Soccer

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Bayern send out warning to City with Bremen rout

Jamie Holland

Published 09/12/2013|00:01

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Frank Ribery celebrates after scoring for Bayern Munich

BAYERN MUNICH warmed up for their Champions League meeting with Manchester City tomorrow in style by thrashing Werder Bremen 7-0 – their most emphatic win under Pep Guardiola.

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Franck Ribéry boosted his claim for the World Footballer of the Year award with two goals and two assists, while Daniel van Buyten, Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze also found the net following a Bremen own goal.

The pressure is mounting for Borussia Dortmund, who need to beat Marseille on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. They fell 10 points behind Bayern after losing 1-0 to second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and lost Sven Bender and Nuri Sahin to ankle injuries.

"We didn't find our way into the game," lamented manager Jürgen Klopp.

Even without their preferred 'BBC' attacking trio, you would have expected Real Madrid to comfortably dispatch third-division Olimpic Xativa in the Copa del Rey.

However, Madrid were held to a stalemate by the minnows after Carlo Ancelotti left Karim Benzema on the bench, with Gareth Bale suffering from flu and Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for the round of 32 tie.

Olimpic goalkeeper Francisco Solar saved from Isco early in the second half to keep the scores level for the second leg at the Bernabeu in a fortnight.

RESTING

Atletico Madrid had no such problems despite resting key players against third-division opposition.

David Villa and Diego Costa were second-half substitutes in their side's 4-0 win against Sant Andreu.

Barcelona also had things easy as beat Cartagena 4-1 away on Friday, with Cesc Fabregas among the scorers for the La Liga leaders.

Gervinho continued his promising start to life in Italy by assisting both goals in Roma's 2-1 victory against Fiorentina.

The former Arsenal striker pulled the ball back for Maicon to score his first goal for the club before setting up Mattia Destro to score the winner midway through the second half.

A yellow card was a small price for Destro to pay for his emotional celebration as he put a 10-month injury nightmare behind him.

It was all a bit too much for the 22-year-old, who was mobbed by his team-mates and took off his shirt as he ran on to the running track to celebrate.

A stunning late free-kick by Mario Balotelli, his second goal of the match, helped AC Milan snatch a 2-2 draw at Livorno.

Rafael Benitez's Napoli stay third with 32 points from 15 games, two points behind AS Roma and eight adrift of leaders Juventus, who beat Bologna 2-0 on Friday and look a good bet for their third consecutive title.

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