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Champions League: Bayern crush Dynamo Kyiv; Sevilla hold Wolfsburg 1-1



Munich, Sep 30: Bayern Munich eased past Dynamo Kyiv 5-0 after Robert Lewandowski’s first-half brace paved the way for their second straight win, while Sevilla clinched a late draw at Wolfsburg in the Champions League’s group stage on Wednesday.

The Bavarians started well and needed only 10 minutes to create the first clear-cut opportunity, as Kyiv goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan had to tip Lewandowski’s header over the bar.

Bushchan was helpless moments later though, as Lewandowski scored the opener after converting a penalty into the bottom corner,reports Xinhua.

The Poland international remained in the thick of things and wrapped up his brace with 27 minutes gone when he benefitted from Thomas Muller’s through-ball to beat Bushchan again.

Bayern dictated the pace and almost tripled their lead before the break, but the woodwork denied Leroy Sane a goal in the 35th minute.

Kyiv showed signs of life in the dying minutes of the first half as Carlos de Pena’s shot on target forced Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into action for the first time.

The hosts remained in control of the proceedings after the restart, as Joshua Kimmich’s dangerous effort was blocked by defender Artem Shabanov seven minutes into the half.

Relentless Bayern eventually made it 3-0 as Niklas Sule cleared a ball from the host’s penalty area before Sane picked it up and fed Serge Gnabry, who raced down on the inside right and drilled the ball into the roof of the net in the 68th minute.

To make things worse for Kyiv, Sane’s misplaced cross into the box caught Bushchan flat-footed and extended Bayern’s lead to 4-0 on 74 minutes.

Dynamo weren’t able to put up any resistance and the German record champions still weren’t done with the scoring, as substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed home Benjamin Pavard’s cross to get his name on the scoreboard in the closing stages.

With the result, Bayern top Group E with two wins from two games, followed by Benfica, Kyiv and Barcelona.

“I think we played very well. We stayed focussed and dominated over 90 minutes. We also defended very well,” Bayern attacking midfielder Sane said.

Elsewhere, Wolfsburg had to swallow a last-gasp equaliser as Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic converted a controversial penalty in the closing stages to cancel out Renato Steffen’s opener.

The share of the spoils leaves Sevilla in second place, while Wolfsburg occupy third position in Group G.

“We are of course disappointed. It would have been great if we had been able to protect our lead until the final whistle. We have to live with the stalemate as we were too passive in the second half,” said Wolfsburg midfielder Steffen.

In other matches on Wednesay night, Zenit St Petersburg defeated Malmo FF 4-0; FC Salzburg overcame Lille 2-1; Manchester United prevailed over Villarreal 2-1; Benfica thrashed Barcelona 3-0 and Juventus handed defending champions Chelsea a 1-0 defeat.

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You will see me in yellow but not sure as player, says Dhoni on playing for CSK in 2022



Dubai, Oct 7: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday said that fans will see him in ‘yellow in IPL 2022, but he doesn’t know if he will be part of the franchise as a player or in some other role.

Dhoni, who has been CSK’s captain since the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, highlighted that there is a ‘lot of uncertainty’ because of the two new teams coming in and the mega auction, next year.

“Well, you can see me in yellow next year. But whether I will be playing for CSK? There are a lot of uncertainties around it for a simple reason that we have two new teams coming up. We don’t know the retention policy. We don’t know how many foreigners, Indian players we can retain, the money cap that every player will be cutting from the kitty,” said 40-year-old at the toss ahead of CSK’s match against Punjab Kings in Dubai.

“So there are a lot of uncertainties. Unless the rules are in place you can’t really decide that. So we will wait for it to happen and hopefully it will be good for everyone,” he added.

The former India captain also mentioned that it has been difficult to maintain fitness this season due to back to back matches in the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL.

“It’s tough to maintain fitness. Once the IPL was postponed, it meant there will be back-to-back games (whenever the tournament resumes). We had that sort of a stretch but, looks good, no concern with fitness,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni, who has led CSK to three IPL titles, earlier indicated that he will be playing his farewell game in Chennai.

The 40-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman in an event celebrating 75 years of India Cements, earlier had said that he hopes to play his last IPL match in Chennai.

“When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet the fans there,” Dhoni said while interacting with fans during the virtual event on Tuesday.

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Du Plessis’ fifty takes CSK to 134/6 against Punjab Kings



Dubai, Oct 7: A hard-earned fifty by Faf du Plessis (76 off 55) took Chennai Super Kings to 134/6 against Punjab Kings in the 53rd match of the IPL 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday.

Put in to bat first, CSK were off to a poor start as they lost the wickets of Ruturaj Gaikwad (12) and Moeen Ali (0) inside the powerplay.

Arshdeep Singh provided Punjab Kings the first breakthrough as he dismissed Gaikwad. The in-form opener tried to take on the short-pitch delivery bowled by Arshdeep but got a top edge and Shahrukh Khan completed the catch. Faf du Plessis was then joined by Moeen Ali, who didn’t trouble scorers and was dismissed for a duck.

Du Plessis looked in fine touch and hit back-to-back boundaries. But, he didn’t get the required support from the other end as Robin Uthappa (2), Ambati Rayudu (4) got out cheaply. Both Uthappa and Rayudu were dismissed by Chris Jordan, who is playing this game in place of Nicholas Pooran.

MS Dhoni, who came to bat next, hit a few boundaries before getting playing-on to his stumps a googly bowled by Ravi Bishnoi, leaving CSK struggling at 61-5 after 11.6 overs. From there on, Du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja batted sensibly and rebuilt the CSK innings.

The Proteas cricketer took calculated risks and completed his fifth fifty of IPL 2021 in 46 balls and kept Chennai Super Kings alive in the match. Jadeja, on the other hand, gave him the much-needed support by rotating the strike regularly.

In the final overs, Du Plessis batted freely and hit a few lusty boundaries to give impetus to CSK innings. His fine innings came to an end for 76 in the last over of the innings and he added 67 runs for the sixth wicket with Jadeja.

In the last few balls, Dwayne Bravo hit a four and helped CSK post a total of 134-6 in 20 overs.

Brief scores:
Chennai Super Kings Innings – 134-6 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis (76 off 55, Chris Jordan 2/20, Arshdeep Singh 2/35) against Punjab Kings

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Sports gears of Olympians in highest demand in auctioning



New Delhi: Sports gears of Olympians have received the highest bids with just one day left for the e-auction of the Prime Minister’s mementos to end, historical items and religious artefacts seem to have drawn more interest. The javelin used by Neeraj Chopra, which brought him the gold medal, received the highest bid of Rs 10 crore on the opening day, it was later cancelled on the suspicion that it could be a fake bid.

The auction opened on September 17 and since then all eyes are focusing on the sporting gear of Olympians and Paralympians. Weeks later, a javelin used by a Paralympic gold medallist remains at the top with a bid of Rs 1,00,50,000. However, till now it has received only two bids, according to the latest bid details on the PM”s memento’s site

In comparison, a metal mace whose base price was Rs 2,500 has received 54 bids, with the highest at Rs 5 lakh. The javelin used by Paralympic gold medallist Sumit Antil, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, received a bid of Rs 1,00,05,000 from one bidder, while a wooden model of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya saw 24 bids come in. The mandir’s base value was Rs 2,50,000.

A badminton racquet autographed by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games gold medallist Krishna Nagar received a highest bid of Rs 80.15 lakh but there were only three bidders who showed interest in it. On the other hand, a small metallic figurine showing Lord Rama, Hanuman, Laxman and Goddess Sita, titled Bhagwan Ram Parivar, received 44 bids,

With the highest being Rs 1.35 lakh. Its base price was only Rs 10,000. Apart from religious items, a large-scale three-dimensional replica model of a DRDO tank placed inside a glass box has received 23 bids, with the highest being Rs 5 lakh. Its base price was Rs 75,000.

Another item, a memento of the Pune metro line with a sculpture of Chattrapati Shivajji on a horse and the metro line within the cityscape, received 24 bids, with the highest being Rs 43,000, while its base price was only Rs 3,000.

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