Wolfs­burg ham­mer Werder Bre­men 6-0

Celtic held by Kil­marnock

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BERLIN: Ger­many striker Max Kruse net­ted twice in Wolfs­burg’s 6-0 rout of Werder Bre­men in the Bun­desliga yes­ter­day to warm-up for Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League clash at CSKA Moscow. Kruse said he was glad to get back to foot­ball af­ter the hor­ror scenes from Paris and the post­poned Ger­many-Hol­land friendly in Han­nover last Tues­day due to a bomb scare. “Of course you have a few thoughts af­ter a week like that, but we have to go out as role mod­els and try and be as bold as pos­si­ble and not be put off by what has hap­pened,” said Kruse. “To­day was a lot of work, but a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

In Europe, Wolfs­burg are third in Group B, but just a point be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester United ahead of their penul­ti­mate group game at bot­tom side CSKA Moscow. There was a minute’s si­lence at all Bun­desliga grounds this week­end-the play­ers also wore black arm­bands-out of re­spect for the Paris vic­tims. Stuttgart’s 4-0 thump­ing at home to Augs­burg was de­layed by 15 min­utes due to the tight­ened se­cu­rity checks at sta­di­ums across the coun­try. There were no such prob­lems at Wolfs­burg’s Volk­swa­gen Arena as Bre­men gifted their hosts the opener when de­fender Ale­jan­dro Galvez slid the ball into his own net on 11 min­utes.

Kruse put Wolfs­burg 2-0 up at the break by head­ing home a free-kick then Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional Vier­inha net­ted on 56 min­utes. The flood­gates opened when French de­fen­sive mid­fielder Jo­suha Guilavogui, on for the in­jured Brazil star Luiz Gus­tavo, stabbed home his shot on 67 min­utes. Kruse then set up Nether­lands striker Bas Dost on 78 min­utes be­fore com­plet­ing the scor­ing three min­utes from time by con­vert­ing a cross. The re­sult leaves Wolfs­burg five points be­hind sec­ond-placed Borus­sia Dort­mund, who lost 3-1 at Ham­burg on Fri­day, while lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich played at Schalke yes­ter­day evening. GLAS­GOW: Celtic re­main six points clear at the top of the Scot­tish Premier­ship de­spite be­ing held to a goal­less draw with Kil­marnock at Park­head yes­ter­day. The Hoops dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but lacked the cre­ative spark to get be­hind an or­ga­nized Kil­marnock de­fense. Leigh Grif­fiths forced Jamie MacDonald into a couple of de­cent saves and Dedryck Boy­ata sent a pow­er­ful header crash­ing off the bar in stop­page as Celtic were left frus­trated. It is the sec­ond time this sea­son the Hoops have failed to beat Kil­lie af­ter they were held to a 2-2 draw with the Rugby Park side in Au­gust.

“It was very frus­trat­ing as over the 90 min­utes we had 70 per cent pos­ses­sion,” Celtic man­ager Ronny Deila fumed.”To­day we had a lack of tempo, cre­ativ­ity and tim­ing in the last third of the pitch. We didn’t cre­ate enough but we still should have won the game.” Kil­marnock man­ager Gary Locke was pleased to pick up a point. “The game plan we worked on all week worked a treat and we prob­a­bly could have nicked it in the end with a couple of chances on the counter at­tack,” Locke said. “I could not be hap­pier with the per­for­mance.” Hearts missed out on the chance to close the gap at the top af­ter they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee at Tynecas­tle al­though Aberdeen could move to within five points of the Hoops if they de­feat Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

Celtic had been given a pre-match boost with the re­turn of cap­tain Scott Brown af­ter an ab­sence of four weeks but an ill­ness ruled out Kris Com­mons. The Hoops skip­per came in for some close at­ten­tion from the Kil­lie play­ers early on with Josh Ma­gen­nis see­ing yel­low for his crude chal­lenge on the mid­fielder. Af­ter a lowkey start, the first real op­por­tu­nity of the match

Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach are up to fourth as An­dre Schu­bert cel­e­brated his first match in charge as head coach with a 2-1 win at home to Hanover 96. Hav­ing taken over in Septem­ber when Borus­sia were bot­tom of the ta­ble, the 42-year-old has been pro­moted from a care­taker role af­ter steer­ing Glad­bach to seven wins and a draw in his eight league games. Glad­bach took the lead when Guinea mid­fielder Ibrahima Traore was left un­marked on the edge of the area with half an hour gone.

Hanover equal­ized through Poland in­ter­na­tional Ar­tur So­biech on 65 min­utes, but Brazil striker Raf­fael scored the win­ner six min­utes from time. Ex-Manch­ester United star Javier Her­nan­dez scored his first brace for Bayer Lev­erkusen in their 3-1 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt. Christ­mas came early for Her­nan­dez in Frank­furt when Ein­tra­cht cen­tre-back David Abra­ham al­lowed a cross to roll be­tween his legs and the striker stabbed home on 11 min­utes. The Mex­ico striker dou­bled his tally on 39 min­utes when Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass split the Frank­furt de­fense. Her­nan­dez did the rest, but it fin­ished 2-1 at the break when Ser­bian mid­fielder Slo­bo­dan Me­do­je­vic headed home on the stroke of half-time.

Calhanoglu sealed the win with Lev­erkusen’s third goal on 72 min­utes. Augs­burg climbed off the bot­tom of the ta­ble with an em­phatic 4-0 win at VfB Stuttgart as woe­ful de­fend­ing by the hosts al­lowed the visi­tors to take an early 2-0 lead with both goals by mid­fielder Alexan­der Ess­wein. De­fender Jan-Ing­wer CallsenBracker grabbed a third be­fore for­mer South Korea cap­tain Koo Ja-Cheol scored Augs­burg’s fourth when he hit the top right-hand cor­ner from 10 me­ters out on 54 min­utes. The Rhine derby fin­ished goal­less as Mainz drew at Cologne as the hosts aban­doned plans to play in a spe­cial-edi­tion car­ni­val-themed shirt out of re­spect for those who died in Paris.— AFP fell to top-scorer Grif­fiths who did well to con­trol a long ball over the top of the Kil­lie de­fense but then fired a weak ef­fort straight at MacDonald. Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Tom Rogic dragged a shot wide and James For­rest had his ef­fort blocked as the Kil­lie de­fense con­tin­ued to frus­trate Celtic.

Celtic started the sec­ond half in de­ter­mined fash­ion and MacDonald had to be alert to push a fierce free-kick from Grif­fiths round the post in the 48th minute. The Hoops striker then fired just over af­ter the ball broke to him in the box as the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons tried to find an opener. Celtic dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and re­mained camped in the Kil­marnock half but a com­bi­na­tion of some rugged or­ga­ni­za­tion and des­per­ate de­fend­ing kept the Hoops at bay. Kil­marnock had rarely man­aged over the half way line but came close to an opener in the 83rd minute when Greg Kiltie fired a fierce strike at Craig Gor­don which the keeper man­aged to turn round the post. Ma­gen­nis had his header held from the re­sul­tant cor­ner be­fore Tope Obadeyi had an an­gled shot stopped by Gor­don. Skip­per Brown looked to drive Celtic for­ward and un­leashed a pow­er­ful shot that MacDonald did well to keep out. The Hoops were inches away from a win­ner in stop­page time as Boy­ata’s header rat­tled the cross­bar as the Bel­gian de­fender con­nected with a Grif­fiths free-kick swung in from the right. Else­where, St John­stone came from be­hind to earn a 2-1 vic­tory over bot­tom of the ta­ble Dundee United at Tan­nadice, Partick This­tle earned a 2-1 win against In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle and Ross County ended a three game los­ing streak as they earned a 3-0 win over Mother­well, who slip to sec­ond bot­tom.—AFP

WOLFS­BURG: Wolfs­burg’s Brazil­ian de­fender Naldo (right) and Bre­men’s Aus­trian mid­fielder Zlatko Junuzovic (2nd right) head for the ball dur­ing the Ger­man first di­vi­sion Bun­desliga foot­ball match VfL Wolfs­burg vs Werder Bre­men yes­ter­day. —AFP

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