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Hertha stun runner up Dortmund in Bundesliga******
BERLIN, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Borussia Dortmund dropped points in the title race after Marco Richter's brace helped Hertha Berlin secure a 3-2 comeback win at the 17th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.。
The "BVB" controlled the possession in the opening stages and produced half chances through Thomas Meunier and Marco Reus, who came close twice.。
Hertha created more danger in front of the target as Jurgen Ekkelenkamp tested Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz form close range in the 5th minute.。
The Dutchman remained in the thick of things and squandered another big chance from promising position ten minutes later.。
Myziane Maolida thought he had opened the scoring, but his goal was ruled offside by the video assistant referee with 18 minutes played.。
Dortmund punished Hertha's wastefulness and marked the opener before the break as Erling Haaland's through ball allowed Julian Brandt to beat Hertha goalie Alexander Schwolow with a chipped ball.。
The capital club came out with its guns blazing after the restart and shocked Dortmund with the leveller in the 51st minute. Ishak Belfodil benefitted on a pass into path from Vladimir Darida and shrugged off Axel Witsel before slotting the ball past Hitz.。
Things went from bad to worse for passive Dortmund as Hertha gained momentum and turned the tides by courtesy on Richter's brace within 12 minutes.。
Marco Rose's men pressed frenetically but Steffen Tigges goal with seven minutes remaining came too late as Hertha protected its 3-2 lead until the final whistle.。
"We take the lead but then we started to give away presents. Hertha had the will to turn things around whereas we lacked in vehemence," Dortmund's head coach Rose said.。
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt recorded its third consecutive win as Jesper Lindstrm's sole goal was enough to edge Mainz 1-0.。
Borussia Monchengladbach couldn't return to winning ways after four defeats in row. The "Foals" shared the spoils with Hoffenheim as Kevin Akpoguma's injury time equalizer cancelled out Breel Embolo's first-half opener.。
Union Berlin ended its winless run and carved out a hard earned 1-0 victory over resilient Bochum as Max Kruse's drop kick from 13 meters ensured all three points on the road.。
Bottom club Arminia Bielefeld flabbergasted Leipzig 2-0 on the goals from Janni Serra and Masata Okugawa despite a numerical disadvantage, and last placed Greuther Furth played out a goalless draw with Augsburg. Enditem。
China's 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities kicks off in Xi'an******
XI'AN, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 8th National Special Olympic Games opened here on Friday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
It's the first time that the two Games, which run from October 22 to 29, will be held in the same province and during the same year as the National Games of China, which concluded its 14th edition on September 27.
On Friday evening, Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan officially declared the two Games open in a ceremony held at the Xi'an Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium.
Among those present are Wang Yong, State Councilor and director of State Council Working Committee on Disability, as well as Shaanxi governor Zhao Yide, director of China's General Administration of Sport Gou Zhongwen, and director of the Executive Council of China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) Zhou Changkui.
The grand multi-sport gala features 4,484 disabled athletes in 43 sports, including summer, winter and mass ones, with 34 of them for the Games for Persons with Disabilities and nine for the Special Olympic Games.
The 35 participating delegations represent China's provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
The competitions of archery, wheelchair basketball and rowing, among others, have already concluded before the opening ceremony.
Over 6,700 disabled athletes, coaches, referees and other staff members will participate in the two Games during the following seven days.
Under the theme of "Dream for All," the performances at the opening ceremony consist of three chapters, namely "Warmth," "Resilience" and "Blossom."
After the National Games for Persons with Disabilities was inaugurated in 1984, and the National Special Olympic Games was initiated in 1987, the two Games started to hold simultaneously since 2015 in China's southwest Sichuan province.
Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi, is known across the world for the Terracotta Warriors. Enditem
HK Poprad upset HKM Zvolen with late goals in Slovak ice hockey league******
BRATISLAVA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- As the Covid epidemic keeps worsening in Slovakia, two out of the six scheduled fixtures of the 19th round of the ice-hockey premiership Tipos Extraliga had to be postponed.。
The remaining matches offered thrilling scoring performances as league leader HC Slovan Bratislava managed to put pucks into HC '05 Banska Bystrica's net on the 7-4 win, HK Poprad outscored reigning champions HKM Zvolen 6-5 thanks to Mike Dalhuisen's two last-period goals. HK Dukla Trencin put up yet another high-scoring game against newcomer HK Spisska Nova Ves away 5-4 in overtime, and HK Dukla Ingema Michalovce grabbed the second spot in the standings after defeating the bottom-ranked MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas 4-2.。
Ninth-ranked HC '05 Banska Bystrica was intent on snapping its three-game losing streak on Tuesday. Still, the league-leading HC Slovan Bratislava showed no appreciation towards this effort and put on an offensive show, scoring a total of seven goals on 38 shots on target, effectively stretching its winning streak to three in a row. Three home-team players managed to score twice - the Canadian center Brant Harris, the American forward William Rapuzzi, and his fellow countryman Andrew Yogan also assisted on three goals to finish the night with a whopping 5 points.。
An identical portion of 11 goals was also scored in Poprad. The home team battled the champions of the previous season HKM Zvolen, who had a bad start but are now gunning for the top spot in the standings arrived with three consecutive victories under their belt. Contrary to the match in Bratislava, this one was much more evenly matched, and both teams traded blows and took turns in taking the lead.。
Four minutes into the third period, HKM Zvolen took the lead for the third time after the 19-year-old forward Maros Jedlicka's fifth goal of the season. But later came a great stretch for Poprad's Dutch defenseman Mike Dalhuisen who tied the game with 5 minutes left on the clock when his shot from the blue line found its way in and in the penultimate minute turned the game around with his second of the night, setting the final score to 6-5 after a similar play.。
In a similar thrilling fashion, Trencin and Spisska Nova Ves kept trading blows throughout the whole game, and visiting Canadian forward Dante Salituro managed to tie the game during a powerplay in the final minute and push it into overtime on his debut after transferring from the French team of Scorpions Mulhouse. However, two minutes into OT, Trencin's forward Josef Mikyska scored the game-winner.。
HK Dukla Ingema Michalovce's hunt for pole position in the Tipos Extraliga continues. The struggling and last-ranked MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas was no significant hurdle on Tuesday. The visitors scored twice in each of the first two periods to put the game away at 4-2 in the end and move to second place in the standings, trailing Slovan Bratislava by two points now. Enditem。
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