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Mainz inflict more pain on out of form Schalke

Schalke 04 continued their dismal run of form as the 2011 German Cup winners crashed out of this season's competition after being beaten 2-1 by second division Mainz in their round of last 16 clash.

Mainz inflict more pain on out of form Schalke
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Jens Keller saw his reign as caretaker coach get off to the worst possible start, since taking over from Huub Stevens on Sunday, as an 83rd minute winner from Nicolai Muller proved the difference.

Schalke, who topped their group in the Champions League, went behind on the half-hour mark when Marco Caligiuri opened the scoring, but they levelled the match with 15 minutes to go thanks to Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Muller then added insult to injury for Schalke with his late winner leaving the hosts with just the Champions League to play for as thanks to a run of just two points from their last 18 in the Bundesliga they are 17 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.

Bayern had no such problems winning 2-0 away at Augsburg on Tuesday evening, despite playing for almost the whole of the second-half with 10 men after Franck Ribery was sent off, and avenging a defeat there earlier in the season in the league.

German international striker Mario Gomez’ superb form since returning from an ankle operation continued as he scored the opener with his fourth goal in six games.

The runaway Bundesliga leaders doubled their lead five minutes from time as Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri fired home after being set up by Thomas Müller.

It should have been 3-0 but Ukrainian veteran Anatoly Timoschuk’s 30 metres piledriver which crossed the line after hitting the bar was not seen by the referee.

Elsewhere Third Division side Offenbach claimed a top level scalp with a 2-0 home win over Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf.

The quarter-final line-up will be completed on Wednesday with the highlight of the four games, holders Borussia Dortmund at home to Hannover.

AFP/mry

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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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