Goetze nets brace on debut
Germany international Mario Goetze scored twice as he made his Bayern Munich debut on Sunday in the European champions’ 4-1 friendly win at Hungary’s Gyori ETO. Bayern opened the new Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday, but Munich coach Pep Guardiola gave Goetze 30 minutes off the bench in the friendly at the Hungarian champions. The 21-year-old, who cost Bayern 37 million euros (US$49.3 million) from rivals Borussia Dortmund, scored his first goal just two minutes after coming off the bench, then added a second just before the final whistle. He had five shots on goal in his 30 minutes and looked sharp 103 days after tearing his hamstring against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final as a Dortmund player. “For a first appearance, it could have gone worse,” Goetze said. “It was only a friendly, but for me it was something special.” Less than 48 hours after the ’Gladbach win, Guardiola included just Thomas Mueller from the starting lineup from Friday’s Bundesliga opener. Both Spain under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez played for Bayern, as Gyor took a 40th-minute lead with a well-taken goal from Leandro Martinez. Bayern leveled through Xherdan Shaqiri on 58 minutes, before Goetze came off the bench to give his side the lead after hitting the post, then drilling home the rebound. Shaqiri added his second and Bayern’s third, before Goetze picked up a wayward back-pass, dribbled around the defense and lobbed the goalkeeper just before the final whistle.
Old players haunt Feyenoord
Former players continued to haunt Feyenoord as they lost their second match of the season on Sunday, 4-1 at home to Twente. Having lost 2-1 to PEC Zwolle on the opening day of the season, Feyenoord have suffered their worst start to a season for 50 years, with half of the six goals they have leaked being scored by former players. On Sunday, they were reduced to nine men as they lost their first home league match since November 2011 — a 28-match run. Jordy van Deelen was dismissed 12 minutes into the second half after conceding a penalty that Dusan Tadic converted to put Twente 2-1 ahead after Kyle Ebecilio, a former Feyenoord youth player, had equalized Graziano Pelle’s opener for the hosts. Tadic made it 3-1, also from the penalty spot, after 73 minutes, by which time the hosts were playing with nine men after Stefan de Vrij received a second yellow card. It went from bad to worse for Ronald Koeman’s side when Luc Castaignos, another Feyenoord old boy, made it 4-1 in the 79th minute. Reigning champions Ajax did no better, losing 3-2 at AZ, despite twice leading through goals by Christian Eriksen and Siem de Jong. Viktor Elm scored AZ’s winner after 74 minutes. Ajax finished with 10 men after Ricardo van Rhijn was sent off. Groningen beat Utrecht 2-0 to join three other clubs at the top.
Red star lose opener again
Two late goals gave FK Javor Ivanjica a shock 4-2 home win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Sunday as the 1991 European champions continued their routine of losing the opening game of the season. Red Star’s fourth successive opening-day defeat piled the pressure on Slovenian coach Slavisa Stojanovic after they were also eliminated by Ukraine’s Chernomorets Odessa in Europa League qualifying on Thursday last week. “We were absolutely dreadful and devoid of any creativity, all I can do is congratulate the hosts for their well-deserved win,” Stojanovic said.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017