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[2006-08-20] Bochum vs Bayern Munich [V]

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Postby MUTU » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:39 am

On-song champions maintain perfect start

20.08.2006 Bayern made it two league wins in two on Sunday after overcoming a valiant challenge from promoted VfL Bochum thanks to goals either side of half-time from Roy Makaay and Philipp Lahm, the Munich-born left-back's first at senior level for the club.

A capacity 31,328 crowd at the RewirpowerSTADION, formerly more simply known as the Ruhrstadion, saw a flurry of activity at the start as Daniel van Buyten planted a third-minute header against the crossbar, but the Reds had to wait until just before the break for Makaay to open the scoring with a typically cool finish.

The lead was short-lived as the champions inexplicably eased off the throttle, allowing Brazilian striker Fabio Junior to level seven minutes into the second period, but Lahm restored the advantage with a crisp drive after 65 minutes.

Bayern rarely looked in trouble after that and have tucked in at third in the nascent Bundesliga table, serving notice of intent to their rivals with maximum points from their opening two matches.

Flu victim Owen withdrawn before kick-off

Coach Felix Magath was forced into one change to the winning team from last Friday's opener against Dortmund, bringing in fit-again Martin Demichelis alongside fellow midfield anchor Andreas Ottl in a straight swap for Owen Hargreaves.

The England man, the subject of rampant transfer speculation over the last few days, failed to feature at all in the matchday squad after succumbing at the last minute to an attack of the flu.

Lively opening

Both teams started brightly once proceedings got underway, van Buyten crashing his header against the underside of the bar from Willy Sagnol's third minute free-kick as the Belgian yet again came within a whisker of opening his Munich account.

VfL swiftly recovered and Oliver Kahn pulled off a tremendous double save from Christoph Dabrowski and Filip Trojan, before van Buyten saw his close range effort from another Sagnol set-piece blocked by Fabio Junior's desperate lunge.

Makaay breaks deadlock

The home side, expertly marshalled by veteran skipper Thomas Zdebel, now concentrated on closing down their technically superior opponents, and chances were few and far between for a spell.

It took a moment of class from Hasan Salihamidzic to release Makaay on a diagonal burst across the VfL area, the Dutch marksman expertly driving past keeper Peter Skov-Jensen to hand his side the lead on 42 minutes.

Shock equaliser but Reds respond

Roque Santa Cruz spooned a promising opening over the bar five minutes after the restart as the champions moved in for the kill, but instead the home side drew level two minutes later when Fabio Junior slipped the ball past Kahn after former Reds reserve Zvjezden Misimovic outfoxed three back-pedalling defenders.

Ottl twice warmed Skov-Jensen's gloves as Bayern were stung into a response, the reward coming after 65 minutes when Sagnol's cross evaded friend and foe alike, only for Lahm to collect and return the loose ball with interest across the Bochum keeper and into the bottom corner.

Poldi on for Roy

Bastian Schweinsteiger could have settled the issue with a free header from Salihamidzic' 76th minute cross, before Makaay gave way to Podolski for the last 12 minutes.

'Prinz Poldi' almost set up a late strike for Salihamidzic, but the Bosnian side-footed wide with the goal at his mercy. The miss nearly proved costly when Bochum sub Joris van Hout lobbed tamely instead of steadying himself with only Kahn to beat, but in truth Munich should have been over the horizon by then, and the champions were ultimately good value for the win.

Chris Hamley reporting from the RewirpowerSTADION for fcbayern.de

VfL Bochum - Bayern Munich 1-2 (H-T: 0-1)

VfL Bochum: Skov-Jensen - Lense, Maltritz, Drsek, Bönig (Butscher 79') - Dabrowski (Hille 76'), Zdebel - Ilicevic (Van Hout 76'), Misimovic, Trojan - Fabio Junior

Bayern Munich: Kahn - Sagnol, Lucio, van Buyten, Lahm - Salihamidzic, Ottl, Demichelis, Schweinsteiger (Dos Santos 90') - Makaay (Podolski 78'), Santa Cruz (Pizarro 86')

Substitutes: Rensing, Scholl, Hummels, Fürstner

Referee: Mr Rafati (Hanover)

Spectators: 31.328 (capacity)

Goals: 0-1 Makaay (42), 1-1 Fabio Junior (52). 1-2 Lahm (65)

Yellow Cards: Maltritz / Demichelis, Schweinsteiger


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Postby MUTU » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:40 am

Hoeneß: We ought to have won by more

20.08.2006 Bayern will be happy enough with a 2-1 victory over VfL Bochum in their first away fixture of the new term, but general manager Uli Hoeneß was less than satisfied with the manner of victory against the promoted home side. "What bothered me again today was that we took the lead, but then eased off and let our opponents back into the match," the official lamented.

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Uli Hoeneß: "What bothered me again today was that we took the lead, but then eased off and let our opponents back into the match. That was basically the only real flaw, although we could have won by more as there was a clear difference in footballing potential. After we went a goal up, we didn't play with the focus you need in that situation, so we created a few problems for ourselves. It would have been a disaster if we'd failed to win the match."

Felix Magath: "Overall I'm satisfied and we deserved the victory. We began well and scored the opening goal, but we sat back in the second half and that allowed Bochum to equalise, although that woke us up and we added a second. We were in control after that. You could argue we should have scored a goal or two more."

Roy Makaay: "We made better use of our chances than they did. We should have scored once or twice more towards the end. It wasn't as good as last week [against Dortmund], but the outcome is the same – we've taken all three points."

Marcel Koller (Bochum coach): "I don't think we were worse than Bayern, but we weren't as clever. Bayern ruthlessly exploited two defensive errors."

Zvjezdan Misimovic (VfL Bochum, ex-Bayern): "I reckon we should have taken something from the game, but we made too many mistakes, and you'll always be punished against Bayern. We need to be more resolute, that's the difference between the first and the second divisions. But we won't be knocked out of our stride."

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