Niko Kovac praises Coutinho as Bayern Munich humiliate Red Star Belgrade

first_imgBayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored a landmark 200th goal for the club as they kicked off their Champions League campaign by easing to a 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday in a one-sided Group B encounter.The Bavarians were in complete control and Kingsley Coman put them ahead with a diving header in the 34th minute from a fine Ivan Perisic cross.Late goals from Lewandowski, to bring up his double century in all competitions, and Thomas Mueller, who came on as a substitute for a club-record 106th Champions League appearance, completed their trouble-free evening after they squandered several scoring opportunities.Bayern, who stretched their unbeaten Champions League group-stage home run to 16 matches, carved out chance after chance and hit the woodwork three times while the Serbs, who battled through qualifying, were largely toothless upfront.”You have to win the first game of the competition, that’s important,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose team have won their last 16 opening group matches in a row.”Yes, we could have scored more, but we should be happy with three goals in the end. I think the team was very focussed. Maybe we missed the last touch a bit.”Brazilian Philippe Coutinho had the hosts’ first good chance in the 21st minute, as Bayern dominated possession from the start but had to remain patient against a packed Serbian defence.They eventually broke the deadlock through Coman’s diving header.The Serbs had no answer to Bayern’s firepower, with the Germans mustering 16 shots on goal in the first half alone.advertisementThey instead defended and waited for the rare opportunity to launch a quick counter-attack in the hope of catching Bayern off guard.It was the same story after the break with Corentin Tolisso hitting the post in the 53rd.Bayern should have scored shortly after when Perisic chipped the ball over the Red Star keeper, but it bounced on the bar and Lewandowski’s half volley on the rebound flew over the empty goal.Yet the Poland striker got onto the scoresheet in the 80th, sliding in to beat his Red Star markers, before Mueller got his first of the season in stoppage time.Thiago Alcantara had earlier also hit the woodwork with a deflected cross.”It goes without saying that my team had quite a few uncompleted passes and these were punished by our opponents,” said Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic.”Bayern and Tottenham are the favourites in the group, and we saw why tonight. We are aware that we played against a possible winner of the Champions League.”In the group’s other game, Olympiakos Piraeus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in Athens.Also Read | Cristiano Ronaldo wants to find McDonald’s ladies who helped him as a childAlso Read | Vintage Di Maria helps PSG overwhelm Real MadridAlso See:last_img read more

BMW 620d Gran Turismo launched in India, price starts at Rs 63.90 lakh

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 18:56 IST BMW Group India President (act) Dr Hans-Christian Baertels with BMW 620d Gran Turismo.HIGHLIGHTSBMW 620d Gran Turismo can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds.BMW 620d Gran Turismo is the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.It gets several safety features like six airbags, ABS with brake assist, DSC and HDC.BMW launched the 620d Gran Turismo in India today at a starting price of Rs 63.90 lakh. Available in the Luxury Line design scheme, BMW 620d Gran Turismo will be locally produced in India at the BMW Group plant in Chennai. BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets four metallic paintworks — Mineral White, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue and Royal Burgundy Red.BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets a diesel engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics family. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds. The BMW Driving Experience Control in the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo enables the driver to choose between several driving modes like Sport, Comfort, Comfort+, Eco Pro and Adaptive.The exteriors of BMW 620d Gran Turismo are characterised by its long bonnet, adaptive LED headlights, frameless windows, coupe-style low roofline and large automatic tailgate. The boldly designed kidney grille slats, front bumper, rear apron and tailpipe in chrome high-gloss augment its style. There is an active rear spoiler that reduces lift at touring speeds.The cabin of BMW 620d Gran Turismo feels luxurious as well as comfortable. Also, one will find aluminium door sill plates, sports leather steering wheel, exclusive colours for the ambient lighting and chrome edging for the air vents. There is ample room with elevated seat position. The rear compartment provides three full-sized seats with generous legroom and headroom. A two-part panorama glass roof, electrically operated adjustable rear seats and electrically operated sunblinds for the rear side add to the luxury feel. There is Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional System with two 10.2-inch colour screens behind the front-seat backrests.advertisementIn terms of safety features, the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comes with six airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with brake assist, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), HDC (Hill Descent Control), side-impact protection, run-flat tyres with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and emergency spare wheel.BMW 620d Gran Turismo gets several technologically advanced features like BMW gesture control, BMW display key and welcome light carpet. It is also equipped with several BMW ConnectedDrive systems like 8.8-inch digital instrument display with the individual character design for drive modes, BMW iDrive, BMW navigation professional (with 10.25-inch touch screen), Apple CarPlay with wireless functionality, rearview camera with park distance control and BMW apps and connectivity through Bluetooth and USB.ALSO READ | BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhALSO READ | Tata Altroz spotted in near production-ready form, to be launched in mid-2019ALSO READ | MG eZS electric SUV unveiled, to be launched in India in December 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New car launchFollow 2019 car launchFollow New BMW launchFollow BMW carFollow New BMW car BMW 620d Gran Turismo launched in India, price starts at Rs 63.90 lakhBMW 620d Gran Turismo gets a diesel engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics family. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.advertisementlast_img read more

Stock markets close higher as strong employment data competes with fiscal cliff

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed higher Friday amid much better than expected job creation data in Canada and the United States.But gains were limited on another day of worries about the U.S. plunging over the fiscal cliff.The S&P/TSX composite index added 8.64 points to 12,159.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gave back 0.64 of a point to 1,186.06.Shares in energy giant Nexen Inc. tumbled in a volatile final hour of trading ahead of an expected announcement by the federal government after the close on dealing with foreign takeovers of domestic resource firms. Nexen fell $1.58 or 6.35% to $23.29 on heavy volume of 3.6 million shares. Shares also fell on speculation Prime Minister Stephen Harper would also announce a decision on whether Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company can go ahead with its $15.1-billion friendly bid for Nexen.China’s CNOOC and Malaysia’s Petronas received the OK from the government as part of a wide-ranging update of foreign takeover rules.Statistics Canada reported the economy added 59,000 jobs last month, while the jobless rate dropped by 0.2 of a point to 7.2%.Economists had expected a smaller increase of about 10,000 jobs, following a minimal 1,800 job gain in October.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a cent to 100.91 cents US.The news was equally surprising in the U.S., where economists had expected a lacklustre report with job creation impacted by superstorm Sandy.But the U.S. Labor Department said the economy cranked out 146,000 jobs in November while the jobless rate decreased 0.2 of a point to 7.7%. On a less positive note, job gains for the previous two months were ratcheted down by 49,000.Traders later took in other data that showed “fiscal cliff” worries are affecting consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 81.09 points to 13,155.13 after the widely-watched University of Michigan’s measure of consumer confidence fell to a four-month low of 74.5 in December, from 82.7.“I think the change in sentiment is all sentiment and it’s not based on fundamentals at all,” said Philip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management.“I think what we’re seeing as far as the University of Michigan is concerned is just a reaction to all the negative press that has been surrounding the fiscal cliff and I think that weighs on confidence of Americans.”The Nasdaq dipped 11.23 points to 2,978.04 and the S&P 500 index edged 4.13 points higher to 1,418.07.The “fiscal cliff” is the name for a situation that would arrive at the end of December if substantial tax increases and spending cuts are triggered. The worry is that the moves would immediately cut into economic growth, likely sending the U.S. into recession and taking other world economies along with it.Indexes fell further late in the morning after House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of wasting another week in trying to arrive at a deal.The Republicans are resisting tax hikes but Obama has made it clear that taxes will have to go up for the top two% of taxpayers.The TSX registered a small loss, down 79.59 points or 0.65%, led by a drop of about four% in the gold sector as the price of bullion traded at or below the psychologically important US$1,700 level. And energy stocks lost ground while demand concerns pushed oil down for the past four sessions.The Dow industrials had a better week, up 129.55 points or 1%.Also on Friday, traders took in a strong earnings report from Bank of Nova Scotia. Net income jumped 31% from a year ago to $1.5 billion, while the bank’s adjusted earnings came in at $1.21 a share, three cents better than estimates. Its shares slipped three cents to US$55.53 as the bank narrowly missed revenue estimates.The Scotiabank results capped a string of generally positive earnings reports from the big banks. TD Bank and CIBC lost ground Thursday as their reports showed that adjusted earnings beat expectations but those banks also missed on revenue forecasts while National Bank matched forecasts.The gold sector led TSX advancers Friday, up about 0.7% while February bullion gained $3.70 to US$1,705.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. climbed 43 cents to C$36.91.The base metals sector led decliners, down almost one% with March copper ahead two cents at US$3.66 a pound. Teck Resources gave back 40 cents to $34.60 while Lundin Mining shed 24 cents to $5.01.The energy sector was down 0.64%. Oil prices slipped back into negative territory after demand concerns helped push oil down for the previous three sessions, with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 33 cents to US$85.93 a barrel for a loss of three% this week. Imperial Oil was down 79 cents to C$42.75.Telecoms were also weak as Telus Corp. shed 64 cents to $64.26.In other corporate news, the $6.1-billion takeover of Viterra Inc. by Swiss commodity trader Glencore International has been approved by China’s ministry of commerce. It’s the final regulatory step required for Glencore to buy Viterra, a Canadian company with major grain handling operations in Australia. As a result of the final approval, Glencore expects the effective closing date of the deal to be Dec. 17. Viterra shares were up 35 cents to $16.20.SNC-Lavalin shares gained 90 cents to $37.75 as it announced an oil services contract in the Persian Gulf region. Details of that deal weren’t disclosed. The engineering firm also said its AltaLink subsidiary has received approval for a $1.5-billion transmission line extension in Alberta.The contracts cap a week in which SNC-Lavalin consortia were selected to build the $2.1-billion light transit rail line in Ottawa and a power plant that will produce 463 megawatts of power in Poland.The Canadian Press read more