Bayern wins Bundesliga record time

Updated 08 April 2013
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Bayern wins Bundesliga record time

BERLIN: Bayern Munich won their 23rd German league title in record time yesterday by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to open up an unassailable 20-point lead with six games left in the season.
The Bavarians ended the two-year reign of Borussia Dortmund by clinching their 22nd Bundesliga title faster than any club in the league’s 50-year history.
Bastian Schweinsteiger beautifully flicked the ball into the net with a back-heel in the 52nd minute to lift Bayern to 75 points, 20 ahead of second-placed Dortmund, who beat Augsburg 4-2.
“It is a fantastic moment, and I am winning a league title after 23 years again,” said coach Jupp Heynckes, who guided Bayern to the championship in 1989 and 1990 during his first stint as coach.
“My players are now harvesting all the work they put in throughout the year. They put into action exactly what I told them.” Heynckes will make way for Pep Guardiola at the end of the season — by which time Bayern, who are chasing an unprecedented treble for a German club, might have added the Champions League and German Cup crowns.
Dortmund rested seven key players ahead of their own Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Malaga next week, but had little trouble easing past Augsburg despite briefly trailing 2-1.
Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski sealed their victory with his 21st goal of the campaign after a Julian Schieber double.
Madrid routs Levante
Cristiano Ronaldo went on as a substitute to seal Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Levante as it maintained its dominant form yesterday ahead of its Champions League quarterfinal at Galatasaray.
Madrid reduced Barcelona’s lead in the Spanish league to 10 points before the Catalan side hosted Mallorca later.
Gonzalo Higuain’s exquisite volley pulled Madrid level in the 36th minute after Miguel “Michel” Alfonso grabbed the visitors the lead after five minutes. Kaka made it 2-1 with a penalty in the 39th.
Ronaldo went on at halftime and fired in Higuain’s pass in the 84th before setting up Mesut Oezil three minutes from time. Oezil added a fifth in stoppage time.
Real Sociedad romped to a 4-2 win at home over Malaga, strengthening its hold on fourth place against a direct rival for Spain’s last Champions League berth.
Juventus on top
Juventus beat 10-man Pescara 2-1 to provisionally extend its Serie A lead to 12 points yesterday and boost its confidence ahead of Wednesday’s return leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Arsenal goes fourth
In London, Arsenal won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion yesterday to climb into the Champions League places at Chelsea’s expense, while Aston Villa claimed a precious win in their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
A brace from Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal victory at The Hawthorns, but they allowed West Brom to come back into the game after Per Mertesacker was sent off for bringing down Shane Long in the penalty area.
Reading’s hopes of avoiding relegation were seriously compromised after a 2-0 loss at home to manager Nigel Adkins’s former club Southampton left them eight points from safety with only six games remaining.
Elsewhere yesterday, Norwich City were denied only a second win in 15 games in an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City.
Norwich came from behind to lead through Michael Turner after Robert Snodgrass had canceled out Michu’s 35th-minute opener, but Luke Moore headed in a 75th-minute equalizer to prevent Swansea from slipping to a fourth straight defeat.


Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

Updated 19 June 2018
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Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.