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Stuttgart players have nowhere to hide after Augsburg hit them for six | Andy Brassell

Thomas Hitzlsperger has put the responsibility on players to get the club out of trouble after sacking Markus Weinzierl As Markus Weinzierl made his way into the WWK Arena on Saturday, his mood appeared to match the sun seeping through the rafters, as …

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Bayern recover from 13-second own goal to beat Augsburg and close gap at top

• Bayern win 3-2 and are two points behind Borussia Dortmund• Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’s 3-0 defeat of FrosinoneBayern Munich twice came from a goal down to beat Augsburg 3-2, courtesy of Kingsley Coman’s two goals, and cut the gap with the…

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Bayern Munich seal sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with win over Augsburg

Bayern Munich clinched a sixth successive Bundesliga title with five games to spare on Saturday by winning 4-1 win at Augsburg despite falling behind to a bizarre own goal. Bayern’s celebrations looked in danger of being delayed when the ball went into…

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Tayfun Korkut the unlikely architect of Stuttgart’s revival | Andy Brassell

Less than a month after what seemed a deeply underwhelming appointment, it has begun to seem a brighter future is possibleThe fabled ‘new manager bounce’ is one thing. Stuttgart winning away, though? That’s something else entirely and after a first vic…

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Ademola Lookman slips and slides from Everton into Leipzig’s affections | Andy Brassell

Ralph Hasenhüttl has belief in the match-winning debutant who ‘only brought one pair of boots with him from England’It could have been all so different for Diego Forlán. So he thought, at least. Some years back he famously told an interviewer the tale …

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European roundup: James Rodríguez inspires Bayern to Bundesliga summit

• On loan Real Madrid forward scores and assists in 3-0 win at Schalke
• Internazionale go top of Serie A despite surrendering 100% record

James Rodríguez made a stunning full debut for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga champions returned to top spot for at least 24 hours with a 3-0 win at Schalke, while there was a change of leadership in Serie A, too, though Internazionale will be far less happy with only drawing 1-1 at Bologna, surrendering their 100% record.

For Bayern, Rodríguez scored one goal and had a hand in both the others as his side continued to ease the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach came under fire after a recent loss at Hoffenheim but Tuesday’s result means Bayern have responded by scoring 10 goals without reply in their last three games.

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Carlo Ancelotti laments Bayern’s off-day as 2-2 Mainz draw gives RB Leipzig hope

• ‘We should have done better,’ says Bayern coach
• Second-placed RB Leipzig play Schalke on Sunday

Carlo Ancelotti, the Bayern Munich coach, admitted his side had an off-day in a 2-2 home draw against struggling Mainz which gave second-placed RB Leipzig a glimmer of hope.

Related: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Real Madrid win over Bayern Munich

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Bundesliga roundup: Robert Lewandowski hat-trick keeps Bayern Munich in control

• Bayern stay 13 points clear at top after demolishing Augsburg 6-0
• RB Leipzig hammer Darmstadt 4-0 but Dortmund held to Ruhr derby draw

The Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich demolished Augsburg 6-0 with the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick to protect their 13-point advantage over second-placed RB Leipzig who beat bottom club Darmstadt 98 4-0 on Saturday.

The Bavarians, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League last eight this month, remained firmly on track for a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga crown with yet another dominant performance.

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Bundesliga roundup: Dembélé on target but Dortmund are held again

• Third league draw in row for Thomas Tuchel’s side as Augsburg hold on
• Leaders Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig meet on Wednesday

Ousmane Dembélé ensured Borussia Dortmund ended 2016 with an unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga but their 1-1 draw against Augsburg on Tuesday left them nine points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, who face each other on Wednesday , going into the mid-winter break.

Thomas Tuchel’s side missed a stack of chances in being held to their third successive league draw and went behind in the 33rd minute when the South Korea international Ji Dong-won beat goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller at the second attempt after a swift counterattack.

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Liverpool set to complete £4.2m deal for Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg

• Manager Jürgen Klopp looking for defensive reinforcements
• Reds welcome back Philippe Coutinho in 2-0 friendly win over Wigan

Liverpool are set to bolster their defence with the £4.2m signing of the Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan.

Following achilles injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez and the loss of Martin Skrtel, recently sold to Fenerbahce, and Kolo Touré (released) the manager, Jürgen Klopp, is keen to bring in the 30-year-old to give him more options.

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Managing peak Schalke: media madness, money and messy misunderstandings | Raphael Honigstein

After defeat to Bayern, André Breitenreiter was again quizzed about his job, prompting a messy backlash that only served to darken the clouds over the club

Sky Deutschland were berated for showing “a lack of respect” at the weekend and it was hard to disagree: inflicting the heinous Heino as a guest on the unsuspecting viewers of its Sky90 talk show on Sunday night must rank as an all-time low for German football television (although this cringe-tastic aberration cannot be far behind).

Related: Robert Lewandowski sinks Schalke to push Bayern Munich closer to title

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Thomas Tuchel’s extras elevate Borussia Dortmund above the ordinary

Dortmund’s winning habit continued at Augsburg, but their success is built on their manager’s devotion to discipline, politeness and reading the right books

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s unbelievable self-destruction away to Schalke on Friday night aside (“an epic battle that looked like the gods were having fun up on Mount Olympus,” Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote after the Royal Blues’ grotesquely fortunate 2-1 win), Bundesliga match day 27 was rather low on unexpected results and sensational matches. And no, Hamburger SV losing 3-1 at home to TSG Hoffenheim doesn’t really count either, I’m afraid. But plenty of beauty and wonder could be found in the ordinary, too.

Take Dortmund’s 3-1 win at Augsburg, for example. Coming at the end of their sixth consecutive Englische Woche (a week with midweek fixtures), their trip to Bavaria had all the hallmarks of a tired 1-1 draw. The Black and Yellows were even lucky to go in level at half-time, after Augsburg’s Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason had given the relegation-threatened home side an early lead. Thomas Tuchel’s men looked sluggish: “we appeared like a side that had carried a heavy load, physically and mentally, in the recent past” admitted the BVB coach, “there were many small mistakes, no pace. It was difficult to cover the spaces, to pass into spaces, to be aggressive and tight in the Gegenpressing.” One of their very few decent moves in the first half, a combination between Marco Reus, Nuri Sahin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, resulted in the latter squeezing in a deflected equaliser seconds before the break.

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At Dortmund, Darmstadt and Munich, fans lead the way in divisive week | Raphael Honigstein

From Bayern fans railing against racism to the moving tributes following fan deaths at Dortmund and Darmstadt, supporters offered a refreshing counterpoint to tension and division elsewhere in Germany

Supporters’ behaviour dominating the headlines usually signifies a most unwelcome story. And it was no different this weekend, with bad news – two deaths and local elections that resembled a blocked Autobahn services toilet, bringing plenty of stinky, brown stuff to the fore – all around. But the considered way that fans, so often derided as unthinking lemmings, reacted to these personal and collective tragedies was truly remarkable.

What happened in Dortmund, Darmstadt and, to a lesser extent, Munich, put football in the shade. Down in Bavaria, the placards regularly held up in the Südkurve can be a bit hit and miss, like the former terrace legend Adolfo Valencia. On Saturday night, however, the Bayern ultras proved astute political commentators unafraid to “put the finger in the wound”, as they say in Germany. They didn’t chose the easy route of attacking the frighteningly successful right-wing parties or their voters but instead focused on the enablers at the top of the political tree, stoking the populist surge.

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Liverpool edge past Augsburg thanks to James Milner penalty

It was fraught, it was close and had Kostas Stafylidis’s 89th minute free-kick found the top corner it would have been a calamity, yet Jürgen Klopp got the preparation he craved for Sunday’s trip to Wembley as Liverpool advanced into the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Augsburg.

The only way to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final was on the back of victory, Liverpool’s manager had insisted, and his team duly obliged to remain unbeaten in Europe this season and undefeated in 16 European ties against German opposition at Anfield.

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Liverpool v Augsburg: Europa League second leg – live!

4.48pm GMT

Hello world! And welcome to some red-hot Europa League action between Liverpool and Augsburg, a Bavarian city that was, in Holy Roman Empire times, both free and imperial – so Wikipedia tells me.

Of course you don’t need me to tell you that the first leg of this last 32 4502345 tie somehow finished goalless which renders any chance of it happening again impossible. You see lightning does not strike twice ladies and gentlemen.

Daniel Sturridge has delivered an impassioned defence of his commitment to Liverpool, insisting he is content at the club, hurt by accusations he lacks the appetite to play and “devastated” when sidelined through injury.

The striker made a rare media appearance on Wednesday to preview Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second leg against Augsburg alongside his manager, Jürgen Klopp. Sturridge’s appearances on the pitch have also been limited over the past 18 months by a series of injuries that have prompted criticism not only of his fitness but willingness to play through the pain barrier. Klopp himself has previously suggested the 26-year-old needs to learn “what is serious pain or what is only pain”.

10.11am GMT

Gerard will be here shortly.

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Daniel Sturridge insists ‘I am happy here at Liverpool’

• ‘To say a player doesn’t want to play is the biggest disrespect ever’
• Reds face Augsburg at home in Europa league second-leg tie

Daniel Sturridge has delivered an impassioned defence of his commitment to Liverpool, insisting he is content at the club, hurt by accusations he lacks the appetite to play and “devastated” whenever sidelined through injury.

The Liverpool striker made a rare appearance on Wednesday to preview the club’s Europa League second-leg tie against Augsburg – the first match having finished goalless – alongside the manager Jürgen Klopp.

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Daniel Sturridge fluffs his lines but Liverpool earn draw at Augsburg

“Klopp Is Coming Home” read the front page headline on the Augsburger Allgemeine but the celebrated return of Liverpool’s German manager was not an occasion to cherish. Jürgen Klopp’s team were held to a tame goalless draw in Bavaria as Augsburg forgot their domestic problems to keep their Europa League ambitions alive.

Related: Augsburg v Liverpool: Europa League – as it happened

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Augsburg v Liverpool: Europa League – live!

5.53pm GMT

Welcome to the Europa League! Or should that be the “little Champions League”? Jurgen Klopp thinks this competition is of particularly high quality and Liverpool may well have their work cut out tonight in Augsburg, where the Bundesliga’s 14th-placed side are primed for one of the biggest nights in their history.

They’ve certainly done plenty to make Liverpool feel welcome. That Scouse–>German translation was a good little wheeze – at least until joyless tragics on Twitter started hailing it a “great piece of social content” – and the home side should make things pretty fun on the pitch too. There were 23 goals in their six group stage games, the last of which saw them pull qualification out of the fire right at the death in Belgrade, and in Raul Bobadilla they have a powerhouse striker who Klopp says “you need a navigation system to get around”. Whatever happens over the next two legs, Markus Wienzierl’s team will not be going quietly.

1.46pm GMT

Nick will be here shortly. In the meantime, read Andy Hunter’s report from Augsburg, where Jürgen Klopp has warned Liverpool to be at their best:

Related: Jürgen Klopp warns Liverpool of Europa League threat from Augsburg

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Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool’s Champions League hopes may begin in Augsburg

• Klopp: winning Europa League win may be best chance of return to elite
• Manager will pick strong side for ‘biggest game in Augsburg’s history’

Jürgen Klopp has said the Europa League represents Liverpool’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League and that his team are among the few capable of winning this season’s competition in Basel.

Related: ‘Giving it bifters’ in German? Augsburg offer translation tips to Liverpool fans

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Jürgen Klopp warns Liverpool of Europa League threat from Augsburg

• Manager returning to Germany for first match since leaving Dortmund
• ‘If it is the biggest game in their history you can imagine how ready they are’

Jürgen Klopp has warned Augsburg pose a serious threat to Liverpool’s Europa League ambitions as the German club are prepared for “the biggest game in their history”.

The last 32, first leg tie on Thursday marks Klopp’s first competitive appearance back on German soil since leaving Borussia Dortmund last summer. Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool manager is the centre of attention in Bavaria, where the Fuggerstadter have struggled in the Bundesliga since qualifying for Europe via a fifth-placed finish last season.

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