Dortmund keeps pace with Bayern in tight Bundesliga race
Borussia Dortmund moved back within one point of Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich with a 4-0 win against Freiburg on Sunday.
Dortmund went ahead in the 11th minute when 19-year-old Jadon...
Bayern held to draw, Dortmund seizes Bundesliga lead
BERLIN (AP) — Paco Alcacer scored twice in injury time for Borussia Dortmund to reclaim the Bundesliga lead with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg while Bayern Munich was held in Freiburg to 1-1 on...
Pulisic stars for Dortmund to keep title hopes alive
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — American midfielder Christian Pulisic helped keep Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title ambitions alive with one goal and an assist in a hard-fought 3-1 win over Stuttgart...
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Ji Dong-won scored twice against his former club as relegation-threatened Augsburg dealt Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title hopes a blow with a 2-1 win on...
Bremen wins on penalties to send Dortmund out of German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka saved two penalties to knock Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup after his team twice came from behind in extra time of their third-round match on Tuesday.
Max Kruse scored the decisive penalty kick for Bremen to win the shootout 4-2 after equalizers from Claudio Pizarro and Martin Harnik secured a 3-3 draw after extra time.
Dortmund wins 1-0 at Leipzig to stay 6 clear in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki starred in a 1-0 win at Leipzig that kept the Bundesliga leader six points clear of Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The home side pushed hard for an equalizer after Axel Witsel's early strike for Dortmund, but Buerki was consistently in the right place at the right time to keep his team ahead.
Marcel Sabitzer should have leveled after the break, and again midway through the second half, but Buerki got the better of their one-on-one situations.
Dortmund beats Gladbach 2-1 in duel of Bundesliga’s top 2
Substitute Mario Goetze led Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach to stretch his side's Bundesliga lead to nine points over the second-placed visiting side on Friday.
Goetze, who came on for the injured Paco Alcacer in the first half, set up Jadon Sancho's deadlock-breaking goal in the 42nd minute, then made Marco Reus' winner in the 54th after Christoph Kramer equalized in first-half injury time.
Duesseldorf stuns Dortmund 2-1 as leaders fall to 1st defeat
BERLIN (AP) — Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf stunned Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 win on Tuesday, dealing the leader its first Bundesliga loss of the season.
Goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Jean Zimmer in either half cut Dortmund's lead to six points over Borussia Moenchengladbach, which earlier defeated Nuremberg 2-0.
Bayern Munich is three points further back ahead of its home game against Leipzig on Wednesday.
Dortmund beats Bremen, claims honorary title in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund ground out a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen to stretch its Bundesliga lead and take the honorary title of "autumn champion" on Saturday.
On the three previous occasions Dortmund finished the first half of the season as leader — in 1994, 1995, 2010 — the team went on to win the league.
"It doesn't mean much," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. "Thanks, but we still have two important games before the winter break."
Dortmund secures top spot with 2-0 win at Monaco
MONACO (AP) — Raphael Guerreiro scored twice as Borussia Dortmund concluded its Champions League group stage campaign on Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Monaco that sealed top spot for the German club.
Guerreiro scored a goal in each half at Stade Louis II against a poor Monaco side that struggled throughout and failed to win for a 14th consecutive match in the competition.
Dortmund stretches lead, Bayern keeps pace in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund stretched its Bundesliga lead by beating Freiburg 2-0, and Bayern Munich kept pace at Werder Bremen with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Substitute Paco Alcacer scored again for Dortmund — with an injury-time winner — as they moved seven points clear of Borussia Moenchengladbach, which visits Leipzig on Sunday.
Dortmund draws with Brugge to reach Champions League last 16
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund guaranteed its spot in the Champions League knockout stage after a 0-0 draw with Club Brugge on Wednesday.
The result left Dortmund second in Group A, two points behind Atletico Madrid — which beat Monaco 2-0 earlier to advance — and five ahead of Brugge, which is assured of third place.
Dortmund completes permanent signing of Alcacer from Barca
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has completed the permanent signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Barcelona.
The 25-year-old Alcacer joined the German leader on a season-long loan in August, and Dortmund had the option of making the deal permanent.
Dortmund says on Friday that Alcacer's contract will run until June 2023.
Bayern Munich left bitter after Dortmund fans’ beer shower
The beer showers usually mark the end of the season for Bayern Munich as players and coaching staff celebrate their latest Bundesliga title by dousing each other in beer.
Club president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge can't have expected a beer shower after just 11 rounds of the league, but both were drenched by celebrating Borussia Dortmund fans after Paco Alcacer scored the winner in a 3-2 win over Bayern on Saturday.
Dortmund comes from behind to beat Bayern 3-2, move 7 ahead
BERLIN (AP) — Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund twice come from behind to open a seven-point lead on defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich with a 3-2 win on Saturday.
"It looks like a lot, feels like it, too," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said of the gap after his side's best performance in weeks. "But in football everything is possible."
Atletico out to stop Dortmund, Barcelona missing Messi
BERLIN (AP) — Although Borussia Dortmund is scoring at a remarkable rate, Atletico Madrid has the defenders to stop that flow of goals.
The teams, one with the best attack in Germany and the other with the tightest defense in Spain, will meet Wednesday in the Champions League with both sides coming off opening wins in Group A.
Paco Alcacer making most of 2nd chance with Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Close to seeing his career stagnate, Paco Alcacer is making the most of a second chance to become Spain's top striker.
Alcacer scored twice in his first appearance for Spain in two-and-a-half years to lead a 4-1 away win at Wales in a friendly last week.
On Monday, the former Barcelona player will likely feature again when Spain hosts England in Seville seeking a second win over Gareth Southgate's team in the incipient Nations League.
Confident Dortmund beats Monaco 3-0 in Champions League
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Paco Alcacer made up for a missed penalty by scoring on his first start for Borussia Dortmund, helping the German team beat Monaco 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Spanish striker, who joined Dortmund from Barcelona in the offseason, drove his penalty against the crossbar midway through the second half, then made up for it by eluding two defenders before blasting in Dortmund's second goal.
Dortmund comes back to beat Leverkusen 4-2 for league lead
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down at Bayer Leverkusen to win 4-2 and take top spot in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Dortmund looked flat and headed for a sure defeat with Leverkusen leading 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Mitchell Weiser and Jonathan Tah, but Marco Reus set up Jacob Bruun Larsen to pull one back in the 65th minute, then scored himself minutes later.
Alcacer stars in debut, seals Dortmund’s 3-1 win in Germany
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Paco Alcacer thrived in his Borussia Dortmund debut on Friday, sealing the team's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
The Spanish striker, who joined Dortmund from Barcelona in the offseason, fired a shot to the top left corner in the 88th minute after a set up by substitute Jadon Sancho. Alcacer had earlier helped Dortmund reclaim the lead.
Hannover holds Borussia Dortmund to 0-0 in Bundesliga
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover held visiting Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga's first scoreless draw of the season to start the second round on Friday.
The home side dominated possession but Dortmund went closest in the first half. Marco Reus twice gave Hannover a scare before the break, Michael Esser's outstretched leg saving his first effort while the crossbar denied his second minutes later.
Dortmund looking for Alcacer’s goals to put it in contention
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is looking for goals, and hoping Paco Alcacer provides them.
Despite an array of attack-minded players, Dortmund has struggled to score since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed last season for Arsenal. The Gabon striker scored 98 goals and set up 25 more in 144 league appearances. Replacement Michy Batshuayi managed seven in 10 games before his loan spell from Chelsea was ended by injury.
Dortmund finds its striker: Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign Spanish forward Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy.
The Bundesliga side says the 24-year-old Alcacer completed a medical on Tuesday and will wear the No. 9 for the club.
Should Dortmund take up the option to keep the player, he will be tied to the club for a further four years after the one-year loan spell.
Messi rests for first hour as Barca beats Sporting 2-0 in CL
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ernesto Valverde has worked two wonders in his first season in charge of Barcelona.
Lionel Messi no longer plays every second of every match, and Barcelona has a defense that matches the caliber of its attack.
For a second time, Valverde flouted his predecessors' policy of playing Messi in practically every match in the Champions League. Barcelona's star rested for the first hour of its 2-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon in their final group match on Tuesday.
Barcelona cruises to 5-0 victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.
Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.
Alcacer shines in Messi’s 600th game for Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — On the day Lionel Messi played his 600th match for Barcelona, Paco Alcacer got the job done for the Spanish league leaders, scoring in each half to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday.
Barcelona's 10th win in 11 matches kept the Catalan club four points in front of Valencia, which defeated Leganes for its seventh straight league victory.
Deulofeu leads Barcelona to 3-0 win at Murcia in Copa
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gerard Deulofeu created the opening goal and then scored with a superb solo effort as Barcelona beat third-division Murcia 3-0 in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Jose Arnaiz, a 22-year-old reserve team player, marked his Barcelona debut by scoring the third goal for the cup holders in the first leg match of the round-of-32.
MADRID (AP) — The Luis Enrique era in Barcelona came to an end with the coach lifting one last trophy.
The coach raised the Copa del Rey after Barcelona defeated Alaves 3-1 in the final on Saturday.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer scored in the first half as Barcelona won its third straight copa and 29th all-time.
Luis Enrique capped his three-year stint with the club with his ninth title out of a possible 13.
Barcelona’s Alcacer finally scores to spark win over Bilbao
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Coach Luis Enrique gave Paco Alcacer another chance, and Barcelona's struggling striker came through with a goal.
Alcacer, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal all scored to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The win moved the defending champions to within one point of Spanish league leader Real Madrid, which has played two fewer matches.
9-man Athletic beats Barcelona 2-1 in Copa del Rey
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's two-year reign of the Copa del Rey was in jeopardy after it lost to a nine-man Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at a packed San Mames Stadium on Thursday.
Athletic played a man down from the 74th minute, and two men down from the 80th because of red cards in a drama-filled first-leg match in the round of 16.
Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended the team's bid for a third consecutive continental title.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named Iniesta to his squad on Friday for the upcoming away qualifiers Oct. 6 and 9.
Barcelona stunned by promoted Alaves, Madrid & Atletico win
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Luis Enrique likely thought that a match against promoted Alaves would be a good opportunity to give most of his stars the day off.
The defending La Liga champions guessed wrong, as Alaves pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Not even Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Andres Iniesta going on for the last half hour could turn around a result that left Real Madrid alone at the top of the table after three rounds.
Barcelona signs striker Paco Alcacer as backup for Suarez
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona strengthened its already top-class attack by signing Spain striker Paco Alcacer from rival Spanish club Valencia on Tuesday in a deal worth at least 30 million euros ($33.5 million).
Alcacer, who turned 23 on Tuesday, joins a Barcelona lineup featuring Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. He will likely play a backup role to Suarez, filling the void created last year after the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea.