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Heroic Bayern march into last sixteen

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:15 pm

Arriving to face Juventus needing nothing less than a win, Bayern turned in easily their best display of the season just when it mattered, running up a fully merited 4-1 victory over the outclassed Italians to seal a palce in the last sixteen of the Champions League.

The 28,000 full house at the venerable Stadio Olimpico in Turin saw David Trezeguet open the scoring with the home team's solitary chance of a first half otherwise totally dominated by Bayern, whose penalty equaliser from Jörg Butt was the absolute minimum a courageous showing deserved.

The outstanding Ivica Olic finally handed the visitors an overdue lead on 52 minutes and the men in red expertly held their lines for a spell, withstanding a brief spell of Juventus pressure before Mario Gomez applied the coup de grace with seven minutes remaining.

As expected, Louis van Gaal named an unchanged side for the fourth match in a row, with Olic alongside Gomez up front, Bastian Schweinsteiger and skipper Mark van Bommel anchoring the midfield, and Thomas Müller and Danijel Pranjic patrolling the flanks. The subs' bench again featured fit-again Arjen Robben and Miro Klose.

Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara made three changes to the side which ran out 2-1 winners against Inter at the weekend. Nicola Legrottaglie and Mauro Camoranesi took over from the injured Chiellini and Sissoko, with Trezeguet returning from a three-week lay-off in attack.

Former Bayern favourite Hasan Salihamidzic also made a first squad appearance for Ferrara's team since sustaining a serious ankle injury on 23 August, but fellow veterans Gianluigi Buffon and captain Alessandro del Piero both recovered fitness in time to play.

Once Swiss referee Massimo Busacca whistled play underway on a mild night in Piedmont, Munich swiftly gained the upper hand against the hesitant Italians, Schweinsteiger missing his kick from a good position after a Philipp Lahm cut-back, and Olic getting to Van Bommel's cross in front of Fabio Cannavaro, only to see his looping header rebound from the post.

But if Juventus' 19th-minute opener was against the run of play, it bore hallmarks of class as Trezeguet slid onto Claudio Marchisio's diagonal ball and smacked an unstoppable half-volley past Butt from the edge of the box.

Bayern reacted admirably to the setback with a furious assault on the home goal, Schweinsteiger warming Buffon's gloves and Olic heading just over from a Pranjic cross.

The Croatia pair combined on 29 minutes to create the equaliser, Olic accepting a neat pass down the channel but losing his legs to a clumsy Martin Caceres tackle. Mr Busacca instantly pointed to the spot, and Butt stepped forward to send Buffon the wrong way and net his third penalty against Juve for three different clubs.

Van Gaal's men turned up the heat through to half-time and rattled up a corner count of 7-0, but were guilty of failing to convert any of a number of decent openings.

Schweinsteiger put two shots too close to Buffon, Gomez failed to control a close-range header from a corner, the Juve keeper twice flapped at balls intot he six-yard box but got away with it, and Legrottaglie made a desperate saving tackle just as Olic looked to steam through on goal.

The pace dropped a shade in the period after the restart, but Pranjic heralded a new Bayern offensive with a deflected shot just wide of the upright, and the men in red duly took a fully deserved lead on 52 minutes.

Van Bommel swung over a cross from the right, and Gomez met the ball with a firm header which Buffon could only parry, leaving Olic with the simplest of tasks to tuck the loose ball into the empty net.

The visitors wisely chose not to let up at this point and largely controlled possession, but faced with an imminent exit from the competition, the Italians now came at the Germans and sub Christian Poulsen headed wide, before Trezeguet was guilty of a glaring miss after Caceres finally escaped Holger Badstuber's attentions down the right.

Fabio Grosso sent a free-kick wide of the target, prompting Van Gaal to send on Robben for the last twenty minutes in place of Pranjic, but the home team finally rallied and it was panic stations in the away area a couple of times at the start of a tense closing phase.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk took over from Olic as the Croat's reserves of energy finally gave out, but FCB stood firm and had a chance or two on the break now. A corner ultimately led to the third and decisive goal on 83 minutes, Van Buyten meeting Badstuber's perfect delivery at the near post, and although Buffon prevented the ball crossing the line, Gomez was on hand to usher the ball over the line and spark prolonged celebrations on the Munich bench.

Van Gaal's side nonchalantly ran down the clock now and iced the cake in stoppage time, Tymoshchuk belting home Müller's lay-off to wrap up a convincing, potentially momentous and utterly deserved victory for the resurgent Bavarians.

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Re: Heroic Bayern march into last sixteen

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OLE !!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Heroic Bayern march into last sixteen

Postby Element » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:26 am

This is why i am proud as a bayern fan
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Re: Heroic Bayern march into last sixteen

Postby appudds » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:37 am

[quote="Element"]This is why i am proud as a bayern fan[/quote]
BAYERN BAYERN ALL THE WAY!
AM SOOO PROUD TO BE A BAYERN FAN!
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