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Bayern beat Düsseldorf, Schalke smash Dortmund

Bayern Munich set a new Bundesliga record on Saturday when they claimed their eighth straight victory since the start of the season with a 5-0 hammering of Fortuna Düsseldorf, while Schalke enjoyed a rare 2-1 win over Dortmund.

Bayern beat Düsseldorf, Schalke smash Dortmund
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Bayern in 1995, Mainz in 2010 and Kaiserslautern in 2001 had all previously held the joint record of seven successive wins.

It was also the 300th Bundesliga victory for Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes thanks to goals by Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, Brazil’s Luiz Gustavo and Rafina, plus two from Germany’s Thomas Müller.

“Of course, I am delighted,” said Heynckes. “We played fantastic football from start to finish.”

Despite second-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04, third, also winning, Bayern remain five-points clear at the top.

Bayern went ahead on 28 minutes after a Franck Ribery pass split the defence and found striker Mandzukic unmarked on 28 minutes to slot home.

Enjoying 80 percent possession, Bayern doubled their lead on 36 minutes.

Müller fired the ball into the box and Brazil midfielder Gustavo enjoyed a simple tap in with Düsseldorf goalkeeper Fabian Giefer at his feet, desperately trying to scramble away the danger.

Müller grabbed Bayern’s third on 55 minutes after a good pass from Ribery.

Fortuna’s defence folded again as Müller grabbed his second on 86 minutes and Rafinha claimed the fifth a minute later.

Schalke enjoyed a rare 2-1 win at title-holding neighbours Borussia Dortmund in the 141st Ruhr derby. The Royal Blues took an early lead when Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay volleyed home on 14 minutes at Signal Iduna Park stadium in front of 80,645 fans.

Schalke doubled their lead two minutes into the second half when an excellent pass from Lewis Holtby on the halfway line put midfielder Marco Höger away.

The 23-year-old sprinted clear of the Dortmund defence and drilled the ball past Borussia’s despairing goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Having started with a 4-4-2 formation, Borussia then switched back to a 4-2-3-1 attack which paid off when Poland striker Robert Lewandowski headed home on 55 minutes to put the hosts back in the game, but it was not enough.

“We were a bit surprised that Dortmund changed their formation, but we coped well with it,” said Schalke coach Huub Stevens. “After it was 2-1 the whole team fought well and deserved the win.”

Defeat leaves Dortmund 12 points behind Bayern and four behind Schalke.

“We didn’t play well,” admitted Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, who had midfielders Jakub Blaszczykowski, Mario Goetze, Ilkay Guendogan und defender Marcel Schmelzer out with injury.

“After the system change, we were less stable early on. We played too little football and all in all, Schalke deserved the win.”

Bremen claimed only their third win this season as they hammered Mönchengladbach 4-0 to leave Bremen ninth in the table and ‘Gladbach twelfth with just two wins from eight games this season.

Frankfurt enjoyed their sixth win in eight games with a 3-1 win at home to Hannover having scored two goals after only 18 minutes through Algeria midfielder Karim Matmour and defender Sebastian Jung.

Hannover pulled a goal back through Mohammed Abdellaoue on 43 minutes, but Eintracht netted their third on 82 minutes thanks to a header from Alexander Meier.

Freiburg enjoyed a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg to leave the 2009 champions bottom of the table with just one win in eight games, while Bayer Leverkusen move up to fifth after their drew 2-2 at home to Mainz.

On Friday, Hoffenheim drew 3-3 with Greuther Fürth, while on Sunday Nuremberg are home to Augsburg and Stuttgart are at Hamburg.

AFP/jcw

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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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