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Kahn warns Bayern to take German Cup final seriously

Bayern Munich's high-profile keeper Oliver Kahn warned of over-confidence ahead of Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, the first trophy towards a possible treble this season.

Kahn warns Bayern to take German Cup final seriously
Kahn takes his celebrating seriously too. Photo: DPA

Bayern, 10 points ahead in the German league with five games to go and already into the UEFA Cup semi-finals against Zenit St Petersburg, are looking more and more likely to take all three titles provided they can beat Dortmund. Bayern beat Dortmund 5-0 on Sunday but Kahn said that result could set his side up for a fall.

“It’s a final and anything which happened before will have no bearing on it even if we recently beat them 5-0 and they are having a poor season,” said Kahn who will be playing his last German Cup match before retirement at the end of the season. “We shouldn’t think it will be a walk in the park.”

Dortmund, the 1997 European Champions League winners under Bayern’s current coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, are only 13th in the league and have nothing to lose.

“In a final such as this they (Dortmund) have absolutely no pressure on them and in these circumstances they could easily put in an incredible performance. We have to be really focused,” added Kahn.

Kahn did not play in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt but comes back into the side for this cup final at Berlin’s Olympic stadium where Bayern hope to capture their 13th title. As for the treble, general manager Uli Hoeness was full of optimism for the end to Bayern’s season.

“This team is remarkable for the fact they can always find another gear, and never give up even after falling behind. They stay focused and keep going, and more than anything else, they keep looking for goals right to the end,” said Hoeness about their Frankfurt performance.

Hoeness was particularly impressed at the quality shown by a clutch of second-string players with limited match practice behind them this season. “We’ve proved the team comprises more than just three or four individuals.”

Bayern’s coach Hitzfeld said it was up to Bayern not to slip up by keeping up the brand of quality football which has put them on the verge of three titles: “What our rivals do is less important to us now.”

Against Dortmund, Bayern will be without Hamit Altintop, who has a foot injury, and a question mark also hangs over Willy Sagnol, who was substituted late in the game against Frankfurt, also with a foot problem.

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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