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Match Report Dortmund

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:58 pm


Increasingly weary Bayern defended stoutly to survive a second-half Dortmund onslaught as Sunday's Bundesliga encounter ended in stalemate.

The massive 80,708 full house at Signal Iduna Park saw a largely scrappy first half with few chances at either end, although the visitors came closest to opening the scoring when Martin Demichelis crashed a 30-yard drive off the crossbar and Miroslav Klose whacked the rebound against the post on 36 minutes.

<b>Fatigue sets in</b>

Bayern's pre-match fears of possible fatigue following Thursday's battle in Belgrade seemed to be borne out as the league leaders lived dangerously for a spell in the second half, but wasteful Borussia squandered a string of presentable openings, and the match ended with the men in Red closer to breaking the deadlock than the eager but ultimately limited home team.

The result leaves still undefeated Bayern top of the standings on 27 points from 11 matches, but the Bavarians' lead is down to four points from new second-placed club Hamburg, 1-0 winners against lowly Duisburg.

<b>Sosa in for Altintop</b>

Bayern showed three changes to the side which sealed a dramatic win against Red Star Belgrade in midweek. Franck Ribery failed a late fitness test and was left out of the matchday squad altogether, but Luca Toni returned at Lukas Podolski's expense, with Demichelis restored to central defence and Christian Lell reverting to right-back in place of the half-fit Philipp Lahm.

The only surprise was Hitzfeld's decision to start with Jose Ernesto Sosa, sidelined for almost two months after ankle surgery, and drop Hamit Altintop to the bench, although the Munich boss had previously declared his intention to rest any of the players who appeared most exhausted after the gruelling outing in Serbia.

<b>Wary opening exchanges</b>

Once referee Dr Merk whistled play underway on a grey afternoon in the Ruhr Valley, the home side's leading scorer Mladen Petric warmed Michael Rensing's gloves after just four minutes, although the Croatia striker's next effort flew high, wide and not particularly handsome.

Toni's attempt at an overhead kick on goal proved too ambitious, before BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller punched away a 20th-minute Schweinsteiger free-kick from under the crossbar and the Germany midfielder blasted a half-chance over the bar a minute later.

Dr Merk waved away Bayern shouts for a penalty when Philipp Degen appeared to haul Klose to the turf, but the leaders on the whole lacked creative spark in Ribery's absence as both sides chose caution over adventure.

<b>Micho rattles crossbar</b>

The Bavarians almost took the lead out of the blue when Demichelis let fly and caught Weidenfeller completely off guard, but the Argentine's speculative effort crashed back into play off the bar. Klose's follow-up found only the goal frame, and the match resumed its course towards a goalless half-time scoreline.

The first chance after the restart fell to Klose, but Weidenfeller narrowed the angle as the Germany striker bore down on goal and the opportunity was lost. Toni snatched at his shot ten minutes later and Petric blasted wide from a promising opening after Lucio lost his footing in the box, but young BVB newcomer Jakub Blaszczykowski squandered the clearest chance of the lot after scampering clear down the inside-left channel.

<b>Weary Reds</b>

There was another huge let-off for the visitors on 64 minutes when Rensing saved brilliantly from Delron Buckley and Florian Kringe put the rebound against the post, before Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez ballooned a drive over the bar from just 12 yards as the tiring Reds reeled.

Hitzfeld sent on fresh legs in the shape of Altintop for Sosa and Podolski for Toni but the initiative remained with the home side and Ze Roberto hacked a Valdez flick from a corner off the line. Lucio's cross cum shot caused panic in the Borussia box as Bayern rallied briefly at the end, but the teams had fundamentally settled for a share of the spoils on the day.

<i>Chris Hamley reporting from Signal Iduna Park for <b></b>
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