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.

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.

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.

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.

Raphael Varane and Marco Asensio extend stay at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio and defender Raphael Varane has extended their contracts with the La Liga Champions.

24-year-old Varane has committed to stay with Real up to the end of the 2021-22 season after having been signed from Lens in 2011.

Since arriving from France, the player had since established himself as a crucial part of Madrid’s successes in recent years and won 13 major trophies in the process, including three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups and two La Liga titles. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Varane, who won the Champions League twice in each of the last two seasons since Zidane took over at Real, added that the French legend was key to the various successes in Real Madrid in the last few seasons.

“Zidane was fundamental to me coming and now he’s the coach who helps me every day,” Varane said. “I thank him for his support and his confidence. He gives me advice and he is a person we respect a lot and listen to when he speaks.”

“I have learned a lot at this club. Every season is a challenge and now I am a more complete player. I have learned at the highest level. In every training session, I learn.”

On the other hand, Asensio, 21, who signed for in 2014 for €3.9 million from Mallorca, and has agreed a new six-year-deal at Santiago Bernabeu a a day after his teammate Varane committed to Real.

After a season-long at both Espanyol and Mallorca, Asensio made his first breakthrough into Los Blancos first team in 2016-17, starting in their UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla and then making his La Liga debut shortly after.

The Spaniard then played 23 La Liga games last season, and impressed in the Champions League, scoring three times in eight appearances, including a goal in the final against Juventus as Zinedine Zidane’s side lifted the trophy.

Both Varane and Asensio follow the footsteps of clubmates including Marcelo, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Karim Benzema and Marcos Llorente, who have also recently committed their futures to the club.

Chris Coleman pleased with Antonio Conte response to Ampadu call-up

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Chris Coleman is pleased by Antonio Conte’s positive comments about Ethan Ampadu’s international call-up to play for the Welsh international senior squad.

Coleman believes that the Chelsea manager’s stance, which stands in contrast with the way in which Jurgen Klopp responded to the news that Ben Woodburn had first been named in the Wales squad, which owes much to the fact the Italian understands what it means to play for his country.

Ampadu, 17, had just made his debut for Chelsea last week, but will be named alongside Woodburn in the 23-man Wales squad that take on Georgia and the Republic of Ireland in the final matches of their World Cup qualifying campaign at the start of next month. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

After Ampadu’s previous Wales call-up and prior to the teenager making his first appearance for Chelsea, Conte denied that senior international recognition at such a young age had heaped pressure on the player.

“You must be proud of this,” Conte said. “But, for sure, he has to work a lot to deserve another call-up to the national team. We must be pleased because this player is a Chelsea player.”

Coleman says that he appreciates Conte’s sentiments — which happened to be a very different reaction from Klopp in relation to Woodburn’s promotion to the senior Wales squad six months ago.

The German, who was keen to keep Woodburn out of the spotlight after the teenager scored on his Liverpool debut, expressed his surprise that he had not received a phone call from Coleman before the 17-year-old’s inclusion and also questioned how well the Wales manager knew the forward.

“It helps if you have played international football and understand what it is all about,” Coleman said. “When I read Conte’s comments I felt he put it all really well, how he said it, and it is true. If you are good enough as a young player, then why shouldn’t you be involved?”

“I can see the players don’t belong to us and are not contracted to us and international football is a choice – you either want to do it or you don’t want to do it. But if you have played it, you understand the importance of it and the honour of it.”

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.