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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.

“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.”

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.

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.

Bundesliga: Bayern wins with help from VAR, Leipzig loses opener

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Bayern Munich began their title defense with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen after being awarded a penalty thanks to the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Bayern, who were missed a host of key players, were still able to lead 2-0 by half-time thanks to goals from debutants Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, but were placed under pressure by Leverkusen early in the second half.

However, their star striker Lewandowski appealed for a penalty against the run play, a request that was fulfilled after referee Tobias Stieler consulted the VAR system which has been recently introduced to the German top flight.

Initially unsure, Stieler awarded a spot-kick after consulting the video referees who were based in Cologne, which the Polish striker converted to make it 3-0.

Leverkusen then got a consolation goal through Admir Mehmedi, who lashed in a 20-yard drive, but it was not enough to stop Bayern, who have now won 18 and drawn five in their home stadium at the Allianz Arena since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

Elsewhere, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Schalke 04.

Nabil Bentaleb started Schalke’s win by converting a penalty just before the break, while Yevhen Konoplyanka did the rest, curling home in style to seal the victory.