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Stuttering Dortmund advance despite 2-1 loss to Zenit

By Karolos Grohmann DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to visitors Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday but advanced 5-4 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season. Dortmund, last year's runners-up who won 4-2 in Russia in the first leg, fell a goal behind when Hulk thundered Zenit into the lead with an unstoppable long-range effort in the 16th minute.

Football: Dortmund's Lewandowski wary of Zenit

Robert Lewandowski has warned his Borussia Dortmund teammates nothing is decided ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Zenit St Petersburg despite their 4-2 first leg advantage. The Poland striker scored twice in their last-16 opening match in Saint Petersburg three weeks ago, which puts them on the verge of a place in Friday's quarter-final draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

Football: Ribery, Kahn believe in Hoeness' Bayern return

Both France winger Franck Ribery and ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn believe disgraced ex-club president Uli Hoeness will return to work at Bayern Munich after serving a prison sentence for fraud. The 62-year-old Hoeness resigned as Bayern's president last Friday, 24 hours after being convicted of having cheated the state out of 28.5 million euros ($39.5 million) in unpaid taxes. He was sentenced to three and a half years in jail by a Munich regional court and Hoeness has walked away from the European champions after more than 40 years service.

Football: Dortmund coach Klopp cops fine for latest dismissal

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was on Monday fined 10,000 euros ($13,928) by the German Football Association (DFB) after being banished to the stands for the eighth time in his career. The 46-year-old was sent from the sidelines by referee Deniz Aytekin after a verbal exchange with the fourth official just before the final whistle in Dortmund's 2-1 home Bundesliga defeat by Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Football: Madrid tie a learning curve for Schalke - Keller

Schalke manager Jens Keller is hoping his side can salvage some pride from their Champions League last 16, second leg, away to Real Madrid on Tuesday. Keller admitted the Germans have no chance of progressing to the quarter-finals after being on the receiving end of a 6-1 thrashing at home in the first leg three weeks ago. However, he wants his young side to prove they are capable of competing at the highest level when they face Real's stars once more at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bayern chief set for jail term as prosecutors nix appeal

German prosecutors said Monday they won't appeal the tax fraud verdict against football legend Uli Hoeness, former boss of powerhouse Bayern Munich, freeing the way for his jail term to begin. Hoeness, 62, who spent four decades at the champion club, will in coming weeks start a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down by a court last Thursday, which he has also said he will not contest. The Bayern chief is currently due to serve his term in Landsberg prison in southern Bavaria state, prosecution spokesman Ken Heidenreich told AFP.

Bayern chief jail sentence final as prosecutors nix appeal

German football legend Uli Hoeness, former boss of champion club Bayern Munich, is set to serve a jail term after prosecutors said Monday they would not appeal the verdict. Public prosecutors said in a statement that they did not plan to contest the three-and-a-half-year prison term handed down last week to Hoeness, 62, for major tax fraud. kjm/dlc/yad

Football: German league leading scorers

Leading scorers in the German league after this weekend's matches: 17: Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 15: Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Ramos (Hertha Berlin) 13: Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Firmino (Hoffenheim) 12: Drmic (Nuremberg), Mueller (Bayern Munich), Rafael (Borussia Moenchengladbach) 11: Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Lasogga (Hamburg), Okazaki (Mainz) 10: Hahn (Augsburg), Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Robben (Bayern Munich) afp

Football: Hamburg escape bottom three with Nuremberg win

Hamburg escaped the Bundesliga's bottom three for the first time since January with a tense 2-1 win at home to fellow-strugglers Nuremberg on Sunday. Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu gave them a late lead when his deflected shot looped over Nuremberg goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer on 80 minutes. Nuremberg midfielder Mike Frantz then turned the ball into his own net six minutes later.

Football: Bayern on verge of title after reaching 50 mark

Bayern Munich could be crowned Bundesliga champions next weekend after their 2-1 win at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday left them 23 points clear in the table. The European champions will be confirmed as German champions for the 24th time if they win at Mainz next Saturday and rivals Dortmund and Schalke both draw. Goals by Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger saw Bayern enjoy their 17th-straight league win and extend their record unbeaten Bundesliga run to 50 matches.
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