Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga, while promoted SC Paderborn 07 held second-placed VfL Wolfsburg by the same score on Sunday.
Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring in the early game with a wonderful effort over the goalkeeper and inside the far corner in the 18th minute.
The home side failed to make the most of their first-half superiority, though, and were made to pay six minutes before the break when Roel Brouwers equalized after a corner. It was the visitors’ first shot on goal.
Brouwers almost made it 2-1 early in the second half, which got off to a furious start, but lacked clear-cut chances.
Andre Hahn could have snatched victory with another late ’Gladbach counterattack, but his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.
“With a better counterattack we might have won 2-1, but 1-1 is OK away from home,” Brouwers said.
Both sides moved above Augsburg on goal-difference to occupy the UEFA Champions League places.
“To draw with ’Gladbach is no scandal,” Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt said.
Paderborn goalkeeper Lukas Kruse saved a penalty in an inspirational performance to salvage a point for his side in the late game.
An own-goal from Rafa gave Wolfsburg a 17th-minute lead. The Spanish defender tried clearing the ball off the line from the lurking Bas Dost, but could only crash it off the crossbar and in.
Kruse saved Ivan Perisic’s penalty in the 30th minute, Dost hit the crossbar three minutes later and then had a goal ruled out for a perceived foul on Christian Strohdiek before the break.
Alban Meha equalized with a penalty in the 51st minute, awarded for a foul by Naldo on Strohdiek.
Dost missed another chance shortly afterward and the striker’s ill luck continued in the 58th minute when he was not awarded a penalty, despite appearing to have been bundled over by Meha.
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
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very