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Another Der Klassiker went Bayern’s way this weekend, Dortmund losing 3-1 at home.It’s come after a slew of other disappointing league results — they haven’t won since beating Augsburg 2-1 on September 30th — as well as Champions League let-downs, having just suffered two 1-1 draws with Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus and teetering close to not qualifying from their group.However, a bright spot for both Dortmund fans and USMNT fans — especially in the latter’s time of crisis — was that Pulisic was perhaps the best player on the field for either team. Plus, one game does not a season make; Dortmund are still in third, just two points off second-placed Leipzig and six off league-leaders Bayern. There’s plenty of the season left, and they’ll have another chance to right their wrongs against Dortmund when the two meet again in December’s third-round DFB Cup clash.
It was the worst possible week for River Plate.First, they were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores semi-final by Lanús, who rallied from from a 1-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-2 in the second leg and end on top 4-3 on aggregate. Next, they lost the Superclásico to rivals Boca Juniors. It’s not too much of a shock, considering how their respective seasons are going — Boca are solidly in first, 9 points ahead of second-placed Talleres de Córdoba, while River are in 13th, tied with Lanús on points and only ahead on goal difference (0 vs. -5) — but it’s quite the epitome of kicking someone while they’re down.It’s quite the shock season for the Argentinian giants, who haven’t won a game in the Primera División since September 17th. At this rate, they won’t even come close to qualifying for next year’s Libertadores. But, then again, you can’t crash out if you don’t qualify...
THE MLS TEAMS KNOCKED OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS
The MLS Playoff conference semi-finals wrapped up this weekend, which means four more clubs reached the end of their 2017 season.Some met more dramatic fates than others. The Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders, both coming off 0-0 first legs, advanced with rousing wins — 2-1 and 2-0 respectively, the Dynamo especially impressive taking their win away from home. (In contrast, they took just 10 points from 17 away matches during the regular season.)The Eastern Conference matchups, on the other hand, were much more fiery — both on the field and off it.
Toronto took a 2-1 win in the first leg at Red Bull Arena, and so had both the win and the two away goals on their side heading into the second leg. It was just enough; Toronto technically lost the second leg 1-0, but because the Red Bulls just couldn’t find that second goal they were able to advance anyway. Always odd to celebrate after a loss, but alas.NYCFC found themselves in a similar boat, winning the match but falling just one goal short of advancing. A penalty gave them a shred of hope in the first half and a Columbus own goal in the second half got them that much closer, but they needed a third to overcome the Crew’s 4-1 first leg home win. They just couldn’t get it.So now that everyone’s brackets have been thoroughly busted in one form or another, the Conference Championships will see the Sounders take on the Dynamo and Jozy- and Giovinco-less Toronto take on the Crew. Anything can happen!
In perhaps the most inevitable result of the weekend, West Ham’s manager was the latest to get the axe after they fell 4-1 to Liverpool at the weekend. David Moyes is set to replace him, at least until the end of the season.Bilic getting sacked has been a long time coming. West Ham sit in 18th, having only one two matches — albeit one of them being a shock win over Tottenham two weekends ago — and conceding a 97th-minute tying goal to last-placed Crystal Palace last weekend. Last year they had the move to London Stadium as their excuse; what excuse do they have this year?