European leagues resume after international break

European leagues resume after international break

Bayern is without a win in four league games and ended a run of three straight draws by slumping to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg in its last game.

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:

GERMANY

Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are both in crisis before their high-stakes game in Munich restarts the Bundesliga after the international break. Bayern is without a win in four league games and ended a run of three straight draws by slumping to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg in its last game. Leverkusen has only one win from its opening seven league games. Bayern will be expected to respond in front of its own fans and get its bid for a record-extending 11th straight title back on track. Bayern is already five points behind surprise leader Union Berlin.

SPAIN

Athletic Bilbao hosts Almería aiming for a win that would lift it level on points with Barcelona in second place in the Spanish league. The club that only fields players born in or near the Basque Country regions of Spain and France has excelled since the return of coach Ernesto Valverde. It has four wins, a draw and one loss this season to reach fourth place. Nico Williams is enjoying a breakout season and could be heading for the World Cup in November. The 20-year-old winger and brother of teammate Iñaki Williams has scored in two consecutive rounds for Bilbao and provided the assist for Spain’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Portugal on Tuesday. That guaranteed Spain a spot in the Nations League’s Final Four tournament. Almeria has won only once in the league this season.