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Careless Bayern pegged back at Borussia Park

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Careless Bayern pegged back at Borussia Park

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:15 pm

The Torwand, literally the "goal wall", is a legendary test of shooting accuracy, featured in the main Saturday evening German soccer highlights show since September 1966. Jürgen Klinsmann, the star guest in the ZDF Sportstudio this weekend, must have felt certain of victory after scoring with two of his six shots, and seeing his studio audience opponent miss by a mile for the fourth time. A 2-0 lead looked more than comfortable.

But the Bayern boss was in for an unpleasant bout of déjà-vu. Out of the blue, Deniz Türkoglu coolly slotted home his last two efforts to equalise and make the final score 2-2. Klinsmann's response to events in the studio was the broadest of grins, but his expression just six hours earlier at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach was marked by anger and frustration. After dominating for fully 80 minutes and seeming effortlessly on the way to victory at 2-0 up, his men suffered 137 seconds of madness in which they conceded twice and tossed away two vital league points in a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Borussia.

Gladbach keeper and former FCB man Uwe Gospodarek said the result "felt like a win," but the reaction from the Bayern camp was at the opposite end of the spectrum. "It's infuriating from our perspective. It's made us look really stupid. That was extremely careless. We can't be throwing away a win like that. It's just like our 3-3 draw with Bochum. The four dropped points would have sent us top of the table," Klinsmann reflected.

The stalemate in Monchengladbach put an end to Bayern's run of five Bundesliga victories on the trot. Rivals Leverkusen and Hoffenheim both won their home matches and are now three points clear of Klinsmann's men, who let slip a two-goal lead for the third time this term. "We have to point the finger at ourselves for coming away with a draw. It's a match we should have won," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

How Munich came to draw after leading through goals from Luca Toni (21) and Franck Ribéry (65, pen) remains a mystery, not least among the chief protagonists. "You've got to be able to protect a 2-0 lead to the end. We weren't focused or smart enough to score a third," lamented Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger. "We were in control and we made chances, but we didn't kill the game. It's extremely frustrating and shouldn't be happening to a top team," complained Philipp Lahm after a decent comeback showing.

Canadian Rob Friend (79) and US international Michael Bradley (81) headed the goals to secure an unlikely point for the home side. "We lost our cool and ran around like headless chickens instead of holding firm. The stadium went berserk after they pulled one back," commented Miroslav Klose. "I think we lost concentration. Maybe we thought we'd done our job after going 2-0 up, although to be honest, everything pointed in that direction. But at the end of the day, we've paid heavily for that attitude," offered Rummenigge.

The chairman described the result as "a bad day at the office. It's a minor setback, but it's unimportant. We'll keep pushing over the coming weeks and pressurise Leverkusen and Hoffenheim." Indeed, Bayern's pre-Christmas fate lies in their own hands. The Bavarians travel to leaders Bayer in two weeks' time, and entertain surprise package Hoffenheim just a few days after that.

"I still believe we're heading in the right direction," observed Klinsmann, "we're aiming to make good a few more points before Christmas, and set the seal on our Champions League campaign. And I can still well imagine we'll be top of the league by the halfway point."
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