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Apr 5, 2014

Soccer-Bayern slump to first league loss in 18 months

BERLIN, April 5 (Reuters) – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered their first league defeat in 18 months when they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg on Saturday as Sascha Moelder’s first-half strike ended their record 53-game unbeaten league run.

The Bavarians, who clinched this season’s title in record time with seven games left, had not lost in the Bundesliga since a 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012.

Apr 3, 2014

Former champions Werder eye Schalke salvation

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Locked in a relegation battle for the second consecutive season, former Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen hope to retain their top flight status earlier than they did last year with a victory over Schalke 04 on Saturday.

The 2004 champions, who were runners-up four years later, secured their place in the top division on the penultimate weekend of last season.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-Former champions Werder eye Schalke salvation

April 3 (Reuters) – Locked in a relegation battle for the second consecutive season, former Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen hope to retain their top flight status earlier than they did last year with a victory over Schalke 04 on Saturday.

The 2004 champions, who were runners-up four years later, secured their place in the top division on the penultimate weekend of last season.

Apr 3, 2014

Dortmund retain ‘glimmer of hope’ for Real return leg

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund were left ruing a number of missed chances in their 3-0 first leg defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, admitting they now had only a slim chance of making the last four.

Dortmund conceded an early goal but missed several good chances to equalise before Real struck twice more to give the Spaniards a big advantage going into the return leg next week.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-Dortmund retain ‘glimmer of hope’ for Real return leg

April 3 (Reuters) – Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund were left ruing a number of missed chances in their 3-0 first leg defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, admitting they now had only a slim chance of making the last four.

Dortmund conceded an early goal but missed several good chances to equalise before Real struck twice more to give the Spaniards a big advantage going into the return leg next week.

Apr 2, 2014

Bayern hopeful of last four spot even without Schweini

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich are confident they will compensate for the absences of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez when they meet Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final second leg and book their spot in the next round.

Midfielder Schweinsteiger, who scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Manchester on Tuesday was sent off in the last minute with a second yellow card following a hard tackle on Wayne Rooney.

Apr 2, 2014

Soccer-Bayern hopeful of last four spot even without Schweini

April 2 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are confident they will compensate for the absences of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez when they meet Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final second leg and book their spot in the next round.

Midfielder Schweinsteiger, who scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Manchester on Tuesday was sent off in the last minute with a second yellow card following a hard tackle on Wayne Rooney.

Mar 29, 2014

Hoffenheim snap Bayern streak, Dortmund win

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Hoffenheim surprisingly ended champions Bayern Munich’s 19-game Bundesliga winning streak with a 3-3 draw after taking the lead and then fighting back from two goals down on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus scored a hat-trick to bring his team back from two goals behind as they beat relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart 3-2 to remain in second place.

Mar 29, 2014

Soccer-Hoffenheim snap Bayern streak, Dortmund win

March 29 (Reuters) – Hoffenheim surprisingly ended champions Bayern Munich’s 19-game Bundesliga winning streak with a 3-3 draw after taking the lead and then fighting back from two goals down on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus scored a hat-trick to bring his team back from two goals behind as they beat relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart 3-2 to remain in second place.

Mar 27, 2014

Monster weekend for ‘Bundesliga Dinosaur’ Hamburg

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – ‘Bundesliga Dinosaur’ Hamburg SV’s battle to avoid their first relegation season hots up on Sunday and coach Mirko Slomka is hoping a win at Borussia Moenchengladbach will provide the turning point.

The former European champions are the only team never to have played in the second division since the Bundesliga was set up in 1963, hence their dinosaur nickname.

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