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Bayern down Augsburg for first win of year

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Bayern down Augsburg for first win of year

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:55 am


Bayern won their first friendly of the mid-season training period on Wednesday evening, goals from Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose sealing a 2-1 victory over Bavarian neighbours FC Augsburg which also featured a 45-minute run-out for new signing Breno. The one negative on an otherwise heartening occasion for the men in red saw keeper Oliver Kahn forced to quit the action with injury after just 34 minutes.

Against the side lying 12th in the second division, Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld used the opportunity to experiment with his line-up, a measure which was partially enforced as five players were unavailable with sickness or injury. The boss also kept Germany men Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bench in the first half, starting with Willy Sagnol, José Sosa and Jan Schlaudraff instead. Andreas Ottl deputised in defensive midfield for the injured Zé Roberto.

<b>Toni hits the mark</b>

A near-capacity crowd at the Rosenaustadion in Augsburg saw a lively opening, only for new FCA signing Michael Thurk to screw the first chance wide with only Kahn to beat. By contrast, the visitors converted their first opportunity and took a 19th-minute lead, Sosa curling a free-kick into the box for Toni to nod home.

Augsburg's Neuhaus was the busier of the two keepers in the next spell, saving from the Italian World Cup winner just two minutes after the opening goal before tipping Sosa's half-volley over the bar on the half-hour. Kahn's match came to a premature end just four minutes later following an accidental collision with Roland Benschneider which left the Bayern skipper clutching his thigh. Michael Rensing took over in goal.

<b>Debut for Breno</b>

Hitzfeld made a string of changes at half-time, introducing Lahm, Klose, Schweinsteiger and Kroos for Sagnol, Toni, Van Bommel and Sosa. New signing Breno also replaced fellow countryman Lucio for his first run-out in a red shirt since arriving in Munich three days ago. The Brazilian performed with credit, looking composed on the ball and strong in the tackle, although there were a few understandable crossed wires with his fellow defenders.

The entertainment continued apace after the break, Klose doubling the advantage on 64 minutes after one of several fine Schlaudraff lay-offs. FCA defender Timo Wenzel's deflected 25-yarder ten minutes from time reduced the arrears and made for an exciting finish, but Rensing saved well from Thurk and late sub Küntzel, with Schlaudraff hitting the angle of post and bar from 25 metres and Schweinsteiger's deflected effort shaving the post.

<b>All for a good cause</b>

Net proceeds from the match at the Rosenaustadion will be donated to charity. Part of the revenue is earmarked for the Pressedruck group social fund, with the remainder destined for the Bavarian football association youth development programme.

<b>FC Augsburg 1 Bayern 2 (H-T 0-1)</b>

<b>Bayern Munich:</b> Kahn (Rensing 34) - Sagnol (Lahm 46), Lucio (Breno 46), Demichelis, Lell - Altintop (Fürstner 81), Van Bommel (Schweinsteiger 46), Ottl, Sosa (Kroos 46) - Toni (Klose 46), Schlaudraff (Wagner 81)

<b>Referee:</b> Michael Kempter (Sauldorf)

<b>Attendance:</b> 25,421

<b>Goals:</b> 0-1 Toni (19), 0-2 Klose (64), 1-2 Wenzel (80)
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