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Match Report Bochum

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:15 pm

30.01.2007

Jaded Bayern were again thwarted by lowly opposition on Tuesday after the Reds faded badly in the second half against a stubborn Bochum side.

A 64,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena, filled to less than its capacity for the only the second time this term, witnessed a frustrating first half from a Bayern point of view, as the home side created a string of chances but found Bochum keeper Jaroslav Drobny in irresistible form.

Lukas Podolski appeared after half-time, but the longer the champions failed to breach their opponents' packed rearguard, the more the quality of the play declined in a poor second period.

The Bavarians thus failed to atone in any way for last Friday's loss in Dortmund, and following Stuttgart's 3-2 home win over Bielefeld, drop to fourth in the Bundesliga standings with 34 points from 19 games.

<b>Starts for Martin and Andreas</b>

Coach Felix Magath made two enforced changes to the starting line-up from Dortmund, replacing the injured Willy Sagnol and Ali Karimi with Andreas Ottl and Martin Demichelis.

The Munich-born youngster was a straight swap for the France star at right-back, but Demichelis took over the midfield holding duties in the continuing absence of Owen Hargreaves, with Mark van Bommel restored to his favoured role down the right-hand channel.

<b>VfL keeper on form</b>

Both sides opened brightly enough, although the champions dominated possession and Bochum's Drobny was much the busier of the two keepers.

In the first twenty minutes, the Czech shot-stopper watched Roy Makaay's drive whistle narrowly wide, saved from Claudio Pizarro after Makaay's darting break down the left, and twice confidently held long-range efforts from Bastian Schweinsteiger, a lively presence on the night and always at the heart of his side's more fluent moves.

The defensive-minded visitors threatened only sporadically but came perilously close on a couple of occasions, Marcel Maltritz directing a free header wide from Filip Trojan's free-kick, before the former Schalke man criminally wasted a clear opening created by silky former Bayern reserve Zvjezdan Misimovic.

<b>Unremitting pressure</b>

That was the signal for Bayern to up the ante in the 15 minutes before the interval and chances rained in on the Bochum goal, but Drobny neutralised another Schweinsteiger drive and bravely saved at the feet of Pizarro and Van Bommel when the Reds looked poised to score the opener.

A Makaay free-kick slid just wide and the VfL keeper again denied Schweinsteiger as the crowd vented their frustration on the half-time whistle, prompting Magath to replace the subdued Pizarro with Podolski for the second period.

<b>Poor second period</b>

The new man was soon testing the visiting shot-stopper and Ottl blazed just wide of the upright as the Reds restarted with intent, but out of the blue, Oliver Kahn was forced into a brilliant one-handed save to deny Greece international Theofanis Gekas after Philipp Lahm was caught in possession - not for the first time in a below-par display by the Germany starlet.

Kahn held comfortably from Misimovic and Maltritz, and Podolski saw a free-kick cannon into the Bochum wall, but the play had become littered with a string of misplaced passes and Santa Cruz entered the fray for Ottl as Magath sought new impetus in the final quarter of an hour.

Makaay blasted over from a decent position with ten minutes left before Santa Cruz provided a carbon copy of the move a short time later, but sub Fabio Junior almost nicked the points for the visitors only for Kahn to claw the ball from the line.

Schweinsteiger's horrible mis-kick from a gilt-edged opening at the death appeared symptomatic of the Reds' fortunes on the night as Bochum not undeservedly put another dent in the holders' title ambitions.

<i>Live match report for <b>fcbayern.de</b> by Chris Hamley</i>
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Postby diegis » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:30 pm

cant wait to see whats the excuse this time :roll:
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Postby Schweini_rules » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:26 pm

supr4king wrote:cant wait to see whats the excuse this time :roll:

We played well but it was one of those days... :D
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Postby diegis » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:38 pm

Schweini_rules wrote:
supr4king wrote:cant wait to see whats the excuse this time :roll:

We played well but it was one of those days... :D

lol :lol:
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Postby Kavalli » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:45 pm

Haha no more excuses! Magath is fired!!
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Postby SNAKE » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:08 pm

FINALLY its about time
But im happy

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