Champs Dortmund shocked by Hamburg; Leverkusen held

Updated 10 February 2013
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Champs Dortmund shocked by Hamburg; Leverkusen held

BERLIN: Champions Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 4-1 home defeat to Hamburg SV but held on to second place in the Bundesliga after Bayer Leverkusen conceded a late equalizer in a 3-3 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach yesterday.
Latvian Artjoms Rudnevs and South Korea international Son Heung-min each scored twice as Hamburg ended Dortmund’s run of four wins, with both teams reduced to 10 men by red cards.
The results will allow first-placed Bayern Munich, on 51 points, to extend their lead to 15 if they beat out-of-form Schalke 04 later on Saturday. Dortmund are second on 39 points and Leverkusen a point further behind in third.
Eintracht Frankfurt failed to take advantage of Dortmund’s and Leverkusen’s slip-ups, grinding out a goalless draw against Nuremberg to remain in fourth place on 37 points.
Werder Bremen beat VfB Stuttgart 4-1 with the hosts left licking their wounds after their fifth straight defeat that adds pressure on coach Bruno Labbadia, who only last month extended his deal to 2015.
VfL Wolfsburg climbed further away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over bottom-placed Greuther Fuerth thanks to Bas Dost’s eighth goal of the campaign to move up to 12th on 26 points.
Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski made the most of a defensive blunder by Hamburg captain Heiko Westermann to latch on to an awkward Mats Hummels cross to slot in his 14th league goal in the 17th minute.
Their lead, however, lasted only a minute as Rudnevs, left unmarked in the area, tapped in after a well-timed cutback from Dennis Aogo on the left.
The visitors went ahead when Son drilled home a superb shot off the post.
To make matters worse for the hosts, Lewandowski, a transfer target for several major European clubs, was shown a straight red for kicking Per Skjelbred on the half-hour.

The numerical balance was restored after 60 minutes with Jeffrey Bruma sent off after a foul on Dortmund’s Marco Reus, but Rudnevs responded with his 10th goal, beating two markers at the far post to head in a Rafael van der Vaart cross.
Son completed a memorable evening for the northern German club when he slotted in from close range after connecting with a Marcell Jansen cross as Hamburg moved up to fifth and in contention for a European spot.
Leverkusen twice came from a goal down to level against Gladbach, and then Andre Schuerrle put them in the driving seat with a third in the 64th minute.
But Patrick Herrmann secured a point for the hosts with his 86th minute header, which enabled Gladbach to hold on to seventh place.


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.