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two-goal cushion after Ladislav Smid
Mar 26, 19, 01:11:30 AM
BERLIN -- Injury-hit Augsburg ended Bayern Munichs record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory Saturday and Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1.
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. Sascha Moelders scored in the 31st minute for Augsburg to hand Bayern its first league loss since a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Oct. 28, 2012. "Thats football, thats sport," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "You cant always win. There was going to be a loss sooner or later." It was Augsburgs first victory over its larger Bavarian rival after five league and three German Cup defeats, and Bayerns third successive game without a win in all competitions since it won the Bundesliga title with seven games to spare. Guardiolas side drew 3-3 against Hoffenheim last weekend and then 1-1 at Manchester United in the Champions league quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday. With one eye on next Wednesdays return leg, the Spaniard fielded a weakened side in Augsburg, with seven changes to the side that lined up in Manchester. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm were left out of the squad, while David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Mario Goetze, Dante and Thomas Mueller all started on the bench. "The Bundesliga is over for us. Our target is the Champions League," Guardiola said in the run-up to the game, before opting to give Mitchel Weiser, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi their starting debuts. Deputy goalkeeper Tom Starke was also supposed to start but he tore a ligament in his right elbow in training on Friday. A mistake from Weiser led to the goal. The Bayern midfielder was easily dispossessed by Daniel Baier, who set Moelders through on goal in front of Manuel Neuer. The Augsburg striker fired hard and high to give the Bayern No. 1 little chance. The lead was deserved, with Bayern unusually passive and disorientated in the face of the home sides harrying and quick passing game in the first half. "The lead was super for us. We could be more compact and rely on the counterattack then," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl, who missed three injured regulars and suspended top-scorer Andre Hahn. "It all went very well." Neuer denied Alexander Esswein in the 52nd, and though Bayern improved -- David Alabas effort crashed back off the post in the 68th -- Augsburg managed to hold on, and even struck the post through Moelders in the 89th. "We accept it and now we have to prepare as quickly as possible for the Manchester game," Guardiola said. "Next Wednesday we have a final. Its about life or death." Marco Reus scored one and set up another for Dortmund in the late game, denying Wolfsburg the chance to go fourth. Ivica Olic fired the visitors ahead on a rebound in the 34th, and might have scored again six minutes later, when he struck the crossbar and then hit it again with the rebound from his first attempt. Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 51st with a header from Reus corner, and a mistake from Wolfsburg keeper Max Grun on his 27th birthday, when he dropped the ball after colliding with a defender, allowed Reus to swoop for the winning goal in the 77th. Dortmund next hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, when it hopes to overturn a 3-0 away defeat. "I havent given up in any case," Reus said. "Nothing is impossible in football." The result meant Borussia Moenchengladbach stayed fourth on goal difference from Bayer Leverkusen after a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Nuremberg. Juan Arango scored with a deflected free kick that gave Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schaefer no chance in the 18th, and Max Kruse made sure of the result with a penalty in the 79th. "It was close, but the result is not undeserved," Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said. Also Saturday, Schalke drew 1-1 at Werder Bremen, Stuttgart beat fellow relegation candidate Freiburg 2-0, and Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Mainz 2-0. Bremen striker Franco Di Santo scored from a narrow angle in the 15th minute, but Leon Goretzka equalized in the 33rd for Schalke. Ibrahima Traore did brilliantly to create Stuttgarts breakthrough in the 69th, eluding three defenders on the right and playing a one-two with Christian Gentner before crossing for Maxim Alexandru to score. Martin Harnik sealed the win in the 89th, as Stuttgart climbed above Hamburger SV on goal difference and out of the relegation zone. "Its only a little step," Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens said. Goals from Joselu in the 52nd and Alexander Meier in the 85th were enough for Frankfurt. Leverkusen earlier sacked Sami Hyypia as coach with Champions League qualification anything but assured.
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. There will be no Down Under four-peat for Djokovic, as the eighth-seeded Swiss slugger Wawrinka outlasted the second seed 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 at Melbourne Parks Rod Laver Arena in yet another five-set thriller in their burgeoning rivalry. CALGARY -- Two weeks after a franchise record seven-game losing streak on home ice, the Calgary Flames appear to be turning their fortunes around. Mark Giordano scored the game-winner and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as the Flames knocked off the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory - all of them at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It comes two nights after Calgary knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. "I would say tonight, by far, is probably our best team win of the season," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "As a coaching staff, we cannot be more happy than we are right now. Those guys deserve the credit. We beat quite a hockey club tonight. From Karri Ramo to the six D to the four lines, everyone is chipping in." Leading 1-0 after the first period, the Flames grabbed a two-goal lead at 3:38 of the second. Mikael Backlunds shot missed the net but the puck caromed sharply off the end boards and out the other side where Giordano rifled it in the short side as goaltender Alex Stalock scrambled across. "There wasnt much room for Backs and I knew he was going to shoot it so youre just trying to read the rebound and with the new nets with them being a bit shorter, it comes out at different angles and the goalie doesnt really have a chance to get across," Giordano said. "It was a good bounce and I just tried to fire it as hard as I could on net." The ninth goal of the season for Giordano extends his career-high scoring streak to eight games (four goals, four assists). "I wouldnt have believed it (was possible). It just seems like Im getting a couple of bounces. Im trying to be aggressive and it seems the pucks coming to me at the right spot," said Giordano. Lee Stempniak, rookie Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (20-27-7) and Jiri Hudler added an empty-net goal. Backlund and Dennis Wideman each had two assists. The Flames, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since reeling off five victories in a row in March 2012, are 4-0-0 with one game to go on a five-game homestand. "Sometimes it goes this way. The main thing is we kept working and nobody gave up when things were bad. Everybody learned from those and we started to do the right things," Ramo said. Eriah Hayes, with his first NHL goal, was the lone Shark to solve Ramo. San Jose (34-15-6) has lost three straight. The Sharks entered the game on two straight shutouts after losing 1-0 to Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, and 3-0 in Edmonton on Wednesday, thanks to Ben Scrivens record-setting 59 saves. "Its a big concern of ours right now. In our last eight games, weve only scored 13 goals and 10 have them have come from three players," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.
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. "Obviously with injuries and every team goes through them, you need others to pick up the slack and weve got to find that." San Jose was held to eight shots in the first period but racked up 13 in the second, including multiple chances to score on Ramo. In one mad scramble around the Flames net, Hayes nearly scored only to have the puck cleared off the goal-line by Giordano. The Sharks finally cashed in 46 seconds into the third as this time Hayes would not be denied. After Chris Butler lost the puck in front of his net, a quick passing sequence with Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau set up Hayes less than 15 feet away and he buried a quick shot over Ramos glove. "Were getting tons of chances, great opportunities right in front like that. Its a little frustrating right now that the bounces arent going our way. Once the bounces start going our way, were going to be scoring a lot of goals," said Hayes, playing his 13th NHL game after being recalled from Worcester (AHL) on Jan. 4. That goal ended a stretch of a 160 minute, 36 second scoreless drought for the Sharks, who racked up 103 shots on goal before Hayes connected. "I think we just need to get back to finishing," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. "We havent finished particularly well in the last three games and its definitely shown on the scoreboard. Youve just got to concentrate in that last half-second to see where youre going to shoot and put it in." The Flames restored their two-goal cushion after Ladislav Smids shot went wide and bounced out the other side for Joe Colborne, who directed it in front for Monahan. The rookie redirected it out of the air for his team-leading 15th goal. "Obviously, its a different feeling in the room right now. We have confidence as a group, were sticking together, working hard and were having fun doing it," Monahan said. Stalock finished the game with 26 stops as his record fell to 7-4-0. Making his fifth start in his last six games, Ramo improved to 11-10-4. Notes: The Sharks record for being shutout was 190:22 set in February 2007... Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his ninth game. He is back practising with the team and hopes to play Saturday against Minnesota... Tyler Kennedy (lower body) did not play for San Jose. He was hurt Wednesday night in Edmonton... Calgary is 16-9-7 in one-goal games and 4-18 in games decided by two-or-more goals... Since being converted to a forward, San Joses Brent Burns has 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games. ' ' '
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