Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:45:03 PM
AFP, Berlin :
Striker Mark Uth netted twice as defending champions Bayern Munich slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti paid the price for rotating his squad, having started with both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at home to Anderlecht.
Thomas Mueller started on the right wing but played poorly despite creating two goals in Germany's 6-0 mauling of Norway in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Bayern stumbled to defeat despite 72 percent possession and 23 shots on goal, while Hoffenheim scored twice from just six efforts.
"We didn't behave well after going 1-0 down," fumed Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.
"We had Hoffenheim completely under control, but we didn't take the lead, that is the problem."
After three games, Bayern are in the unusual position of fifth in the table-for the first time since August 2014.
Hoffenheim are second behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who were held to a 0-0 draw at Freiburg.
Hoffenheim took the lead in Sinsheim after catching out the Bayern defence.
Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels cleared the ball, which had bounced out of play, but Andrej Kramaric took a quick throw-in and the defence was slow to react as Uth fired home past Neuer on 27 minutes.
Bayern were furious as two balls were on the pitch for Uth's goal, but the referee dismissed their protests as the ball Hummels had cleared was in the other half of the pitch-nowhere near play.
Hoffenheim doubled the lead when Swiss defender Steven Zuber fired in a cross and Uth was unmarked to drill home on 51 minutes.
Ancelotti threw on Ribery and James Rodriguez, the Colombian making his Bayern debut following his move from Real Madrid, for the final quarter of an hour but to no avail.
Having failed to beat Bayern in their first 17 attempts, Hoffenheim now have back-to-back wins after April's 1-0 home victory.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund could be without injury victims Marcel Schmelzer and Marc Bartra for Wednesday's opening Champions League group match at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.
The pair picked up ankle and groin injuries respectively in Dortmund's frustrating stalemate at 10-man Freiburg.
Freiburg's Yoric Ravet was sent off on 30 minutes for his tackle on Schmelzer after the video assistant referee spotted the midfielder had gone in studs up.
Schmelzer was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
"It looks worse for Marcel, we will have to wait to see how it looks on Sunday," said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz.
It was the first time Dortmund dropped league points under Bosz.
"I'm disappointed, we had the numerical advantage for an hour, so a draw isn't enough," said Bosz.
It was the first time the VAR, which is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season, prompted a red card in Germany's top flight.
Dortmund's new signing Andriy Yarmolenko made his debut for the final 11 minutes after joining from Dynamo Kiev.
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal in Germany's top flight for three years as Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach before going off concussed.
Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason hit a hat-trick in Augsburg's 3-0 win at home to struggling Cologne, who are are bottom after three defeats.
New signing Abdou Diallo and midfielder Suat Serdar scored second-half goals as Mainz earned a 3-1 comeback win at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Hanover 96 after Daniel Didavi's first-half free-kick gave the hosts the lead before Martin Harnik levelled for Hanover.
History will be made on Sunday when Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the first female to referee in Germany's top flight when Hertha Berlin host Werder Bremen.
The 38-year-old will become the first female referee in one of Europe's top leagues and Hertha are offering half-price tickets to women to see the historic moment at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
Actress Elnaaz Norouzi is surprised that there is a controversy about the characters of Karan Wahi and her in the Netflix series Sacred Games. The characters are alleged to have taken inspiration from real life incidents in Salman Khan and his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif's real lives. "While shooting the episodes, ...
One can't refute the fact that Vidya Balan is one of the most versatile actresses in Indian Cinema today. The National Award Winning actress has never shied away from going off the beaten track and picking up complex and challenging roles. Needless to say, she has effortlessly nailed them all ...
Sports Desk :French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will be donating his entire World Cup earnings to a charity that organises sporting events for children with disabilities.The 19-year-old reportedly earned about US$22,300 per game in the tournament and an additional US$350,000 for helping his country lift the World Cup trophy on ...
US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election. After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote, as per international media reports.Mr Putin ...
Reuters, Helsinki :U.S. President Donald Trump emerged from a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday saying he saw no reason to believe Russia had hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the Russian leader "was extremely strong and powerful" in denying it.Trump held his meeting just days after a special ...
AP, Seoul :U.S. and North Korean officials held "productive" talks Sunday to discuss the return of U.S. service members' remains missing since the Korean War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.Pompeo, who was not part of the talks, said in a statement that working level meetings between U.S. and ...
Business Desk :America's most favorite ribs & steak chain "Tony Roma's" opened officially in Bangladesh on Monday.The first flagship outlet was launched at the most aristocratic zone in the city, NEB (3B), Road#74, Gulshan-2 in Dhaka. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat attended the function as the chief guest.Tony Roma's ...
A RECENT study has shown that Bangladesh is among the countries 'most at risk' as over one billion people in the world are lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines while global warming increasing temperatures. More electricity demand for fridges, fans ...
England captain Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot after finishing as the World Cup's top scorer with Croatia's Luka Modric winning the Golden Ball for being the player of the tournament.Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard was the second-best player, with France forward Antoine Griezmann third.His French team-mate Kylian Mbappe won ...
Entertainment Report :Zakia Bari Mamo and Mehazabien Chowdhury came to showbiz from the common platform. Both of them have common respect to each other. They won the hearts of many viewers by virtue of presenting their acting skills in last Eid works. Directors can easily rely on them. In last ...
Al Jazeera News :Umm Luay zooms in on a photograph on her mobile phone and kisses the screen, again and again.In the photo, her son, Luay Kaheel, is seen smiling alongside his friend, Amir al-Nimra. The two teenagers, 16 and 15 respectively, died on Saturday minutes after an Israeli air ...
ONCE again, the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday assaulted some students and teachers of Dhaka University to foil their human chain programme at Central Shaheed Minar demanding release of three quota reformists. The reformist leaders Jashim and Moshiur were shown arrested in a case filed for the attack ...