Saturday 20 January 2018

Goetze returns to haunt old club Dortmund

European round-up

Mario Goetze scored on his return to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he was raised, to set their bitter rivals Bayern Munich on their to a 3-0 win in the clash of Germany's top two sides.

Goetze stabbed the ball home in the 66th minute, only 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute to a resounding chorus of jeers, as the Bavarians enjoyed their first league win over Dortmund since 2010.

Arjen Robben sealed their win with five minutes left and Thomas Mueller side-footed in a third to complete a demoralising evening for Dortmund.

The win took leaders and champions Bayern seven points clear of third-placed Dortmund with Bayer Leverkusen, who beat Hertha 1-0, sandwiched in between.

In Spain, Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Almeria was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but manager Carlo Ancelotti said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.

Karim Benzema scored Real's second on 61 minutes before Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata added a goal each late on to keep the side six points shy of Barcelona, who had beaten Granada 4-0 earlier on Saturday.

"I don't think it is important," Ancelotti said of Ronaldo's injury. "He had a problem with his thigh but I don't think it will be anything as there was no pain. He will be back soon."

Barcelona managed the win over Granada without a host of players including Lionel Messi but their injury-hit squad has been dealt another blow after their full back Adriano was ruled out of tomorrow's Champions League game at Ajax.

In Serie A, Inter Milan drew 1-1 against Bologna, while Mario Balotelli confounded his followers again yesterday by tweeting "this is the end" hours after missing a penalty in AC Milan's 1-1 draw with Genoa.

The 'Gazzetta dello Sport' speculated that Balotelli could have been referring to a possible transfer in the January window or that he was hinting that Milan's beleaguered coach Massimiliano Allegri could face the sack.

Irish Independent

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