but Schmelzer was unable to continue. He was replaced by new signing Dan-Axel Zagadou.

    Down to 10 men, the hosts sat back, stayed compact and defended with every man they had.
    Dortmund are yet to concede a goal after three games but dropped points for the first time.

    • Wolfsburg 1 – 1 Hannover 96

    Hannover are also unbeaten following their 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg.
    Daniel Didavi’s free kick early in the second half put the home side ahead, but Hannover secured a point with 15 minutes left through a close-range effort from Martin Harnik.

    • Borussia Moenchengladbach 0 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt

    Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach, with a goal on 13 minutes from Kevin-Prince Boateng proving enough for all three points.

    The Ghana midfielder had to go off early in the second half. He received treatment toward the end of the first after receiving a blow from Jannik Vestergaard’s elbow.

    • Mainz 05 3 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Mainz recorded their first Bundesliga win of the season with a 3-1 home success against Bayer Leverkusen.

    Dominik Kohr had put the visitors ahead on 22 minutes but Japan midfielder Yoshinori Muto equalised on the stroke of half-time with an acrobatic effort at the far post.

    Abdou Diallo put Mainz ahead when he nodded in a free-kick just before the hour, with Suat Serdar drilling in a third from 20 yards on 71 minutes.

    • Augsburg 3 – 0 FC Cologne

    Augsburg beat point-less Cologne 3-0 at the WWK Arena where Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason grabbed a hat trick.

    Finnbogason headed the home side into the lead on 21 minutes and doubled the lead 10 minutes later from the penalty spot.

    The Iceland international saw a shot hit the woodwork before completing his treble in stoppage time when slotting in an angled drive after Sergio Cordova’s effort had come back off the base of the far post.

    Bundesliga results: Naby Keita and Timo Werner on target as Leipzig end Hamburger unbeaten run

    Hamburger SV 0 – 2 RB Leipzig

    Second-half goals from Naby Keita and Timo Werner fired RB Leipzig to victory and ending ‘s unbeaten start to the season.

    Liverpool-bound Naby Keita scored a thumping, long-range goal.

    The football flowed and chances were spurned in a high-octane first half at the Volksparkstadion.

    Leipzig forward Jean-Kevin Augustin struck the outside of the post with a deft back heel, before former Leipzig defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos got a crucial block on a goal-bound effort from Willi Orban.

    Hamburger responded with quick-fire efforts from Filip Kostic and Walace, but the pendulum swung back the other way late in the half, with Video Assist reversing a penalty decision against Albin Ekdal after a tangle with Werner.

    Liverpool-bound Naby Keita scored a thumping, long-range goal as RB Leipzig beat Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

    The midfielder, who has agreed to join the Premier League sidefor a club record £48m fee next season, picked the ball up 30 yards out before smashing a finish into the top corner.

    Germany international Timo Werner fired home Leipzig’s second goal.

    Leipzig make their Champions League debut on Wednesday when they host French Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

    Bundesliga results: Leipzig thrash Freiburg; Schalke lose at Hannover

    RasenBallsport Leipzig 4 – 1 Freiburg

    Hannover 96 1 – 0 Schalke 04

    • RasenBallsport Leipzig 4 – 1 Freiburg

    RB Leipzig recovered from a goal down to thrash Freiburg 4-1 and claim their first Bundesliga victory of the season on Sunday.

    Leipzig recovered from a goal down to thrash Freiburg4-1 and claim their first Bundesliga victory of the season on Sunday.

    Following their defeat to Schalke on the opening day of the campaign, last season’s runners-up looked in danger of suffering a second successive loss when Florian Niederlechner gave Freiburg the lead midway through the first half.

    However, the home side turned the game on its head in the second period and were level within three minutes of the restart when Timo Werner headed home from six yards out.

    Willi Orban then fired Leipzig in front on 55 minutes and Werner’s second of the game made the result safe, although the best goal had been saved till last as substitute Bruma scored a sumptuous right-footed volley just two minutes after coming on.

    • Hannover 96 1 – 0 Schalke 04

    Hannover made it two wins from two to go level with Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Hamburg at the top of the Bundesliga as they beat Schalke 1-0 at the HDI Arena on Sunday.

    Jonathas was the hero of the hour for the home side, scoring the crucial goal in the 67th minute after coming on as a substitute.

    Hannover had dominated the match against a Schalke side who struggled to pose much threat of their own despite also having won their opening match, with the visitors grateful to keeper Ralf Fahrmann for a number of good saves.

    Bundesliga results: Bayern, Dortmund WIN

    FC Cologne 1 – 3 Hamburger SV

    Augsburg 2 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 2 Hoffenheim

    Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 1 Wolfsburg VfB

    Stuttgart 1 – 0 Mainz 05

    Werder Bremen 0 – 2 Bayern Munich

    Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Hertha Berlin

    • Werder Bremen 0 – 2 Bayern Munich

    Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the last 20 minutes as Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen for a second win from their first two Bundesliga games.

    Summer signing Corentin Tolisso hit the crossbar early on for the five-times-in-a-row German champions.

    The opener came when Poland star Lewandowski backheeled Kingsley Coman’s cross into the net.

    And he scored his sixth goal in four games this season when he put a shot between the Werder keeper’s legs.

    Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer kept a clean sheet on his return from a broken foot which forced him to miss the last month of last season.

    Thomas Muller – who came on in the 73rd minute and had a hand in Lewandowski’s second – was unhappy at not starting.

    • Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Hertha Berlin

    Borussia Dortmund moved to the top of the Bundesliga table after midfielder Nuri Sahin scored one goal and created another in their 2-0 home win against Hertha Berlin.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring after 15 minutes when he swept in the Turkey international’s low cross from 15 yards for his sixth goal in all competitions.

    Dortmund pushed for a second and went close through Christian Pulisic before Sahin smashed in a half-volley from the edge of the area in the 57th minute to seal the three points and ensure head coach Peter Bosz maintained his 100 per cent record in the league.

    • Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 2 Hoffenheim

    Bayer Leverkusen picked up their first point of the season, despite being pegged back twice by Hoffenheim in a 2-2 draw at the BayArena.

    Leverkusen went ahead through Wendell’s spot-kick after Julian Brandt was felled in the penalty area by Ermin Bicakcic, the Brazilian rifling his effort in off the inside of the left-hand post. Hoffenheim levelled two minutes after the restart when Sandro Wagner found Andrej Kramaric free in the area to slot home, but two minutes later Karim Bellarabi restored the home side’s lead with a fine finish from a tight angle. But Mark Uth earned Julian Nagelsmann’s side a share of the spoils with 20 minutes remaining with an effort which struck the underside of the bar and bounced down over the line.

    Julian Brandt became the youngest Leverkusen player to reach 100 Bundesliga games on Saturday.

    • Stuttgart 1 – 0 Mainz 05

    Former Bayern defender Holger Badstuber scored only the second Bundesliga goal of his career as Stuttgart beat Mainz 1-0.

    The centre-back powered a header home from Dennis Aogo’s corner in the 53rd minute to secure the points. The margin of victory could have been even greater had striker Simon Terodde not missed an 80th-minute penalty.

    • Augsburg 2 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Sergio Cordova scored a late equaliser to earn Augsburg their first point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

    The hosts took the lead in the first minute when Alfred Finnbogason’s neat turn and finish found the bottom left corner, but Gladbach levelled six minutes later through Denis Zakaria’s composed strike.

    Oscar Wendt headed the visitors into the lead when he pounced on the rebound folllowing Patrick Herrmann’s effort on the half-hour mark before Cordova converted Marcel Heller’s cross with one minute remaining.

    • Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 1 Wolfsburg VfB

    Wolfsburg secured their first league win of the season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    Daniel Didavi scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute when swept in Josuha Guilavogui’s cross following a swift break.

    • FC Cologne 1 – 3 Hamburger SV

    Bobby Woodwas on target as Hamburg maintained their winning start to the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a comfortable victory over Cologne on Friday.

    Bundesliga results: Nico Elvedi lone strike help Gladbach edge Cologne; Stalemate at Freiburg

    Freiburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 – 0 FC Cologne

    • Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 – 0 FC Cologne

    Borussia Monchengladbach kicked off their new Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 home win over rivals Cologne thanks to Nico Elvedi’s 49th-minute strike.

    The hosts started brightly at Borussia-Park with Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Lars Stindl all going close early on, although Jhon Cordoba also threatened for the visitors on two occasions before the break.

    However, Borussia finished the half strongly with Elvedi and Hazard both passing up late chances.

    They eventually took the lead four minutes into the second half when Elvedi fired home from inside the penalty area, and Raffael might have doubled their advantage six minutes later, but went agonisingly wide.

    Cologne responded with Leonardo Bittencourt and Cordoba going close in quick succession, but Stindl forced Timo Horn to make a 71st-minute save with the game approaching a tense conclusion.

    Milos Jojic might have snatched an equaliser 14 minutes from time, but there proved to be no way back for the visitors.

    • Freiburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

    Sebastien Haller struck the crossbar as Eintracht Frankfurt came close to victory at Freiburg.

    The striker hit the woodwork with a right-foot shot 36 minutes into a game of few clear-cut chances which ultimately ended 0-0.

    Defender Simon Falette had earlier headed just wide for the visitors, although Lukas Hradecky had to save from Freiburg’s Tim Kleindienst on the stroke of half-time.

    Marc-Oliver Kempf went close for the home side four minutes after the restart and Kevin-Prince Boateng almost broke the deadlock at the other end with 21 minutes remaining, but there was no separating the teams.

    Bundesliga results: Dortmund beat Wolfsburg; Leipzig lose at Schalke

    Hamburger SV 1 – 0 Augsburg

    Hertha Berlin 2 – 0 VfB Stuttgart

    Hoffenheim 1 – 0 Werder Bremen

    Mainz 05 0 – 1 Hannover 96

    Wolfsburg 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund

    Schalke 04 2 – 0 RasenBallsport Leipzig

    • Wolfsburg 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund

    Mario Gotze set up the opening goal in his first start in nine months as Borussia Dortmund began the Bundesliga season with a stylish win at Wolfsburg.

    Germany attacking midfielder Gotze had not played since being ruled out earlier this yearfor an indefinite time period because of “metabolic disturbances”, but impressed as he played for just over an hour.

    The 25-year-old made an early impact, teeing up American teenager Christian Pulisic who fired in from the edge of the box.

    Dortmund, without France winger Ousmane Dembele amid interest from Barcelona,doubled their lead when centre-back Marc Bartra popped up on the left edge of Wolfsburg’s penalty area, beautifully bending into the far top corner.

    Eighteen-year-old Pulisic, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, turned provider after the break when he drilled across the home goal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to convert at the far post.

    It was the perfect start for new manager Peter Bosz, who left Ajax to replace Thomas Tuchel earlier this summer.

    • Schalke 04 2 – 0 RasenBallsport Leipzig

    Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty and a cool finish from Yevhen Konoplyanka handed Schalke a 2-0 home win over Leipzig.

    New coach Domenico Tedesco enjoyed a victory in his maiden Bundesliga tie in charge of Schalke, with the hosts able to control the majority of the contest.

    Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig were unable to pick up where they left off last term, with ex-Spurs man Bentaleb showing no mercy from the spot to hand his side the lead just before the break.

    And when Amine Harit laid on a neat through-ball midway through the second half, Konoplyanka did the rest, curling home in style to seal the victory.

    • Hertha Berlin 2 – 0 VfB Stuttgart

    Mathew Leckie scored twice on his league debut for Hertha Berlin to beat promoted Stuttgart 2-0 at home.

    The Australia forward, who joined from Ingolstadt in this summer, eluded a defender with a clever flick and finished in style just after the restart, and then blasted home after Stuttgart failed to clear a corner.

    • Hoffenheim 1 – 0 Werder Bremen

    Andrej Kramaric scored late for Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen 1-0 at home.

    • Hamburger SV 1 – 0 Augsburg

    Nicolai Muller’s first-half goal was enough for Hamburg to beat visiting Augsburg 1-0, but it came at a price as he injured himself while celebrating.

    Muller, arguably Hamburg’s best performer last season, fired the side into an early lead — although Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz should have done better — but then had to go off after twisting his knee while celebrating.

    • Mainz 05 0 – 1 Hannover 96

    Hannover celebrated their return to the league with a 1-0 win at Mainz.

    Bundesliga result: Newcomers Sule and Tolisso bag debut goals to help Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayern munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayern Munich’s newcomers opened the Bundesliga in style as the defending champions beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in heavy rain on Friday night.

    Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso scored their first goals for Bayern since joining the club this summer, before Robert Lewandowski added a third from a penalty that was only given after a video review.

    After Tolisso saw a hard shot saved at the near post in the opening stages, Sule opened the scoring in the ninth minute as he rose highest to head home Sebastian Rudy’s cross from a set piece.

    Leverkusen nearly equalised three minutes later but Sven Ulreich, still deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer, stuck out a boot to deny Admir Mehmedi.

    But the hosts quickly regained control and doubled their lead on 18 minutes following a corner.

    Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only punch the ball out as far as Arturo Vidal, who immediately lofted the ball back into the six-yard box for Tolisso to head in.

    The former Lyon man nearly added a second goal five minutes later only for the ball to come back off the post.

    By that time the rain was coming down in sheets, and half-time was extended by 15 minutes to wait out the inclement weather.

    A video assistant referee (VAR) system was available for the first time in Bundesliga history, and it worked perfectly to award Bayern a penalty early in the second half.

    Lewandowski was clearly pulled down by Charles Aranguiz as he chased a cross into the box, and the referee on the pitch awarded a spot-kick after consulting with the off-site VAR.

    The striker converted it himself to put Bayern 3-0 up in the 53rd minute.

    Leverkusen squandered a gilt-edged chance soon afterward as Ulreich saved Julian Brandt’s shot and Dominik Kohr’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Joshua Kimmich.

    But the visitors were able to convert on their next opportunity in the 65th minute as Mehmedi launched a first-time rocket into the top corner inside the near post.

    Kohr flicked a header just wide after a set piece that could have reduced the deficit to one, but Bayern held on to begin the season with three points.

    Bayern have won 18 and drawn five since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

    Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who were missing a host of key players through injury, extending their unbeaten home run to a 23rd league match. Bayern have won 18 and drawn five since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

    Bayern Munich let new signing Serge Gnabry join Hoffenheim on a season-long loan 

    ​Serge Gnabry has joined Hoffenheim on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

    The Germany international, who left Arsenal for Werder Bremen last August before joining Bayern earlier this summer, is being loaned to Hoffenheim until June 2018.

    A statement on Bayern’s official website said: “Serge Gnabry is moving from Bayern Munich to fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan with immediate effect.

    “The 22-year-old, who played for Werder Bremen last season and signed a three-year deal at Bayern in June, is being loaned out to the Europa League participants for one year until 30 June 2018.”

    Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the move came due to Gnabry’s desire for more playing time.

    “Serge expressed a wish to go out on loan for a year in order to get more match experience,” Rummenigge said.

    “He’s guaranteed to get that at a high level in Hoffenheim. After a year Serge will return to FC Bayern.

    “On behalf of the club I wish Serge Gnabry all the best in Hoffenheim and also thank Hoffenheim for the earnest and constructive discussions which led to this agreement.”

    Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal

    ​Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy.
    The deal for the player is reportedly worth €5million a season and the club have the option to buy in 2019 for €35.2m.

    The Colombia international’s future at the Bernabeu had been in doubt after he was left out of Real’s squad for the Champions League final win over Juventus last month.

    A statement on Bayern’s official website read: “FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have agreed on the transfer of Colombian national player James Rodriguez to the German champions on Tuesday.

    “The two clubs agreed on a  two-year loan deal until June 30, 2019 with a following purchase option for FC Bayern Munich.

    “James Rodriguez will sign his contract in Munich after successfully completing the compulsory medical check.”

    The 25-year-old, who signed a  six-year contract at Real when he joined from Monaco for £71m in July 2014, made just 22 appearances in La Liga last season.
    He had been linked with a summer move to both Premier League champions Chelsea as well as Manchester United.
    His agent is also believed to have offered him to Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus.

    “We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

    “Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.

    “James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”

    James has won the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup twice as well as the La Liga title since moving to the Bernabeu.
    He made 111 appearances for Real, scoring 36 goals and producing 41 assists.

    Bayern boss Carlos Ancelotti worked with Rodriguez during what was probably his most productive season at the Bernabeu – his debut campaign in 2014-15 – and he will hope to get the best out of the 25-year-old once more.

    Matthias Ginter leaves Dortmund for Moenchengladbach 

    Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the transfer of Germany international Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund, pending a medical.

    The 23-year-old defender joins the Foals on a four-year contract for a reported transfer fee of €17 million plus add-ons.

    The centre-back, who at Dortmund also played in holding midfield and at right-back, had also been linked with Hoffenheim and Tottenham Hotspur.

    “Matthias Ginter approached us with his wish to leave the club because of the competition in our defense, and meet with his wish,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club’s official website.

    Having joined Dortmund from Freiburg as an unused member of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, Ginter never really settled at the Westfalenstadion despite making a total of 103 appearances in all competitions.

    Ginter has won 14 caps for Germany, and featured for Die Nationalmannschaft in their recent triumphant Confederations Cup campaign. He played the entirety of every match except for the first group stage game against Australia.

    The defender also won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Germany.

    Bayern Munich sign midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon

    Bayern Munich have signed Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.

    Tolisso, 22, can play in a number of positions across midfield, both defensive and attacking, and came through the ranks at Lyon since age 13.

    Last season, he scored 14 goals and provided seven assists as Lyon qualified for the Champions League and his performances also reportedly attracted interest from Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

    The versatile central midfielder, who has Togolese roots, passed a medical at Bayern’s Sabenerstrasse HQ in Munich on Wednesday and penned a four and a half year deal that will keep him at the Bundesliga champions until 2022.

    “I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I’m really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have great aims for my time at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me,” he told Bayern’s official website.
    Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign such a young and interesting player ahead of stiff competition from abroad. Corentin Tolisso was Carlo Ancelotti’s wish for our midfield.”

    Tolisso becomes Bayern’s fourth signing of the summer after Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy arrived from Hoffenheim and Serge Gnabry joined from Werder Bremen.

    Bayern Munich  sign former  Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry  from Werder Bremen 

    Bayern Munich have announced that they have agreed to sign Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen.

    Gnabry, 21, will pen a three-year deal at Bayern, with Bremen having announced earlier this week that he had triggered a release clause in his contract after just one season at the club.

    The Germany international, who scored 11 goals for Bremen last season, joined the club from Arsenal in the summer of 2016.

    A Bayern statement read: “FC Bayern Munich have agreed the transfer of Serge Gnabry with Werder Bremen. Gnabry, 21, will sign a three-year contract at FC Bayern.”

    Excited Gnabry said: “It’s a great honour to become part of FC Bayern. It’s going to be an exciting time and one that I’m very much looking forward to,” he told Bayern’s official website.

    Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl, appoint 31 year old Dominico Tedesco 

    Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

    Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

    Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

    The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim’s academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga with 20 points from 11 matches. He previously coached the junior ranks at Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
    Tedesco becomes the second-youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues, after Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman, who is 29. They are followed by 37-year-olds Manuel Baum of Augsburg and Alexander Nouri of Werder Bremen, giving the Bundesliga the four youngest managers among the top leagues.
    “Tedesco does not yet have a lot of experience in the professional field, but he convinced us in the talks about how he wants to shape the sporting future at Schalke. Like many other clubs, we are settling on a very young and very innovative coach,” sporting director Christian Heidel said.
    “We examined the whole season to establish the basis for a possible successful coming season for Schalke. The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want,” said Heidel, who said the decision against Weinzierl was “not easy.”

    Former Bayern star Willy Sagnol appointed as Ancelotti’s assistant


    Former Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol is Carlo Ancelotti’s new assistant, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

    Sagnol, 40, became a firm fans’ favourite during nine years at the club, during which time he won the Bundesliga five times and the DFB Pokal four times as well as the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

    The former France international, who left his position as head coach at Bordeaux in March 2016, has signed a two-year deal with Bayern.

    Sagnol, who played for the club between 2000 and 2009, said: “I’m pleased to return to Munich with my family. It is a great honour, Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best and most experienced coaches in world football chose me. I’m happy to work alongside him on his team.”

    Sagnol speaks excellent German and has a working knowledge of English, Spanish and Italian. Ancelotti’s son, Davide, will continue his duties in an assistant coaching role.
    Ancelotti commented on Sagnol’s appointment saying: “After losing two of my assistants, firstly Paul Clement and then Hermann Gerland, from my training staff, I expressed the desire to sign a replacement for the coming season.”

    Former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry set to leave Werder Bremen after one season

    Serge Gnabry will leave Werder Bremen after just one season after triggering a release clause in his contract, with a move to Hoffenheim reported.

    Gnabry, 21, joined Bremen from Arsenal last summer, and impressed during his debut season in the Bundesliga.

    However, the Germany international dropped down the pecking order toward the end of the season following injury problems earlier in 2017.

    “Serge has told us that he wants to make the next step in his career following his very good first year at Werder,” Bremen sporting executive Frank Baumann said. “He therefore will trigger a release clause and leave the club at the end of this month.”
    In a statement posted on Instagram, Gnabry wrote: “Werder Bremen are indeed a special club and have surpassed my expectations. I was handed the chance to prove myself here and I am very thankful for it.”

    He added: “But my path will continue elsewhere. And I will reveal where another time. Today, it’s important to me to say Thank You! I will keep Werder in my heart.”

    Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 


    Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

    Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

    Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

    Dortmund’s  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Robert Lewandowski to the Torjagerkanone on final day

    ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s two goals on the final day of the Bundesliga season saw him beat Robert Lewandowski to finish as the division’s top scorer, an accolade known as the Torjagerkanone.

    Lewandowski, who played the full game but failed to score as Bayern Munich ran out 4-1 winners against Freiburg, ended the season on 30 goals.

    While Aubameyang, whose brace in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen ensured a third-place finish, managed 31 over the campaign.

    Dortmund’s victory means they qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

    “The Torjagerkanone means a lot to me,” Aubameyang, who started the day a goal behind Lewandowski, said. “It was a great effort — made by the whole team.

    Lewandowski’s 30 goals included three hat tricks and eight doubles as Bayern won the Bundesliga for a fifth consecutive season, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig.

    Although Dortmund were not as successful overall, Aubameyang proved more deadly in front of goal. The Gabon international scored four goals in the 5-2 win over Hamburg in November but did not notch a hat trick and only produced six doubles.

    That means 25 of Lewandowski’s goals came in 11 games, and he only scored in 16 of the 33 games he played in the Bundesliga compared with Aubameyang who scored in 22 of his 32 appearances.

    Bundesliga results  – Final day – Beer-fest as Bayern stars Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm retire; Hamburger survive relegation

    ​Borussia Dortmund 4 – 3 Werder Bremen

    Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Darmstadt

    Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig

    FC Cologne 2 – 0 Mainz 05

    Hamburger SV 2 – 1 Wolfsburg

    Hertha Berlin 2 – 6 Bayer Leverkusen

    Hoffenheim 0 – 0 Augsburg

    Ingolstadt 1 – 1 Schalke 04

    Bayern Munich 4 – 1 Freiburg

    • Bayern Munich 4 – 1 Freiburg

    Xabi Alonso brought the curtain down on his glittering career in style with an assist in his final match as a professional footballer.

    Alonso, club captain Philipp Lahm and reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke all started their last matches in club football as Bayern Munich closed the season with a 4-1 win against Freiburg at the Allianz Arena.

    Arjen Robben opened the scoring early, but there were to be no further goals until Arturo Vidal scored in the final 20 minutes.

    Nils Petersen pulled one back against his former side, before Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich completed the scoring in added time.

    • ​Borussia Dortmund 4 – 3 Werder Bremen

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late penalty sealed a 4-3 win for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen to guarantee them direct qualification into the Champions League group stages for next season. Hoffenheim, who could only draw at home with Augsburg 0-0, will enter via the qualifiers.

    Zlatko Junozovic had put Bremen ahead in the 7th minute before Marco Reus and Aubameyang, with goals in the 32nd and 42nd minutes, had Thomas Tuchel’s men ahead at the break.

    However, Fin Bartels and Max Kruse scored to put Bremen back in front before Reus and Aubameyang both scored from the spot in the 75th and 89th minutes to secure victory.

    • Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig

    Leipzig lost a 2-0 lead in the final seven minutes of their final game, as Jesus Vallejo and Danny Blum scored to earn Eintracht Frankfurta 2-2 draw.

    Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen had put Leipzig in charge as they completed a fairytale debut campaign in the top flight.

    • Hoffenheim 0 – 0 Augsburg

    Hoffenheim drew 0-0 with Augsburg to finish fourth.

    • FC Cologne 2 – 0 Mainz 05

    Yuya Osako scored one and set up another as Cologne beat Mainz 2-0 to qualify for the Europa League.

    Osako laid on a goal for Jonas Hector two minutes before half-time before getting his name on the scoresheet with three minutes of the game remaining to help Cologne finish fifth.

    • Hertha Berlin 2 – 6 Bayer Leverkusen

    Hertha Berlin sealed the other Europa League place, despite losing 6-2 against Bayer Leverkusen.

    Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Kai Havertz (2), Stefan Kiessling, Charles Aranguiz and Joel Pohjanpalo all scored for Leverkusen, while Mitchell Weiser and Sami Allagui scored late consolations for Hertha.

    • Hamburger SV 2 – 1 Wolfsburg

    Luca Waldschmidt scored a late winner to condemn Wolfsburg to Bundesliga’s relegation play-off spot and help Hamburg escape another dice with the drop.

    Wolfsburg, who lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals last year, must tackle a team from Germany’s second tier to determine their Bundesliga fate.

    They face a two-legged play-off against the third-placed side in Bundesliga 2 – who were Eintracht Braunschweig ahead of Sunday’s final round of fixtures.

    Needing victory to avoid the play-off after starting the final game in the bottom three, Hamburg snatched victory with Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute winner.

    Robin Knoche had put Wolfsburg ahead but Filip Kostic levelled, and Waldschmidt delighted the Hamburg support when he headed in.

    • Ingolstadt 1 – 1 Schalke 04

    Ingolstadt bowed out of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke.

    Schalke took the lead in the second minute through Donis Avdijaj, but Pascal Gross levelled for Ingolstadt from the penalty spot.

    Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli saw red, but Dario Lezcano missed the resulting penalty.

    • Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Darmstadt

    Already-relegated Darmstadt drew 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Darmstadt came from behind twice through Sven Schipplock and Marcel Heller to level after goals by Thorgan Hazard and Raffael.

    Bundesliga results – Schalke beaten by Freiburg; Stalemate between Hamburg and Mainz

    ​Hamburger SV 0 – 0 Mainz 05

    Freiburg 2 – 0 Schalke 04



    • Freiburg 2 – 0 Schalke 04

    Freiburg defeated Schalke 2-0 with both goals coming from Florian Niederlechner, with his first arriving on 22 minutes, before slotting home a 31st minute penalty.
    The victors moved up from eighth to fifth, on 47 points, with Schalke remaining in 10th, with 41 points.

    • ​Hamburger SV 0 – 0 Mainz 05

    Hamburg made the brighter start of the two sides in the first of just two Bundesliga games on Sunday.

    But it was the visitors who went close to opening the scoring on just seven minutes as Jhon Cordoba drew a fine save from Christian Mathenia before the Mainz keeper got to the rebound just ahead of Yoshinori Muto. 

    There was little in the way of goalmouth action through much of the rest of the first half, with Lewis Holtby doing his best to keep Hamburg ticking over.

    The hosts were denied a penalty on 39 minutes as Aron Hunt went down easily in the box before Mathenia expertly denied Cordoba at the other end, as he powered in a stunning drive.

    Both sides ultimately had to settle for a point, leaving Hamburg in 16th on 34 points and Mainz in 15th, also on 34 points.

    ​BundesLiga result -Hamburger win Leverkusen

    Hamburger SV 1 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen
    Hamburger SV secured a crucial three points in their fight to avoid relegation thanks to on-loan defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ header against his parent club Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
    Both sides began this match with a number of changes and the knowledge that defeat was not an option. There was no real flow to the first half of the game as Hamburg were only able to threaten from two free-kicks, which forced Bernd Lenointo two routine saves from Mergim Mavraj. The only chance from open play fell to USMNT striker Bobby Wood, but he was promptly closed down by Kevin  Kamplwhen free inside the Leverkusen box. At the other end,Die Werkselffailed to register a single first-half effort on Rene  Adler’s goal despite their superior possession.
    Leverkusen brought on Stefan Kiesling for Julian  Baumgartlinger for the start of the second half.
    The game looked to be heading towards a goalless draw until Papadopoulos put a powerful header past Leno with 15 minutes to go to leave his parent club in all sorts of trouble. Kießling again came closest for Leverkusen when his header hit the crossbar, but the visitors never did enough on the night.

    Bundesliga results

    Javier Hernandez scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen left Hannover languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga after a 3-0 win.
    Stefan Kiessling headed the hosts in front just after half-time, having previously hit the post, and two goals from Hernandez completed the victory for Roger Schmidt’s side.
    A foul by Hiroki Sakai on Kiessling on the hour mark enabled Leverkusen to double their lead with Hernandez stepping up to convert the resultant penalty.
    Hernandez netted his 13th goal of the season when the Mexican international held off his marker before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner of Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, lifting Leverkusen up to fourth and into the Champions League positions.

    Borussia Dortmund left it late to beat Ingolstadt 2-0 and reduce the arrears on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to five points on Saturday.
    A late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace earned Thomas Tuchel’s men all three points, but not without a struggle against a strong Ingolstadt side.
    Aubameyang finally broke the deadlock with just over 10 minutes remaining, heading in Lukasz Piszczek’s cross from six yards out, albeit from an offside position.
    Aubameyang’s 20th goal of the season five minutes from time finished Ingolstadt off as this time he timed his run to leave no doubts about being offside before sliding a low shot into the far corner.
    Dortmund gave a professional debut to American midfielder Christian Pulisic as the 17-year-old came on in the 68th minute.

    Werder Bremen came from behind to snatch a point off high-flying Hertha Berlin in a 3-3 thriller at the Weser Stadion.
    Vladimir Darida and Marvin Plattenhardt put the visitors in the driving seat before half-time, but Fin Bartels gave the hosts hope midway through the second half.
    Salomon Kalou restored Hertha’s two-goal lead, but a Claudio Pizarro penalty and a header from Santiago Garcia enabled Bremen to take a point from the Bundesliga clash.

    Schalke climbed to fifth thanks to a 2-0 win over Darmstadt.
    Leroy Sane’s determination in hooking the ball back into play from the goalline was rewarded as the ball finally fell for Max Meyer to put the visitors in front just before half-time.
    Sane made it 2-0 himself early in the second half, coolly slotting the ball past Christian Mathenia to seal a comfortable victory.

    Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt had to settle for a point apiece in a goalless draw in Bavaria with the hosts grateful to their goalkeeper for preventing worse.
    Marwin Hitz almost single-handedly kept Frankfurt at bay, making the most spectacular of saves on the hour mark to deny Alexander Meier from close range with a one-handed reflex stop.

    In the day’s late game, Stuttgart made it two wins out of two in 2016 with a dramatic but deserved 2-1 victory over Hamburg at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
    Artem Kravets, a new loan arrival from Dynamo Kiev, grabbed an 88th-minute clincher for the home side whose dominance was rewarded.

    Augsburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
    Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 Hannover 96
    Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Ingolstadt
    Darmstadt 0 – 2 Schalke 04
    Werder Bremen 3 – 3 Hertha Berlin
    VfB Stuttgart 2 – 1 Hamburger SV

    Javier Hernandez wins Bundesliga Player Of The Month award again

    Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been named Bundesliga player of the month for December, the second consecutive month that the Mexican international has received the honour.
    Hernandez scored five times for Leverkusen in December, or once every 52 minutes — the best rate in the league.

    That man again! @bayer04_enstar @CH14_is Player of the Month for December! More here: https://t.co/ArrVQpz5sY pic.twitter.com/MzGkT6g9LB—

    Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_EN) December 30, 2015

    Hernandez, 27, completed a hat trick in his side’s 5-0 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach and added a goal each against Hertha Berlin and Ingolstadt.

    The former Manchester United man also scored in all five games that Leverkusen played in December, including a Champions League draw against Barcelona and a German Cup win over Unterhaching.
    He has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga and 19 in all competitions since joining his new club in the summer.

    It is the first time a Mexican will be winning the award back to back.

    Bundesliga Results

    Bayern Munich moved eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga thanks to a 1-0 win over Hannover at the Niedersachsenstadion.
    Thomas Muller’s penalty was all that was needed for Pep Guardiola’s men to extend their advantage at the top going into the second half of the season.

    Cologne came from behind to deal Borussia Dortmund’s title hopes a blow with a 2-1 win at the Mungersdorferstadion.
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed Dortmund in front, but Simon Zoller crowned a sustained period of Cologne pressure by bringing them level before Anthony Modeste netted the winner in the last minute, denying Dortmund a point and seeing them slip eight points behind Bayern.

    Bayer Leverkusen picked up maximum points from a 1-0 win at Ingolstadt.
    Javier Hernandez continued his impressive season with the match-winning goal.

    Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Werder Bremen 2-1 and move ahead of their opponents.
    Claudio Pizarro gave Bremen the lead with his second league goal of the season, and one which was well worth waiting for. The Peruvian is the Bundesliga’s all-time top foreign goalscorer. Bremen’s lead lasted little over a minute, though, before Alexander Meier nodded Frankfurt level from close range.
    Stefan Aigner’s first goal of the season — a delicate lob over Felix Wiedwald — put the hosts in front early in the second half, and they held on to climb above Bremen and away from immediate relegation danger.

    Stuttgart moved out of the bottom three thanks to a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg — their first victory in six.
    Maximilian Arnold gave the visitors the lead, but an inspirational Daniel Didavi brought the Swabians level before Filip Kostic put them in front.
    The hosts wasted several chances before Didavi gave them a cushion they would not throw away with his second of the game early in the second half.
    Augsburg brought a positive end to the biggest year in the club’s history with a 1-0 win at Hamburg lifting them to 12th, their highest position of the season.
    The Bavarians qualified for Europe for the first time back in May, but their Bundesliga season had seemingly suffered from Europa League football.

    Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen

    FC Cologne 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

    Hamburger SV 0-1 Augsburg

    Hannover 96 0-1 Bayern Munich

    Ingolstadt 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    VfB Stuttgart 3-1 Wolfsburg

    Bundesliga Results

    Moenchengladbach players celebrating in their 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt
    Moenchengladbach players celebrating in their 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt

    Bayern Munich made history by becoming the first club to start the Bundesliga with nine victories, as Thomas Muller’s 24th minute goal -his ninth of the season- earned the Bavarian giants a 1-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

    Bayern restored their seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund — who had beaten Mainz 2-0 on Friday — with their 999th Bundesliga victory.

    Max Kruse scored his first Bundesliga hat trick as Wolfsburg got back to winning ways by beating Hoffenheim 4-2.

    Bas Dost was also on target as they gave Wolfsburg the lead, but Jeremy Toljan and Jonathan Schmid to get the visitors back on level terms.

    But Kruse then took matters into his own hands with two more goals to earn the hosts all three points and a much-needed fillip.

    A late Max Meyer goal earned Schalke all three points in a 2-1 win against Hertha Berlin, who played most of the game with only 10 men.

    Benedikt Howedes headed Schalke in front in the 27th minute, 10 minutes after Vedad Ibisevic had been dismissed for the guests.

    Salomon Kalou punished Schalke for failing to add to their lead, but Meyer popped up in stoppage time to earn the hosts all three points and take them back to within a point of second-placed Dortmund.

    Hamburg had Rene Adler to thank as they held Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw at the Volksparkstadion.

    The former Germany international, making his return between the posts after injury, kept Leverkusen at bay with a series of excellent saves as the northern Germany side picked up a precious point at home to the Werkself.

    Darmstadt won 2-0 at Augsburg. Sandro Wagner gave the visitors the lead with his third goal of the season, a far-post header from a corner which Marwin Hitz was only able to help on its way in.

    Peter Niemeyer made it two from another corner, after Luca Caldirola’s shot was parried by Hitz.

    Borussia Monchengladbach made it four wins out of four under the guidance of caretaker coach Andre Schubert, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 at the Waldstadion to continue their rise up the Bundesliga.

    Raffael gave the Foals the lead in the 16th minute when he was on hand to turn the ball in after Lars Stindl’s shot was only parried by Lukas Hradecky.

    Frankfurt levelled on the half-hour mark when Yann Sommer fouled Luc Castaignos inside the penalty area, and Alexander Meier slotted in his fifth of the season from the spot.

    Mahmoud Dahoud restored Gladbach’s lead five minutes into the second half with a shot which took a wicked deflection off David Abraham to leave Hradecky with no chance in the Frankfurt goal.

    Fabian Johnson hit the post and Lars Stindl sent the rebound wide with the goal gaping, but Raffael showed them both how it should be done to double his side’s lead in the 57th minute.

    Andre Hahn then completed the scoring with a late brace, first netting from the penalty spot after Dahoud had his route to goal blocked unfairly and then scoring from the same position with a moving ball to complete the rout.

    Augsburg 0 – 2 Darmstadt

    Hamburger SV 0 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Schalke 04 2 – 1 Hertha Berlin

    Werder Bremen 0 – 1 Bayern Munich

    Wolfsburg 4 – 2 Hoffenheim

    Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 5 Borussia Moenchengladbach