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Match Report: Bayern - Gladbach

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:59 pm

31.10.2007

All the goals came in the second half as Bayern claimed a place in the third round of the Cup after game Gladbach briefly made a fist of Wednesday’s tie.

The 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the home side dominate the early exchanges, but the second division leaders fought their way back and the game briefly degenerated into an occasionally bad-tempered scrap, although both sides had chances once order was restored.

<b>Lively second period</b>

Luca Toni exploited Gladbach keeper Christofer Heimeroth’s blunder to head his side into the lead two minutes after the restart, but if the opener owed a lot to good fortune, the Italian’s second to double the advantage ten minutes later was a corker from the edge of the box.

Marcel Ndjeng reminded Bayern the game was far from over by burying a 30-yard screamer with 20 minutes left, but Miroslav Klose came off the bench and nodded home Hamit Altintop’s 83rd minute cross to seal the 13-times winners’ ultimately deserved passage into the third round.

<b>Four changes</b>

After the recent packed programme and with games every few days for another two weeks, boss Ottmar Hitzfeld opted for rotation and four changes to the side which drew in Dortmund last Sunday. Philipp Lahm, Hamit Altintop, Andreas Ottl and Lukas Podolski started the match in place of Christian Lell, Jose Sosa, Mark van Bommel and Miro Klose.

Bayern rapidly seized control after referee Manuel Gräfe set the match in motion, although Toni directed a tame header straight at Gladbach keeper Christofer Heimeroth, Bastian Schweinsteiger fired over the bar, and Altintop twice missed the target from distance, the second time because Toni chose to intervene from an offside position.

<b>Goalless first half</b>

The visitors finally showed on 17 minutes when former Frankfurt youth Marko Marin darted clear before arrowing a drive just wide of Michael Rensing’s goal, but a touch of niggle crept in for a spell and there were bookings for Dutch hardman Roel Brouwers and Toni, the Italian for protesting a clear elbow to Martin Demichelis’ chin.

Football took centre-stage again when Rensing brilliantly pushed aside Patrik Paauwe’s deflected drive, but Heimeroth excelled at the other end to block Podolski’s run and shot from the very next move. Lucio and Toni both had chances before the interval, but arguably the best chance of the half fell to Oliver Neuville, only for Rensing’s agility to thwart the seasoned Gladbach striker.

<b>Toni and Klose on target again</b>

The second half opened with a bang when Heimeroth’s howler and defender Alexander Voigt’s indecision allowed Toni to nod home at the far post from Podolski’s innocent cross, but the Reds were again grateful to Rensing for a brave block to deny Neuville an immediate equaliser as the match picked up tempo.

Toni might have added another on 53 minutes before his cracking shot on the turn from Podolski’s lay-off put Munich firmly in the driving seat just short of the hour, but the Reds’ easy dominance of the next ten minutes failed to produce another goal despite chances for Podolski and Schweinsteiger, and Ndjeng’s 70th minute thunderbolt ushered in a frenetic period as the second division leaders sensed a chance of salvation.

<b>Miro seals it</b>

Hitzfeld now introduced Van Bommel, Klose and Lell for Ze, Lahm and Toni in an effort to steady the situation, and it was Van Bommel’s angled ball to release Altintop which set up Klose for a routine headed goal to banish any remaining doubts and settle the issue with seven minutes remaining.

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