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Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim in close match

Italian striker Luca Toni scored an injury-time winner to give Bayern Munich a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday to pull level with their opponents at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim in close match
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In front of a 69,000 sell-out at the Allianz Arena, little Hoffenheim, who started the day with a three-point lead over their illustrious opponents, proved their lofty position was no fluke when they grabbed a 49th-minute lead.

Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic, the league’s top scorer, hit the target to register his 18th goal in 16 matches for a team who were playing in the third division just two seasons ago.

The village side, bankrolled by multi-millionaire businessman Dietmar Hopp, had opportunities to add to their score and were made to pay when Philipp Lahm levelled for Bayern on the hour mark.

Toni then stunned Hoffenheim with his winner, scoring his eighth goal of the campaign for the defending champions.

Both sides are locked on 34 points but Hoffenheim remain top on goal difference.

“This was a close match between two fine teams,” said Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“In the circumstances, it was a superb win for us. Of all the teams we have faced in the championship, Hoffenheim are the best. We could have taken advantage of our chances earlier but we created some great opportunities in the second half.”

Bayern had the better of the early exchanges with Franck Ribery providing a cross for Toni, which was too low for the Italian’s head, and too quick for the fast-closing Miroslav Klose. Toni then found the side-netting after a one-two with Ze Roberto.

After weathering the early storm, Hoffenheim started to press and Ibisevic missed a good 32nd-minute opportunity with just goalkeeper Michael Rensing to beat.

But he was on target for the opener with a precise drive past Rensing in the 49th minute. Tobias Weis was then just wide with an effort three minutes later. However, Lahm came to Bayern’s rescue in the 61st minute, finishing off a mazy run to beat Hoffenheim keeper Daniel Haas.

Klose and Toni came close as the game entered its final stages before the Italian supplied the killer blow in the first minute of injury time.

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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