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Transfer Rater: Fabregas to Atletico

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich suffer Champions League hangover in draw with Mainz

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Bayern Munich stumbled to a draw against lowly Mainz on Saturday.

Lacklustre Bayern Munich dropped points for a third time in four Bundesliga games, stuttering to a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Mainz on Saturday.

Bayern fell behind after only three minutes when ex-Barcelona midfielder Bojan opened the scoring at a shocked Allianz Arena, taking advantage of an early Arturo Vidal error.

Arjen Robben equalised after 16 minutes, before Daniel Brosinski restored the visitors' shock lead from the penalty spot just before the break. Thiago Alcantara managed...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings: Bayern Munich remain third

Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal and Bayern Munich had a particularly tough week.

It was a week to forget for the German champions. First, they failed to find a way through Bayer Leverkusen, despite taking 21 shots, before things got worse in midweek. Having fought back to draw level vs. Real Madrid, Bayern were on the wrong end of key decisions.

To see where Bayern Munich fit in Shaka Hislop's full rankings, as well as which clubs made the list this week and which dropped out, click here.

 By Mark Lovell

Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern Munich must shoulder some blame for UCL loss

Raphael Honigstein shares his perspective on the refereeing decisions in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich's Carlo Ancelotti claims his team were punished by refereeing decisions in their UCL loss to Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal says his side were robbed in their quarterfinal Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

It is a massive understatement to say referee Viktor Kassai and his crew cannot expect a joyous welcome if they were planning a holiday in Bavaria anytime soon. After losing 4-2 to Real Madrid after extra time, Bayern have laid the blame in unison clearly at the feet of the officials for their demise in the Bernabeu. Even Philipp Lahm said Bayern "didn't have any luck with the officials," which is bordering on a meltdown from their very classy skipper.

Admittedly, Kassai and his Hungarian team got...

Tottenham plot move for Bayern's Costa; MLS to tempt Ibrahimovic

Shaka Hislop believes Joe Hart is not the worthy candidate to replace Simon Mignolet between the posts at Anfield.
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Bayern's Douglas Costa could be in line for a summer move away from the Allianz.

The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

Spurs plot Bayern raid for Costa

Tottenham have built consecutive title challenges under Mauricio Pochettino, but last summer's outlay has already been largely deemed a failure with summer signings Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko seen as busts.

This time around, again with Champions League football all but guaranteed...

Mistake-filled Madrid vs. Bayern tie a prime example of why VAR is needed

Paul Mariner is fully supportive of VAR amid the refereeing controversy surrounding Real and Bayern's quarterfinal 2nd leg.
The black mark of Madrid's stunning win over Bayern, were the many refereeing gaffes, which the FC crew dissect fervently.
Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal says his side were robbed in their quarterfinal Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

We really ought to be discussing 210 minutes of captivating football between arguably the two best teams in the world. Instead, the aftermath of Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich has been dominated by talk of the match officials and their decisions.

With it is the usual talk of conspiracies and it's not just fans and media fanning the flames: Two World Cup-winning teammates, separated by the age-old Barcelona-Madrid divide, have been going at it as well.

Moments after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal to make...

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Trending: Real Madrid, Atletico progress as Bayern, Leicester exit

Atletico and Leicester drew 1-1, sending Atleti through 2-1 overall, while Real won 4-2 in a wild game against Bayern.
Relive the top moments from Tuesday's UCL matches, including Real Madrid's extra-time victory over Bayern Munich.
Hitting a hat-trick and his 100th UCL goal, wasn't enough for Ronaldo to be effective overall says the FC panel.

Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League when he netted a hat trick against Bayern Munich on Tuesday -- then used the occasion to ask for more respect from fans.

Zinedine Zidane said it was Real Madrid's efforts -- not a poor refereeing display -- that was most important in his team's dramatic 4-2 extra-time victory over Bayern...