Berlin, Nov 3 (AP/UNB) — Freiburg striker Lucas Hoeler struck late for a 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich on Saturday, damaging the defending champion's bid to keep the pressure on Borussia Dortmund ahead of their encounter next weekend.
Dortmund held on for a 1-0 win at Wolfsburg and will lead by four points before Bayern's visit on Saturday.
Bayern dominated possession against Freiburg but found it hard to create chances against the visitors' well-organized defense, frustrating some home fans who whistled their team at the break.
Freiburg had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half.
Bayern claimed a penalty for an apparent hand ball by Freiburg defender Manuel Gulde but referee Felix Zwayer gave a corner instead after consulting video replays. Franck Ribery had an arguably better penalty appeal waved away.
Germany striker Serge Gnabry finally broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining, beating Alexander Schwolow at his near post to set off celebrations among Bayern's coaching staff.
They were cut short, however, when Christian Guenter crossed for Hoeler to score in the 89th minute.
After conceding a late equalizer against Hertha Berlin the weekend before, Dortmund successfully defended Marco Reus' first-half goal to stay unbeaten.
Dortmund had problems in defense, with Manuel Akanji (hip), Lukasz Piszczek (knee), Marcel Schmelzer (knee) and Abdou Diallo (groin) all out injured.
Lucien Favre, now the first Dortmund coach to stay unbeaten after 15 competitive games, made nine changes from the team that beat Union Berlin 3-2 in the German Cup on Wednesday, with Paco Alcacer coming in for a rare start.
The Spain striker, who had seven goals in four league appearances, failed to score for the first time in his sixth game for Dortmund.
Reus, who scored with a late penalty for the win over Union, was again the hero, heading home from close range after Thomas Delaney failed to direct his header on target.
SCHALKE FINALLY WINS
Schalke was testing its fans' patience with only one goal in four league games and nerves were strained before the game against fellow struggler Hannover.
Mark Uth, yet to score for the team since his summer transfer from Hoffenheim, thought he'd finally gotten off the mark but his well-taken first-half goal was ruled out for offside.
Uth thought he had a penalty but video replays showed there was no foul.
However, Uth was awarded a spot kick in the second half after falling under minimal contact from Hannover goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner. This time, referee Markus Schmidt didn't check the video and Nabil Bentaleb converted the penalty.
Hendrik Weydandt equalized with 20 minutes remaining but Breel Embolo replied straight away for Schalke and Uth finally scored late to seal the 3-1 win.
Also, Bayer Leverkusen's revival was cut short in a 4-1 defeat at home to Hoffenheim, and promoted Nuremberg drew 2-2 at Augsburg.
Hertha Berlin was hosting Leipzig later.
Milan, Nov 3 (AP/UNB) — Inter Milan is proving to be a serious threat to Juventus' bid for an eighth successive Serie A title.
Roberto Gagliardini scored twice and Matteo Politano, Joao Mario and Radja Nainggolan added the other goals as Inter beat Genoa 5-0 Saturday to move to within three points of Serie A leader Juventus, which hosts Cagliari later.
It was a seventh successive Serie A win for Inter with the Nerazzurri level on points with Napoli, which beat Empoli 5-1 on Friday.
The result will boost Inter's confidence ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at home to Barcelona. The Catalan club beat Inter 2-0 two weeks ago.
Genoa, which is the only team to have taken points off Juventus this season, remained 11th but only four points off fourth spot in a tight Serie A table.
Inter captain Mauro Icardi was rested for the match, while Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek was surprisingly also on the bench despite having scored a leading nine goals.
Inter took control of the match with two goals in as many minutes — both of them following mistakes by the Genoa defense.
Genoa failed to clear a ball in the area and Davide Biraschi inadvertently deflected Joao Mario's pass to Gagliardini, who swept in from six yards.
Moments later it was Darko Lazovic who completely miskicked his attempt at clearing Joao Mario's through-ball and Politano ran on and slotted it past Genoa goalkeeper Ionut Radu — who is on loan from Inter.
Genoa offered little, even when Piatek was brought on for former Inter forward Goran Pandev, five minutes into the second half.
By that point Inter was even further ahead. Radu had done well to claw Ivan Perisic's attempt off the line but Gagliardini fired in the rebound.
Gagliardini had several chances to complete his hat trick before Joao Mario capped off a good performance with a lovely finish into the bottom right corner in stoppage time.
There was still time for Inter to score a fifth as Joao Mario sent in a cross for Nainggolan to head in, having come off the bench minutes earlier for his first appearance since injuring his ankle in the derby against AC Milan last month.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Dhaka Mohammedan SC keep the quarterfinal hope alive from Group D of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, Walton Federation Cup Football Tournament, beating newcomer Nofel Sporting Club by 2-0 goals in their 2nd match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here Saturday afternoon.
After a barren first half, Nigerian striker Kingsley scored both the goals for the traditional black and white team in the span of only one minute- 69th and 70th minutes--of the match, helping Mohammedan SC to taste the first victory in their 2nd match.
In the day’s other match, big-budgeted Bashundhara Kings played a 1-1 draw with formidable Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the same venue on Saturday evening.
Brazilian medio Marcos put Bashundhara Kings ahead in the 8th minute, but their winning joy was very short living as Gambian forward Soloman restored the parity for Sheikh Jamal DC just two minutes later (10th minute).
After the day’s match, Bashundhara Kings and Sheikh Jamal DC brightened their chance to reach the quarterfinals from Group D with unbeaten run securing four points each from two matches while Mohammedan SC also kept their hope alive with three points from two encounters.
Earlier, Bashundhara Kings beat Dhaka Mohammedan by 5-2 goals while Sheikh Jamal DC defeated all-losers Nofel SC by 2-1 goals.
In the remaining Group D matches, Bashundhara Kings will play lowly Nofel SC while Dhaka Mohammedan SC will battle with Sheikh Jamal DC, both on Tuesday to assure the quarterfinal berth.
Chattogram Abahani Limited will play Arambagh KS in Sunday’s lone match at 5 pm at the same venue.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Bangladesh clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.
With this victory, Bangladesh not only clinched their maiden SAFF U-15 Championship title, but also took revenge of their 0-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the SAFF-16 Championship in 2011.
In 2015, Bangladesh boys also clinched the SAFF U-16 title at their home ground in Sylhet beating India in the final, also in tie-breaker.
India finished 3rd beating hosts Nepal by 1-0 goal in the 3rd place deciding match at the same venue Saturday morning with Thalacheu Vanlalruatfela scoring match-winner in the 18th minute.
In the stipulated 90-minute of the day’s final, Bangladesh took lead in the 25th minute as Pakistani defender Haseeb Ahmed Khan headed the ball to his own net while he tried to foil a Bangladesh corner kick from the left flank (1-0).
Mohibullah returned Pakistan into the match in the 54th minute scoring the match equalizer from a penalty (1-1) forcing the match towards tie-breaker.
Pakistan got the spot kick when Bangladesh defender Helal fouled one of the onrushing forwards in the danger zone and Mohibullah did no mistake to convert penalty by a ground shot that kissed the net near Bangladesh custodian.
Bangladeshi substitute custodian Mehedy Hasan, who guided Bangladesh into the final foiling two penalties against India in the semi-final, came to the field just before tie-breaker and again proved his worth in the final saving three Pakistani spot kicks of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar in penalty shootout.
Towhidul Islam, Raza Ansari and Rostam Islam of Bangladesh converted the spot kicks correctly while Rajon Hawlader and Rabiul Alam failed in the first and last attempts.
For Pakistan, Mohibullah and Wasid came out successful in the penalty shoot while Bangladesh custodian Mehedy Hasan saved the remaining three attempts of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar.
Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the six-nation South Asian U-15 soccer meet with an all-win record eliminating their neighbor India by 4-2 goals in tiebreaker as the first semifinal between them was also locked 1-1 goals at the same venue on last Thursday.
In the day’s 2nd semifinal, Pakistan made an easy passage to the final eliminating hosts Nepal by 4-0 goals at the same venue on Thursday afternoon.
Nihad Jaman Uchchash of Bangladesh was adjourned the highest scorer of the tournament scoring four goals while Pakistani skipper Haseeb Ahmed Khan was the moist valuable player of the tournament.
Bangladesh team also won the Fair Play trophy.
The team is scheduled to return home Sunday afternoon.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group A champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals beating hosts Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match after crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the first match, featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman while Nepal outplayed the Maldives 4-0 in their first appearance on Thursday last.
After the group stages, Bangladesh (Group A) and Pakistan (Group B) clinched the group crown with all-win run to qualify for the semifinals securing full six points from straight two encounters while Nepal (Group A) and India (Group B) finished group runners-up to reach the semifinals, collecting three points from two matches.
On the other hand, Pakistan clinched Group B title beating India by 2-1 goals and Bhutan by 4-0 goals while India finished Group B runners-up beating Bhutan by 4-0 goals.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) – Enthuses Bangladesh will face Pakistan in the final of the SAFF Under-15 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.
The final match of the six-nation tournament will begin at 2:45 pm (Bangladesh time).
A day before the title winning battle, Bangladesh skipper Mahedi Hasan on Friday said, “Our target is to be the champions and we are focusing on it.”
The young booter Mahedi expressed high hopes to put the best effort to beat Pakistan and bring the trophy to Bangladesh to make the country proud.
“It’s the time we will take the trophy home. We’ll even put our life on the line to beat Pakistan,” Mahedi added.
The captain insisted that Bangladesh could not be satisfied after a 4-2 win against strong side India in the semifinal, adding that the semifinal win was a past and what lies ahead is the final against Pakistan.
“We could not celebrate the win against India as time didn’t arrive yet. We haven’t achieved our goal which is nothing but the champions’ trophy,” said the cautious captain.
The Red and Greens played a terrific match on Thursday morning and beat neighbouring India by 4-2 on penalties after 1-1 draw in the stipulated time of the first semi-final.
The opponents Pakistan’s players, however, are on upbeat after a 4-0 win against host Nepal in the second semifinal.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group ‘A’ champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals after defeating Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match and the Maldives by 9-0 goals to start their campaign with a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman.