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Bayern Knocked Out of German Cup By Second-tier Kiel

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BERLIN, Jan. 14  — Bayern Munich crashed out in the German Cup second round for the first time in 20 years after Holstein Kiel stunned the giant 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, reported Xinhua news agency.

Bayern conceded an equalizer in injury-time through Hauke Wahl, who forced the title holders into extra-time.

Bayern dominated possession in the opening stages and created its first chance with nine minutes played when Joshua Kimmich’s long-range effort went just wide.

It took another five minutes before Bayern scored the opener, as Serge Gnabry broke the deadlock with the helping hand of Holstein goalkeeper Ioannis Gelios, who tipped the ball into the path of the German international.

The German giants remained in control of proceedings but failed to turn dominance into tangible reward, as Gnabry pulled wide from a promising position at the half-hour mark.

The hosts eventually flabbergasted Bayern with a clinical equalizer on 37 minutes when Jannik Dehm’s long through-ball allowed Fin Bartels to beat onrushing keeper Manuel Neuer.

Kiel grew in confidence and thought it had turned the tide but Lee Jae-sung’s finish into the bottom corner was flagged offside.

Bayern tried to assume control, but the visitors could only create half-chances through Alphonso Davies and Corentin Tolisso, and had to take a 1-1 draw into the break.

The defending champions made a bright start to the second half and took a 2-1 lead in style as Leroy Sane’s perfectly curled free-kick over the wall ended up in the top-right corner.

Courageous Kiel continued unfazed and should have made it 2-2, but an unmarked Alexander Muhling missed the target from 10 meters in the 50th minute.

Gelios kept his squad in the match after tipping wide Jamal Musiala’s well-placed shot from inside the box on 66 minutes.

As the match progressed, Bayern took the reins but Kiel had the last laugh with the equalizing goal in the dying seconds of injury-time, when Johannes van der Bergh’s cross was turned in by Hauke Wahl’s right shoulder to make it 2-2.

Bayern pressed frenetically in extra-time, but Holstein Kiel’s defence stood firm to force the shootout.

All Kiel players kept their nerves from the spot, whereas goalie Gelios saved Marc Roca’s attempt. Kiel veteran Bartels took the decisive kick and made no mistake, beating Neuer to wrap up the 6-5 win.

“It was an outstanding performance from my team. We believed in a victory and we had luck. We remained cool despite every setback and even during the penalties. That was crucial today,” Holstein Kiel head coach Ole Werner said.

Said Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick, “We are of course very disappointed. We dominated but we still conceded a late goal and that is very annoying. Congrats to Kiel, they fought very hard. We have to improve things.”

Source: BERNAMA

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Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadiums To Host FIFA Club World Cup 2020

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ZURICH, Jan 19  — FIFA announced an amendment of the schedule for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 matches after New Zealand club Auckland City FC confirmed their withdrawal from the tournament in light of the quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement released on Monday, FIFA confirmed that the current format of the competition will remain unchanged, with the opening match forfeited, which was scheduled for Feb 1 between Auckland City FC and Al-Duhail SC, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

It said the tournament will now be staged at Education City and Ahmad Bin Ali Stadiums, while Khalifa International Stadium, which was originally due to host two games, will not be used.

It added that the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will stage the first match on Feb 4 at 5pm Doha time and the FIFA Club World Cup champions will be crowned at Education City Stadium on Feb 11m at  9 pm Doha time.

The tournament will be contested by Al-Duhail SC, Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores final scheduled for Jan 30.

Following the withdrawal of Auckland City, Al-Duhail SC, will move directly to the second round.

The draw to finalize the pairings will take place in Zurich on Jan 19 at 6 pm Doha time.

Source: BERNAMA

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Might Making A Comeback To UFC

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UFC President Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov might not walk away from mixed martial arts just yet because he has left the door open for a possible UFC comeback.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is reportedly open to trying to bring his professional record to 30-0 with a 30th fight inside the Octagon. Dana White said, “Basically, the way that he feels right now is that he’s accomplished everything he set out to accomplish”.

According to President Dana White, if the two lightweight fights next week that are (Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier) and also (Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler) are spectacular, Khabib Nurmagomedov would consider coming back to fight one of the winners.

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“So next Saturday, we’ve got the (Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier) fight and also (Michael Chandler- Dan Hooker) fight on there. His words to me were, ‘I’m going to watch this fight’, ‘I would never tie up the division’ … ‘these guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight’, said Khabib Nurmagomedov”.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most prominent Muslim athletes in the world, and Dana White met in person backstage during a UAE Warriors MMA event Friday night in Abu Dhabi that was co-promoted by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s new Eagle FC organization.

Sources: ESPN

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‘If We Won 1-0, I’d Think It Was Completely Fine’ – Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp could not say anything about why Liverpool failed to score in three consecutive league games for the first time in 16 years after a 0-0 draw at home against Manchester United.

The defending champions needed the agility of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to save an unbeaten record in the Premier League at Anfield to 68 games when the Brazilian goalkeeper denied attempts by Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Klopp’s side has now failed to win in the last four games of the league and then fall to fourth place, three points behind United.

“If we won 1-0, I’d think it was completely fine,” Klopp said.

“You can’t deny Manchester United chances for 90 minutes. You never could. They’re in a good moment.

“With all the things said before the game – they’re flying and we’re struggling – my boys played a good game tonight. But we didn’t score. That’s the most important thing in football,” he added.

In the match that took place early this morning, Liverpool dominated the match in the first half before United bounced back in the second half, but their attack was successfully denied by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Source: ESPN

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