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Bayern sank the minnows of Union Berlin in the reopening of the Bundesliga



Bayern sank the minnows of Union Berlin in the reopening of the Bundesliga

The Polish international scored the opening goal in the 40th minute from the penalty spot when the Bayern giants won 2-0 on Sunday, the 40th this season in only 34 league and cup matches for Bayern.

France defender Benjamin Pavard headed for his second home in the 80th minute to ensure victory for the visitors to bring Bayern four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, the 4-0 winners over Schalke over the resumption of the Bundesliga on Saturday after a two-month absence.

Before the league was stopped by the coronavirus pandemic, Union Berlin rallies had become one of the points of discussion this season, the promoted team hit far above its weight, with a surprise home victory over title challengers Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Bayern are also expected to feel heat in front of 22,000 spectators on the unique Alten Foersterei land, but in contrast to the match played behind closed doors and with the same sterile atmosphere that has marked other fixtures at the resumption of action, it has proved easy for league leaders.

Union Berlin did indeed start intelligently to force some early opening, but after that Bayern’s superior quality allowed Hansi Flick’s team to control the game and dominate possession.

Bayern thought it had taken the lead through Thomas Mueller, but his effort in the 17th minute was rightly ruled out because it was offside by Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The breakthrough came after Union defender Neven Subotic clumsily dropped Leon Goretzka to concede a penalty that Lewandowski lethal converted easily.

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It was his 26th goal in the league this season and really got rid of the home side, who did not pay much with top scorer Sebastian Andersson staying on the bench until the closing moment.

The second half was almost a training exercise for Bayern, with Pavard very well sealing three points with a header from Joshua Kimmich’s corner, hugging David Alaba briefly against new guidelines as he celebrated his third goal of the season.

Benjamin Pavarde hugged David Alaba after scoring Bayern's second goal and winning 2-0 over Union Berlin.

That’s all far from the frightening atmosphere that has welcomed other visiting teams this season, with only a maximum of 300 people, mainly players, officials and media, permitted at the stadium.

Bayern Mueller supporters admit that the lack of Union fans has helped his team. “It feels like the atmosphere you get for old man soccer, at 19:00, under the spotlight, but as soon as the ball starts rolling, the game becomes our focus,” he said.

Before the match, police also patrolled the forest near the ground to stop the gathering of fans and the nearby Koepenick train station was deserted compared to the crowded scene on match day.

The guards wearing protective masks sat in empty stands at Union Berlin's home stadium, with all Bundesliga matches until the end of the season played behind closed doors.

While the audience was left cold with new restrictions, television coverage of the restart drew the attention of the audience for Sky Germany.

Saturday’s round of matches attracted more than six million viewers, according to the specialist website, more than double the usual numbers after two months of absence.

Earlier Sunday, Mainz struggled from two goals to save valuable points with a 2-2 draw at Cologne.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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