By Ben Higlett and Dan Reuben
Bayern Munich and Schalke were the German teams in Champions League action this week – Bayern got off to a satisfactory start in their tie against Liverpool, drawing 0-0 away at Anfield to stretch their unbeaten run away from home in Europe to nine games (W6 D3). Meanwhile, Schalke looked to have secured a brilliant result in their first leg at home to Manchester City, with the Königsblauen 2-1 up after 84 minutes. However, a free-kick from their former star Leroy Sane and a late Raheem Sterling winner meant they have it all to do at the Etihad in a few weeks’ time.
Bayer Leverkusen crashed out to Russian side Krasnodar on away goals, leaving Eintracht Frankfurt as the only remaining German side in the competition, after they reached the last 16 of a European competition for the first time in 24 years, beating Shakhtar Donetzk 4-1 at home (6-3 on aggregate). In reaching the last 16, Frankfurt have scored more goals than any other side in this year’s Europa League. They face Inter Milan in the next stage of the competition.
Dortmund kept Bayern at arm’s length as they overcame a spirited Leverkusen to remain at the Bundesliga’s summit. Having seen Niko Kovac’s resurgent FCB draw level on points with them following a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, English starlet Jadon Sancho scored his ninth goal of a stunning breakout season as Die Schwarzgelben secured their first win in six matches with a 3-2 victory. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig can leapfrog Mönchengladbach into third place if they beat Hoffenheim on Monday night, who will hope that a potential upset will breathe new life into their European qualification campaign.