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Borussia Dortmund ease past Manchester City in pre-season match

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Chicago:Pep Guardiola’s start to his pre-season campaign ended in defeat as Borussia Dortmund captain Mario Gotze’s first half penalty was enough to see off the Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Guardiola was able to call on the likes of new signing Riyad Mahrez and German Leroy Sane but his otherwise highly inexperienced, young team were unable to get the better of a Dortmund side who have already played one game this summer and looked far sharper in the opening match of this year’s International Champions Cup tournament.
Gotze’s winner came in the 28th minute when American international Christian Pulisic was hauled down in the box allowing the midfielder who famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final to beat Claudio Bravo.
Mahrez showed flashes of his quality yet Guardiola will be disappointed about the lack of cutting edge on show.
With the bulk of his Premier League title winning squad enjoying an extended break after their exertions at the World Cup, it was a vastly inexperienced squad sent out by the Spaniard at Soldier Field.
Mahrez, the $75 million signing from Leicester, made his debut while the precocious young English midfielder Phil Foden also started.
There was a healthy crowd of 34,629 inside Soldier Field and although a young City side held their own early on, Dortmund created the better chances with Gotze pulling the strings together with Pulisic.
Mahrez was City’s best player, a decent run and cross midway through the first half showcased his attacking threat.
But on 28 minutes, the Germans were ahead. Alex Zinchenko, who is set to leave the club before the start of the English domestic season, brought down the lively Pulisic in the box and Gotze beat Bravo from the spot before Alexander Isak almost made it two soon after.
Jack Harrison should have done better just before the interval when he miscued a shot from close range and them Mahrez forced a great save from Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz.
Nevertheless, Guardiola would have been all too aware of his side’s lack of killer instinct.
Former Etihad starlet Jadon Sancho, who quit the Premier League club for Dortmund last August following a fall-out with Guardiola, was introduced in the second half and began promisingly.
Joe Hart, the former England keeper, was making his first City appearance since August 2016 but it was opposite number Hitz who was almost beaten on 55 minutes when another Mahrez set-piece flew just past the post.
The Algerian’s cute pass set Lukas Nmecha through on 70 minutes but his finish was lacking before Hart produced an excellent point blank save to deny Mahmoud Dahoud.
Dortmund, however, held firm to seal a deserved win.


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Team India relishing the experience

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Mumbai : India’s ASC Boys Sports School from Bengaluru are gearing up to play the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup 2019 World Finals at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Drawn alongside Thailand, FC Bayern Kids Club and China in Group B, the Indian side will have their first taste of competition in two friendlies against two of Group A opponents Singapore and Nigeria at the Bayern Munich training grounds on the eve of the event.
The boys have so far enjoyed the priviledge of training under the expetise of FC Bayern youth coaches.
Following a complete session with the boys, Bayern Munich coach Christopher Loch told Goal , “They are a good bunch of players with really good technique. They play together, which is very important because football is a team sport.
“I’m really excited to see them play on Sunday. I hope they go through.”
Speaking on the road ahead for these players, Loch commented, “It’s a long way. You have to train nearly everyday and work hard on even individual things. Then you need luck, like have the right coach who brings you to the first team.”
“I am very excited to be here. The most interesting thing is to see (meet) the coaches, see the Bayern Munich training grounds and learn more about football,” The Indian team’s captain C. Ronald Singh said in an interview with Bayern TV.
the teams were also involved in the Munich freestyle tour where each side were required to perform the ‘around the world’, the head stall and the header challenge.
Tondon Meitei, who then participated in the freestyle play-offs, enthralled the assembled crowd at the Marienplatz in Munich and was thereafter crowned the Freestyle King.
At the intercultural party that was held at the team hotel, the boys performed a Manipuri dance and entertained all while the other teams staged their own performances.
An unique opportunity to catch the live action of the Bundesliga’s title deciding clash between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena also awaits the participants.

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World Cup winner to get Rs 28cr prize money

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LONDON: The winners of the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup will earn a cash award of Rs 28.12cr ($4 million), the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament. The winners of the 10-team tournament will also get a trophy that they will lift at the historic Lord’s on July 16. The total prize pot of Rs 70.31cr ($10 million) will see the runners-up take home Rs 14.06cr ($2 million) and the losing semifinalists $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues in the UK from May 30. There are prizes for each league match won, in what promises to be a competitive tournament with the world’s best teams playing each other in a round-robin format.

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Hope to play under a big coach like Igor Stimac soon: Gahlot

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Mumbai :Narender Gahlot is among the finest young defenders in Indian football at the moment. The young centre-back was an integral part of Floyd Pinto’s Indian Arrows side in the 2018-19 season of the I-League.
The young boy who grew up playing cricket took up football as a serious sport much later. Belonging to a family which encourages sports, Gahlot’s uncle inspired him to pursue a career in football.
Speaking to Goal about his inclination towards sports, Narender said, “I used to play cricket earlier. My uncle used to play cricket and he was a sports fanatic. So he wanted me to play a sport. Then after some time I grew an interest in football and started playing. My uncle was my biggest support and inspiration.”
The youngster informed that he used to play as a midfielder initially and idolised Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia but later on taking advice from a local coach, he decided to change his position.
“I was a very big fan of Bhaichung Bhutia as a child. I used to play in midfield but later one of our local coaches asked me if I could play as a defender and I agreed to change my position. Among international players, I am a big fan of Sergio Ramos,” said Narender.
The Indian Arrows star joined the Chandigarh Football Academy at age of 15 before moving to Sports Authority of India (SAI) Dehradun. It was during his stay at SAI that he caught the attention of then India U16 coach Nicolai Adam.
“With SAI I had played against the India U16 team at that time which was coached by Nicolai Adams. After that match, I got a call from the India U16 side.
“Unfortunately I could not take part in the U17 World Cup as I was injured. I suffered an ACL injury a few months prior to the World Cup when we were in Brazil.
“After the World Cup Abhishek (Yadav) Sir told me that they are making a team (Indian Arrows) and then he had called me for trails there. Luis Norton de Matos liked me and kept me in the side,” said the 18-year-old player on his journey so far.

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