Bayern return from break to wallop Stuttgart in German Cup

Bayern Munich returned from their winter holidays looking as though they meant business judged by the way Jürgen Klinsmann's men swept aside VfB Stuttgart 5-1 on Tuesday.

Bayern return from break to wallop Stuttgart in German Cup
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This last 16 German Cup tie was the reigning champions’ first official game of 2009 after a one-and-a half month lay off, a training camp in the sunshine of Dubai, and five friendly wins.

They were quickly into their stride though with Bastian Schweinsteiger starting the rout in the 14th minute.

“We knew we were feeling good. We showed our quality,” said Schweinsteiger. “But we can play even better.”

Franck Ribery doubled up two minutes later and the France international then set up Luca Toni for Bayern’s third just before the break. Schweinsteiger got the second leg of his double from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute with Brazilian Ze Roberto completing a fine night for the visitors before the hour mark.

It was Stuttgart’s first loss since Markus Babbel took over as coach in November.

“That was an extremely bitter night for us,” said Stuttgart captain Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Bayern’s league campaign resumes on Friday with a trip to Hamburg who earlier Tuesday won their Cup tie against 1860 Munich 3-1, while Schalke 04 saw off minnows Jena 4-1.

Bundesliga winter champions Hoffenheim were eliminated in the previous round by Freiburg, who were defeated 3-1 by fellow second-division outfit Mainz.

Wednesday’s Cup programme features a showdown between top-flight sides Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen.


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.