Soon after, Bayern beats Standard Liege 4-0 in the first leg of the CL playoffs with Lizarazu finally getting a game instead of Paul Breitner.
Now that's a fullback! Lizarazu was amazing as I remember him, and I think these attributes reflect fairly well on him in his prime.
The fixture list is pretty tough on Bayern, with an away trip to Schalke coming up just few days later. Hitzfeld seems to have settled on his preferred lineup by now, using once again the same formation and roster. The biggest draw of the match - Raul v Beckenbauer, for sure! Holtby didn't read the script though, and beat Schwarzenbeck to go one-on-one with Kahn - luckily hits it just over the bar. Things get worse for Bayern as Draxler cuts in from the left, holds off Effenberg and Matthäus and passes a delicious through ball to Höger who has no difficulty scoring. 1-0 for Schalke. Schalke continue to dominate possession when, against the run of play, Elber scores from a rather clumsy finish after being found by Beckenbauer. Game on!
Soon afer, Effenberg drives another powerful hit at goal that just barely misses the net. As Bayern are getting back into the game, Schalke is reduced to fouling the creative front four, creating a lot of set piece chances. At 26 minutes, one of those free kicks results in Rummenigge taking a hopeful shot from distance and Elber deflects it in (though the game gives it as an own goal from Peer Kluge)! Bayern take the lead! The game goes real open right after, with good chances for Schalke and Matthäus hitting the crossbar with a powerful drive from distance. Rummenigge is creating a lot of chances with his great dribbling, but Müller once again has a bit of difficulties converting the chances given to him. Matthäus tries another hit after a corner comes to nothing and scores! 3-1 to Bayern! At this point Schalke is panicking and Uchida barely avoids getting sent off before the referee calls for half-time.
At the 56th minute, Sagnol gets injured by a tackle from Raul, leaving Hitzfeld with bringing on Augenthaler in his place. This riles up ol' Effe, who goes in two-footed on Draxler. Luckily he is unpunished, though he could easily have gotten a red for it. Bayern pile on the pressure and finally take complete control of the game. Against the run of play, however, the mighty finn Teemu Pukki almost scores if it wasn't for Kahn's superb reflex save. Soon after, Elber is clean through after a pass from Matthäus but fails to convert. Loddar and Müller are hauled off for Roth and Makaay respectively as Hitzfeld seeks an alternative to the fairly anonymous Müller up front. Soon after, Fährmann puts in some heroics as he pulls off a magnificent double-save from Elber and Scholl, and five minutes later, does the same to two Augenthaler hits. Makaay almost makes it four, but it is not to be, as Bayern put in a professional, if somewhat slow-starting away performance (also the game said that the ref was biased for Bayern). Still, things are looking good after initial hiccups. The main issue is conceding too many clear cut chances and creating too few - most Bayern goals seem to come from deadly long shots rather than through balls, hence Müller's difficulty in scoring I guess.
So Bayern is third in the league after three games. Bad news? Sagnol is out for 5-6 weeks. His replacement will probably have to be Augenthaler, who is a far more conservative and defensive option. The return leg of the CL play-offs ends well, though, as Bayern score five and take a 9-0 aggregate win, with two more goals from the man in red-hot form, Giovanne Elber.