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Bayern ease past Cottbus 3-1 into German Cup second round

Tuesday, 2019-08-13 07:16:19
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Soccer Football - DFB Cup - First Round - Energie Cottbus v Bayern Munich - Stadion der Freundschaft, Cottbus, Germany - August 12, 2019 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski shoots at goal. (Reuters)
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Holders Bayern Munich eased past fourth tier club Energie Cottbus 3-1 with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka on Monday to move into the German Cup second round.

* Brazilian Giuliano struck twice as Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League on Monday (Aug 12) with a 3-2 win over the UAE's Al Wahda that saw them through 4-3 on aggregate.

* US Soccer on Monday appointed former player Kate Markgraf as general manager of the World Cup-winning women's team where she will lead the search for a new head coach following Jill Ellis' announcement last month that she would step down.

* The Netherlands' most-capped player Wesley Sneijder announced on Aug 12 his retirement from football, bringing down the curtain on a trophy-laden career that spanned 17 years.

* Norway's Suzann Pettersen was given a surprise wild card place in Europe's Solheim Cup squad despite playing just two tournaments since November 2017. Pettersen, 38, will make her ninth appearance in the biennial event after originally being appointed one of European captain Catriona 'Beany' Matthew's vice-captains.

* Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion, has been added to the main draw of this year's tournament after the withdrawal of Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. World number 67 Cibulkova withdrew because of a left foot injury, tournament officials said on Monday.

* Italian rider Domenico Pozzovivo has been seriously injured after being knocked down by a car while training near Cosenza in southern Italy, his Bahrain-Merida team said on Monday (Aug 12). The 36-year-old was taken to a local hospital and remains in intensive care.

* Anthony Joshua's promoter has defended a decision to stage the Briton's heavyweight title rematch with Mexican-American world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia and said it could change boxing forever. Eddie Hearn told a news conference on Aug 12 that Joshua and his opponent had signed up for the Dec 7 fight to be hosted in an open-air stadium in Ad Diriyha, near the Saudi capital Riyadh.

* Barcelona's back-up goalkeeper Neto will undergo surgery after injuring his left wrist, the club announced on Monday (Aug 12). Neto suffered the injury in training and is unlikely to be fit for Barca's opening La Liga game away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

* Toro Rosso's Thai driver Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull from the next race in Belgium, the Formula One team said on Monday. Frenchman Gasly will take rookie Albon's place at Toro Rosso, a team also owned by Red Bull.

* French MotoGP rider Johann Zarco will leave KTM at the end of the season, the Austrian factory team announced on Monday. Zarco, a double Moto2 champion and MotoGP rookie of the year in 2017, joined at the end of last year from Tech3 Yamaha on a two-year contract but the partnership has struggled.

Reuters, CNA