Bayern shocked at home by Mönchengladbach

Star-studded Bayern Munich started the new season with a shock 1-0 home defeat to Borussia Möchengladbach on Sunday thanks to a mix-up between new signings Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng.

Bayern shocked at home by Mönchengladbach
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Despite having spent over €40 million over the summer, Bayern were left red-faced at their Allianz Arena by ‘Gladbach, who only narrowly avoided relegation last season.

“They spun a spider’s web and we allowed ourselves to get caught in it,” said Munich coach Jupp Heynckes, who has said he will only speak to Neuer and Boateng after the pair play for Germany against Brazil on Wednesday. “‘Gladbach also countered well here and there.”

The visitors grabbed the crucial goal in the 62nd minute after a mix-up between Germany defender Boateng and goalkeeper Neuer, two players who cost just over €35 million.

They failed to deal with a long ball and Belgium’s Brazil-born striker Igor de Camargo capitalised on the confusion to fire home on 62 minutes.

“It was my mistake which cost us the game,” admitted Neuer. “I held back a little as I didn’t want to foul him (de Camargo) in the process and give away a red card.”

Bayern looked to have equalised on 75 minutes, but Thomas Müller’s header was ruled offside and ‘Gladbach earned their first win over Bayern in Munich since 1995.

Bayern had come closest to taking the lead on 55 minutes when striker Mario Gomez clipped the post with a header.

Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango then headed into the Bayern net on 59 minutes, but the referee ruled he had pushed Bayern vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in the process.

“We have proved Bayern are beatable this season,” said ‘Gladbach’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Last season’s runners-up Bayer Leverkusen slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Mainz 05 thanks mainly to two defensive blunders.

A first-half mistake by stand-in goalkeeper Fabian Giefer and a late own-goal from defender Omer Toprak gifted the hosts the three points as Leverkusen slumped to another defeat following last week’s shock German Cup exit.

Mainz opened the scoring on 32 minutes when striker Sami Allagui capitalised on a Giefer mistake to fire home from a tight angle before Toprak scored a late own goal.

Leverkusen’s ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack spent the game on the bench.

Title holders Borussia Dortmund had started proceedings on the opening weekend of the season with an impressive 3-1 win over Hamburg on Friday thanks to two goals from Germany’s rising stars Kevin Grosskreutz and Mario Götze.

On Saturday, former Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg picked up wins to go top of the table.

Germany’s Brazil-born striker Cacau warmed-up for Wednesday’s friendly against the South Americans in Stuttgart with a 37th-minute goal as 2007 champions Stuttgart enjoyed a 3-0 win over Schalke.

Ex-Germany striker Patrick Helmes scored twice as 2009 champions Wolfsburg won 3-0 at Cologne.

Hannover 96 were also winners with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim.

Having spent last season flirting with relegation, Bremen got their season off to a flying start with a 2-0 home win over Kaiserslautern as Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg netted twice in the second half.

Striker Sascha Moelders scored with two headers as newly-promoted Augsburg earned a 2-2 draw at home to Freiburg.

Hertha Berlin, back in the Bundesliga after winning the second division last season, were beaten 1-0 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday night after Nuremberg’s 22-year-old Czech Republic striker Tomas Pekhart netted the winner.


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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.