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Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:45 pm

20.12.2006

Aachen, the last team to beat Bayern in the German Cup, repeated the feat on Wednesday to shatter the Reds' dream of a third trophy in a row.

The 20,800 packed into Alemannia's intimidating Tivoli stadium witnessed a first half bordering on the surreal at times, as the visitors utterly dominated and created a string of gilt-edged chances but contrived to concede a Laurentiu Reghecampf brace and a Marius Ebbers strike on the break to find themselves fully three goals adrift at the break.

Half-time sub Lukas Podolski signalled a fight-back by reducing the deficit just two minutes after the restart, and Mark van Bommel's glorious strike midway through the half set up the prospect of a glorious finale.

However, the holders failed to fashion much by way of clear-cut openings after that and Bayern transfer target Jan Schlaudraff's quality finish in the last minute finally ended the Bavarians' quest for an unprecedented third straight German Cup triumph.

<b>Rensing for Kahn</b>

Coach Felix Magath made just one change to the line-up from Saturday's 4-0 victory in Mainz, a pre-arranged switch handing number two keeper Michael Rensing a second senior run-out of term with Oliver Kahn rested.

The club captain's understudy was a spectator as his team-mates opened fluently, but Bastian Schweinsteiger, Roy Makaay and Claudio Pizarro all failed to capitalise on eminently inviting opportunities, Makaay denied only by the brilliance of Aachen keeper Stephan Straub and the Peruvian inadvertently by team-mate Hasan Salihamidzic.

<b>Horror first half</b>

Rensing was a spectator again in the 11th minute, but in a negative sense this time as the youngster could only follow the path of Reghecampf's looping free-kick on its way into the top corner.

The holders were undeterred at first and Schweinsteiger was guilty of a glaring miss from captain on the night Willy Sagnol's alert build-up, before Straub made good saves from Pizarro and Salihamidzic, but there was a warning against complacency when Rensing threw out a leg to deny Vedad Ibisevic from close range.

The nightmare really kicked in towards the end of the half when Reghecampf doubled his and his side's tally at the second attempt after the Reds failed to clear their lines, before Christian Fiel released Ebbers for a routine finish with the Bayern defence caught in no-man's land.

<b>Poldi and Mark on target</b>

Magath introduced Podolski for Andreas Ottl after the interval and the striker immediately made his mark, blasting past Straub in the 47th minute to bring his side right back into an increasingly classic tie.

Magath's men pressed but the home side had dropped deep now, and the coach reacted by replacing Salihamidzic with Roque Santa Cruz, opting for four strikers as the holders went for broke.

The reward came on 68 minutes when Schweinsteiger neatly set up van Bommel for a fulminating 20-yard drive, cutting the deficit to a single goal.

<b>Rousing finish</b>

Straub almost fumbled a Makaay effort over his own line and Lucio, now almost permanently stationed on the edge of the Aachen box, was a constant handful, but Makaay was foiled by a desperate lunge from sub Heidrich as the Dutchman shaped to shoot.

With the Reds committed to attack there was always the risk of another goal on the break, although Schlaudraff's superb dribble and cool finish to kill the tie in the final minute must have increased Bayern's admiration for the player even amid the gloom of defeat.

<i>Live match report for <b>fcbayern.de</b> by Chris Hamley</i>
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