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Match Report: Bayern v Frankfurt

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Match Report: Bayern v Frankfurt

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:26 pm

03.11.2007

Bayern’s lead in the standings is down to two points after the Reds failed to find a way through Frankfurt’s compact and resolute defensive line.

A capacity 69,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena saw returning captain Oliver Kahn reduced to the role of spectator in a first half totally dominated by the Bundesliga leaders, although clear-cut chances came only sporadically against the visitors’ massed defence.

<b>Nikolov seals stalemate</b>

The one-way traffic continued after the restart, but stand-in Eintracht keeper Oka Nikolov was having a blinder and beat away everything the increasingly urgent Bavarians’ could throw at him - and in truth, despite 38 shots at goal to Frankfurt’s five, Bayern lacked the incision and cutting edge to break down their determined opponents on the day.

The result, combined with wins for Hamburg and Bremen, means Bayern remain top of the league on 28 points from 12 matches, but the Reds’ lead is down to four points from Werder in third and just two over second-placed HSV.

<b>Kahn and Ribery return</b>

Ottmar Hitzfeld made no fewer than five changes to the team which beat Monchengladbach in the Cup on Wednesday. Kahn resumed the captaincy and his place in goal after a five-week lay-off, and Franck Ribery also returned from injury.

Christian Lell, Mark van Bommel and Miro Klose were restored to the starting line-up, with Michael Rensing, Marcell Jansen, Andreas Ottl, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski the men to miss out.

<b>Keeper Nikolov in fine form</b>

The Bundesliga leaders came within a whisker of the ideal start when Ze Roberto set up a close-range chance for Toni after just 13 seconds, but veteran keeper Nikolov raced from goal to block.

That set the tone for an utterly one-sided first half, as the home side dominated possession at will against a severely weakened Frankfurt line-up bent only on pulling men back behind the ball and defending in depth.

Macedonia international Nikolov saved well from Van Bommel’s shot on the turn and Toni failed to get power behind his header, but Frankfurt’s Brazilian sweeper Chris had his defence better organised after the midpoint in the half and Bayern created little clear-cut until a brief flurry in the run-in to half-time.

<b>Reds out of luck</b>

Nikolov tipped Toni’s header from Ze’s cross onto the crossbar and Patrick Ochs cleared Lucio’s effort off the line from one of Bayern’s ten or more first half corners, before Greece hitman Ioannis Amanatidis directed a header well wide in Eintracht’s first notable foray upfield – and this with 43 minutes already on the clock.

Van Bommel, Klose and Ribery all came close as Bayern roared out of the dressing room after the restart, but Mexico international Aaron Galindo headed Klose’s goalbound effort away from the danger zone and Lucio’s flicked header on 54 minutes flashed across the face of goal.

<b>No way through</b>

After Van Bommel and Ze both saw shots saved, Hitzfeld chose to shake things up and sent on Schweinsteiger for the tiring Altintop, but the next opening fell to Frankfurt’s Junichi Inamoto, whose shot from a promising position drew a fine block from Lucio.

Nikolov continued to thwart the home strikers with acrobatic saves from Toni and Klose, before Jan Schlaudraff took over from Ribery for the final phase. The Reds’ pressure was relentless and there were scrambles galore in the Eintracht box, but in truth the Reds lacked the creativity needed on the day.

<i>Live match report for <b>fcbayern.de</b> by Chris Hamley</i>
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Postby Miss Dangerous » Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:55 pm

Bad luck! nothing else!! :evil:
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