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Bayern Munich: Thomas Mue-ller scored in his 250th Bundesliga match yesterday to give runaway leaders Bayern Munich a deserved 1-0 victory at Borussia Moen-chengladbach that sent them a staggering 13 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. The Germany, who has had an unusually barren league season so far with just two goals, beautifully controlled a Thiago Alcantara chip in the box to score the winner in the 63rd minute.

Mali: Mali will reform its national soccer authority and not be swayed by its suspension by FIFA, Minister of Sport Housseïni Amion Guindo said in an interview published yesterday. FIFA blocked Mali from international football on Friday after Guindo sacked the executive committee, following allegations of fraud during a leadership election last year.

Celtic: Celtic moved to within one win of a sixth successive Premiership title with a narrow 2-1 victory over battling Dundee at Dens Park. The Hoops took the lead when Jozo Simunovic’s shot was deflected in off Dundee counterpart Kevin Gomis, Stuart Armstrong made it 2-0. Dundee pulled one back through Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Atletico: Antoine Griezmann scored for the fifth time in four league games and provided an assist as Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 3-1 yesterday to move to within two points of Jorge Sampaoli’s third-placed side in La Liga. The France international delivered a cross from a free-kick for Diego Godin to head in the opener in the 37th minute before adding a second on 61 minutes. Koke tapped in the third in the 77th to seal a third straight league win.

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