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GERMANY

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.

NETHERLANDS

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.

SERBIA

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.

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