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Bayern Munich outclass Manchester City

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hailed the performances of stars Franck Ribéry and Bastian Schweinsteiger as 'world-class' after their 2-0 Champions League win over Manchester City.

Bayern Munich outclass Manchester City
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Germany striker Mario Gomez scored twice to give Bayern their 10th straight victory, but France star Ribéry and German play-maker Schweinsteiger both constantly tested the City defence on Tuesday.

After their 2-0 win at Villarreal a fortnight ago, the result leaves Bayern firmly in control and top of Group A as the German league leaders subdued City’s star-studded attack.

City have huge problems aside from the defeat as City manager Roberto Mancini insisted striker Carlos Tevez is ‘finished’ after the Argentinian refused to come on in the second-half.

But his opposite number Heynckes was delighted as Gomez’s two first-half goals capped a convincing display from the home team.

“We chose just the right time to score and then played very confidently,” said Heynckes, who won the trophy in 1998 as coach of Real Madrid.

“At the beginning of the game we were nervous, but we changed things around

midway through the first-half and came into the game,” he added. “Ribéry put in a world-class performance, as did Schweinsteiger. In the second-half, we played as a unified whole.”

“At the moment we have not only a great team spirit, but are playing in harmony with lots of awareness of the spaces from some outstanding individuals.”

With 11 goals in his last seven games, Gomez said Bayern had suffered from nerves at the start, despite picking up their 10th straight win.

“We were perhaps a little nervous, which is really inexplicable, because we are actually in a purple patch,” said Gomez. “As a team, we started playing well after 30 minutes and ultimately deserved to win.”

After soaking up City’s early pressure, Bayern took the lead on 37 minutes when Manchester goalkeeper Joe Hart could only parry a Ribéry shot, then blocked a Thomas Müller effort, before Gomez made no mistake from three metres out.

Gomez struck again in similar fashion on the stroke of half-time when Daniel Van Buyten’s header was saved by Hart, but the ball fell to Gomez who tucked his shot into the back of the net.

It was Bayern’s 30th goal of the season and although City tried everything after the break, they could not break the Munich defence.

With City’s fans subdued by their team’s display, the Munich fans treated their English guests to a few chants of ‘You Only Sing When You’re Winning’ – that said it all.

“We have put ourselves in good position to qualify for the knock-out stages,” beamed Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge with Munich set to travel to Napoli for their next game on October 18 the same night City host Villarreal.

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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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