With four matches to go, Dortmund have 61 points, two points clear of second-placed Bayern, which will move into the lead if they beat Hertha of Berlin on Sunday.
Dortmund looked far from a serious contender in pursuit of their first Bundesliga title in 11 years, struggling to overcome Bochum’s solid defense.
They were also unhappy with the referee and the VAR system after two assigned penalties at the end of the game.
This is very bitter for us. It was a tense game, but we had chances, said Dortmund coach Edin Terzic.
Forgive my tone and emotion, but I said last week that for us and for me, this might be the only chance in my life to get that close to the title.
Then you have to make these decisions when there is so much at stake. The only thing I asked the referees to do was look again.
The visitors lost 1-0 five minutes later after Anthony Losilla’s thunderous shot from close range.
Bochum’s joy lasted only two minutes, however, when Karim Adeyemi shot into the far corner from close range to level the score.
But the goal did not spice up Dortmund’s game, and Terzic was desperate to shout about it from the sidelines.
They thought they had earned the right to a free kick when Adeyemi was brought down in the penalty box in the 65th minute, but the referee gave the command to continue play.
The best chances in the second half came after Marco Reus came on the pitch in the 73rd minute, when the midfielder brought on Yussuf Mukoko to strike, but his shot was parried by Bochum keeper Manuel Riemann.
In the 76th minute, Riemann made an even more fortunate save, preventing a shot from Jude Bellingham, before Doniell Malen, who had scored in five previous matches, sent the ball just over with a sensational heel strike.
Dortmund sent the ball into the net in regulation time, but Mats Hummels, who scored, was offside. The visitors also wanted a spot kick early in the match for a handball from Bochum.
After Terzic was penalized for misconduct at halftime, Bellingham shot past the goal at the last minute, and Dortmund ran out of time. Now they will have to wait for the result of Sunday’s match in Munich to see what their title chances look like.
Ronaldinho’s Global Street League will begin in late 2023, organizers announced Saturday,and initially, there will be a tryout on social media, where street soccer players of all ages can upload their best skills and tricks in an attempt to join one of the competition teams.
Matches and skill competitions will be held in major cities around the world, and teams will compete in a league for the title of RGSL champions and for the right to be part of a team that will be called the Ronaldinho Globe Street Team.
We believe there is tremendous value in this space and a once in a lifetime opportunity to support the players of the future, Ronaldinho said in announcing the venture.
There were no specifics about a possible venue or exact start time.
To launch the league, Ronaldinho, two-time world soccer’s best player, teamed up with sports agent and former player Roberto de Assis Moreira and Sophie Watts, co-founder of the Mike Tyson League of Legends.
Ronaldinho and I grew up in a disadvantaged community in Brazil, Moreira said. We know firsthand the power of street soccer in empowering young people and are fully committed to discovering and supporting street soccer players around the world through the RGSL.
Their 4-1 win over perennial leaders at the Etihad snatched control of the race out of Arsenal’s hands and put City in charge of their destiny.
But City boss Pep Guardiola thinks too long to consider a fifth league title in six seasons a formality.
The reaction to City’s victory in the so-called decisive match for the title was clear. It was their seventh consecutive league win and they were two points behind Arsenal with two games to spare, when only recently they were eight behind.
A tireless City win over Fulham on Sunday would put them in the lead, and if they achieve that, the title will indeed be lost, especially with home games against struggling West Ham United and Leeds United.
But Guardiola urges caution.
I have a feeling the next three games will determine a lot, he said. Fulham come from the Championship and have been great this season. We play at home against Leeds and West Ham. We feel comfortable here because of the crowd.
After defeating City, Arsenal have the weekend to lick their wounds and regroup after their home match against Chelsea was postponed to Tuesday on the advice of the police.
Нo there is no respite for teams fighting at the other end of the table to avoid relegation.
Time seems to be running out for the Southampton club after Thursday’s loss to Bournemouth dropped them six points from the safety zone in their five remaining games.
On Sunday, Southampton travels to third-place Newcastle United to face a team that has scored 10 goals in two games and appears to be on the verge of a return to the Champions League.
The two clubs directly above the Saints, Everton and Leicester City, meet Monday in a true six-goal match.
Nottingham Forest got out of the relegation zone thanks to a priceless win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, and a win over Brentford on Saturday will put even more pressure on Everton and Leicester.
Leeds, who are ahead of Forest on goal difference, travel to an almost safe Bournemouth on Sunday.
With Fulham comfortably in 10th place and Bournemouth and Forest on a survival course, this could be only the fourth time in Premier League history that all three relegated teams have avoided relegation in their first season.
The last time Fulham avoided relegation in their first season in Premier League history.In 2017-18, when Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield held on to the top, there was appendicitis.
Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of finishing in the top four are all but lost, although they showed struggle by playing a 2-2 draw with fourth-place Manchester United on Thursday in Ryan Mason’s first game as interim manager, four days after a 6-1 loss to Newcastle.
Fifth-place Spurs face seventh-place Liverpool on Sunday in a match that could largely decide which of these two clubs can save a place in Europa League qualification.
Tottenham has 54 points, the same number as sixth-place Aston Villa, while Liverpool has 53 points as they played one less game.
Liverpool is aiming for a fourth straight win and a late entry into the Premier League.
This season has taught us lessons I didn’t want to learn, but the most important lesson in soccer is to get three points at the weekend or midweek, manager Jurgen Klopp said.
Madrid reported on Friday that 3Modrić, 7, suffered an injury to the posterior surface of his left thigh, without saying how long it would take him to recover.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti said he doubted his key playmaker would be able to play in the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna in Sevilla on May 6. The first match of the Champions League semifinals against City will be three days later.
Ancelotti said Modric suffered a minor injury during Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Girona in the Spanish championship, which left Barcelona 11 points behind the leader.
This is soccer and these things happen, Ancelotti said. We hope he comes back for the remaining games, which are very important.
Modrić, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, helped Madrid win five Champions Leagues, including the club’s record 14th European Cup last season. Despite his age, he starts Madrid’s key games and retains his role as the best passer.
Madrid takes on Almeria in the Spanish championship on Saturday before facing Real Sociedad in another championship match before the Copa del Rey final.
The point leaves United six points adrift of fifth-placed Spurs with two games to spare and has all but dashed the Londoners’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Jaydon Sancho and Marcus Rashford gave United a 2-0 lead at half-time, but goals from Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min after the break saved a draw for a struggling Tottenham.
Of course when you lead 2-0, you’re a bit disappointed with the draw, said United manager Eric ten Hague. We had chances to score after the 2-1 score … but we didn’t and we conceded a goal. I think 2-2 is a good draw this week.
Some fans protested against Spurs chairman Daniel Levy before the match, and after the team took the lead against United after the 6-1 loss to Newcastle United on Sunday, there were shouts We want Levy gone.
The mood soured when Sancho opened the scoring seven minutes later when the striker burst into the box from the left and struck a low shot into the far corner past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Sancho nearly doubled United’s lead 19 minutes later when his deflected shot was cleared by Ivan Perisic.
Rashford then made the score 2-0 just before halftime when he received a long ball from Bruno Fernandes, ahead ofEric Dier and shot past Forster after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg lost possession of the ball.
Tottenham defender Porro got the hosts back in the game when he deftly shot past goalkeeper David De Gea in the 56th minute after Harri Kane’s shot was blocked.
Bruno Fernandes then had a chance to give United a 3-1 lead when he found himself in midfield, but his shot hit the crossbar when it looked like it would be easy to score.
Of course (it was a shame), but you can’t blame it on one player, added Ten Hague. We weren’t clinical enough, and I think we should have scored more. The goals we conceded were too easy, and we could have avoided them.
The rejuvenated Spurs created a few more chances, and Deere missed the clearest opportunity to tie the score with a close-range shot on goal.
But the pressure finally took its toll when Sohn scored off a Kane pass in the 79th minute to save a point for Spurs and cheer the fans, who appreciated their team’s reaction.
(I’m) pleased with the reaction, and we were great in the second half, and the character we showed after last Sunday and getting on the field.missed goals (today), Ryan Mason said after the first game as interim boss.
I hope the fans can see that we were a team today and ran after each other. We could have scored a lot more in the second half.