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Dortmund stage late comeback to beat Cologne 3-1

Saturday, 2019-08-24 07:11:11
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Soccer Football - Bundesliga - FC Cologne v Borussia Dortmund - RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - August 23, 2019 Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (L) in action with Cologne's Kingsley Ehizibue. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Borussia Dortmund fought back to beat Cologne 3-1 away with late goals from substitute Achraf Hakimi and Paco Alcacer on Friday to make it two wins out of two in the Bundesliga this season.

The visitors were a shadow of the team that put five goals past Augsburg in the season opener last week and only came to life midway into the second half, scoring three times in the last 20 minutes.

* Spain’s World Cup-winning striker Fernando Torres ended a glittering 18-year career on Friday with his final match for J-League club Sagan Tosu. Torres, 35, hung up his boots following a 6-1 defeat by a Vissel Kobe side featuring former Spain team mates Andres Iniesta and David Villa.

* Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has suffered an ankle injury and is a doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich City, manager Frank Lampard has said. Kante's unavailability could be a significant blow to the London side, who have struggled defensively and already conceded five goals in their opening two league matches of the season.

* French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova has withdrawn from the US Open with a left wrist injury, tournament organisers said on Friday. The 20-year-old Czech did not compete in any US Open tune-up events and has not been in action since falling in the first round at Wimbledon.

* Promoted Aston Villa earned their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi at Villa Park on Friday.

* Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva completed a one-year loan move to AS Monaco on Friday, the Premier League club said. The 30-year-old Portuguese, who joined Leicester from Sporting Lisbon, spent the second half of last season at the Ligue 1 club, playing in 15 matches for them.

* Bayern Munich's Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has joined Ligue 1 side Lille on a four-year deal as he bids for a place in his country's Euro 2020 plans, the clubs announced on Friday. Sanches, who joined Bayern as an 18-year-old in 2016 from Benfica, was largely confined to a minor substitute role in Munich amid strong competition for a starting spot.

* German sprint specialist Marcel Kittel on Friday announced his retirement from the sport, saying he lacked the commitment and drive that was necessary to remain a top athlete. The 31-year-old, who has 19 Grand Tours stage wins including 14 on the Tour de France, terminated his contract with Team Katusha by mutual agreement in May to take a break from cycling.

* One of English football's oldest clubs, Bury, faced with expulsion from the professional game due to their financial problems, may be saved after their owner said on Friday he had agreed to sell the club. The Football League had set a deadline of midnight for Bury to prove they can satisfy creditors and show enough operational funding for the current season, yet in practice, that became a race to find a new owner for the club.

* Former Alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist Egon Zimmermann has died at the age of 80, Austria's ski association said on Friday. Zimmermann, born in the town of Lech in Austria, won the downhill gold medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.

* Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had doubts whether David Silva would succeed in the Premier League but was "happily wrong" as the midfielder prepares to play his 400th match in his final season with the reigning champions. Silva, who is in line to face Bournemouth on Sunday, will become the first City player to reach the milestone since Paul Power achieved the feat in the 1985-86 season.

* Newcastle United's poor start to the season has been blown out of proportion but the best way for the club to stem the "mini crisis" is to start winning games, manager Steve Bruce said on Friday. Newcastle lost their first two league games against Arsenal and promoted Norwich City and the low-key performances have made critics question whether Bruce was the right man to replace Rafa Benitez.

* Olympic champion Chen Long was knocked out of the Badminton World Championships by Denmark's Anders Antonsen in the quarterfinals in Basel, Switzerland on Friday. Top seed and defending champion Kento Momota of Japan breezed past Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia 21-12, 21-8, Sai Praneeth, the 16th seed, upset fourth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 24-22, 21-14 and Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen shocked second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-16, 11-21, 21-14.

* Liverpool have confirmed that England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a new "long-term" contract with the club. Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal in August 2017 and had an excellent season before suffering a serious knee injury in the Champions League semifinal first leg against Roma in April 2018, which sidelined him for a year and also saw him miss out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Reuters, Xinhua