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Bayern Munich hit Hamburg for NINE to continue procession to 23rd Bundesliga title

Majestic Bayern hit Hamburg for NINE to continue Bundesliga title procession

PUBLISHED:

20:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

Brutal Bayern Munich produced a nine-goal annihilation of Hamburg to move to within one win of wrapping up the Bundesliga title.

Bayern smashed their opponents 9-2 at the Allianz Arena with Claudio Pizarro scoring four times and Arjen Robben twice.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were also on target for the rampant hosts, who led 5-0 at the break and refused to let up.

Four-some: Claudio Pizarro netted four times for the soon-to-be German champions

Four-some: Claudio Pizarro (centre) netted four times for the soon-to-be German champions

Sensational: Bayern dismantled their opponents with ease during tonight's nine goal drubbing

Sensational: Bayern dismantled their opponents with ease during tonight's nine goal drubbing

They did it all without leading scorer Mario Mandzukic, who was left on the bench ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final meeting with Juventus.

Hamburg's goals, from Jeffrey Bruma and Heiko Westermann, made it 8-1 and then 9-2 and did nothing to ease the misery.

The win moved Bayern 20 points clear of Borussia Dortmund with seven games to go and victory at Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday will wrap up the title.

Dortmund kept Bayern waiting for another week at least by winning 2-1 at Stuttgart

Lukasz Piszczek gave Dortmund the lead in the 29th minute, but Alexandru Maxim's first Bundesliga goal brought the Swabians level before a red card to Georg Niedermeier tipped the scales back in Dortmund's favour.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed the winner eight minutes from time.

Bayer Leverkusen kept a strong hold on third with a 4-1 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

How many Arjen Robben scored two of the nine goals

How many Arjen Robben (right) scored two of the nine goals

Two goals apiece for Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle ensured Leverkusen maintained a six-point cushion over Schalke.

The fifth goal in the game also came from a visiting player, Daniel Schwaab's own goal all Fortuna had to show for their efforts.

Schalke scored three times in the final 20 minutes to beat relegation-threatened Hoffenheim 3-0.

Marco Hoger broke the deadlock in the 71st minute before two substitutes, Raffael and Teemu Pukki, wrapped up the victory.

Mainz dropped three points behind Schalke as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen, despite going ahead after 12 seconds.

Adam Szalai gave Mainz a flying start, but Aaron Hunt earned Bremen a point.

Max Kruse scored twice as Freiburg moved ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach in the race for Europa League qualification with a 2-0 win.

Third-bottom Augsburg failed to improve their chances of avoiding the drop as they lost 2-0 at home to Hannover.

Konstantin Rausch scored both goals in the second half.

Champions League round-up: Bayern Munich beat Lille 6-1

Champions League round-up: Bayern smash pointless Lille to go joint top of group

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23:39 GMT, 7 November 2012

Bayern Munich brushed aside pointless
Lille 6-1 at the Allianz Arena to open up Group F, with Claudio Pizarro
leading the rout with a first-half hat-trick.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had set Bayern
on their way with a sixth minute opener and further goals were added by
Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos, while Salomon Kalou replied for the French
side.

Valencia joined Bayern on nine points with a 4-2 home win over BATE Borisov.

Too easy: Bayern Munich dismantled Lille, beating the French side 6-1

Too easy: Bayern Munich dismantled Lille, beating the French side 6-1

Two goals from Sofiane Feghouli and
one each for Jonas and Roberto Soldado saw off the Ukrainians, for whom
Renan Bressnan and Dmitri Mozolevski got on the scoresheet.

Juventus kept the destiny of Group E wide open with a comfortable 4-0 win over Norwegian side Nordsjaelland in Turin.

Juve, who now sit a point behind Chelsea and Shakhtar, were never troubled with Claudio Marchisio opening the scoring after six minutes and further goals added by Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella.

Smashing: Juventus brushed aside Nordsjaelland and sit behind Chelsea and Shakhtar by a point

Smashing: Juventus brushed aside Nordsjaelland and sit behind Chelsea and Shakhtar by a point

Close: Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz tries to beat FC Cluj's goalkeeper in Romania on Wednesday

Close: Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz tries to beat FC Cluj's goalkeeper in Romania on Wednesday

Galatasaray's 3-1 win over Cluj in Romania guaranteed Manchester United's progression as winners of Group H.

Burak Yilmaz scored a hat-trick for the visitors with Modou Sougou replying for Cluj, with the two sides now tied in second place on four points.

After Celtic pulled off a momentous win over Barcelona, there was even better news to come for the Bhoys as Benfica beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in Portugal to leave the Scottish champions three points clear in second place.

Oscar Cardozo's second half double was enough to provide Benfica with their first group stage win, while Spartak's slim hopes ended after having Nicolas Pareja sent off in the 76th minute.

Deadly: Oscar Cardozo (left) sealed Benfica's first group win over Spartak Moscow

Deadly: Oscar Cardozo (left) sealed Benfica's first group win over Spartak Moscow

Swansea 1 Manchester City 0: Luke Moore wins game for Swans

Swansea 1 Manchester City 0: Moore's goal swings title race into United's favour as Swans triumph

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15:54 GMT, 11 March 2012

Swansea turned the title race on its head by beating Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium as Manchester United beat West Brom to go top.

Luke Moore scored the only goal of the game as City failed to hold onto top spot.

Swansea's Scott Sinclair had a penalty saved by Joe Hart in the first half.

More to follow…

Battle: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli contests for the ball with Swansea's Ashley Williams

Battle: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli contests for the ball with Swansea's Ashley Williams

MATCH FACTS:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Sinclair, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Graham.

Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Gower.

Goal: Moore 83

Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Toure, Clichy, Barry, De Jong, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli.

Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov, Aguero.

Referee: Lee Mason

More to follow…

Manchester City 4 Porto 0 (agg 6-1): Sergio Aguero scores after 19 seconds

Manchester City 4 Porto 0 (agg 6-1): Aguero is the early bird as holders swept aside

Manchester City produced a strong finish to power into the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of 10-man holders Porto.

Sergio Aguero set up victory by extending City's 2-1 first-leg lead after just 18 seconds at the rainswept Etihad Stadium before hitting the bar later in the first half.

Edin Dzeko came off the bench to add a second after 76 minutes before the sending off of Rolando preceded further goals from David Silva and David Pizarro in the closing minutes.

Early bird: Sergio Aguero (right) celebrates opening the scoring after just 19 seconds

Early bird: Sergio Aguero (right) celebrates opening the scoring after just 19 seconds

No stopping that: The Argentina striker (left) breaks the deadlock with a right-foot shot

No stopping that: The Argentina striker (left) breaks the deadlock with a right-foot shot

Back of the net: Aguero's (right) shot beats Helton in the Porto goal

Back of the net: Aguero's (right) shot beats Helton in the Porto goal

MATCH FACTS

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany,
Lescott, Clichy, Barry (Milner 58), De Jong, Nasri (Dzeko 69), Yaya Toure, Silva, Aguero (Pizzaro 80).

Subs not used:
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, Balotelli.

Goals: Aguero 1, Dzeko 76, Silva 84, Pizarro 86.

Booked: Yaya Toure

FC Porto: Helton, Maicon, Rolando,
Alex Sandro, Otamendi (Sapunaru 63), Gonzalez, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez (Defour 80),
Fernando, Varela (Cristian Rodriguez 63), Hulk.

Subs not used: Bracali, Kleber,
Djalma, Podstawski.

Booked: Otamendi, Gonzalez

Red card: Rolando

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)]

Attendance: 39,500

Although the decisive goals came late, the result did not flatter the Barclays Premier League leaders.

The Portuguese champions may have controlled the game at times but they lacked a cutting edge and Roberto Mancini's side always looked more threatening in attack.

The build-up to the match was overshadowed by City striker Carlos Tevez's apology for his recent conduct while Chelsea's latest troubles also commanded headlines.

Both issues were again highlighted as Mancini said prior to kick-off he would meet Tevez tomorrow while Chelsea's under-pressure manager boss Andre Villas-Boas arrived to watch the game.

Villas-Boas won the Europa League with Porto last season but his former club's grip on the trophy was loosened almost as soon as the game began.

The 5pm kick-off may have been problematic for some fans but the players raced out of the blocks to make the perfect start.

Aguero, who struck six minutes from time last week, started where he left off as he was played through by Yaya Toure and slipped the ball low past Helton.

Nutmeg: Edin Dzeko doubles City's advantage on the night by slotting through Helton's legs

Nutmeg: Edin Dzeko doubles City's advantage on the night by slotting through Helton's legs

Tap in: An unmarked David Silva finishes at the back post from David Pizarro's cross for the third goal

Tap in: An unmarked David Silva finishes at the back post from David Pizarro's cross for the third goal

Icing on the cake: David Pizarro (centre) bundles through to score City's fourth of the night

Icing on the cake: David Pizarro (centre) bundles through to score City's fourth of the night

City looked comfortable for their lead and could have had a second when Silva beat the defence with a brilliant ball for Toure. Helton rushed out of goal to meet the Ivory Coast midfielder on the edge of the box and spread his body to block his shot.

Porto enjoyed some spells possession but struggled to create meaningful chances until first-leg goalscorer Silvestre Varela found space to test Joe Hart. Joao Moutinho curled a free-kick over as Porto continued to look for a way back into the tie.

Who's a naughty boy Referee Wolfgang Stark gives Porto striker Hulk a talking to

Who's a naughty boy Referee Wolfgang Stark gives Porto striker Hulk a talking to

Aguero was unlucky not to score a second as he seized upon a long ball and headed it past the advancing Helton. It left him at a tight angle wide on the left but his chip was almost perfect as it dropped on to the bar.

Porto again showed composure in possession but did not threaten much around the box, although Lucho Gonzalez fired over. The powerful Hulk tried to create problems but drove a cross across goal from a good position.

Hands up if City are going through: Yaya Toure (right) and Porto's Maicon (left) both appeal for a foul

Hands up if City are going through: Yaya Toure (right) and Porto's Maicon (left) both appeal for a foul

City spurned another chance to extend their advantage as they broke from deep and Aguero released Toure. Toure appeared to have a good shooting opportunity but he checked back as cover arrived and Aguero drove wide.

Nicolas Otamendi missed the target as Porto went close just before the break. The game remained open as the second half got under way with Aguero dribbling into the Porto box to tee up Silva but Maicon slid in to deny the Spaniard.

Marching orders: Porto defender Rolando (left) is shown the red card for protesting after Dzeko's goal

Marching orders: Porto defender Rolando (left) is shown the red card for protesting after Dzeko's goal

At the other end Gonzalez prodded an effort narrowly wide from 18 yards. Porto then pieced together a nice passing move and Maicon drove the ball into the box but the offside flag was raised before James Rodriguez turned it into the net.

Hulk almost broke through as Porto attacked again but Samir Nasri got a foot in at a vital moment.

City again pressed for another with Silva winning a corner from Helton with a powerful drive, before play was held up after Otamendi was accidentally kicked in the face by team-mate Maicon.

City put the result beyond any doubt as substitute Dzeko, who had been on the field just seven minutes, was slipped in by a fine ball from Aguero and finished with confidence.

Remember the name: The impressive Pizarro celebrates after rounding off the scoring

Remember the name: The impressive Pizarro celebrates after rounding off the scoring

It quickly became a double blow for Porto as Rolando, who had been booked early in the game, was shown a second yellow card as City celebrated – perhaps for protesting too much for offside – and left the field.

City then went on to wrap up the game in style as Silva added a third after 84 minutes after substitutes Pizarro and Dzeko combined to provide a tap-in.

Another followed two minutes later as Pizarro again linked up with Dzeko and broke into the box to slam past Helton for his first goal for the club.

Porto 1 Manchester City 2: Aguero pounces late to seal hard-fought victory

Porto 1 Manchester City 2: Aguero pounces late to seal hard-fought victory

Manchester City kept pace with rivals United by winning their tricky Europa League first-leg tie 2-1 at the home of holders Porto.

City had to come from behind after Silvestre Valera's first-half strike gave the hosts the lead where they haven't been defeated in their last seven European matches.

The turn around started when Alvaro Pereira deflected a long pass into his own net and Sergio Aguero's 85th-minute winner sealed the tie.

More to follow…

City slickers: The players celebrate their hard-earned victory in Portugal

City slickers: The players celebrate their hard-earned victory in Portugal

MATCH FACTS

FC Porto: Helton, Danilo, Rolando, Maicon, Pereira, Gonzalez, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Varela, Hulk, James Rodriguez.

Subs: Bracali, Cristian Rodriguez, Kleber, Djalma, Mangala, Alex Sandro, Defour.

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, De Jong, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli.

Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Pizarro, Dzeko, Kolarov, Savic, Aguero.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Newcastle welcome back Afriab duo

Two out of three ain't bad… Pardew sees African duo return

Having survived the dreaded month of
January without his African trio, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew looks
forward to welcoming two of them back on Sunday.

Top scorer Demba Ba and his Senegal
team-mate Papa Cisse will be available to face Aston Villa after
returning from their African Nations Cup duties much earlier than
expected.

The strike pair, who had travelled
to the tournament as one of the favourites, trained with Pardew's squad
for the first time on Friday and the Newcastle manager has the dilemma
of whether to throw them in from the start against Villa or put them on
the bench.

Warme welcome on cold day: Papiss Demba Cisse (right) and Demba Ba (left)

Warme welcome on cold day: Papiss Demba Cisse (right) and Demba Ba (left)

It is a welcome problem for Pardew who must have feared his team would lose their way in the absence of the pair, and influential midfielder Cheik Tiote.

Although Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup at Brighton last week, they moved into fifth in the Premier League with their win at Blackburn in midweek.

But Pardew said the return of the Senegalese strikers had given his squad a lift as they aim to move level with Chelsea in fourth and maintain their charge for European qualification.

The Newcastle boss said: 'We've got some difficult decisions on Sunday. The team did brilliantly at Blackburn and the two Senegalese guys have come back from a long journey.

Hat-a boy: Pardew

Hoppy to be home: Cisse brought a lift to the atmosphere at Newcastle's training complex

Hat-ta boy: Pardew (left) felt Cisse (right) gave the training session a lift

'On the training ground today you could tell there was a different atmosphere. When you get two really good players back everybody wants to show their quality. It was a nice atmosphere.

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'We had Demba back on the training ground and his personality around the place gave us all a lift. There's been a different flavour on the training ground this morning. It's been really nice. Not all the boys did the full session but a few them stood around to have a nose and see how Cisse got on. I think he impressed one or two.

'He will be direct and he is single minded about goal scoring and in training he has shown that already. He takes shots early, his hold up play is good and his is an all round good player.

'And with Demba also being from Senegal it ticked a lot of boxes.'

Meanwhile Pardew has backed striker Shola Ameobi to brush off the racist abuse which he was subjected to this week.

Northumbria police have launched an investigation after the 30-year-old was attacked via Facebook just months after his younger brother Sammy, who also plays for the Magpies, was targeted on Twitter.

Pardew said: 'It's a two-edged sword. There's one side of that that you don't want to see, and it's insulting and everything that goes with it. But on the other side it highlights the issue, that it needs to be eradicated from our society.

'The publicity around Shola won't affect him, he's far too big and strong to be affected by that.'

David Pizarro wanted by Manchester City

Roma star Pizarro is the target as Man City look to step up title fight

In demand: Pizarro is wanted by Man City

In demand: Pizarro is wanted by Man City

Roberto Mancini is battling it out with Juventus for the signature of Roma's attacking midfielder David Pizarro.

The 32-year old's agent, Giuseppe Bozzo, has booked a flight to London on Tuesday morning for talks with Manchester City officials, after Roma decided he could go out on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent near-1million move.

Mancini, who coached Pizarro at Inter Milan, sees the Chilean's ability to play in central midfield or just behind the strikers as an ideal way of reinforcing City's title challenge.

Pizarro, who earns around 60,000 a week, is also wanted by Juve.