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North-South derby ends in damp squib for Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was disappointed with the Bundesliga champions goalless draw in Hamburg, but insisted his side 'gave everything they had'.

North-South derby ends in damp squib for Bayern
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Bayern are up to ninth in the table after Friday night’s draw, but remain nine points behind leaders Dortmund who host Hoffenheim on Sunday.

German giants Bayern were seeking a first win in Hamburg for five years but they settled for a point without captain Mark van Bommel, defender Daniel van Buyten, striker Miroslav Klose, plus playmakers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

“I went to the dressing room after the game and told my players it’s a shame we didn’t win,” admitted Dutchman van Gaal.

“I have the feeling we could have come away with a lot more than that. Hamburg were physically shattered in the last 15 minutes, which is basically when we should have been scoring the single goal we needed. We failed, and we could even have lost it as well.”

Hamburg could have taken all three points right at the end of the game when Burkino Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa beat the defence and curved his shot around Bayern goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt, but his effort hit the post.

“Obviously, we wanted to come away with the three points, but Hamburg had a huge chance to win it at the end, so we have to be satisfied with a point,” said Munich captain Philipp Lahm. “After all, HSV aren’t just any old team. Overall it was a reasonable performance, but we need more determination and precision in the final third.”

With his side fourth in the table before Saturday and Sunday’s matches, Hamburg coach Armin Veh said he was happy to take a point off Munich. “Bayern were missing a few players today, but they still boast enormous quality,” said Veh.

“It means you can’t spend the last 20 minutes throwing everyone forward, you have to make sure you’re not hit on the break.”

Hamburg captain and Germany defender Heiko Westermann rued his side’s missed opportunities, especially Pitroipa’s effort which had home fans clutching their heads in agony as his golden chance went begging.

“We had the better chances and could have won the game,” said Westermann. “It’s a real shame Pitroipa didn’t score, and (Piotr) Trochowski was in a one-on-one with the keeper too. But one point is better than none.”

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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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