Bundesliga round-up: Bayern Munich win amid calls from fans to boycott Qatar

Bundesliga round-up: Bayern Munich win amid calls from fans to boycott Qatar

BERLIN (AP) — Amid calls by the Bundesliga to boycott the World Cup in Qatar, 17-year-old Youssef Mokoko led the German team with two goals in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Bochum on Saturday. led to competition for space.

Dortmund fans held up several banners before the match criticizing Qatar’s human rights record, lamenting football’s loss of ethics and urging TV viewers not to watch the tournament, which starts on November 20.

In Berlin, Hertha fans also displayed a large banner calling for a boycott of the tournament, and other banners decrying its impact on the climate, Qatar’s pursuit of LGBTQ+ rights and disregard for human rights.

In the second half of the team’s 3-2 defeat against Bayern Munich, Hertha fans held up another banner: “15,000 deaths for 5,760 minutes of football! Shame on yourselves!”

Qatari authorities have repeatedly denied the news of the death of 6,500 refugees according to the report of the Guardian newspaper. It is not clear how many migrant workers have died helping the Gulf Arab nation prepare to host the world’s biggest soccer tournament.

Bayern back on top

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored in quick succession for Bayern to go top before former league leaders Union Berlin travel to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

But it was a nervous win as Hertha battled back from three goals down and almost claimed a late equaliser.

Jamal Mosela opened the scoring in the 12th minute after Sadio Mane won the ball from a Hertha player in midfield.

It was Bayern’s first goal. Hertha needed goalkeeper Oliver Christensen at his best to deny Mane with Bayern’s second effort in the 24th.

Hertha fans then raised a huge banner calling for a boycott of the World Cup, but this failed to dislodge the Qatar-sponsored crowd.

Chopo Moting scored two goals in the 37th and 38th minutes. It was Bayern’s seventh consecutive win in all competitions.

However, Dodi Lukaku pulled one back in the 40th and Hertha were given another lifeline when Davy Selke was awarded a penalty via VAR after Benjamin Pavard was tripped. The Hertha forward recovered in time to score from the spot in his 200th Bundesliga appearance.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is back in time after recovering from a shoulder problem. The 26-year-old has not played for Bayern since the 2-2 draw at Dortmund on October 8.

Mokoko shines

Mokoko, 17, became the youngest player to reach 10 Bundesliga goals as he helped Dortmund to third place.

Mokoko tripped a defender and let fly with a dipping shot that flew off the sideline under the crossbar in the eighth minute and Gio Reina made it 2-0 with a stunning penalty four minutes later. It was the second American goal of the season in his second start.

Dortmund pressed for more, but it was Bochum’s Philipp Hoffmann who scored with a lovely looping shot past Gregor Kobel. However, the goal was disallowed for offside via VAR.

Mokoko scored his second before the break when he saw Bochum keeper Manuel Reimann off his line and scored from around 35 meters (yards).

Also, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Augsburg 2-1, Leipzig won 3-1 at Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg won 3-0 at Mainz.

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