Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Bundesliga: Bayern wins late as Hamburg thrashes RB Leipzig

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FC Bayern Munich goes seven points clear on top of the Bundesliga table after their dramatically late victory against Ingolstadt and a surprise defeat of RB Leipzig at the hands of strugglers Hamburg SV.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men found it hard to work their way past a stubborn Ingolstadt as both Mats Hummels and Lewandowski failed to convert early chances.

Later, Lewandowski managed a chip over keeper Martin Hansen, only to have his effort cleared off the line by Marvin Matip.

Early in the second half, Thomas Muller was also denied by Florent Hadergjonaj with another goalline clearance.

Bayern finally got their opener as Arturo Vidal volleyed in Thomas Muller’s cross right on the 90th minute.

Arjen Robben then sealed the game by firing home into the bottom left corner to seal victory in the first minute of stoppage time.

The result meant that Bayern is still on course to see off retiring captain Philipp Lahm with a treble, despite going through an afternoon not looking their best.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig, Bayern’s surprise title rivals this season, lost further ground against the defending German champions after Hamburg SV routed them by 3-0 at home.

15th in the Bundesliga, Hamburg began their runaway victory Kyriakos Papadopoulos headed in against his former club before Brazilian midfielder Walace marked his Bundesliga debut by scoring in almost identical fashion shortly after.

At injury time, substitute Aaron Hunt completed the scoring a minute after coming on to give Hamburg a second successive win, lifting them further away from the bottom two while Leipzig fell to their fourth defeat in seven Bundesliga matches.

Higuain hits brace in Allegri’s 100th game in charge of Juve

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Gonzalo Higuain continues his good form for Juventus by picking up a brace against Serie A strugglers Cagliari as the Bianconeri celebrates their 100th game under coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The Argentinian dinked a shot past Cagliari keeper Rafael from Claudio Marchisio’s pass before half-time, and slid Paulo Dybala’s pass under Rafael two minutes after the interval to become this season’s joint top scorer in Serie A with 18 goals.

The scoreline did not change and home side Cagliari eventually lost the game by 2-0; however, they already looked down and out after their midfielder Nicolo Barella was sent off for a second bookable offense. Indeed, he had been the best player for the team before he caught Miralem Pjanic late from a throw-in.

On the other hand, it was a fifth successive Serie A win for Allegri’s side, which in turn restored their seven-point lead after it had been cut down to four by wins for Napoli and Roma earlier in the week.

While Allegri himself had often been linked with a move to Arsenal amidst rumours of Arsene Wenger’s departure in the summer, the Italian insisted that he wants to stay for “another 300 or 400 games” as Juve boss.

“Regarding my future, I cannot deny something I have never said,” Allegri said. “Secondly, I cannot confirm something fake.”

“I am the Juventus manager. My contract will expire in 2018. I am happy here. As I said, we have a season to end in the best way.”

“When it’s time, I will speak with the club. We will talk. It’s normal. It’s about planning. Other things are gossip.”

Juventus will play Palermo next in the Serie A, before travelling to Porto for their first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 match.

Real Madrid gets Gareth Bale boost ahead of Napoli match

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Ahead of their match against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 encounter, Real Madrid received a boost in their ranks as Gareth Bale returned to train with the team for the first time in three months.

The Welsh forward had missed three months worth of action since damaging ankle ligaments in a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

Bale also had to undergo surgery due to the incident.

“First day back on the training pitch with the boys! Can’t wait to be back in action now,” the 27-year-old tweeted.

“The big news (from training) was the return of the Bale, who completed the session with the rest of his teammates,” Madrid echoed in a statement on Sunday.

Bale’s return means Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the visit of a in-form Napoli, who currently stands at third place in the Serie A table.

“He’s fine. He’s working very well and looks determined,” the Frenchman said.

While Real maintained their one point lead at the top of La Liga with two games in hand over Barcelona thanks to a 3-1 win at Osasuna on Saturday, Napoli remained unbeaten in 18 games stretching back to October after beating Genoa by 2-0 in the Serie A last Friday.

Both teams will meet at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday.