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‘Bayern are unplayable,’ says defeated coach

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has insisted Bayern Munich are in a "league of their own" after the Bundesliga leaders' 2-0 win keeps them seven-points clear at the top of the league.

'Bayern are unplayable,' says defeated coach
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Goals by France’s Franck Ribery and Austria’s David Alaba gave Bayern their tenth win from 11 league games and Veh says the Bavarians are currently untouchable.

“We were up against opponents who are in a league of their own,” said Veh, who won the Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart in 2007. “We tried to press Bayern early and not let them get going.”

“We did that very well, but Bayern are smart and you have to cover a lot of ground. The second goal settled the outcome and it broke our resistance.”

Ribery scored their first a minute before the break, then Bayern made sure of three points at the Allianz Arena when Alaba netted a 77th-minute penalty after a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the area.

After their 6-1 rout of Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday, when Bayern raced into a 5-0 lead after just 33 minutes, this was a workman-like performance against third-placed Frankfurt.

“That was a hard-earned victory against a very good team,” said Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes. “Especially in the first half, we didn’t look determined enough. Frankfurt played good football and were full of running, it’s hard to refocus after the Champions League.

“You can’t always score six goals and play superb football, but we showed we’re capable of the right reaction in a difficult situation.

“At the end of the day, we made the most of our experience and intelligence.”

Second-placed Schalke 04 stayed in touch with Bayern after coming from behind to beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen.

Bremen’s Aaron Hunt scored his third goal in two games on 16 minutes to put the visitors ahead at the Veltins Arena.

But Schalke midfielder Roman Neustädter celebrated his first call-up to the Germany team on Friday with the equaliser on 59 minutes as he rose highest to a corner and header home.

His Germany team-mate Julian Draxler then scored Schalke’s second after finishing off a superb counter-attack started by the Royal Blues’ goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall on 69 minutes.

“If you fall behind against such a strong team as Werder Bremen, it makes things very difficult,” said Schalke coach Huub Stevens, whose side came back from 2-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“But just as against Arsenal, we came back. The character of the team is simply great. We earned the luck we had towards the end of the match.”

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund moved up to fourth with a 3-1 win at bottom side Augsburg.

Having only been denied victory by a late goal at Real Madrid on Tuesday in the 2-2 Champions League draw, Dortmund turned in another convincing display.

After Germany midfielder Marco Reus fired home a superb free-kick after eight minutes, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski showed his class with goals on 51 and 70 minutes before Sascha Moelder scored a late header for Augsburg.

“That was hard work in the first half, it was a very, very tight match, with a wonderful goal for us, then our goalkeeper reacted well to deny Augsburg,” said Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. “Things were clearly better in the second-half, we scored two nice goals and controlled the game.”

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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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