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Bayern Munich outclass Chelsea 3-0 in Champions League

first_imgLondon: Bayern Munich was in dominant form in a 3-0 road victory over Chelsea in Champions League action, a result that all but assures them of a berth in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage.These same two teams squared off in the Champions League final in 2012, when Chelsea won their lone title in Europe’s premier annual club soccer competition.But this time around the Bundesliga club asserted their authority from the early stages of the first-leg round-of-16 clash at Stamford Bridge played on Tuesday night, with the Blues only managing to keep the game scoreless in the first half thanks to a heroic effort by keeper Willy Caballero, reports Efe news.The Argentine net minder was called into duty in the opening minute of the contest, when he saved a shot to the bottom corner by Thomas Muller.He then made his presence felt again in the 15th minute by coming off his line and blocking a tight-angled shot by Robert Lewandowski with his chest. The Polish striker’s chance had been set up by a long-range pass off the foot of Thiago.Around the half-hour mark, Caballero made another save at the feet of Lewandowski and then breathed a sigh of relief when a shot by Muller traveled just wide of the post.The German forward followed up that potent blast with a phenomenal long-range header that clanked off the crossbar in the 35th minute.The Premier League side’s chances, meanwhile, were few and far between, although defender Marcos Alonso came close to scoring on a counter-attack in the 43rd minute that Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer did well to clear for a corner.The sense at the start of the second half was that Bayern could not be denied for much longer, and that proved to be the case.Bayern took a 2-0 lead in a span of just four minutes thanks to a pair of goals scored by Serge Gnabry and assisted by Lewandowski.On the opening score, Lewandowski unselfishly sent a pass inside the box to an unmarked Gnabry for a tap-in in the 51st minute. Then in the 54th minute, Lewandowski moved into Bayern’s final third and found Gnabry for a cross-shot past Caballero and into the bottom corner of the goal.Plenty of time remained on the clock for the superior German side to add one more away goal.That came in the 76th minute when Canadian winger Alphonso Davies made an outstanding run down the left side before sending a cross to Lewandowski, who scored from close range for his 11th goal of this Champions League campaign and 39th goal of the season across all competitions.Mercifully, Bayern would do no more damage on the scoreboard on this disastrous night for Chelsea, who not only trail 3-0 but also will be without Jorginho (accumulation of bookings) and Alonso (straight red card in the 83rd minute) in the second leg.The March 18 second leg will be played at Allianz Arena in Munich, where Chelsea upset Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. (IANS)Also Read: Late Lewandowski goal earns Bundesliga pacesetters Bayern Munich winAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

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Potential replacements for Scott Shafer as Syracuse’s head coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer has been fired as Syracuse’s head coach, a source confirmed to The Daily Orange Monday morning. The source also confirmed it will be up to the new head coach if he wants to retain any current staff, as first reported by Syracuse.com’s Nate Mink. Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans first reported Shafer’s firing.Last time Director of Athletics Mark Coyle had to replace a football coach, it took him five days to do so at Boise State. Here are some potential replacements for Shafer at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textScott Frost, Oregon offensive coordinatorThe former quarterback won a national championship at Nebraska in 1997 and spent six years in the NFL. He’s been at Oregon since 2009, initially serving as the wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.Mike Sanford, Notre Dame offensive coordinatorSanford was Boise State’s offensive coordinator in 2014 and was at the school at the same time as Coyle. He took the Notre Dame job for this season. Prior to his time at Boise State, he spent five seasons at Stanford over two stints (2007-08 and 2011-13) and served as an offensive assistant working with quarterbacks and then as the running backs coach and later as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina head coachIn four seasons at Coastal Carolina, Moglia has a 41-12 record. After spending 17 years at Merrill Lynch, he got back into coaching and has worked his way up after stints in the United Football League. In 1981, he published a book titled, “The Key to Winning Football: The Perimeter Attack Offense.”Joe Moorhead, Fordham head coachPrior to becoming Fordham’s head coach in 2012, Moorhead spent time at Akron and Connecticut. In five years at Akron, he served as offensive coordinator for two of them. At UConn from 2009-11, he split time as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Dave Warner, Michigan State co-offensive coordinatorWarner is in his third season as Michigan State co-offensive coordinator. Before 2013, he worked with MSU’s quarterbacks. He has been an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach or passing game coordinator for 26 of his 31 years coaching. In 2014, MSU had its most prolific offense in school history setting numerous passing records. Comments Related Stories Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer fired, will coach final game vs. Boston CollegePoll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer?Storify: Social media reactions to Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer’s firingcenter_img Published on November 23, 2015 at 10:57 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more