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Sep 18, 2014

Soccer-Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes

BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – German teams scored a point — or more accurately, seven — in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich certainly had the better of English champions Manchester City throughout their clash, although they needed a 90th minute goal from former City player Jerome Boateng to win that Group E opener 1-0.

Sep 18, 2014

Hamburg plot league comeback after sacking coach Slomka

BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Former European champions Hamburg SV are plotting how to turn their season around after sacking coach Mirko Slomka this week and facing champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hamburg, who needed a relegation playoff to stay up last season, have only one point from three league games so far with Slomka paying the price for their bad run after seven months in charge.

Sep 18, 2014

Bayern frontline needs improvement despite win over City

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich’s last-minute victory over Manchester City may have left fans delighted with a winning Champions League Group E start but highlighted their need to improve their finishing after missing a string of clear chances.

Last season’s Bundesliga striker Robert Lewandowski, brought in to boost their frontline, has yet to score in a competitive game for the Bavarians and on Wednesday the Poland international had his own share of missed opportunities.

Sep 18, 2014

Soccer-Bayern frontline needs improvement despite win over City

Sept 18 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich’s last-minute victory over Manchester City may have left fans delighted with a winning Champions League Group E start but highlighted their need to improve their finishing after missing a string of clear chances.

Last season’s Bundesliga striker Robert Lewandowski, brought in to boost their frontline, has yet to score in a competitive game for the Bavarians and on Wednesday the Poland international had his own share of missed opportunities.

Sep 17, 2014

Dortmund unfazed by injuries in fine European start

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – When Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl was taken off at halftime of their Champions League 2-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday with adductor muscle problems, he became the latest name on a long injury list.

Yet last season’s Bundesliga runners-up showed no sign of being affected by more than half a dozen absences and delivered a scintillating performance that will no doubt act as a warning to the other two teams in Group D, Galatasaray and Anderlecht, who drew 1-1.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Dortmund unfazed by injuries in fine European start

Sept 17 (Reuters) – When Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl was taken off at halftime of their Champions League 2-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday with adductor muscle problems, he became the latest name on a long injury list.

Yet last season’s Bundesliga runners-up showed no sign of being affected by more than half a dozen absences and delivered a scintillating performance that will no doubt act as a warning to the other two teams in Group D, Galatasaray and Anderlecht, who drew 1-1.

Sep 15, 2014

Bayern face injury problems ahead of Manchester City game

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich are struggling with fitness and injury problems ahead of their Champions League group opener against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Dutchman Arjen Robben is doubtful after missing training on Sunday with a knee problem and fellow winger Franck Ribery made his season debut on Saturday, coming on as a substitute and scoring in the 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Bayern face injury problems ahead of Man City game

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are struggling with fitness and injury problems ahead of their Champions League group opener against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Dutchman Arjen Robben is doubtful after missing training on Sunday with a knee problem and fellow winger Franck Ribery made his season debut on Saturday, coming on as a substitute and scoring in the 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

Sep 15, 2014

Shinji-mania grips Dortmund ahead of Arsenal clash

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday despite a growing injury list.

The 2013 Champions League runners-up host Arsenal on Tuesday after the two sides were drawn together in the group stage for the second season in a row.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Shinji-mania grips Dortmund ahead of Arsenal clash

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday despite a growing injury list.

The 2013 Champions League runners-up host Arsenal on Tuesday after the two sides were drawn together in the group stage for the second season in a row.

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