Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win

Goals by Miroslav Klose and Franck Ribery sealed Bayern Munich's 3-2 win at Lyon on Wednesday night which gave the German giants their best-ever start to a Champions League campaign.

Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win
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Two strikes from forward Klose and a goal from midfielder Ribery put Bayern 3-0 up at half-time before the home side fought back at the Stade de Gerland. And unbeaten Bayern now go into the first knock-out stage next year with 14 points from six matches, the 2001 winners’ best-ever tally at this stage of the competition, with four wins and two draws.

“We’ve deservedly finished top of a difficult group, so we’re delighted and a little bit proud,” said coach Jürgen Klinsmann on the Bayern website, calling the the first half “tremendous.”

“The way we played, with one and two touch football, getting into the box and turning chances into goals, was really first class. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was a fantastic first half, top quality football.”

He admitted, however, in the second half, Bayern shifted down a gear and Lyon hit their stride.

Bayern’s Germany defender Philipp Lahm insists there is still room for improvement as Bayern allowed Lyon to fight-back as second-half goals from Lyon veteran Sidney Govou and striker Karim Benzema slashed the arrears.

“We can live with the result, but not the way we played,” said Lahm. “We let them have far too many chances. We made excellent use of our own chances, but otherwise we made too many mistakes.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has signed a new contract at Bayern which will keep him in Munich until at least 2012, said the Germans were made to work for the win.

“We’re pleased and proud that we’ve won, as it turned into a very tough match,” said Schweinsteiger. “I believe this team can go a long way in the Champions League. We’re improving all the time and we’re winning our matches. It’s a real advantage playing the first leg away from home in the next round.”


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.