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Match Report Bielefeld

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:35 pm

16.09.2006

Bayern were punished for failing to take their chances as bogey team Bielefeld struck late to seal a shock first defeat of term for the Bavarians.

A 26,601 full house at the Schüco Arena, still more commonly known as the Alm stadium, saw the champions take a sixth-minute lead thanks to star signing Mark van Bommel's first goal for the club.

The Reds engaged cruise control but were rudely brought back down to earth midway through the first half by Artur Wichniarek's headed equaliser.

Bayern had a fight on their hands but responded energetically after the interval, increasingly looking to exploit Arminia's vulnerability to set plays.

It took a combination of the woodwork and desperate defending to prevent the visitors restoring their advantage, although Kahn had to be at his most alert to deny Wichniarek as the Poland hitman burst clear on a rare break.

That shot across the bows was followed by an arrow through the heart as Jonas Kamper blasted an 84th minute free-kick past Kahn

<b>Unchanged line-up</b>

Felix Magath is no subscriber to the 'never change a winning team' school of thought, but the Bayern boss made a rare exception and kept faith with the side which put four past Spartak Moscow in the second half last Tuesday.

That meant another try-out for a 4-3-3 formation and a forward line featuring Lukas Podolski, Claudio Pizarro and a roving Roque Santa Cruz, with Roy Makaay agains condemned to a start on the bench.

<b>Van Bommel off the mark</b>

Home keeper Mathias Hain had already performed heroics to deny Santa Cruz before van Bommel guided Lucio's attempted volley over the line following a sixth-minute corner, crowning an explosive opening from the double winners.

With Bayern exuding purpose, struggling Arminia visibly shaken by the early goal, and the home crowd growing increasingly restless, all the signs pointed to a comfortable afternoon for Magath's men.

But Podolski failed to net a couple of half-chances and Santa Cruz' header came off the top of the crossbar, before Magath was forced into an early change after Thorben Marx' clattering challenge on Owen Hargreaves.

<b>Owen limps off</b>

Martin Demichelis replaced the limping England man with 25 minutes played, and Bayern were still re-organising in defence when Wichniarek ghosted in at the far post to plant an unstoppable header past Oliver Kahn from former Germany international Jorg Böhme's floated free-kick.

Poland goal-getter Wichniarek drove across goal on the break and Marx blasted a set-play narrowly over Kahn's crossbar as the resurgent home side scrapped and chased their way to the interval.

Marcio Borges' clumsy effort at a clearance almost let in Santa Cruz straight after the restart and Demichelis flashed a header wide as Bayern continued to look at their most dangerous from set-plays.

<b>Champions stunned</b>

Pizarro's header rattled the crossbar and Demichelis' artistic lob was scrambled off the line as Arminia came under severe pressure from a string of corners.

Hasan Salihamidzic replaced Bastian Schweinsteiger with 20 minutes remaining and almost scored with his first touch after Hain beat away Pizarro's stinging drive, but suddenly there was danger at the other end as Wichniarek latched onto a ricochet and found himself with only Kahn to beat, the giant keeper brilliantly spreading himself to snuff out the golden opening.

But with six minutes to go, Kamper made no mistake with a fulminating 20-yard drive after Lucio had tripped sub Ioannis Masmanidis to stun the travelling support into silence.
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