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Frankfurt’s ‘dark day’ leaves dream season in danger of hitting the rocks

A 6-1 thrashing by a rival for a top-four finish threw the Europa League semi-finalists into a panic at the worst possible timeAn emphatic result feels as if it should be a definitive, a full stop either positively or negatively. Eintracht Frankfurt wi…

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Daring to try – and daring to fail – gives Werder Bremen cause for optimism | Andy Brassell

A stylish victory over Bayer Leverkusen has confirmed that Florian Kohfeldt has given Werder’s fans reason to dreamIt was the sort of result that, when it happened, appeared to be a curio but as time has gone past, it looks more and more like a season …

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Hannover denied certain goal as ball gets stuck in snow on goal line – video

The elements provided a helping hand to Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-2 win over Hannover in the Bundesliga. Two goals behind with half an hour gone, it looked like Genki Haraguchi was going to pull one back for the hosts when he rounded the goalkeeper a…

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Europa League: four intriguing fixtures worth following this week

All the facts and figures for Celtic v Valencia, Galatasaray v Benfica, Krasnodar v Bayer and Shakhtar v Eintracht FrankfurtBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe return of the Champions League has taken centre stage this week, but there are plenty of int…

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European roundup: Bayern stunned by Leverkusen, Dortmund held by Frankfurt

• Leverkusen come from behind to surprise Bayern • Dortmund fail to take advantage in FrankfurtBayern Munich suffered a 3-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen who powered back from a goal down to beat the visitors on Saturday, ending the champions’ seven-game …

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Peter Bosz’s Bundesliga luck yet to turn as he makes Leverkusen bow | Andy Brassell

Even if the result irked against Mönchengladbach, there was a feeling of optimism for the new man at Bayer LeverkusenIt was a victory that was “somewhat flattering,” as Kicker put it, and even Borussia Mönchengladbach’s coach Dieter Hecking admitted hi…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…

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Bayer Leverkusen’s rout of Bremen underlines their underachievements | Andy Brassell

The 6-2 win was a fine display that deserved to be celebrated, but it also drove home how far short they have fallenThe Bundesliga loves a left turn, and this weekend it saved its best one for the programme’s final fixture. This was supposed to be resu…

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European roundup: Barcelona saved from loss to Bilbao by El Haddadi

• Substitute Munir El Haddadi secures 1-1 draw at Camp Nou• Borussia Dortmund go top in Germany with comeback winThe substitute Munir El Haddadi saved Barcelona’s blushes with a late equaliser against Athletic Bilbao as the reigning champions narrowly …

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European roundup: Inter loanee stuns parent club while Real Madrid held

Federico Dimarco screamer secures Parma a shock winArsenal loanee Reiss Nelson scores on Bundesliga debutThree years after going bankrupt Parma returned to winning ways in Serie A with a shock 1-0 win over Internazionale at San Siro thanks to a spectac…

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We all have a brand to protect | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Petr Cech has always stood high up in the Fiver’s estimation. During the Last Days of Wenger it would be the amiable shot-stopper who invariably fronted up to the media after spineless defeats and demo…

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Petr Cech in online spat with Bayer Leverkusen over Twitter remarks

• Arsenal goalkeeper stung by tweets highlighting error• Leverkusen: ‘Joke taken more personally than it should’Petr Cech has become embroiled in an online spat with Bayer Leverkusen after the Bundesliga club’s Twitter account mocked his performance fo…

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Injury-stricken Gladbach face season crumbling before their eyes | Andy Brassell

Gladbach could have hauled themselves back into the Champions League race with a win against Leverkusen. Instead they fell to a defeat that effectively ends their seasonThe evening began with a show of respect from the visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach…

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Peter Stöger puts stamp on Dortmund to leave board with decision to make | Andy Brassell

The Austrian could not be doing more to remain as manager, with his side now looking as if they have put in a shiftOn other weekends, it would have been a cause for glumness. Yet even in falling a place below bitter rivals Schalke, from second to third…

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European round-up: Suárez, Messi score late to save Barcelona against Alavés

• Philippe Coutinho makes first start for Barcelona in 2-1 win• Dries Mertens scores twice in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat of BolognaLionel Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to give Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 win over struggling Alavés, keeping the Cat…

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Jadon Sancho’s late introduction fails to fire Borussia Dortmund to victory

• Former Man City winger comes on as substitute in 2-2 draw at Eintracht• Leipzig close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Dortmund to a single pointJadon Sancho became the first Englishman to play for Borussia Dortmund when the 17-year-old forward was brou…

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer LeverkusenInternazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his h…

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Bayer Leverkusen’s identity crisis nearing an end as entertainers emerge | Andy Brassell

After a season close to the abyss, Bayer Leverkusen’s rebuilding job has begun in earnest this season and is slowly showing signs of promise

For a long time, we’ve known exactly what Bayer Leverkusen are about. They impress, they entertain, they qualify for Europe and achieve to a certain level without actually getting it over the line. The old ‘Neverkusen’ epithet from the Klaus Toppmöller days has endured well.

Last season, and the summer that followed, changed all that. The Roger Schmidt era, which had given Die Werkself a firm on-pitch identity, fell to pieces and the club dropped the ball badly in appointing Tayfun Korkut as his successor – at exactly the point where a strong personality was needed to galvanise the players. In between wan performances, poor results and players meeting angry fans to appease them, Leverkusen came worryingly close to the drop.

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Bayern Munich get help from VAR to see off Leverkusen in Bundesliga opener

Bayern Munich kicked off the Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in which the defending champions were awarded a penalty by the league’s new video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Bayern led 2-0 at half-time through goals from the debutants Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso, before torrential rain delayed the start of the second half. When play resumed, Tobias Stieler awarded the hosts a penalty for Charles Aránguiz’s foul on Robert Lewandowski after referring the decision to the VAR.

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West Ham confirm agreed terms with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Javier Hernández

• Mexico international will join Hammers for fee believed to be £13m
• Striker will fly to London to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical

West Ham United have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign the former Manchester United striker Javier Hernández for a fee believed to be around £13m.

West Ham have confirmed the 29-year-old Mexican will arrive in London in the next few days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical.

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