The top teams keep winning as the Bundesliga closes in on its final third of the season, as the top three sides all scooped up multi-goal wins on Saturday. [ MORE: ] Bayern Munich 8-0 Hamburg One to forget for USMNT man Bobby Wood, as Bayern again spun the collective heads of Hamburg. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick and Kingsley Coman added a brace as the leaders battered 16th place Hamburg. Lewandowski’s 19 goals are good for a tie atop the leaderboard, as he joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (More on him after this wild Tweet). Freiburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund Aubameyang struck twice stay atop the Bundesliga leaderboard with 19 goals, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos also scored for third-place
The prophets of doom are growing louder as Bournemouth’s winless streak enters its third month but as another setback jolted them closer still to the bottom three, one of their old favourites backed them to pull out of their dramatic 2017 nosedive. Tony Pulis, the West Bromwich Albion manager, played in a promotion campaign at Bournemouth and later took his first management steps at the old Dean Court, adding current coach Eddie Howe to his playing staff along the way. Having heaped further problems on Bournemouth with Albion displaying precisely the kind of resilience and organisation that Howe must instil in his struggling charges, Pulis had warm words for a side now without a win in eight attempts since the turn of the year.
Manolo Gabbiadini performed brilliantly in Sunday’s EFL Cup final, but was the Southampton striker unfairly gipped of a hat-trick? Saints manager Claude Puel certainly believes so. While the back-and-forth final between Southampton and Manchester United presented a tremendous matchup, the Saints had every right to be furious with the officiating in the early going after Gabbiadini’s 11th minute finish was called off for offsides. “I would like, of course, video in the future for these situations,” said Puel. “It’s very hard when we see this game to lose. It was cruel.” Gabbiadini went on to score a pair of goals at the tail end of the first half and early in the second stanza, but Puel was pleased