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Union Berlin drew 1-1 as Bayern’s concerns grew before the CL game | National Sports | Instant News

BERLIN (AP) – Marcus Ingvartsen scored late for Union Berlin to grab a 1-1 draw and cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead on Saturday ahead of a decisive Champions League match in Paris on Tuesday.

Union’s visit came at the wrong time for the European champions, weakened by injury and focused on the Champions League quarter-final second leg. Bayern lost the first leg 3-2 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Bayern struggled to break through a stubborn Union defense until 18-year-old Jamal Musiala finally made the breakthrough in the 68th minute, but Robert Andrich set up Ingvartsen to equalize for the visitors in the 85th minute.

Leipzig cut Bayern’s lead to five points with six rounds remaining with a 4-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Bremen got off to a great start until Dani Olmo broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Alexander Sörloth scored two more goals for Leipzig just before the break, and Marcel Sabitzer sealed the win after Milot Rashica pulled one back with a penalty.


Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who on Friday said his squad was not as strong as the previous year, started with reserves Josip Stanisic and Tiago Dantas. It was a debut for 21-year-old Stanisic, a defender, and a first for Dantas.

Right-back Bouna Sarr made a rare start as Flick turned the entire back line from Wednesday’s defeat to PSG, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting returned for the injured Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern’s injury concerns deepened after about half an hour when Kingsley Coman needed treatment on his left knee, but the French forward continued into the break, when he was replaced by Leroy Sané.

18-year-old Christopher Scott came on for his Bayern debut in the 66th minute, and Musiala scored two minutes later. The Union defense failed to clear the ball, which rebounded off Thomas Müller’s shoulder into the lane of Musiala. He danced past several defenders before scoring from close range.

However, Ingvartsen’s equalizer cost Bayern two points, and sent Union flying high in seventh place.

“One point at Bayern is a good result, we should be happy,” said Union coach Urs Fischer, whose side drew 1-1 with Bayern in the previous match in December.


Fourth place Eintracht Frankfurt enjoyed a 4-3 win over third place Wolfsburg, and there was another thriller in the late game, when Ansgar Knauff’s first Bundesliga goal gave Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 win in Stuttgart.

“It has been an extraordinary week for me,” said 19-year-old Knauff, who made his first start for Dortmund against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Dortmund fell behind to a 17th-minute header from Saša Kalajdžić – reportedly a target if Erling Haaland leaves the club – and then took the lead early in the second half with goals from Jude Bellingham and Marco Reus.

Daniel Didavi equalized on the counter-attack in the 78th minute, but Knauff had the final say in his third Bundesliga appearance despite facing four Stuttgart defenders when he fired his shot into the right post.


Hertha Berlin could only draw 2-2 with Borussia Mönchengladbach despite playing most of the game with a player advantage after goalkeeper Yann Sommer was sent off early for the visitors.

Sommer beat Jhon Córdoba as the Hertha forward was about to cross the net.

Encouraged by an extra, Hertha pressed for an opener that came in the 23rd minute with Santiago Ascacibar firing a shot from outside the area.

But Alassane Plea equalized four minutes later with a cool finish at the far post after captain Hertha Niklas Stark was unable to cut through Marcus Thuram’s through ball. Stark then conceded a penalty for a late challenge on Thuram and Lars Stindl put the visitors ahead from the spot.

Córdoba equalized early in the second half but Hertha couldn’t find another goal.

“The ball in the end didn’t want to enter. “It’s bittersweet, honey, but we have to accept it,” said Stark, whose team is just one point above the relegation zone.


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The alarm goes off during the 3rd Covid wave in Germany | Instant News


Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Germany’s largest university hospital, Berlin’s Charite, has sounded the alarm over the third wave of worsening coronavirus infections in the country.

“If the number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients exceeds that experienced during the second wave, we will be in a critical situation,” said Martin Kreis, board member at Charite, news agency DPA reported.

Earlier in the year, the number of severe Covid-19 cases in the Charite intensive care unit reached its absolute limit. As a result, the hospital was unable to accept patients from other parts of Germany.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to treat patients from the Berlin region,” said Kreis.

The number of people entering the intensive care unit at Charite has increased significantly over the past two weeks, with the 30-60 year age group being particularly affected as they are less likely to receive vaccinations.

Although a large proportion of the hospital workforce are now vaccinated, many are suffering from exhaustion and trauma from the many coronavirus-related deaths, Kreis said.

Germany is battling a third wave of infections driven primarily by the British variant virus.

The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said on Saturday that 24,097 cases and 246 deaths had been registered within 24 hours. The seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 120.6.


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German Merkel draft bill for national lockdown rules, curfew | Nation | Instant News

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has drafted a bill that would divert the power to impose restrictions on COVID-19 on the federal government away from regional leaders to combat a spike in infections.

Merkel’s government plans to impose a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in areas where the seven-day infection rate exceeds 100 cases per 100,000 people for three consecutive days. All non-essential shops must close and companies will be required to test employees twice a week, according to a 13-page bill seen by Bloomberg. Schools will be closed again in areas with an incidence rate of more than 200.

Merkel moved forward with the controversial initiative after it became clear that the country’s 16 states could not agree on common ground. While the country’s leaders may try to soften a few steps before Tuesday’s cabinet approval, parliament could pass new laws as early as next Friday.

The proposal’s biggest hurdle is likely to be a vote in the upper house, where the state government is represented and Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led coalition government does not have a majority.

Merkel and regional prime ministers have clashed over lockdown restrictions since the start of the pandemic, and several failed to enforce the rules agreed with the chancellor. Regular meetings to set policies sometimes drag on, leaving citizens confused about which measures apply to their states.


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Dantas Bayern made their full Bundesliga debut as André Silva scored again | Instant News

Young Portuguese Tiago Dantas made his full Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich on Saturday, starting for the first time in the German league as the champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Union Berlin.

Elsewhere, André Silva was once again the scorer in Eintracht Frankfurt’s thrilling 4-3 win against Wolfsburg. The goal brought Eintracht even closer to securing Champions League football and brought Silva closer to the club’s all-time leading goalscorer record for one league season.

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick’s decision to issue loaned midfielder Benfica Tiago Dantas his first full Bundesliga appearance this weekend has leaked to the media the day before the match. Dantas has only featured once as a substitute in Germany’s top flight since joining the club last summer, when he played the final few minutes of the 5-1 win over Cologne in February.

Dantas’s future has been the subject of speculation due to his lack of first-team involvement, with Flick recently stating no definite decisions have been made about whether to make the midfielder’s move to Germany permanent while also confirming further opportunities for the 20-year-old to prove himself to be coming.

The match against Union yielded a disappointing result for Bayern, who conceded in stoppage time in a 1-1 draw. Dantas was paired with Joshua Kimmich in the midfield pivot, where he played 66 minutes before being substituted for a goalless game. “He’s always available and keeps the ball well,” said Flick after the match, as he saw Bayern’s lead at the top over RB Leipzig cut to five points.

Silva attacked again

Eintracht Frankfurt maintain their 7-point lead over Borussia Dortmund in the race for a top-four spot after winning in a seven-goal thriller with Wolfsburg. The 4-3 win at Frankfurt was the third in a row and once again André Silva found himself among the goals, finishing calmly into the far corner with his right after being played by Daichi Kamada.

The goal was Silva’s 23rd goalrd of the Bundesliga campaign and the most recent from a distance was the best season of his career. Prior to the match, Frankfurt coach Adi Hutter praised the former Porto man, while his partner Luka Jovic described him as “an honor to play in the same team” as Silva.

The 25-year-old remains on track to challenge the club’s all-time top scorer record for a single Bundesliga season, and indeed 22 out of 27 rounds is already the highest achieved by any Frankfurt player at the same stage. The current record for most goals is held by club legend and World Cup winner Bernd Hölzenbein, who scored 26 goals in the 1976-77 season.

With six rounds of the league season remaining, Silva needs three goals to equal a record and four to become the most prolific marksman of a season in Eintracht history. Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Borussia Monchengladbach next Saturday.

By Sean Gillen


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Egyptian emigration min. reach victims of “hijabophobia” in Germany | Instant News

FILE – Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram traveled to Kuwait to check the health condition of the Egyptian expatriate who was attacked, Waheed Mahmoud Hassan

CAIRO – April 10, 2020: Egypt’s Minister of State for Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makam has contacted an Egyptian expatriate woman who has been discriminated against in Germany for her head covering (Hijab).

Nouran Hasanein, 28, who earned an MA in architecture from Germany’s Anhalt University and worked in Berlin for almost a year, applied for a job at a German company, but the day before his interview, the company emailed him a rejection letter, telling him they couldn’t received a girl wearing a head scarf in a company that deals with customers.

Makram noted that the ministry is following up on the Hasanein discrimination case, promising to take every possible action to hold the company accountable for its discriminatory behavior.

He stressed Egypt’s commitment to protecting all Egyptian expats, voicing his joy at the patriotic stance of the Egyptian expatriate community in Germany in supporting Hasanein in line with the ministry’s “Let’s support each other” initiative, according to a ministry statement on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hasanein said he was happy to have his country and all his compatriots in Germany by his side.


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