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Mar 19, 2014

Soccer-Stuttering Dortmund advance despite 2-1 loss to Zenit

DORTMUND, Germany, March 19 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to visitors Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday but advanced 5-4 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.

Dortmund, last year’s runners-up who won 4-2 in Russia in the first leg, fell a goal behind when Hulk thundered Zenit into the lead with an unstoppable long-range effort in the 16th minute.

Mar 18, 2014

Fiery Klopp keeping cool ahead of Zenit clash

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund’s notoriously hot-tempered coach Juergen Klopp has barred fans from watching the team train this week as he seeks a calm lead-up to the side’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie against Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

Klopp was banished to the stands for dissent in a 2-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday as Dortmund lost their fourth league game of the season on the weekend prior to a Champions League match.

Mar 18, 2014

Soccer-Fiery Klopp keeping cool ahead of Zenit clash

March 18 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund’s notoriously hot-tempered coach Juergen Klopp has barred fans from watching the team train this week as he seeks a calm lead-up to the side’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie against Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

Klopp was banished to the stands for dissent in a 2-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday as Dortmund lost their fourth league game of the season on the weekend prior to a Champions League match.

Mar 9, 2014

Dortmund tighten hold on second spot with win at Freiburg

BERLIN (Reuters) – Lacklustre Borussia Dortmund edged past Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of captain Sebastian Kehl’s first goal in almost two years to go four points clear in second place in the Bundesliga.

In an evenly balanced game in which Freiburg refused to concede any space without a battle, Dortmund struggled to create scoring chances with just three shots on goal – all from outside the box – in the first half.

Mar 9, 2014

Soccer-Dortmund tighten hold on second spot with win at Freiburg

BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) – Lacklustre Borussia Dortmund edged past Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of captain Sebastian Kehl’s first goal in almost two years to go four points clear in second place in the Bundesliga.

In an evenly balanced game in which Freiburg refused to concede any space without a battle, Dortmund struggled to create scoring chances with just three shots on goal – all from outside the box – in the first half.

Mar 6, 2014

Shell-shocked Schalke seek Hoffenheim redemption

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Schalke 04 have no time to lick their wounds from recent confidence-sapping defeats at home and in Europe with the Ruhr valley club needing victory against Hoffenheim on Saturday to stay in contention for a top-four finish.

A 6-1 demolition at home against Real Madrid in the Champions League was followed by a 5-1 crushing by Bayern Munich last week, heaping pressure on coach Jens Keller’s team, who are desperate to secure a spot in next season’s elite European tournament.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-Shell-shocked Schalke seek Hoffenheim redemption

March 6 (Reuters) – Schalke 04 have no time to lick their wounds from recent confidence-sapping defeats at home and in Europe with the Ruhr valley club needing victory against Hoffenheim on Saturday to stay in contention for a top-four finish.

A 6-1 demolition at home against Real Madrid in the Champions League was followed by a 5-1 crushing by Bayern Munich last week, heaping pressure on coach Jens Keller’s team, who are desperate to secure a spot in next season’s elite European tournament.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-Germans take cold comfort from narrow win over Chile

March 6 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew gesticulated wildly, screamed from the sidelines and pulled his hair in frustration during the 1-0 win over Chile on Wednesday, after the side put on a display that suggested they were well short of World Cup sharpness.

Loew’s emotional outbursts are a rare sight but he had good reason to feel aggrieved.

Feb 24, 2014

Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe’s worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Speaking to Reuters a day after the end of the Sochi Winter Games, Masuzoe, elected this month, said he had had to travel to Russia to assure the International Olympic Committee he was fully committed to Olympic preparations after his predecessor resigned over a financial scandal.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe’s worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Speaking to Reuters a day after the end of the Sochi Winter Games, Masuzoe, elected this month, said he had had to travel to Russia to assure the International Olympic Committee he was fully committed to Olympic preparations after his predecessor resigned over a financial scandal.

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