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Bayern’s Boateng eager to brush off Sweden draw

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has said the Bavarians' Germany stars are eager to get back to Bundesliga business on Saturday to erase the memories of Germany's shock 4-4 draw with Sweden.

Bayern's Boateng eager to brush off Sweden draw
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Munich are chasing a record eighth straight win at Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday which would set a new Bundesliga record for the most games won at the start of a season.

Bayern had seven players on the pitch for Germany in Berlin when Sweden began their fight back from 4-0 down on Tuesday to score four goals in 30 minutes and stun their hosts by sealing a draw in their World Cup qualifier.

While honorary president Franz Beckenbauer admitted he was left laughing at home in front of his television “over this crazy game,” Bayern’s Germany star Boateng struggled to see the funny side on Thursday.

“We are back at Bayern, the national team is behind me now,” he said curtly as Bayern return to league action with a five-point lead at the top of the table.

“It is important that we get back into things quickly after being with the national team and find our rhythm again.

“We want to remain on top and far ahead of the other teams.”

Boateng admitted it was the “first and hopefully last time” he had experienced a 4-4 draw, but insisted the Sweden game now had “nothing to do with the Bayern players.”

But German journalists were eager to know if there would be any flash back should Bayern take a 4-0 lead at Düsseldorf.

“Then we’d hopefully make it 5-0,” he said frostily. “(If Bayern) play as a team, then it’s hard to beat us.”

AFP/jcw

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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.

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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