Bayern take third after biggest win of the season

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was delighted on Saturday as the defending champions hammered Kaiserslautern 5-1 to record their biggest win of the season so far and go third in the league.

Bayern take third after biggest win of the season
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A Mario Gomez hat-trick capped the rout, and Bayern climbed from fifth to third to trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by 14 points after the league’s top side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stuttgart.

“I’m very satisfied, a 5-1 win in the Bundesliga is fantastic,” van Gaal said.

“But I’d like to point out how difficult it was for us … Kaiserslautern were very disciplined and we had real problems in the first half, but we scored the goals at just the right time.”

“We’re third now, but we have a lot of work ahead of us, and we need lots

of wins,” van Gaal said. “Naturally, we’ll keep watching what happens at the top.”

Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who was making his first start of the season after injury, opened the scoring with a classy first-half goal, but admitted Bayern had to work for their three points.

“It was tough,” he said. “It was vital we scored just before and just after half-time. I’m really enjoying being back out on the field again, although my comeback isn’t as important as the team doing well.”

Dortmund had to share the points at home to Stuttgart after the guests’ Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak equalised in the 84th minute.

“We had several good chances when we could have scored the winner, but we

wasted our chances,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

“We didn’t seem to understand that we should have defended until the end.”

Borussia had opened the scoring just before the half-time break when midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz slid a pass through the Stuttgart defence for teenager Mario Götze to beat the goalkeeper on 43 minutes.

Stuttgart fought back for a point but are still 17th in the league, second from bottom, despite the draw.

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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.