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Bundesliga leaders Bayern whitewash Union Berlin 5******
BERLIN, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich recovered from their hammering German Cup exit and returned to winning ways after cruising 5-2 past Union Berlin at the 10th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.。
The Bavarians left no doubt that they wanted to make amends for their 5-0 knockout as the Bundesliga front runners took the reins from the staring whistle after Leroy Sane missed the target just wide with 7 minutes gone.。
Bayern was rewarded eight minutes later though as Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock after capitalizing on a hand ball penalty.。
The Pole wasn't done with the scoring and wrapped up his brace with 23 minutes played after curling a free kick past Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe into the top right corner.。
Although the German giants were two goals in front, they pressed frenetically forward as Lewandowski tested Luthe in a one-on-one before Sane tripled the advantage by latching onto Thomas Muller's assist in the 34th minute.。
The hosts eventually showed a sign of life in the closing stages of the first half as Niko Giesselmann beat Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer from eight meters to make it 3-1 on the scoreboards.。
Union came out highly motivated after the break and came close twice, but Neuer denied Sheraldo Becker and Timo Baumgartl in quick succession in the 51st minute.。
Becker continued to keep Bayern's defence busy, but Neuer was once again on guard to defuse Becker's shot to the far post moments later.。
Bayern responded clinically and established their three-goal lead out of thin air as Kingsley Coman danced through Berlin's defence before finishing off a counterattack into the roof of the net at the hour mark.。
Resilient Union remained unimpressed and halved the deficit four minutes later when Kevin Behrens teed up for Julian Ryerson, who made no mistake to overcome Neuer from inside the box.。
Bayern responded in style and put the result beyond doubt after Dayot Upamecano raced down the pitch before finding Muller, who made it 5-2 from 12 meters in the 79th minute.。
"We ensured a good start into the game. The two conceded goals are annoying, but we are nevertheless satisfied with the win as we have shown a reaction," Bayern goalie Manuel Neuer said.。
With the result, Bayern maintain their one-point lead atop the standings meanwhile Union Berlin slipped to the 6th spot after suffering its second loss of the season.。
Elsewhere, runners-up Borussia Dortmund remain on Bayern's heels after seeing off Cologne 2-0 on the goals from Thorgan Hazard and Steffen Tigges.。
Third placed Freiburg extended their unbeaten run to 10 games after moving 3-1 past newly promoted Greuther Furth, who suffered their 8th straight defeat.。
Wolfsburg ended their three-game losing streak and reaped a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen while wasteful Mainz edged bottom side Arminia Bielefeld 2-1. Enditem。
Martin Pongracic (L) of Dortmund vies with Jan Thielmann of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marius Wolf (L) of Dortmund vies for header with Benno Schmitz of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marco Reus (L) of Dortmund vies with Timo Huebers of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marco Reus (R) of Dortmund vies with Mark Uth of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Players of Wolfsburg celebrate during a German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua)。
Josuha Guilavogui (L) of Wolfsburg vies with Lucas Alario of Leverkusen during a German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua)。
Germany suspends certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline******
This file photo taken on September 7, 2020, shows the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility in Lubmin, north eastern Germany.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday the suspension of the certification process of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline citing Russia's course of action over Ukraine.
"The situation today has fundamentally changed," he told journalists. "We will reassess the situation that has evolved over the past few days."
"I asked the Economy Ministry today to withdraw the existing report on the analysis of supply security at the Federal Network Agency," Scholz said, adding that it was a necessary administrative step to prevent the certification and thus the operation of Nord Stream 2.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs would now make a new assessment of the security of supply taking the last days' development into account, he said.
Russia's decision to recognize "the Lugansk People's Republic" and "the Donetsk People's Republic" as independent states was a "serious breach of international law" that violated the Minsk agreements and the Charter of the United Nations, Scholz said.
Scholz said it is now important to "prevent a further escalation, and thus a catastrophe. That is what all our diplomatic efforts are aimed at."
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The 1,234-km pipeline, however, has been lying idle, pending a go-ahead from Germany and the European Union.
Palmeiras eye move for Colombian midfielder Atuesta******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras are in talks with Los Angeles FC about the possible signing of Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta, according to Brazilian media reports.。
Atuesta has long been on the radar of Palmeiras, who are prepared to offer the 24-year-old a long-term contract, Globo Esporte reported.。
The playmaker, a former member of Colombia's under-20 and under-23 teams, is contracted to Los Angeles until December 31 next year.。
He has made 111 appearances and scored nine goals since joining the Major League Soccer outfit from Independiente Medellin in 2018.。
Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira has expressed a desire to strengthen his squad despite clinching a second consecutive Copa Libertadores title with a 2-1 victory over Flamengo in last month's final.。
The Sao Paulo side finished third in Brazil's 2021 Serie A, 18 points behind champions Atletico Mineiro. Enditem。