Saturday Ticker: Dortmund beat Bayern to win German Super Cup; Napoli complete Higuain transfer; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After falling to their biggest rivals in the UEFA Champions League Final and the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund got a measure of revenge on Saturday by handing Pep Guardiola his first loss as Bayern Munich manager.

Marco Reus opened and closed the scoring for Dortmund, who defeated Bayern 4-2 to win the German Super Cup. Champions League Final hero Arjen Robben netted both goals for Bayern, but the defending champions, who were without first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, were unable to slow down the Dortmund attack.

Reus took advantage of an error from Tom Starke, Neuer’s replacment, to put the hosts up in the 6th minute. The ball did not find the back of either net until the 54th minute, when Robben’s first goal started a three-goal run in the span of three minutes. Dortmund quickly took a two-goal lead on a Daniel Van Buyten own goal and an Ilkay Gundogan curling shot.

Robben pulled Bayern back with another goal in the 64th minute, but the treble winners could not find the equalizer. Reus slammed the door on Bayern’s chances in the 86th minute following a pass from new teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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NAPOLI COMPLETE HIGUAIN TRANSFER

After selling star Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain in a French record-breaking deal, Napoli have confirmed the signing of their new star attacker.

The Italian club officially announced the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on Saturday. The transfer is reportedly worth €40 million ($53 million), and Higuain is expected to sign a five-year deal with the club.

Higuain passed his medical along with loaned Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina earlier this week. The 25-year-old Argentine striker, who scored 119 goals in six seasons with Real Madrid, joins former teammates Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol at Napoli.

The sale of Higuain has created more transfer buzz around Real Madrid, who are reportedly interested in English Premier League stars Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.

NASTASIC INJURED IN MAN CITY ASIA TROPHY VICTORY

Manchester City may have won their first trophy of the season on Saturday, but the English Premier League club is worried that it may have lost one of its bright young stars for the start of the league schedule.

Defender Matija Nastasic suffered an ankle injury during Man City’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League Asia Trophy Final. The Serbian, who made 30 appearances in his first season with the Citizens, went down in the 76th minute of the victory.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said the club would assess the 20-year-old’s injury when they returned to England, but he refused to blame the injury on the field conditions in Hong Kong.

“It is part of the game and could have happened on any pitch,” Pellegrini said. “We are concerned but it is better to wait. He received a kick to his ankle and the doctor is seeing what it could be, but it is impossible for him to know.”

Nastasic is the second EPL player to go down with an ankle injury on the waterlogged field during the preseason tournament. Tottenham, who claimed third place Saturday with a 6-0 win over South China, lost defender Jan Vertonghen during their 3-1 loss to Sunderland earlier in the week.

AC MILAN OPENS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP WITH WIN

After a strong finish to their 2012-13 league campaign, AC Milan have kept the momentum going with a win to kick off the inaugural International Champions Cup.

In the only match of the preseason tournament to be played outside the United States, Milan defeated hosts Valencia 2-1 at the Estadio Mestalla in Spain. Robinho and Nigel De Jong both netted first half goals for the visitors, who held onto the win after Daniel Parejo’s 54th-minute strike cut their lead in half.

De Jong’s strike in the 38th minute could finish as the goal of the tournament. After receiving a pass from Kevin Prince-Boateng, the Dutch midfielder blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Vicente Guaita’s net.

The tournament, which replaced the World Football Challenge, continues Wednesday when Everton faces Juventus in San Francisco. The other two opening-round matches are Chelsea-Inter Milan in Indianapolis and Real Madrid-Los Angeles Galaxy in Phoenix.

QUICK KICKS

Karim Benzema scored a 23rd-minute goal to give Real Madrid a 1-0 preaseason victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Sweden. (REPORT)

Barcelona scored seven goals in their shutout victory over Norwegian club Valerenga in Oslo. (REPORT)

Raul, the all-time leading goalscorer in Champions League history, scored twice against his current club Al Sadd in a testimonial match with former club Schalke. (REPORT)

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What do you think of this news? Impressed with Dortmund’s performance against Bayern Munich? How do you think Higuain will do at Napoli? Worried about Nastasic’s injury?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to Saturday Ticker: Dortmund beat Bayern to win German Super Cup; Napoli complete Higuain transfer; and more

  1. hu3ne says:

    They confirmed his transfer a week after he officially left? Damn I’d have loved if Jozy went to Napoli even if he was the 3rd striker at the club

  2. king leonidas goes to persia says:

    How is Benzema still at Madrid? Higuain had a much better scoring rate than he

    Higuain. 122 goals, 46 assists in 264 matches for Madrid (arguably 3rd best club in the world)
    Benzema 87 goals, 50 assists in 183 matches.

    • Alex says:

      Madrid management probably felt they couldn’t rely on him week in week out. Higuain had some injuries.

    • Turgid Jacobian says:

      Higuain scored 1 every 2.16 games, while Benzema scored 1 every 2.10 games, meaning his goals were more closely spaced, so Benzema’s rate was greater.

      Count the @ssists and Benzema really shines… that’s getting you a helper every 3.7 games, where Higuain would get you one every 5.7 games–again, much better.

      That is all based on those stats you provided. I could be that Higuain scored when it counted and Benzema did not, or perhaps their recent productivity was reversed? Dunno.

    • Pirithous says:

      Hate to break it to you, but just by the numbers Benzema is far better than Higuian — a slightly better rate of goals per game and a MUCH better rate of assists per game. Now, those numbers don’t even come close to telling the whole story (soccer stats like goals and assists never do), and I personally think Higuain is the better striker, but your numbers don’t prove what you think they do.

  3. 12 says:

    what is the reason for the International Champions Cup?

    if there is to be some new prestigious pre-season tournament, it should include

    Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United, PSG, AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund

    why is Galaxy there?

    • Coco says:

      they are just friendlies.Nothing more. They gave it the name International Champions Cup to market the games and sell more tickets.

  4. Travis says:

    Why is Raul having a testimonial match for Schalke? Didn’t he play for them for all of two years? Or was it three? Seems odd is all

  5. Peyman says:

    Durtmond Is best Club

  6. Nice to see Higuian moving to Napoli and Arsenal missing out on yet another transfer, LOL.

    Still, I think Napoli overpaid for him, as I don’t really think he’s worth that much but, they do need a replacement for Cavani and I’m not Benitez so whatever he thinks is best I guess.