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Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (C) celebrates scoring their third goal with Arturo Vidal and Juan Bernat (L) REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scores their second goal REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their third goal with Arturo Vidal (R) REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Heynckes reveals he told Vidal to train harder

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes admits he had to whip Arturo Vidal into shape when he took over the coaching role earlier this season

Heynckes reveals he told Vidal to train harder

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes admits he had to whip Arturo Vidal into shape when he took over the coaching role earlier this season

Heynckes reveals he told Vidal to train harder

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes admits he had to whip Arturo Vidal into shape when he took over the coaching role earlier this season

Brendan Rodgers looks to January transfer window in preparation for busy summer

The World Cup and Champions League will combine to give Brendan Rodgers a headache next summer when the Celtic manager must address the overlap of two competitions involving his players. Tom Rogic, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig are set to be at the World Cup finals with Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden respectively, while Erik Sviatchenko could also be in Russia with Denmark if he regains a place in the squad after his injury lay-off. The finals get under way on June 14 and end on July 15, but changes to the Champions League qualifying process mean that Celtic are likely to be involved in that tournament’s first round on July 10 or 11, and Rodgers has to ensure he has resources at right-back, where both Lustig and Gamboa play. “It is the way it is,” he said. “We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered. Gambo and Lustig are both right-sided defensive players, so that’s going to be a key area because we don’t want to be short. “We will manage our schedule accordingly. We do have Tony Ralston who is here and so I think we cover, but it is an area we need to consider going through the summer. “We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a bid window for us if we feel we need to do something. “It [the Champions League schedule] is punishing to say the least, with eight games in as many weeks. Normally, you get a wee breather in there. There are the other games you need to play to get fit, and the league might be up and running, so it’s certainly not made any easier for the team which is trying to qualify.” Lustiq is expected to be in the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Credit: Getty Images In the meantime, World Cup qualification for the lucky trio has had a positive knock-on effect, according to Rodgers. “I think there is a real good-feel factor there. Everyone is happy for them,” he said. “You would have seen Mikael’s celebrations in the week, and he’s come back full of enthusiasm. That’s contagious, and it goes around the group. “Tom Rogic? God, if anybody deserves to be at the World Cup it’s him, given how far he’s had to travel – constantly all around tKhe world. Cristian Gamboa will be there as well, and if Erik Sviatchenko gets into Danish squad the second part of the season, then there’s a chance for him as well.” Celtic, of course, have immediate business in this season’s Champions League when they meet Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on Wednesday. The Scottish champions cannot make the knockout stage but remain favourites to claim the Europa League spot ahead of Anderlecht and, although they lost 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich in their previous outing, Rodgers saw improvement in his players’ performance. “We performed very well in that game but didn’t get the result, so we can learn from that,” he said. “There were lots of great moments in that game, but our frustration was that from when we scored, there were three minutes till they went ahead again and what’s so important in the 10 minutes after you score is you keep the ball as much as you can. That was our only downfall. We gave everything in the game. We defended well, we came from being behind and got level and with 15 minutes to go, we have a great chance of getting a result. But after we scored, we gave the ball away three times and didn’t press as hard as we normally would. “Then all of a sudden, you are 2-1 behind, so that’s typical of the lessons that we are finding out all the time. At this level, it’s not so much about the possession you have, it’s about dangerous possession. “Can you show the personality and confidence to show you belong on that stage? These teams, PSG and Bayern Munich, are expected to go all the way in the competition. “So realistically, it is tough for us. The question on Wednesday is can we play our game and improve?” Celtic were in Dingwall for yesterday’s lunchtime meeting with Ross County, seeking a 64th successive domestic fixture unbeaten. Although they were dominant from first to last, the Scottish Premiership leaders had to wait until the 75th minute to secure their victory when Leigh Griffiths, a late substitute, struck one of his trademark free kicks from 25 yards to beat Aaron McCarey, on the occasion of left-back Kieran Tierney’s 100th appearance for Celtic. A good afternoon for Celtic got even better as the chasing pack were all defeated in the 3pm kick-offs. League Cup finalists Motherwell –who will contest the first silverware of the season against Celtic at Hampden a week today – secured an excellent 2-0 win in Aberdeen with a Louis Moult double. Hibernian were beaten 2-1 at home when Steven MacLean scored for St Johnstone with the last kick of the game. Most surprisingly, Rangers lost at home to Hamilton for the first time in the league for 91 years as goals by David Templeton and Darren Taylor made history at Ibrox. Elsewhere, Dundee and Kilmarnock saw out a 0-0 draw at Dens Park.

Brendan Rodgers looks to January transfer window in preparation for busy summer

The World Cup and Champions League will combine to give Brendan Rodgers a headache next summer when the Celtic manager must address the overlap of two competitions involving his players. Tom Rogic, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig are set to be at the World Cup finals with Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden respectively, while Erik Sviatchenko could also be in Russia with Denmark if he regains a place in the squad after his injury lay-off. The finals get under way on June 14 and end on July 15, but changes to the Champions League qualifying process mean that Celtic are likely to be involved in that tournament’s first round on July 10 or 11, and Rodgers has to ensure he has resources at right-back, where both Lustig and Gamboa play. “It is the way it is,” he said. “We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered. Gambo and Lustig are both right-sided defensive players, so that’s going to be a key area because we don’t want to be short. “We will manage our schedule accordingly. We do have Tony Ralston who is here and so I think we cover, but it is an area we need to consider going through the summer. “We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a bid window for us if we feel we need to do something. “It [the Champions League schedule] is punishing to say the least, with eight games in as many weeks. Normally, you get a wee breather in there. There are the other games you need to play to get fit, and the league might be up and running, so it’s certainly not made any easier for the team which is trying to qualify.” Lustiq is expected to be in the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Credit: Getty Images In the meantime, World Cup qualification for the lucky trio has had a positive knock-on effect, according to Rodgers. “I think there is a real good-feel factor there. Everyone is happy for them,” he said. “You would have seen Mikael’s celebrations in the week, and he’s come back full of enthusiasm. That’s contagious, and it goes around the group. “Tom Rogic? God, if anybody deserves to be at the World Cup it’s him, given how far he’s had to travel – constantly all around tKhe world. Cristian Gamboa will be there as well, and if Erik Sviatchenko gets into Danish squad the second part of the season, then there’s a chance for him as well.” Celtic, of course, have immediate business in this season’s Champions League when they meet Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on Wednesday. The Scottish champions cannot make the knockout stage but remain favourites to claim the Europa League spot ahead of Anderlecht and, although they lost 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich in their previous outing, Rodgers saw improvement in his players’ performance. “We performed very well in that game but didn’t get the result, so we can learn from that,” he said. “There were lots of great moments in that game, but our frustration was that from when we scored, there were three minutes till they went ahead again and what’s so important in the 10 minutes after you score is you keep the ball as much as you can. That was our only downfall. We gave everything in the game. We defended well, we came from being behind and got level and with 15 minutes to go, we have a great chance of getting a result. But after we scored, we gave the ball away three times and didn’t press as hard as we normally would. “Then all of a sudden, you are 2-1 behind, so that’s typical of the lessons that we are finding out all the time. At this level, it’s not so much about the possession you have, it’s about dangerous possession. “Can you show the personality and confidence to show you belong on that stage? These teams, PSG and Bayern Munich, are expected to go all the way in the competition. “So realistically, it is tough for us. The question on Wednesday is can we play our game and improve?” Celtic were in Dingwall for yesterday’s lunchtime meeting with Ross County, seeking a 64th successive domestic fixture unbeaten. Although they were dominant from first to last, the Scottish Premiership leaders had to wait until the 75th minute to secure their victory when Leigh Griffiths, a late substitute, struck one of his trademark free kicks from 25 yards to beat Aaron McCarey, on the occasion of left-back Kieran Tierney’s 100th appearance for Celtic. A good afternoon for Celtic got even better as the chasing pack were all defeated in the 3pm kick-offs. League Cup finalists Motherwell –who will contest the first silverware of the season against Celtic at Hampden a week today – secured an excellent 2-0 win in Aberdeen with a Louis Moult double. Hibernian were beaten 2-1 at home when Steven MacLean scored for St Johnstone with the last kick of the game. Most surprisingly, Rangers lost at home to Hamilton for the first time in the league for 91 years as goals by David Templeton and Darren Taylor made history at Ibrox. Elsewhere, Dundee and Kilmarnock saw out a 0-0 draw at Dens Park.

Bundesliga: Bayern running away (again) after slow start

After a month of uncertainty, it's all Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Bundesliga: Bayern running away (again) after slow start

After a month of uncertainty, it's all Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Bundesliga: Bayern running away (again) after slow start

After a month of uncertainty, it's all Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal (L) in action against Augsburg's Daniel Baier (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany. EFE/EPA

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich (L) in action against Augsburg's Caiuby (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany. EFE/EPA

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (L) celebrates with his teammate Arturo Vidal (R) after scoring the 3-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany. EFE/EPA

Bayern leads Bundesliga by 6 points as Heynckes wins again

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski tries to score during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern leads Bundesliga by 6 points as Heynckes wins again

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, left, and Augsburg's Rani Khedira challenge for the ball during the German Soccer Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern leads Bundesliga by 6 points as Heynckes wins again

Bayern's Arturo Vidal, left, and Augsburg's Daniel Baier challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern's Arturo Vidal, left, and Augsburg's Daniel Baier challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, left, and Augsburg's Rani Khedira challenge for the ball during the German Soccer Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski tries to score during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Heynckes proud of 500 Bundesliga wins as Bayern go six points clear

Jupp Heynckes was not aware he had reached 500 Bundesliga wins until after Bayern Munich's 3-0 victory over Augsburg – but he was happy.

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

The 29-year-old striker wants to return home to Munich, and the Bavarian side have begun negotiations over a move

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

The 29-year-old striker wants to return home to Munich, and the Bavarian side have begun negotiations over a move

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

'We do not have to sell' – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer

Heynckes reaches record 500th Bundesliga win

Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Augsburg, as their coach reached a momentous milestone.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Augsburg 1907 in their Bundesliga match in southern Germany, on November 18, 2017

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Augsburg 1907 in their Bundesliga match in southern Germany, on November 18, 2017

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Augsburg 1907 in their Bundesliga match in southern Germany, on November 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their third goal with Arturo Vidal (R) REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Lewandowski Brace Helps Hosts Cruise to Victory in All Bavarian Clash

Bayern Munich didn't have to get out of first gear in their victory over FC Augsburg on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski scoring a fourth career brace against Augsburg to put Jupp Heynckes' side in a comfortable position in the Bundesliga table.

Clearly with a spring in their step after seeing Borussia Dortmund suffer another defeat on Friday, Bayern were on the front foot from the start. However, it took 12 minutes before Marwin Hitz was called into action for the visitors.

It took Augsburg almost 30 minutes before they had their first real opportunity. After seeing a corner deflected towards the back post, Brazilian winger Caiuby, who scored against Borussia Dortmund earlier this season, sent a right-footed effort just over the bar.

Arturo Vidal soon had Bayern in front, however, Augsburg were left fuming. Not only had Arjen Robben appeared to take a dive in the awarding of Bayern's free-kick, but Robert Lewandowski was marginally offside before the ball fell at Vidal's feet.

The Chilean eventually sent the ball flying into the top corner to give Bayern a deserved lead, dampening any early hopes that Augsburg may have had.

Vidal was once again involved just a few minutes later in setting up Bayern's second of the match.

Having dispossessed Caiuby in the middle of the park, the 30-year-old sent a perfectly weighted through ball for Lewandowski and the Polish striker made no mistake with the finish, putting Bayern in a comfortable position at half-time.

Just three minutes into the second half, Lewandowski notched his second goal of the game in clinical fashion. The Polish striker ran onto the end of a deep cross from Joshua Kimmich and sent a left-footed volley into the far corner of Hitz's goal.

Vidal saw an effort bounce off the crossbar shortly after Lewandowski scored his brace, while Bayern's defence remained largely untroubled from Augsburg's rare ventures forward.

Appearing to accept defeat, Manuel Baum's side started to become reckless with their tackles at the Allianz Arena - something that the ankles of Lewandowski, Vidal and Robben found out the hard way.

Augsburg continued to offer very little going forward and the visitors had very little to shout about. However, Bayern kept up the pressure until the final whistle and although they were unable to score a fourth, Heynckes will be proud of his sides commanding performance.

Lewandowski Brace Helps Hosts Cruise to Victory in All Bavarian Clash

Bayern Munich didn't have to get out of first gear in their victory over FC Augsburg on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski scoring a fourth career brace against Augsburg to put Jupp Heynckes' side in a comfortable position in the Bundesliga table.

Clearly with a spring in their step after seeing Borussia Dortmund suffer another defeat on Friday, Bayern were on the front foot from the start. However, it took 12 minutes before Marwin Hitz was called into action for the visitors.

It took Augsburg almost 30 minutes before they had their first real opportunity. After seeing a corner deflected towards the back post, Brazilian winger Caiuby, who scored against Borussia Dortmund earlier this season, sent a right-footed effort just over the bar.

Arturo Vidal soon had Bayern in front, however, Augsburg were left fuming. Not only had Arjen Robben appeared to take a dive in the awarding of Bayern's free-kick, but Robert Lewandowski was marginally offside before the ball fell at Vidal's feet.

The Chilean eventually sent the ball flying into the top corner to give Bayern a deserved lead, dampening any early hopes that Augsburg may have had.

Vidal was once again involved just a few minutes later in setting up Bayern's second of the match.

Having dispossessed Caiuby in the middle of the park, the 30-year-old sent a perfectly weighted through ball for Lewandowski and the Polish striker made no mistake with the finish, putting Bayern in a comfortable position at half-time.

Just three minutes into the second half, Lewandowski notched his second goal of the game in clinical fashion. The Polish striker ran onto the end of a deep cross from Joshua Kimmich and sent a left-footed volley into the far corner of Hitz's goal.

Vidal saw an effort bounce off the crossbar shortly after Lewandowski scored his brace, while Bayern's defence remained largely untroubled from Augsburg's rare ventures forward.

Appearing to accept defeat, Manuel Baum's side started to become reckless with their tackles at the Allianz Arena - something that the ankles of Lewandowski, Vidal and Robben found out the hard way.

Augsburg continued to offer very little going forward and the visitors had very little to shout about. However, Bayern kept up the pressure until the final whistle and although they were unable to score a fourth, Heynckes will be proud of his sides commanding performance.

Munich (Germany), 18/11/2017.- Augsburg's Michael Gregoritsch (L) in action against Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, 18 November 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Augsburg's Michael Gregoritsch in action with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski REUTERS/Michaela Rehle DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050

Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear

Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear

Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear

Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear

Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear

Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to six points as they defeated Augsburg in ruthless fashion.

Munich (Germany), 18/11/2017.- Augsburg's Kevin Danso (L) in action against Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, 18 November 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Munich (Germany), 18/11/2017.- Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (C) in action against Augsburg's Rani Khedira (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, 18 November 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 18, 2017 Augsburg's Kevin Danso in action with Bayern Munich's Sebastian Rudy REUTERS/Michaela Rehle DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050

Munich (Germany), 18/11/2017.- Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (C) in action against Augsburg's Rani Khedira (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, 18 November 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

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