Bundesliga: Dortmund Coach Concedes Title to Bayern

first_imgBorussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre admitted it will be “brutally difficult” to stop Bayern Munich retaining their Bundesliga title after Bayern beat Dortmund on Tuesday.Joshua Kimmich’s wonderful chip from 20 yards just before half-time was the only goal at Signal Iduna Park.Bayern are seven points clear of their second-placed opponents with six matches to go. “Seven points in six games – it will be very, very difficult,” said Favre.Bayern are aiming for their eighth successive Bundesliga title but boss Hansi Flick insisted there is still a lot of work to do.“I don’t live in the future, the here and now is important,” he said.“We wanted to win and take a big step forward – we did that. We were focused, decisive and courageous at times. I’m satisfied with my team.”Kimmich’s goal came after both sides had efforts cleared off the line.Dortmund brought on England forward Jadon Sancho in the second half, but he could not inspire a fightback from his side.Robert Lewandowski nearly doubled Bayern’s advantage late on but shot against the post. Minutes later, he and the rest of the Bayern players were celebrating what could prove to be a big three points in the title race.Before the game the build-up focused on Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, with both strikers having scored 41 goals in 35 domestic games this season – putting them level as top goalscorers in Europe.Haaland nearly got his 42nd domestic goal of the campaign inside the opening 35 seconds when he shot through the legs of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – making his 400th Bundesliga appearance – but Jerome Boateng was well placed to hack the ball off the line.Dortmund then had the ball in the net when Thorgan Hazard headed in, but an offside earlier in the move ruled the effort out.Bayern got more involved in the game and had a number of chances. Serge Gnabry had an attempt backheeled off the line by the retreating Lukasz Piszczek before Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka were both denied by home goalkeeper Roman Burki.However, Burki will be unhappy that he could not keep out Kimmich’s lofted effort just before the break as the Switzerland international got his hand to the ball but it still went in.Dortmund, despite the introduction of Sancho at half-time, struggled to create clear-cut chances in the second half and Haaland was replaced by Giovanni Reyna with 18 minutes remaining.But the home side had a chance to grab an equaliser when Raphael Guerreiro had a free-kick just outside the penalty area but could only shoot straight at Neuer. Mahmoud Dahoud also had a late effort saved by Neuer on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sports Minister Intervenes in Dennerby’s Threat to Quit Falcons Job

first_img* Dare: Will seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to coach NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has intervened in the threat by Super Falcons Manager, Thomas Dennerby to quit the Nigerian job. Dare wants the Swede to continue to coach the Nigerian ladies, with a promise to look into the problems faced by the gaffer.In his 18-month in charge of the Falcons, the 60-year-old former Sweden coach led Nigeria to win the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire as well as lifted the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana. Dennerby also steered the team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 20 years in France earlier this summer.The coach is believed to have resorted to this threat of quitting the job due to inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat to meet up with his demand for a permanent residence in Nigeria as well as proper travel logistics to support his going round the country to monitor league matches.But in a swift move after it was reported in the local media yesterday that Dennerby was on the verge of dumping the job, the Sports Minister got in touch with the NFF leadership on how to solve the problems.Dare announced on his Twitter handle on the social media early yesterday morning that Dennerby was going nowhere.“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the Coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to Coach Nigeria’s female team,” the minister announced on his official (@SundayDareSD on Monday morning.Before the minister’s intervention yesterday, the NFF had drafted the Under-20 women’s team coach, Christopher Danjuma, to lead the Super Falcons in a stop-gap role ahead of the team’s third round of the African Women’s Olympic qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire later this month. The team’s camp opened in Abuja yesterday morning.Falcons defeated Algeria 3-0 aggregate in the early round fixture in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifying series.Inside sources at NFF’s Glass House in Abuja had confided in THISDAY at the weekend that Dennerby made his intention not to return to Nigeria known since last week.“I learnt last week that he said he was not coming again. I can’t say what he has added to the team or new players he discovered. I think the federation is just overpaying these foreign coaches,” observed the informed source.Dennerby who led Sweden to finish third at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Nigeria in January 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more