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Koln hold Union Berlin in Bundesliga******
BERLIN, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Anthony Modeste's equalizer secured Koln a late 2-2 draw against Union Berlin at the closing of the 11th round of Bundesliga on Sunday.。
The hosts grabbed a fairy-tale start in front of the home crowd as Modeste poked home a rebound that dropped off the woodwork with only seven minutes gone.。
It was a short-lived joy for Koln, though, as Union answered two minutes later after Julian Ryerson drilled the ball from 18 meters past goalkeeper Timo Horn to level the scores.。
Koln continued on the front foot as Modeste and Ondrej Duda forced Union custodian Andreas Luthe into action several times.。
However, the goal was scored at the other end of the pitch as Koln couldn't clear the ball from the area, allowing Grischa Promel to turn the tides from inside the box in the dying seconds of the first half.。
After the restart, Union defended deep and focused on counterattacks, whereas Koln controlled possession.。
The "Billy Goats" remained active and came to promising opportunities as Jonas Hector headed narrowly wide following a free-kick cross from Florian Kainz in the 54th minute.。
Hector kept Union's custodian Luthe busy as the German international unleashed a dangerous attempt on target on 76 minutes.。
The host's efforts eventually paid off 10 minutes later when a Kainz corner found Modeste, who nodded home his brace and the equalizer from a central position inside the box.。
Kainz should have scored the winner moments later but the unmarked Austria international volleyed over the target from close range.。
With the share of the spoils, Union Berlin slip to the eighth spot of the Bundesliga table and Koln stay in 11th.。
"I am very satisfied with the performance of my team. They showed great will and I think they deserved to take a point back home. Cologne controlled possession but we defended well. But that's football, we didn't seal the deal and Cologne restored parity with a late set-piece," Union Berlin head coach Urs Fischer said.。
"I think the boys did a great job. They made a mistake but that can happen. They still played courageously against a strong opponent. We also had the chance to clinch a late win here," Koln head coach Steffen Baumgart said.。
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen avoided a loss at Hertha Berlin after Robert Andrich's leveler canceled out Stevan Jovetic's opener to ensure a 1-1 draw on the road. Eintracht Frankfurt shocked bottom side, Greuther Furth, 2-1 by courtesy on Rafael Santos Borre's last-gasp decider. Enditem。
New Zealand's COVID******
The New Zealand government on Wednesday decided to reduce the interval between a person's primary COVID-19 vaccination course and the booster from four months to three months so that more people can take their booster jabs as soon as possible.
A million more New Zealanders over 18 will be eligible for their boosters from this Friday when the decision takes effect, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told a press conference.
The government has considered advice from the Director-General of Health and the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group, Hipkins said.
"This is a significant step in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic" as it now means more than 3.06 million people aged 18 and over -- two thirds of the population -- will be eligible for their boosters from this weekend, he said, adding more than 1.3 million people have already got boosters.
"We are in a race against Omicron and the more people who are boosted the more we can reduce the impact of the outbreak," Hipkins said.
Bringing forward the booster timing will help those who have been immunized more recently. It will mean more people, especially Maori, will be able to receive a booster before Omicron takes hold in communities, he said.
To date, about 94 percent of the eligible people in New Zealand are fully vaccinated with at least two doses. That is close to 4 million Kiwis, over a quarter of whom have now also had their booster shots, according to the minister.
New Zealand recorded 142 new community cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 103 in the largest city Auckland, 12 in nearby Waikato, five in Bay of Plenty, two in the Lakes region, and 11 in Northland, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
Chinese shares lower at midday Wednesday******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's major stock indices ended lower in the morning session Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.38 percent to 3,492.46 points.。
The Shenzhen Component Index dipped 0.26 percent to end at 14,339.55 points at midday. Enditem。