Balotelli, 22, received two bookings in four minutes from referee Svein Oddvar Moen as a needless challenge on Michal Kadlec was followed by an arm allegedly striking Theodor Gebre Selassie in the face. The AC Milan striker reacted angrily to the sending off, punching and kicking the walls of the tunnel before heading into the dressing room.
The two enjoyed a tense relationship at times last season after a spat during the Champions League match versus Real Madrid, but Ribery has stressed that the duo have put their differences firmly behind them and has hailed the Netherlands star for his renewed hard work on the pitch. "We have talked a lot. I have said that it does not matter who scores. Bayern are not FC Ribery or FC Robben," the Frenchman told
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has hailed his burgeoning partnership with Per Mertesacker after the pair kept their second clean sheet in a row against Fulham on Saturday. The Gunners were 1-0 victors at Craven Cottage thanks to a first-half header from the German, whose form at the other end of the pitch has been keeping club captain Thomas Vermaelen out of Arsene Wenger's starting line-up.
Tanjong Pagar United made the trip to the Clementi Stadium for the second Group B match of their StarHub League Cup campaign against Tampines Rovers on Sunday evening. The Stags dominated the proceedings and deservedly came out 2-1 winners, courtesy of a first-half brace from Aleksandar Duric. Ismael Benahmed pulled one back in the closing seconds of the game but there was not enough time to complete a comeback.
The game, organised by the Michael Essien Foundation and dubbed the 'Game of Inspiration and Hope' brought together stars including Ricardo Carvalho, Djibril Cisse, Michael Ballack, Florent Malouda, Emmanuel Eboue and Emmanuel Adebayor as part of a fundraising event in the nation. Essien netted a penalty early in the first half after Chelsea Under-20 goalkeeper Jamal Blackman felled Adebayor in the 18-yard box, before Malouda teed up Cisse to level the scores.
The Bayern Munich has extended the contracts with two of its current national player Franck Ribery (30) has his contract prematurely extended by two years until 30.6.2017, Daniel van Buyten (35) for a further year until 30.6.2014. "We are two important cornerstones of our team to continue to have on our team," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern. "Franck and Daniel have done in the past season odds, thanks to both you and especially in crucial games they have often made the difference."