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Hansi Flick weaves magic as Borussia Dortmund curse their Bayern Munich jinx | Andy Brassell

Lucien Favre had said his side had nothing to lose, but lose they did – their six successive Bundesliga defeat at the Allianz ArenaEvery team has their blind spot, their house of horror, where they can’t put a foot right. On the weekend of Der Klassike…

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Frankfurt’s captain sent off for knocking over Freiburg coach, sparking chaos

• Christian Streich sent to ground by David Abraham’s shoulder• ‘At 54 you can be run over by a young buffalo,’ says coachEintracht Frankfurt’s captain, David Abraham, was sent off for knocking over Freiburg’s coach, Christian Streich, as their Bundesl…

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European roundup: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top as Real chase

• Messi levels Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 34 trebles in La Liga• Inter comeback from 1-0 down to beat Verona at homeLionel Messi scored two exquisite free-kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo that took Ba…

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Bayern Munich crush Dortmund thanks to Robert Lewandowski double

Bayern Munich crushed Borussia Dortmund with two goals from Robert Lewandowski to climb back into third place and give interim coach Hansi Flick an impressive Bundesliga debut.Lewandowski kept up his sensational scoring run, netting in the 17th and 76t…

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In defence of RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig are unloved for a good reason, but they deserve respect for trusting young players, promoting exciting managers and challenging Bayern Munich’s hegemonyBy Jason Humphreys for Englische WocheThe headlines from the Bundesliga last weekend belo…

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Football quiz: managers who won trophies … then got sacked

Niko Kovac was sacked months after he won the double at Bayern. He’s not the first manager who has been treated harshlyClaudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017, nine months after he led Leicester to their first ever league title. Where was his final…

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Sebastian Polter roars into spotlight in Union Berlin’s derby triumph | Andy Brassell

In a global city where football doesn’t often take centre stage, it needed someone to seize the moment: enter the Union strikerIt was going to take something to be heard through the cacophony, to guide the way through the fog that sporadically impaired…

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Sebastian Polter roars into spotlight in Union Berlin’s derby triumph | Andy Brassell

In a global city where football doesn’t often take centre stage, it needed someone to seize the moment: enter the Union strikerIt was going to take something to be heard through the cacophony, to guide the way through the fog that sporadically impaired…

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Sebastian Polter roars into spotlight in Union Berlin’s derby triumph | Andy Brassell

In a global city where football doesn’t often take centre stage, it needed someone to seize the moment: enter the Union strikerIt was going to take something to be heard through the cacophony, to guide the way through the fog that sporadically impaired…

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European roundup: Barça lose at Levante as Frankfurt thrash Bayern

• La Liga champions stunned by three goals in seven minutes• Ten-man Bayern beaten 5-1 and drop to fourth in BundesligaLa Liga champions Barcelona fell to a shock 3-1 defeat away to Levante after taking the lead but then conceding three times in the sp…

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Ten of the most prolific strikers in Europe this season

Robert Lewandowski has scored in every league game he has played this season and he’s not the only striker on a hot streakBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA few strikers in Europe’s top leagues have enjoyed blistering starts to the season. Robert Lewand…

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Dortmund and Schalke both have cause for Revierderby regrets | Andy Brassell

The questioning of Lucien Favre is only intensifying after a 0-0 draw for BVB against their local rivalsThe cliche about draws between rivals keeping the peace may be habitually overcooked – the mere sight of a blue Schalke jersey at Dortmund Hauptbahn…

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European roundup: Minnows Granada go top of La Liga after Real Betis win

Mönchengladbach top Bundesliga after Eintracht winRoma defeat continues crisis at MilanGranada continued a stunning start to the season by climbing above Barcelona to the top of La Liga on Sunday after beating Real Betis 1-0 for a fourth consecutive ho…

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Lewandowski sets Bundesliga scoring record while Juventus draw with Lecce

• Striker scores for ninth consecutive match in 2-1 Bayern win• Serie A leaders Juventus held to a 1-1 draw at LecceRobert Lewandowski scored for a Bundesliga-record ninth consecutive match as Bayern Munich scraped past promoted Union Berlin 2-1 to rec…

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No noise please, we’re German: Night matches banned at Freiburg’s new €80m stadium

•Bundesliga club falls foul of locals’ fears over noise•Planning court also places restrictions on Sunday gamesFreiburg have been delivered a huge blow after the Bundesliga club were told they cannot stage night games or matches between 1pm and 3pm on …

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Prodigal son Gonçalo Paciência leads Eintracht revenge mission | Andy Brassell

• Maturing striker stars in redemptive win against Leverkusen• André Silva and Bas Dost benefit from colleague’s fine formJust deal with the first half. That may, and arguably should, have been Eintracht Frankfurt’s plan going into Friday night. The la…

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Bayern Munich go from silky smooth to ragged in four short days | Andy Brassell

Hoffenheim ending a major run of invincibility underlined how the perception of Bayern has changed under Niko KovacThis Sunday was the Bayern Munich squad’s traditional drop-in to Oktoberfest. It’s an iconic scene with the players and their families, w…

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European roundup: Hoffenheim stun Bayern Munich with Adamyan double

• Bundesliga champions lose 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim• Borussia Dortmund blow lead against FreiburgHoffenheim’s Sargis Adamyan scored his first two Bundesliga goals to stun hosts Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday and earn their first ever win in Munich.The…

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Wagner makes Schalke believe again after springing a surprise at Leipzig | Andy Brassell

The former Huddersfield manager has lifted his side into the top four with the help of a Welshman and a few tactical tweaks“Der FC Schalke wird Deutscher Meister,” came the chant from the away section at Red Bull Arena – Schalke are going to be champio…

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European roundup: Suárez helps end Barcelona’s barren away run, Bayern top

• Luis Suárez and Junior Firpo score in 2-0 win at Getafe• Bayern Munich edge out Paderborn; Juventus beat SpalBarcelona ended a string of bad results away from home with a 2-0 win at Getafe on Saturday in La Liga. Goals from Luis Suárez and Junior Fir…