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Bayern Munich held by Hertha Berlin after Carlo Ancelotti sacking

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Bayern Munich were held to a draw away against Hertha Berlin in their first match after head coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, with much flaws still evident in the squad.

Playing three days after the departure of Ancelotti, who left after a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain, Bayern responded brightly with a dominant first half, but were pushed back — and lost winger Franck Ribery to injury — after the break, leaving the defending Bundesliga champions in second place and five points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga. – Cara Mendaftar Sbobet

With Willy Sagnol filling in for Ancelotti at the helm of Bayern’s leadership, the team went in front on 10 minutes when the unmarked Mats Hummels powered an impressive header past Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Hertha were awarded a penalty six minutes later when Vladimir Darida collided with Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez, but after consulting the video review system introduced into the Bundesliga this season, referee Harm Osmers reversed his decision and restarted play with a drop ball. – Bandar Bola

Martinez could have doubled Bayern’s lead on 31 minutes but headed Ribery’s cross over the bar instead, before Robert Lewandowski had a shot cleared off the line by Hertha defender Niklas Stark as the visitors threatened at will.

Hertha forward Salomon Kalou fired over the crossbar just before half-time but it was who Lewandowski finally scored to double Bayern’s lead four minutes after the break, taking advantage of weak defending. – Piala Dunia 2018

However, Pal Dardai’s side responded and managed to hit back as Ondrej Duda poked home after a teasing run and cross from Genki Haraguchi on 51 minutes.

Kalou then equalized as Bayern’s defence opened up again, with Corentin Tolisso failing to clear Marvin Plattenhardt’s routine free-kick into the box.

Bayern’s afternoon worsened as Ribery was carried off on the hour with a knee problem after over-extending his leg to control the ball; in his place, Sagnol sent on Kingsley Coman and summer signing Niklas Sule to search — ultimately in vain — for a winner.

Bayern Munich sacks head coach Carlo Ancelotti after defeat to PSG

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Bayern Munich have sacked Carlo Ancelotti after the German Champions Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Ancelotti, who had been appointed to replace Pep Guardiola last summer, was dismissed after a meeting of the club’s board on Thursday despite leading Bayern to the Bundesliga title last season. – Cara Mendaftar Sbobet

“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put on them,” said Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. [Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet

“I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation and regret what has happened. Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision for the benefit of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute performance, so we can reach our goals for this season.” – Bandar Bola

In the game against PSG, the Ligue 1 runners-up took the lead in only the second minute when Neymar swerved his way into the penalty area and teed up Dani Alves, with Kylian Mbappe then assisted both Edinson Cavani and Neymar after half-time. – Piala Dunia 2018

Mbappe also provided the assist for Neymar, tricking his way into the box in the 63rd minute before playing the ball across goal for the Brazilian to pounce from close range.

Rummenigge had quickly called for “consequences” following the loss at the Parc des Princes, which was the club’s heaviest defeat in the Champions League group stages for 21 years. “What we’ve seen tonight was not Bayern Munich,” he said.

Bayern, who were Bundesliga champions in each of the past five seasons, are also having a hard time maintaining their stranglehold over the German top flight title, losing at Hoffenheim in their third match and being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg last Friday.

They are currently third in the German top flight table, three points behind Borussia Dortmund, with four wins, one draw and one defeat from their first six matches.

Bayern will next play away to Hertha Berlin on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

Wolfsburg holds Bayern as dominant Dortmund stays top

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Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich faltered in their title defense once more after a 2-2 home draw against Wolfsburg.

Bayern had themselves to blame as they squandered a two-goal advantage at the break on Friday in a disappointing 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena.

Striker Robert Lewandowski had opened the scoring with a penalty to get his 11th goal in just nine games this season, while Arjen Robben made it 2-0 with a deflected strike to put Bayern in a comfortable position to secure the game.

But their lead was halved with a terrible flap from backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, as Wolfsburg was allowed a lifeline into the game at the 56th minute thanks to the Bayern keeper fumbling Maxi Arnold’s 25-yard free-kick into the net.

Later, Wolfsburg definitely punished Bayern’s inability to finish their host of chances to seal the game as substitute Daniel Didavi scored against Bayern with a neat header in off the post with seven minutes remaining, thus sealing an unlikely draw as Bayern frittered away a two-goal Bundesliga lead for the first time since 2004.

Meanwhile Bayern’s fiercest rivals Borussia Dortmund continued their dominant form in the German top-flight with a 6-1 hammering over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first goal on the stroke of half-time, before heading past goalkeeper Tobias Suppel for his second soon after, and subsequently completed his hat-trick from a tight angle to secure Dortmund their fifth win from six league games.

A brace from Maximilian Philipp and one by Julian Weigl completed the scoring, although Dortmund would rue that they could not keep out Lars Stindl, whose goal for Monchengladbach stopped Dortmund’s Yellow Wall from collecting a record sixth consecutive clean sheet in the Bundesliga.

Barca signs Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for initial €105m

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FC Barcelona has completed the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105m.

The deal, which has a potential of inflating by €42m in add-ons, makes the 20-year-old the second most expensive player in history behind Barca’s former Brazilian forward Neymar.

The striker has agreed to a five-year contract with the Catalan club, with a pending medical checkup to be completed later today before being presented to fans at the Camp Nou.

He will be wearing the No11 shirt vacated by Neymar, whose shock exit to Paris Saint-Germain still echoes within Barca and left a void up front for the Spanish giants.

In addition to suing the Brazilian forward, Barca hierarchy made three failed attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho at the same time as trying to prise Dembele away from Dortmund, although Premier League club Liverpool has refused to let the former go.

On the other hand, Dortmund agreed to Dembele’s transfer after Barca agreed to comply with their asking price, with the Bundesliga giants set to make a huge profit on a player they signed from Rennes for £13.5m only a year ago.

French club Rennes, the club which Dembele played for before joining Dortmund, are also entitled to around “€30m-€40m” owing to a sell-on clause agreed when Dembele joined the Bundesliga side.

Dembele’s departure meant that a place in the Dortmund squad may be filled with the similarly talented Christian Pulisic, while the club itself is also likely to add to their ranks before the end of the transfer window with Lyon’s Brazilian Malcolm among their top targets.