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Convincing warm-up win against Basel

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:45 pm

Bayern have warmed up for the resumption of Bundesliga hostilities this coming Friday in convincing fashion. Three days ahead of the crucial home meeting with Hoffenheim, the men from Munich travelled to Swiss top flight outfit Basel for their solitary friendly fixture of the mid-season period and won 3-1 thanks to a strong closing quarter of an hour.

The 20,087 crowd at St. Jakob Park saw former Cologne striker Marco Streller hand the home side a tenth-minute lead. A Bayern line-up showing ten changes for the second half turned the match on its head by the end courtesy of goals from Hamit Altintop (73) and a Miroslav Klose brace (85, 87).

The meeting against the Swiss outfit was also a chance to renew acquaintances with a number of Bayern old boys. Basel are coached by Champions League winner Thorsten Fink, while the man between the sticks was Stefan Wessels. The 30-year-old spent the years from 1998 to 2003 in Munich as Oliver Kahn's understudy. And Switzerland boss and former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld took a seat in the stands.

"We're intending to put on a show for the crowd," Fink promised before kick-off, and the home faithful were celebrating as early as the tenth minute when Streller skilfully spun away from defender Daniel van Buyten before directing an unstoppable left-foot drive past Jörg Butt into the corner of the net.

That was to be the only goal of the first period. Bayern dominated possession and camped out in the Basel half of the field, but lacked a cutting edge in front of Wessels' goal. Mario Gomez arrowed a left-footed shot past the post on 17 minutes, Ivica Olic headed goalwards midway through the half, and Bastian Schweinsteiger unleashed a 25-yard piledriver, but the visitors struggled to make chances apart from that.

Klose at the double

As announced beforehand, Van Gaal sent out an almost entirely different line-up after the break, with only Danijel Pranjic still involved of the FCB men who contested the first 45 minutes. The home side, who rang a similar raft of changes on the hour, were content to sit back and wait their chance on the break, but Michael Rensing was a virtual spectator in the away goal.

The reshuffled Bayern line-up needed a while to settle, before Mehmet Ekici speared a 64th-minute shot from the right channel just wide of the upright. Young David Alaba spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to equalise two minutes later. The 17-year-old wunderkind, already a full Austria international, failed to hit the target from eight yards with only Wessels to beat.

Altintop enjoyed greater luck after 73 minutes, the Turkey midfielder levelling with a deflected free-kick. Bayern upped the ante now and secured an ultimately deserved win in the last five minutes. Klose looped a header over the onrushing Wessels to hand his side the lead on 85 minutes, before the Germany striker netted again to make it 3-1 with three minutes remaining.
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