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Bayern Munich defeat Hertha Berlin before facing Egypt's Ahly

Bayern Munich take on Egyptian giants Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final on Monday

AP , Friday 5 Feb 2021
Kingsley Coman
Bayern's Kingsley Coman, center, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Bayern Munich in Berlin (AP)

A deflected effort from Kingsley Coman helped Bayern Munich eke out a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Bayern stretched its winning run in the league to five games, while Hertha remained in relegation trouble with just one point from its last six games.

New signings Sami Khedira and Nemanja Radonjic went on in the second half to make their Hertha debuts, but the home side was left to rue a late missed chance from Matheus Cunha when he had only Manuel Neuer to beat. The Brazilian's chip over the Bayern goalkeeper drifted to the right of the unguarded net and wide.

Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty before Coman broke the deadlock in the 21st.

Kickoff was brought forward by half an hour to facilitate Bayern's departure for Qatar, where it has a Club World Cup semifinal against Egyptian champion Ahly on Monday.

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