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Match Report FCB-Milan

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:45 pm

11.04.2007

Bayern’s dream of Champions League glory lies in tatters after a night of misery against bogey opponents AC Milan at the Allianz Arena.

A 66,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the sides create two clear-cut chances apiece in the first half, but while Bayern failed to hit the target, Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi clinically netted in a devastating four-minute spell around the half-hour to leave the Reds reeling.

<b>Painful exit</b>

The men in red rallied on the hour and pummelled away at the Italians’ defence, but Milan’s vast experience and organisation saw them through to the end without undue discomfort.

The demoralising outcome means Bayern exit the competition 4-2 on aggregate while their north Italian opponents progress to a daunting semi-final appointment with in-form Manchester United.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will now need all his powers of motivation to rouse his men ahead of Sunday’s crucial home Bundesliga meeting with Bayer Leverkusen, as Munich resume their quest for a place in next term’s Champions League.

<b>Schweini fails fitness test</b>

With Martin Demichelis (strain) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) unable to play, and Andreas Görlitz and Claudio Pizarro starting on the bench, the home side showed four changes to the team which narrowly overcame Hanover last Saturday.

Fit-again trio Hasan Salihamidzic, Lucio and Owen Hargreaves returned to the line-up, with Lukas Podolski preferred to Pizarro alongside Roy Makaay in attack.

Utility man Salihamidzic deputised for long-term casualty Willy Sagnol at right-back, with Christian Lell pushed forward into a midfield also featuring fellow home-grown youth product Andreas Ottl.

Milan supremo Carlo Ancelotti made no fewer than seven changes to the side from the weekend victory over Empoli, although the bulk of those were accounted for by the return of rested regulars. Alberto Gilardino missed out with suspension, with winter signing Ronaldo cup-tied.

<b>Reds in command</b>

After shaking off some early nerves, Bayern had much the better of the early exchanges and Massimo Oddo was forced to hack Lell’s goalbound deflection off the line from Mark van Bommel’s eighth-minute cross.

Makaay drove wide two minutes later, but the best chance of the lot fell to Podolski from the Dutch striker’s sublime diagonal pass, only for the young Germany international to blast straight at Milan keeper Dida.

But midway through the half, as if by the flick of an invisible switch, the visitors eased into the driving seat, the increasingly influential Seedorf accepting Kaká’s 27th-minute lay-off and cutting inside two defenders before beating the previously idle Oliver Kahn with an angled drive.

<b>Super Pippo strikes again</b>

Worse was to come just four minutes later when Inzaghi, potentially a fraction offside, ran onto Seedorf’s delicate backheel and coolly netted to raise his formidable total against Bayern to six goals in five games.

Podolski was left inches away from prodding home in a tussle right in front of Dida before half-time, but Hitzfeld had to switch things around at the interval and introduced Roque Santa Cruz for Ottl, with Salihamidzic switched to the flank and Lell retreating to the back four.

<b>Mark rallies Reds</b>

Bayern only really warmed to the task of rescuing something from the situation on the hour mark, as Pizarro replaced the subdued Makaay and van Bommel began trying his luck from distance.

The home side piled on the pressure but that gave the visitors, now focused almost entirely on defence, the occasional opportunity on the break, Kahn stretching out a leg to deny Kaká after a typical piece of wizardry fom the Brazilian maestro.

<b>Efforts in vain</b>

Van Bommel, Salihamidzic and Pizarro all battered away at the disciplined Milanese ranks, but too many Bayern crosses fell short of their intended targets as the Bavarians were ultimately forced to accept the end of the European dream for another season.

<i>Live match report for <b>fcbayern.de</b> by Chris Hamley</i>
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