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Bayern’s Manuel Neuer out with calf injury

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss about two weeks with a muscle fiber tear in his calf and defender Mats Hummels is out for a few days with a thigh strain.

The Bundesliga club says doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt diagnosed the injuries after the 4-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday. Neuer injured his calf with no other players involved and limped off in the 53rd minute.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac said it was the same left calf that caused Neuer to miss games two weeks before. Neuer also had a thumb injury at the time.

Neuer will miss Bayern’s league and cup games against Werder Bremen and the league match at Nuremberg. Bayern, which leads Borussia Dortmund by one point, is also bidding to reach the German Cup final.

The 33-year-old Neuer made only three league appearances for Bayern last season because of a hairline fracture in his left foot and was only confirmed late for Germany’s World Cup squad last year.

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Mane leads Liverpool past Bayern Munich (video)

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  • Mane bags brace
  • Gnabry, Lewandowski force Matip own goal
  • Milner finds Van Dijk for goal

Sadio Mane scored two goals and was an all-around menace as Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to score a berth in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a scoreless first leg.

Virgil Van Dijk also scored for the Reds, who conceded via a Joel Matip own goal in the win.

The quarterfinal draw is Friday morning. Four of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Premier League.

Andy Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, and will miss the first leg of the next round.

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Liverpool made an early change when Jordan Henderson was hurt, bringing Fabinho into the XI.

Out of nothing, Roberto Firmino lashed a shot wide of Manuel Neuer’s far post.

Liverpool then took the lead on a horrible mistake from Neuer, as Mane turned him inside out on the edge of the 18 and swept a shot across the line.

Robert Lewandowski then bounced a shot to Alisson, as Bayern knew it would need to score twice without conceding.

Neuer stopped a marauding Andy Robertson at the near post in the 34th minute.

It all went level in the 39th minute, as Serge Gnabry cooked Robertson and Joel Matip‘s desperation bid to clear Gnabry’s cross toward Lewandowski went into the goal.

David Alaba zipped a free kick over the wall that Alisson Becker saved, and it remained 1-1 into halftime.

Mohamed Salah stung the palms of Neuer with a 50th minute rocket, as Liverpool looked for a goal to put victory firmly in its grasp.

Lewandowski then just missed a Gnabry cross before Bayern gave the Reds a pair of corner kicks.

The second was James Milner‘s assist on Van Dijk’s thumped back post header, and Liverpool was in very good shape with a little more than 20 minutes to play in Munich.

Salah could’ve earned a penalty after contact in the box but fought through it and had a chance denied by Bayern.

Substitute Renato Sanches missed wide with an 83rd minute effort to tie the second leg.

And in the end, Mane was just too much. The Senegalese star completed his brace in the 84th minute.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer to sit with injured hand

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss this weekend’s match against Bayer Leverkusen with an injury to his right hand, the club announced Friday.

The release did not go into more detail about Neuer’s injury or give a timetable for return, only confirming that he would not travel with the team for the road match. The club confirmed the injury happened in training and that he has remained in Munich to recover.

Neuer has come under fire for his form in net this season, with Bayern trailing Borussia Dortmund by six points in the title race. Bayern has conceded 20 goals in 19 matches so far this season, the fourth-best tally in the league, but they have recently shored things up. The club is on a run of seven wins from seven in league play and has conceded just three goals in that span.

Now, Neuer’s absence will create concern for his fitness with Champions League knockout stage play set to begin in less than two weeks. Bayern is matched with last year’s finalists Liverpool, and will want Neuer in goal to ensure it has the best chance of taking down the current Premier League leaders.

Likely to step in for Neuer this weekend and beyond is 30-year-old Sven Ulrich, who has served as Neuer’s backup since joining in the summer of 2015. Ulrich played the majority of last season as Neuer rode the bench with a foot injury, and had mixed reviews. He has not made a single appearance this season in any competition to this point. Bayern also has a pair of 19-year-olds on the roster in Christian Fruchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffman.

Bayern Munich stunned by Hertha Berlin

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Bayern Munich’s weekend has been ruined.

The German giants were caught napping, falling 2-0 to Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion Berlin in the capital for the defending champions’ first Bundesliga loss of the season.

Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic saw his header saved by Manuel Neuer in the 23rd minute, but the rebound fell to former Chelsea man Salomon Kalou who was tackled by Jerome Boateng, and the referee pointed to the spot. Ibisevic took the penalty, and his effort found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

With Bayern trailing, they maintained a significant possessional advantage and looked to pepper Thomas Kraft’s net, but continued to miss the target. Hertha would find another just before halftime on the counter as Kalou’s smart through-ball unlocked the defense and connected with Valentino Lazaro’s run, and the Austrian expertly pulled it back as he reached the end line. 23-year-old Ondrej Duda was waiting at point-blank range, and he roofed the effort to double Hertha’s lead.

Bayern pushed forward looking to get back in the game, but they couldn’t find a way through. Taking 25 efforts on the Hertha net throughout the match, they were able to put just five on target. The visitors held 70% possession through the full 90 minutes, but ultimately were unsuccessful.

The win for Hertha draws them level with Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table on 13 points through six matches, with both Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen able to take over the lead spot with a victory this weekend.

Lozano, Mexico top Germany in thrilling Group F opener

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El Tri’s form wasn’t impressive heading into the World Cup, but they erased a lot of doubt on Sunday.

Mexico knocked off Germany, 1-0, in their Group F opener at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike.

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Lozano scored his first World Cup goal in the first half, after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez picked out a great pass to put Mexico in front following a counterattack.

Both goalkeepers were tested early and often on the day, with Mexico particularly coming out to a flying start against the reigning World Cup champions.

The finish came just two minutes prior to Toni Kroos’ brilliant free kick, which was kept out by an equally-incredible save by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

As Mexico began to sit back further in the second stanza, the Germans took control of the game, however, the European side struggled in the final third.

Joshua Kimmich was among the threats for the Germans, after nearly scoring an acrobatic bicycle kick off of a low cross from Jerome Boateng.

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Meanwhile, Rafael Marquez entered the match late for Mexico, making him the third player in World Cup history to appear in five tournaments.

El Tri will take on South Korea on June 23 in their second Group F matchup, while Germany meets Sweden that same day.