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Match Report Bremen

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:15 pm


Bayern's assault on the Bundesliga title faltered on Sunday as the Reds failed to polish off Bremen in the first half and ended up dropping points at home.

The customary 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena had to postpone their jubilation at Bayern's opener for a little longer than Wednesday's ten seconds against Real, but only until the seventh minute when Lukas Podolski tapped home Mark van Bommel's sublime lay-off.

The home side maintained the pressure in a blistering first half-hour, but Bastian Schweinsteiger twice hit the woodwork and visiting keeper Tim Wiese made a string of fine saves as the Reds failed to convert their utter domination into a bigger margin.

<b>Shock equaliser</b>

Podolski declined a gilt-edged opportunity to double the advantage with the hour mark approaching, and Bremen sub Markus Rosenberg duly delivered the punishment with a tap-in after Hugo Almeida had lobbed the onrushing Oliver Kahn on 66 minutes.

Hasan Salihamidzic, making his 300th German top flight appearance, dragged wide when scoring looked easier

The disappointing result means Bayern remain in fourth on 44 points from 25 matches, three behind Werder in second and six off leaders Schalke.

<b>Hitzfeld rests Roy</b>

Bayern showed just one change to the side which defeated Real Madrid in midweek, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld awarding Roy Makaay a post-Champions League rest in favour of Peru hitman Claudio Pizarro.

'Pizza' lined up alongside Podolski in front of a midfield including Owen Hargreaves, declared fit for the game after shaking off a cold which prevented the England man from training on Saturday.

The visitors, already without long-term absentees Tim Borowski and Ivan Klasnic, were rocked before kick-off by the late withdrawal of talismanic striker Miroslav Klose, forcing Hugo Almeida to deputise alongside Aaron Hunt.

<b>Scorching start</b>

Once ref Dr Markus Merk whistled proceedings underway, Bayern set off at a scorching pace and Bremen keeper Tim Wiese was forced to beat out Pizarro's volley after just three minutes.

The men in red put points on the board four minutes later when Bastian Schweinsteiger picked out Van Bommel's run with a glorious pass down the inside-left channel. The Dutch enforcer bettered that moment of skill with an intuitive flick of the boot to throw Wiese off balance and leave Podolski to roll the ball into the empty net.

<b>Two against the woodwork</b>

The home side mercilessly peppered Wiese's goal for the next twenty minutes, but the keeper saved from Hargreaves, before blocking Podolski's effort from a tight angle and racing from goal to nick the ball off the Germany international's toe.

Werder were indebted to the woodwork too as Schweinsteiger headed against the outside of the post, before blasting a 27th minute free-kick against the underside of the bar.

<b>Munich maintain pressure</b>

Hunt almost punished the home side for their profligacy from Almeida's juicy lay-off three minutes from half-time, but an equaliser would have been undeserved and the sides turned round with the score still 1-0.

Makaay replaced the subdued Pizarro after the interval and the Netherlands striker was soon heading across the face of goal from Philipp Lahm's cross, but the best chance fell to Podolski after Lucio's surging run, only for Wiese to spread himself and deny the youngster a second goal.

<b>Chances to the end</b>

The crowd suddenly fell silent on 66 minutes when Almeida chased down Torsten Frings' long punt, the Portugal man flipping the ball over the onrushing Kahn for sub Rosenberg to pip Daniel van Buyten and Lucio to the bounce and nod home the scarcely deserved equaliser.

Salihamidzic should have made amends after brilliantly creating a shooting position in the box but dragging wide on 71 minutes, before Podolski failed to bury from close range after another Lucio dart.

Wiese claimed Hargreaves' 86th-minute drive as the Reds piled forward in search of a winner, but it was not to be as the Bavarians were left to reflect on what might have been.

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