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Bayern, Leverkusen advance into German Cup quarters

Dec 4 2013, 11:30pm CST | by IANS

Berlin, Dec 5 (IANS) The Bundesliga first division teams grabbed the last four tickets for the German Cup quarterfinals Wednesday.

Berlin, Dec 5 — The Bundesliga first division teams grabbed the last four tickets for the German Cup quarterfinals Wednesday. Cup holders Bayern defeated Augsburg 2-0 at the Bavarian derby,...

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Bayern, Leverkusen advance into German Cup quarters

Dec 4 2013, 11:30pm CST | by IANS

Berlin, Dec 5 (IANS) The Bundesliga first division teams grabbed the last four tickets for the German Cup quarterfinals Wednesday.

Berlin, Dec 5 — The Bundesliga first division teams grabbed the last four tickets for the German Cup quarterfinals Wednesday.

Cup holders Bayern defeated Augsburg 2-0 at the Bavarian derby, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg recorded late victories whereas Frankfurt downed Ingolstadt 4-2 to reach the quarterfinals, reported Xinhua.

Pep Guardiola's squad made another step towards the German Cup title defence due to their hard earned 2-0 win against Augsburg. It was an expensive triumph for the Bayern as they lost Arjen Robben to an injury.

Nonetheless, it was the Dutchman, who marked the opener with the first chance of the match following a rebound from close range with four minutes on the clock. Thirteen minutes later, Thomas Mueller replaced injured Robben, whose right knee suffered a cut following a tackle with goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.

The replacement disrupted Bayern rhythm therefore they had to be patient until the 78th minute before Mueller headed home the 2-0 lead to kill the game against hapless Augsburg.

Leverkusen's Emre Can smoothed the next round for his side thanks to his 2-1 winner at Freiburg in an entertaining encounter. The Werkself staged a clinical performance and opened the scoring with just one minute into the game. Freiburg restored parity but failed to respond to Can's late goal at the 77th minute.

The visitors shocked dozy Freiburg with a quick start as Robbie Kruse broke the deadlock at the first minute. Nicolas Hoefler's poor clearance attempt was intercepted by Kruse who slotted home from 13 meters at the inside right into the far post corner.

As the match progressed Leverkusen retracted allowing Freiburg to restore parity, as Matthias Ginter headed home Vladimir Darida's pinpoint cross inside the box at the 19th minute.

However, Emre Can destroyed all hopes by Freiburg when he overcame goalkeeper Oliver Sorg with a low shot from 20 meters to put the result beyond doubt at the 77th minute.

Wolfsburg avoided an upset against second division side Ingolstadt as substitute Ivica Olic handed the 2-1 winner to secure the next round. The Wolves also had to thank Ingolstadt's custodian Ramazan Oezcan, whose two moments of madness invited the hosts to score twice.

The hosts controlled the proceedings on the pitch but yet it were Ingolstadt that broke the deadlock by courtesy of Caiuby, who made use of a pass into path to beat Wolfsburgs Diego Benaglio into the near post corner at the 19th minute.

The Wolves lacked in penetration but after all they levelled the scores as Naldo's long-range effort slipped through Oezcan's fingers at the 67th minute. Keeper Oezcan was again in the thick of things when he parried an effort into the path of substitute Ivica Olic, who had no problems to wrap up quarterfinals one minute before final whistle.

Elsewhere, Frankfurt sealed a hard earned berth for the next round when they edged second division side Sandhausen 4-2 on home soil.

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The brother of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that his sibling has ceased all negotiations regarding a move outside the Allianz Arena as he assesses his chances in Bavaria. Sport Bild Plus (h/t ESPN FC's Ian Holyman) quote Erdin Shaqiri as claiming that all thoughts of his brother's departure have been cooled, with Liverpool and Juventus mentioned as the player's main suitors: There are currently no talks with other cl ...
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Jul 23 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Having splashed out world record fees for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in recent years, Real Madrid’s transfer juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down after they parted with €80 million to sign James Rodriguez from Monaco. The Spanish giants have never been ones to tighten up around talk of opening the chequebook but the squad that they’ve assembled for the coming season has outstripped anything that has been seen before. Even at the height of the galactico era in the mid ...
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Xherdan Shaqiri: ‘Juve is a good option, just like Liverpool or Monaco. It wouldn’t be a step backwards’

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Xherdan Shaqiri has made eyes with Juventus, Liverpool and Monaco on Wednesday shipping fresh quotes to Tuttosport. After failing to cement a first team place at Bayern Munich, Swiss star Shaqiri has been repeatedly linked with moves away from the Allainz Arena throughout the summer. Juventus are widely tipped to be interested in signing the 22-year-old attacking midfielder, while Liverpool have also been linked to the left-footed star. Now It ...
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Video: If You’re Going To Dive Then At Least Commit To It Like This Young Basketball Player

Jul 22 2014 12:45pm CDT | Source: balls

If anyone was following the American coverage of the World Cup, you may have seen quite a bit of criticism of all the flopping that was going on. That’s diving to you and I. The general criticism was that while plenty of Americans fell in love with the beautiful game, they weren’t too enamoured with players going to ground too easily. Well, it looks like that influence may have infiltrated one of America’s favourite pastim ...
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Will Louis van Gaal be the cure-all at Manchester United?

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Man United to Sell Eight In Massive Old Trafford Clear-Out

Jul 21 2014 9:38am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Old Trafford side set to offload a number of players as Louis van Gaal conducts squad re-shuffle. Check in to Manchester United vs Swansea City Man United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to ring the changes in his Old Trafford squad with as many as eight linked with moves away from the club according to the Daily Star. Read more Manchester United FC news. The Dutch boss appears to have a number of targ ...
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Exclusive: Manchester United To Make Approach For AWOL Shakhtar Donetsk Star

Jul 20 2014 2:49pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

United on alert for unsettled winger.Manchester United could be set to make an approach for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Douglas Costa, who appears keen to leave the Ukranian club after going AWOL after a pre-season game in France. CaughtOffside understands that the 23-year-old has become a top target for the Red Devils as they eye new signings on the flanks, with the club now sensing an opportunity to sign him as Shakhtar won't want to keep the troublesome player in their ranks after thi ...
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