Daily Archives: April 10, 2017

Bayern Munich outclasses Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker

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Bayern Munich looked unassailable as they surged forward for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with an easy 4-1 drubbing over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace, while veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben proved that they still have much to offer to Bayern by scoring a goal apiece ahead of a challenging Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

But they could enter the game in high spirits as Bayern went 2-0 up against their strongest Bundesliga rivals in just 10 minutes. Ribery started the scoring after latching on to a Philipp Lahm cross and finishing a dazzling move that wrongfooted the entire Dortmund defence twice in the fourth minute.

Bundesliga top-scorer Lewandowski then doubled their lead, whipping in a free-kick past Oliver Buerki six minutes later to score against his former club, but a thumping shot from Raphael Guerreiro in the 20th gave the visitors hope.

Arjen Robben, denied four times in the first-half got his deserved goal four minutes after the break firing an unstoppable left-foot shot past Buerki to give Bayern a two-goal cushion once more.

Buerki topped off Dortmund’s misery as he brought down Lewandowski in the box, and the striker converted for his second of the evening to move one goal ahead of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Bundesliga scorers’ list.

Bayern are now on 68 points, 10 ahead of RB Leipzig with six games left to play, and also remain on course for a treble.

Injured Hummels out for Bayern clash against Real

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Mats Hummels will be a key absentee for Bayern Munich as the German champions prepare to meet Champions League winners Real Madrid in their quarter-final clash.

Although Hummels only played for ten minutes in Bayern 4-1 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, the German international appeared to suffer an ankle problem in Bayern’s Sunday’s training session and was forced to leave the pitch on a golf cart.

After undergoing a medical examination to determine the extent of the problem, Hummels announced that he will miss the game at the Allianz Arena.

“Very sad to be out for at least the next week,” the former Dortmund player tweeted.

This meant that Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti will have to rely on Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to hold Real Madrid off in their first leg encounter. Both played in Bayern’s 4-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday, as Manuel Neuer also remains doubtful after a foot injury kept him out for weeks.

However, Bayern received a boost in offensive strength, tweeting to welcome Thomas Muller back after the forward was sidelined briefly for a ankle injury.

As for Zinedine Zidane’s team, they will have to play without Pepe after the Portuguese central defender broke two ribs in their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid during the weekend, while French defender Raphael Varane will also be missing through injury.

Ross Barkley given transfer ultimatum by Ronald Koeman

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Everton coach Ronald Koeman has issued an ultimatum to Ross Barkley that he will be sold unless he signs a new contract.

Barkley, 23, has a year left in his contract with the Toffees, but his future with the club now looks uncertain as Koeman looks to ascertain the England International’s interest to stay on with Everton.

“We offer him a new contract, and then there are two possibilities,” Koeman said. “One, he signs that contract. If he doesn’t sign that contract then we need to sell the player. It’s simple, it’s not so difficult in my opinion.”

A Liverpool native, Barkley scored five goals and provided eight assists for Everton in all competitions this season, one of them for Romelu Lukaku over the weekend. The latter, who was also the League’s leading scorer with 23 goals, had himself turned down a new five-year deal last month.

“We try to keep the best players,” Koeman added. “We spoke a lot about Ross and Rom because they are really important.”

“Most of the time the quality of the players can be the difference between Everton and the opponent, and they played really well. We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really good football between the lines.”

“I think he should have scored one but it is what you like to see — your best players performing like they showed, because they played outstanding, the whole team performance was outstanding.”