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Match Report Bolton

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:24 pm


Lukas Podolski scored two fine goals, but Bayern were punished for not killing off obdurate Bolton as the English side snatched a UEFA Cup point in Munich.

The 65,600 at the Allianz Arena saw Jamaican midfielder Ricardo Gardner hand the visitors a shock eighth minute lead, but the home side dominated possession after that and Podolski gleefully opened his account for the season with a fine equaliser on the half-hour.

<b>Davies’ late strike</b>

The Germany man completed his brace and handed dominant Bayern an overdue lead four minutes into the second half, and for a spell only keeper Ali Al-Habsi stood between the Bavarians and a more convincing scoreline as Bolton struggled to hold back the Munich tide.

But the Premier League outfit never threw in the towel and Kevin Davies restored parity with eight minutes remaining, although the Bundesliga leaders will be kicking themselves after a wasteful spell in the second half when the Trotters were on the ropes.

<b>Hitzfeld opts for rotation</b>

With a crucial Bundesliga trip to champions Stuttgart less than 48 hours away, Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld chose to rest a clutch of his stars and made five changes to the team which drew at home to Frankfurt last Saturday.

Marcel Jansen and Daniel van Buyten replaced Philipp Lahm and Martin Demichelis in the back four, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Andreas Ottl took over from Hamit Altintop and Zé Roberto in midfield, and Podolski stood in for Luca Toni alongside Miro Klose in attack.

Bolton’s league worries are of a different nature than Bayern’s, but new Trotters manager Gary Megson, deprived of star names Anelka, Campo and Diouf in any case, also had an eye on a crunch weekend fixture and sent out a side featuring a number of squad players.

<b>Early opener</b>

The sides were still feeling each other out when Gardner latched onto Norwegian striker Daniel Braaten’s flick and netted with a deflected drive which also struck the angle of post and bar on its way past Olli Kahn.

Bayern needed a good ten minutes to recover from the early setback, but Mark van Bommel’s authority and Franck Ribery’s prodigious skill soon had the Reds dictating the play. Ottl and Podolski both fired over before Czech referee Jaroslav Jara waved away a decent Bayern shout for a penalty when Michalik tripped Klose midway through the half.

The Trotters were a stubborn proposition in defence, but unlike ultra-negative Frankfurt a few days previously, the English side posed a permanent threat on the break and it could so nearly have been 2-0 when the lively Kevin Davies drove just wide of the post after ghosting in between the Munich centre-backs.

<b>Poldi goal joy</b>

Perhaps shaken awake by the lucky escape, Bayern hit back and were level within a minute when a silky move initiated by Podolski and sustained by Ribery and Schweinsteiger ended with the Germany striker arrowing a drive past Al-Habsi off the outside of his left boot.

The untried shot-stopper from Oman now excelled in his first outing of term with two saves from the increasingly influential Ribery, a routine take from a deflected Van Bommel free-kick, and a brave block to deny Schweinsteiger, although the Germany man was careless in blasting the rebound into the side-netting with the goal gaping.

<b>Lead for Bayern</b>

Podolski had created the chance for Schweini with an intuitive lay-off, but the striker himself showed how it should be done four minutes after the restart with a clinical finish after yet another mazy Ribery dribble.

Bayern now dominated more or less at will and Ribery was desperately unlucky not to claim a goal of his own when Al-Habsi saved after a superb passing move and shot on the hour mark. Hitzfeld now withdrew Poldi and Ribery, the two stars of the evening so far, sending on Toni and young prodigy Toni Kroos for the last half-hour.

<b>Davies strikes</b>

Schweinsteiger now took over the creative duties and whistled shots past Al-Habsi’s goal on three separate occasions, before he too was substituted in favour of Altintop.

With the match apparently in the bag, Hitzfeld’s side shifted down a gear for the closing phase but were punished for not killing off the game earlier when Kevin Nolan’s persistence set up a shooting chance which Davies gleefully accepted to level the scores eight minutes from time.

Lucio spearheaded Munich’s drive for a late winner, but it was not to be and Bayern will now need to take something from the trip to Sporting Braga to be sure of progress from the group.

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