Bayern snatches draw from Lyon

Ze Roberto's second half goal earned Bayern Munich a 1-1 draw against French giants Lyon to keep Jürgen Klinsmann's side top of Group F in the Champions League.

Bayern snatches draw from Lyon
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Lyon went ahead when Bayern’s Argentina international Martin Demichelis headed in Brazilian playmaker Juninho’s long range freekick for a 25th minute own goal. That was the last thing Klinsmann’s team needed after two successive losses in the Bundesliga but their blushes were saved in the 52nd minute.

Miroslav Klose crossed from the right for the Roberto to head in the equalizer with Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris unable to keep the ball out despite getting a hand to it.

Klinsmann, after this improved showing compared to Bayern’s last two Bundesliga offerings, denied his team had a Jekyll and Hyde quality about it. “I don’t believe the team has two faces, it’s in the process of developing,” said the former Germany boss.

His Lyon counterpart Claude Puel reflected: “This draw is logical. After the result between Fiorentina and Steaua Bucharest (0-0) our result keeps us on track (for qualification from the group).”

Looking ahead to Lyon’s next game agaisnt Steaua Puel said: “It’s better to win that so as not to have to count on a rival. A victory isn’t essential, but we have to continue on our journey.”

Lyon’s Juninho reckoned a stalemate was “a good result.” Asked by French television if he had any regrets the setpiece maestro added: “Yes and no because we played against a side that put up a super second half performance, while I reckon we were better in the first.”

The stalemate at the Allianz Arena lifted leaders Bayern on to four points after their opening win over Steaua Bucharest, who drew with Fiorentina on Tuesday. Lyon are third on goal difference on two points.


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.

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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.