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Schalke's Leon Goretzka gives Bayern Munich a glimpse of their future | Andy Brassell

Schalke midfielder will join Bayern in the summer and his display against them will have pleased home fans in Munich

At least he ended up with an assist from it. It was a whisker from being one of the goals of the season, as Leon Goretzka threw a bicycle kick at Breel Embolo’s cross, and Sven Ulreich looked beaten. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t connect with his laces but flicked off the outside of his boot – falling to Franco Di Santo at the back post, who applied a measured finish.

No matter. It was, Goretzka told Sky afterwards without the smallest hint of bashfulness, something he’d managed before. “It wasn’t as it should have been today,” he shrugged, “but it ended in a goal, which is the most important thing.” No matter either that Di Santo’s strike offered Schalke only brief parity at the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Müller slotting home a winner later in the first half after Robert Lewandowski had got things started.

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Nuri Sahin: ‘I want to give back after football and my children to be proud’

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder talks about Jürgen Klopp, the excitement surrounding Jadon Sancho and how he hopes to bring the Champions League trophy back to his current club

We are back to where it started for Nuri Sahin – spiritually at least. As we settle into the common room at the top of the youth scholars’ boarding house at Borussia Dortmund’s training ground, on Big Brother-style soft furnishings between table football and a games console, the club’s press officer points out this sort of dedicated facility did not exist when the midfielder was a teenage aspirant. Sahin, from the age of 12, and the other scholars lived in a boarding house in the city centre.

Related: Ademola Lookman slips and slides from Everton into Leipzig’s affections | Andy Brassell

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European roundup: Robin Koch sinks Leipzig to bolster Bayern

• Freiburg shock Leipzig with two goals in four minutes
• Girona peg back Atlético Madrid with second-half equaliser

Lowly Freiburg stunned RB Leipzig 2-1, coming from a goal down and scoring twice in four minutes to spoil their opponents’ chance of cutting Bayern Munich’s advantage at the top.

Leipzig’s Timo Werner broke the deadlock when he dribbled past two defenders and fired in a left-footed shot that went in off the post in the 65th minute. But their joy was short-lived as Freiburg struck twice in four minutes for an unexpected win. Janik Haberer drilled in from 12 metres in the 72nd minute and before Leipzig could recover, they struck again through Robin Koch, whose first Bundesliga goal last week earned a point at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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