Bayern demolish Dortmund to retake Bundesliga; Hazard moves Chelsea into PL top three

FC Bayern Munich retook the lead in the Bundesliga as they look for their seventh straight league title. Credit: adidas

A little under two months to go in the European soccer season means plenty to play for and, with the number of games winding down, every match is crucial. Here are the top stories from Europe to North America and South America:

English Premier League

Every goal from Premier League Matchweek 33 | NBC Sports

  • Tottenham Hotspur open new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
  • Manchester City behind Liverpool with one game in hand
  • Hazard lifts Chelsea to third; Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd all with an extra game to play
  • Fulham joins Huddersfield as clubs that have clinched relegation

It was a though week for Manchester United and Arsenal, two sides in top six that have dropped dropped out of the four Champions League qualifying spots. Tottenham opened their new stadium, which will house two NFL games this coming season, with a win over Crystal Palace before they host Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday. Eden Hazard scored three goals this week, including a double in the 2-0 win over London rivals West Ham United on Monday. Liverpool extended their undefeated match to twelve straight in the league but it's their last defeat, a 2-1 loss to Manchester City back in January, that could end up deciding the league when all is said and done.

Speaking of City, the defending league champions continue to be eligible for a clean sweep of all available trophies as they advanced to the FA Cup Final thanks to a 1-0 win over Brighton. Watford will be their opponent after their 3-2 win in the semifinal against Wolves.

Top six: 1. Liverpool (82), 2. Manchester City (80), 3. Chelsea (66), 4. Tottenham (64), 5. Arsenal (63), 6. Manchester United (61)

Scoring leader: 19 - Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Assists leader: 12 - Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC)

Spain's La Liga

Highlights FC Barcelona vs Atlético de Madrid (2-0)

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi continued their dominance of Spain by scoring in the final five minutes of regulation, turning what would've been a scoreless draw with second place Atletico Madrid into a 2-0 win for FC Barcelona. Messi picked up his 335th La Liga win to pass Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas for most by any player in the history of the league. As far as the top six, Alaves was the biggest loser this week with their drop to seventh place.

Top six: 1. FC Barcelona (73), 2. Atlético Madrid (62), 3. Real Madrid (60), 4. Getafe (50), 5. Sevilla (49), 6. Valencia (46)

Scoring leader: 33 - Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Assists leader: 12 - Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

German Bundesliga

90 in 90: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund | 2019 Bundesliga Highlights

The Bundesliga also had it's own match of one vs. two in the standings. This one with higher implications as the two remain separated by a point after Saturday's match. It didn't look it on the field, however, as Bayern demolished rivals Dortmund in a 5-0 home victory for the edge in the standings. Fans in Houston celebrated this one with one of the biggest watch parties to take place stateside.

Top six: 1. Bayern Munich (64), 2. Dortmund (63), 3. RB Leipzig (55), 4. Eintracht Frankfurt (52), 5. Monchengladbach (48), 6. Wolfsburg (45)

Scoring leader: 21 - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Assists leader: 13 - Jadon Sancho (Dortumund)

Italian Serie A

Juventus inched closer to the title thanks to their 2-1 win over Milan and Napoli's 1-1 draw against Genoa.

Top six: 1. Juventus (84), 2. Napoli (64), 3. Inter Milan (57), 4. Milan (52), 5. Atalanta (52), 6. Roma (51)

Scoring leader: 21- Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) / Krzysztof Piątek (A.C. Milan)

Assists leader: 9 - Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta) / Dries Mertens (Napoli)

French Ligue 1

PSG's 2-2 draw against Strasbourg means the defending champions will have to wait one more match to celebrate their newest league championship.

Top six: 1. PSG (81), 2. Lille (61), 3. Lyon (56), 4. Saint-Étienne (50), 5. Marseille (48), 6. Stade Reims (47)

Scoring leader: 27 - Kylian Mbappé (PSG)

Assists leader: 10 - Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Dutch Eredivisie

Top three: 1. Ajax (71), 2. PSV Eindhoven (71), 3. AZ Alkmaar (53)

Belgian First Division A

Championship Round: 1. Genk (38), 2. Club Brugge (37), 3. Standard Liege (33), 4. Antwerp (31), 5. Anderlecht (26), 6. Gent (25)

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Top three: 1. Benfica (69), 2. Porto (69), 3. Sporting CP (61)

Scottish Premier League

Top three: 1. Celtic (77), 2. Rangers (66), 3. Kilmarnock (58)


Concacaf Champions League

It looks as though this will not be the year for an MLS team to win the regional Champions League after Sporting Kansas City's humbling 5-0 defeat at Monterrey. Tigres UANL defeated Santos Laguna 3-0 in the opening match of the other semifinal series, potentially setting up the Monterrey rivals for an epic home-and-home series in the final.

Major League Soccer

D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Football Club | HIGHLIGHTS - April 6, 2019

The two conference leaders faced off in the nation's capital as part of a doubleheader with Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund on national FOX. Unfortunately for D.C. United, LAFC continue to plow through the competition with 19 goals scored through the first six games of the season. Zlatan and LA Galaxy picked up three points to start the weekend, jumping the Houston Dynamo in the standings due to the latter's week off.

East top seven: 1. Columbus (13), 2. D.C. United (10), 3. Toronto (10), 4. Philadelphia (10), 5. Cincinnati (8), 6. Orlando (8), 7. Montreal (7

West top seven: 1. LAFC (16), 2. Seattle (13), 3. LA Galaxy (12), 4. Houston (10), 5. FC Dallas (10), 6. Minnesota (9), 7. Sporting KC (8)

Scoring leader: 7 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 4 - Nani (Orlando) / Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Liga MX

Top eight: 1. Leon (32), 2. Tigres UANL (29), 3. Monterrey (23), 4. Club America (22), 5. Cruz Azul (22), 6. Tijuana (22), 7. Necaxa (21), 8. Pachuca (21)

Scoring leader: 11 - Angel Mena (Leon) / Brian Fernandez (Necaxa)

Assists leader: 8 - Angel Mena (Leon)

Superliga Argentina

Argentina's top division concluded this past weekend with the top two teams facing off in a 1-1 draw. Racing Club then celebrated their league title in front of the home fans.

Final Top Four: 1. Racing Club (57), 2. Defensa y Justicia (53), 3. Boca Juniors (51), 4. River Plate (45)

Scoring Champion: 17 - Lisandro Lopez (Racing)

Assists Champion: 9 - Walter Montillo (Tigre)


U.S. Women's National Team

The U.S. Women took part in their last two friendlies before the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup roster announcements. Alex Morgan picked up her 100th goal in a 5-3 win over Australia in Denver. On Sunday, the defending World Champions defeated Belgium 6-0 in Los Angeles on a night where the 1999 World Cup winning team was honored due to the 20th anniversary of their conquest at the Rose Bowl.

National Women's Soccer League

The top division of Women's club soccer kicks off in it's seventh season when the defending champion North Carolina Courage hosts the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday (6:00 p.m. CT). The Houston Dash open their season on Sunday (5:00 p.m. CT) when they host Seattle Reign FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. All matches this season will be broadcast on


Upcoming Matches (All Times CT):

Tuesday, Apr. 9

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Liverpool vs. Porto (B/R Live, UniMas/Univision Deportes)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Tottenham vs. Manchester City (TNT, Galavision)

7:00 p.m. - [MLS] D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (ESPN+)

7:30 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] Peñarol vs. LDU Quito (beIN Sports)

Wednesday, Apr. 10

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona (TNT, UniMas/Univision Deportes)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Ajax vs. Juventus (B/R Live, Galavision)

7:00 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] Santos Laguna vs. Tigres UANL (, Univision Deportes)

7:30 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] Boca Juniors vs. J. Wilstermann (beIN Sports en Español)

8:00 p.m. - [MLS] Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC (ESPN+)

Thursday, Apr. 11

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Arsenal vs. Napoli (B/R Live, Univision Deportes)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea (B/R Live, Galavision)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Villarreal vs. Valencia (B/R Live, UniMas)

5:00 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] River Plate vs. Alianza Lima (beIN Sports)

8:00 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] Sporting KC vs. Monterrey (, Univision Deportes)

Friday, Apr. 12

1:30 p.m. - [Bundesliga] Nuremberg vs. FC Schalke 04 (FS2)

1:45 p.m. - [Ligue 1] Nantes vs. Lyon (beIN Sports)

2:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Leicester City vs. Newcastle (NBC Sports)

7:30 p.m. - [MLS] Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (ESPN+)

Saturday, Apr. 13

6:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Tottenham vs. Huddersfield (NBC Sports)

8:30 a.m. - [Budesliga] RB Leipzig vs. VfL Wolfsburg (FS1, Univision Deportes)

9:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Southampton vs. Wolves (NBC Sports)

9:15 a.m. - [La Liga] Huesca vs. FC Barcelona (beIN Sports)

11:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Manchester United vs. West Ham (NBC Sports)

11:30 a.m. - [Budesliga] Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz 05 (FS1)

2:00 p.m. - [MLS] Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Univision)

4:00 p.m. - [MLS] Minnesota United vs. New York City FC (ESPN2)

9:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Morelia vs. Chivas Guadalajara (Univision)

Sunday, Apr. 14

8:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City (NBC Sports)

8:30 a.m. - [Budesliga] Dusseldorf vs. Bayern Munich (FS1, Univision Deportes)

10:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Liverpool vs. Chelsea (NBC Sports)

12:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Pumas vs. Tijuana (Univision)

5:00 p.m. - [NWSL] Houston Dash vs. Seattle Reign FC (

6:00 p.m. - [MLS] Sporting KC vs. NY Red Bulls (FS1)

6:30 p.m. - [Liga MX] Cruz Azul vs. Club America (Univision)

Monday, Apr. 15

2:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Watford vs. Arsenal (NBC Sports)

2:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Leganes vs. Real Madrid (beIN Sports)

Credit: Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo broke a seven-match winless streak with a 2-0 win against Minnesota United FC on Wednesday night at BBVA Stadium. The win is the first at home since July 3 against the New York Red Bulls and the first victory in league play since July 20 at Toronto. The result also marked the first win under Interim Head Coach Davy Arnaud.

Here are five observations from the September 11 result on "First Responders Night."

1) A win long worth the wait

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't easy but it was a much needed result to break free from a bad spell. More so than ending a seven -match winless streak, it was about the team turning around a stretch that saw them winless in 17 out of their last 20 dating back to May. Yes, the Dynamo began the season undefeated in 7 of their first 8 matches - the best start in franchise history. Cool. Anybody who was being honest in their analysis knew the team benefited from a home-heavy schedule to start the season and that the most challenging part was on its way.

Before the start of Wednesday's match, the club had a record of 2-12-1 (W-L-D) since returning from the Concacaf Gold Cup break. It was a similar summer dismantling to what happened in 2018, except that had makeup applied to it in the form of a U.S. Open Cup title.

After the team's shortcomings failed to be addressed, the team began to head towards its fifth playoff absence in six seasons. What the future holds is still to be seen but at least, for one night, Dynamo supporters were rewarded with the sweet taste of victory.

2) Making the switch to a two-forward formation

The 4-2-3-1 formation that featured two wingers and a lone forward had run it's course. It stopped working for the Dynamo a few games back. Truthfully, it was always a formation meant to favor the two speedy wingers Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto. The results were always going to be less favorable once players without the characteristics of Elis and Quioto, i.e. Memo Rodriguez, Tommy McNamara, etc., began to be inserted.

For whatever reasons, Davy Arnaud continued some of the habits of previous manager Wilmer Cabrera. That included playing in the 4-2-3-1. Arnaud had switched to a 4-4-2 during his debut as the interim, where the team came back from 0-2 down to a dramatic 2-2 home draw. He opted not to repeat the two-forward lineup in the two matches after.

Whether being forced by circumstances (the potential sale of Mauro Manotas and the international FIFA break may have played a part), Arnaud finally went to a lineup that placed his two best attackers on the field: Mauro Manotas and Christian Ramirez.

The resulting win may be a coincidence of that change but the Dynamo looked their best under Arnaud's tenure as head coach.

3) Alejandro Fuenmayor features in first MLS match since June

The 23-year-old defender was one of the better additions to the team during the 2017/18 offseason. The Venezuelan even started in 21 of 22 matches, the sixth most starts on the team. This season, he fell out of favor with former manager Wilmer Cabrera and thrown into the doghouse.

Fuenmayor had featured in 429 minutes and five MLS matches prior to the encounter with Minnesota. It was as if he was played out of necessity for lack of other options. In the Leagues Cup match in late July against Liga MX side Club America and on Wednesday night, Fuenmayor showed why he is one of the better players on the roster.

What happened in the past is done. What happens going forward is in the club's control and, given the proof over the last two seasons, Alejandro Fuenmayor has to be part of the team's plan for the future and the present.

4) Joe Willis matches career-high for wins in a season

Goalkeeper Joe Willis has been one of the more solid performers this season despite the blunders everyone remembers from his performances at Cincinnati and at Philadelphia. He's been a workhorse for the Dynamo. With the win against Minnesota, he matched a career-high nine wins in a singular season and could reach double digits before the year is over.

5) Arnaud turns the corner

Time will tell if Davy Arnaud's interim tag will be removed. As of now, he's the leading candidate for the permanent head coaching job. The biggest benefit that was always going to come from him was the union of the locker room. Now with his first win in hand, Arnaud has five matches to prove why he deserves the gig.

Dynamo player of the game: Mauro Manotas

A game-winning goal and an assist for Manotas makes him the Man of the Match. In every period of turmoil throughout his time in Houston, Manotas has been one of the few voices that gives it to you straight and doesn't spit cliches. That's the same personality he goes on the field with and that's why he's one of the league's better goalscorers.

Next match:

Saturday, September 14 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9:00 p.m. CT, KUBE57/TeleXitos 47.2)

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