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Bayern can improve on Roma rout, says Robben BERLIN: Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League's group stages.The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday's romp at Rome's Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe -- matched only by their 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United in 2007.With the return leg in Munich in a fortnight's time, Bayern are now in pole-position to reach the knock-out stages after three wins from three Group E games, but Robben said the Bundesliga leaders must not get carried away."It was crazy to be 5-0 up at half-time in Rome," admitted Robben."We have to enjoy the moment, but we must also keep our feet on the ground."It's still early in the season and although this may sound stupid, there are still things we can ...

Brazilian marksman Adriano happy in Ukraine DONETSK: Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano, only the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game, is planning to finish his career in Ukraine.On Tuesday, Adriano equalled Lionel Messi's feat of hitting five in a match and also netted the third fastest hat-trick in Champions League history as Shakhtar beat BATE Borisov 7-0.The 27-year-old, who Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has called "the best Brazilian currently playing football", is also one of ...

Berdych shocked by Andujar in Valencia VALENCIA: Tomas Berdych's hopes of reaching the World Tour Finals in London next month suffered a blow as he was dumped out of the Valencia Open in the first round by Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday.The world number six arrived in Spain full of confidence having won his second title of the season in Stockholm last week.However, the Czech looked out of sorts as Andujar dropped only three points on his own serve and ...

Williams says she's 'nowhere near 100 percent' SINGAPORE: Serena Williams admitted her fitness was "nowhere near 100 percent" as her WTA Finals hopes receded after one of the heaviest defeats of her career on Wednesday.Williams came into the eight-player season finale with a knee injury and she said she served like a 10-year-old in a stunning 6-0, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep."My forehand was off today again -- I guess it went on an early vacation," Williams said. "Lord knows my serve ...

Halep stuns Williams in Singapore SINGAPORE: Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals Wednesday, dealing the world number one her heaviest defeat in 16 years and denting her chances of a third straight year-end title.The diminutive Romanian exploited some horrendous serving by Williams to clinch her first win against the world number one and go top of Red Group in the eight-player season finale in Singapore.The 23-year-old Halep was the aggressor all the way, leaving Williams, ...

Froome considering skipping 2015 Tour PARIS: Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him.Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers."The team (Sky) and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to ...

Younis, Ali steady Pakistan in first Test DUBAI: Younis Khan and Azhar Ali scored patient half-centuries to steady Pakistan after they lost two early wickets in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Younis was still holding the fort with a fighting 52 and Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on eight taking their team to 125-3 at the interval after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.Mitchell Johnson, who has figures of 2-18 in ...


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