Unwanted record awaits Warriors


first_imgA loss at Leichhardt Oval will make it nine-straight defeats for the Kiwi franchise, setting a new record for their worst run ever in a single season, and confirming they will finish their 2017 season without a win in three months of football. While some players this week said they weren’t aware of the record, and others brushed it off, playmaker Ata Hingano confronted the issue with refreshing honesty.”It definitely gets to you, especially with the scenario going on with the club. We have got to get a win this week, because if not there’s that nine-game losing streak and history for the club,” Hingano told NRL.com.”It does kick in a lot more when you find out those sorts of things.  “I know for each one of us there is drive too, because we don’t want to be the club that everyone looks down on.”It does motivate you, and so it should, we have got one more week, one last game, to prove ourselves and get on the right foot for next year.”We have got a lot to prove.”The Warriors will head into the final round of the regular season off the back of a heartbreaking defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles, which saw them blow a seven-point lead with five minutes to go and lose 22-21 in golden point. But coach Stephen Kearney said he had no concerns about his side’s attitude or confidence levels ahead of Sunday’s match.”At the time it [the Manly loss] was obviously pretty disappointing, but they have come back in with a high spirit,” Kearney said.”Their attitude and their energy has been wonderful given the circumstances.”They did a lot of things right on Sunday, what they didn’t do right ultimately cost us the game in the end, so it was about making sure that they understood that.”last_img read more

Mueller helps Bayern battle past Dortmund


first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s striker Thomas Mueller (R) is congratulated by his teammate Colombian James Rodriguez (L) after scoring the second goal during their match against Borussia Dortmund on December 20, 2017 in Munich © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Dec 20 – Thomas Mueller scored the decisive goal as Bayern Munich fought to a 2-1 victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund to reach the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Goals from Jerome Boateng and Mueller gave Bayern a comfortable lead before half-time, but Andriy Yarmolenko’s second-half header made it a nervy last 15 minutes for Bayern. “We’ve stumbled into the quarter-finals,” said Bayern defender Boateng. “We played well in the first half, but we should have decided it earlier.”After several gilt-edged chances in the opening minutes, Boateng headed Bayern into the lead on 12 minutes. Niklas Suele guided a James Rodriguez free-kick onto the bar, before Boateng emerged to nod the ball past Roman Buerki.With star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out injured, it wasn’t until the 35th minute that Dortmund created a significant chance. Stand-in front man Yarmolenko found space in the box, only to see his shot cleared off the line by David Alaba.Minutes later, Bayern doubled their lead in style. Played through by Robert Lewandowski on the right wing, Mueller sent an elegant chip over Buerki and into the far corner.Two brilliant saves from Buerki kept Bayern from running riot just after half-time, but Bayern looked ever more comfortable as the game wore on. When Franck Ribery was substituted off on the hour mark, the win appeared to be secure.Bayern were shocked into life on 76 minutes, though, when Yarmolenko pulled a goal back for Dortmund.Shinji Kagawa whipped in a cross, and home goalkeeper Sven Ulreich couldn’t deny the Ukrainian at the far post.Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng celebrates after he scored the first goal during their match against Borussia Dortmund on December 20, 2017 in Munich © dpa/AFP / Tobias HaseDortmund could muster little more than a handful of half-chances as they pushed for the equaliser. Only in injury time did they create a golden opportunity, as Alexander Isak’s shot was deflected just inches past the post.“If we had played the whole game like we did in the last half an hour, we might have taken something away from this game,” said Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer.Elsewhere, Leon Bailey netted the winner as Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0 to book their place in the quarters.Goalless until the 71st minute, the game burst into life when Bailey broke down the left to pick up Kevin Volland’s through ball and fire past Yann Sommer.Werder Bremen also progressed to the last eight by beating Freiburg 3-2.After goals from Ishak Belfodil and Florian Kainz had put Bremen two goals up, Nils Petersen pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.With 20 minutes to play, Philipp Bargfrede swept the ball in for Bremen’s third, the referee overruling the linesman’s offside flag. A late goal from Yoric Ravet proved too little for Freiburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more