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Match Report Frankfurt v Bayern

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Mar 17, 2007 5:35 pm

17.03.2007

Bayern's woeful record against struggling teams persisted on Saturday when Christoph Preuß' sublime strike condemned the Reds to an eighth league defeat.

A 51,000 full house at the Commerzbank Arena saw a cagey first period in which the visitors dominated possession but had only a couple of half-chances to show for their efforts.

<b>Title hopes recede</b>

The Bavarians, strangely subdued after the restart, were rocked on their heels after 78 minutes when Christoph Preuß produced a stunning moment of individual skill, the midfielder swivelling in mid-air to volley past Olli Kahn and hand his side a not undeserved lead with a genuine goal of the season contender.

The result, combined with first-placed Schalke's home win against Stuttgart and with Bremen playing on Sunday, means Bayern remain marooned in fourth, two points off Stuttgart in third and a full nine behind the leaders with eight games to play.

<b>Roy for Claudio</b>

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld made one change to the side held 1-1 by Bremen in Munich last Sunday, Roy Makaay returning alongside Lukas Podolski up front in place of Claudio Pizarro.

There was little to be seen of the Reds' whirlwind start against Werder however, as the home side pulled nine men back behind the ball and smothered the play for the first 20 minutes.

Mark van Bommel had a reasonable shout for a penalty turned down by referee Michael Weiner after a tussle with Greece defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the Bayern midfielder receiving a harsh booking for his trouble.

<b>Guarded first half</b>

Japan striker Naohiro Takahara set up Michael Thurk for a shot off target in a rare Frankfurt raid, before Hasan Salihamidzic guided the ball just wide of the far upright with the back of his head midway through the half.

Michael Fink blasted high and wide and Willy Sagnol blocked Christoph Preuß' close-range effort as Eintracht briefly pressed, but home keeper Oka Nikolov saved Makaay's powerful header from Sagnol's driven cross and Takahara hoofed Lucio's header away from danger as Munich reasserted control in the period before the interval.

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The match continued to meander after the restart until Bayern enjoyed a let-off on the hour when Thurk squandered a gilt-edged chance from a swift passing move involving former Munich youth Patrick Ochs and wide man Benjamin Köhler.

Pizarro replaced the out-of-sorts Podolski on 68 minutes with Andreas Görlitz taking over from Salihamidzic four minutes later and the visitors looked more lively, Van Bommel toe-ending narrowly wide from a trademark burst down the inside-left channel.

<b>Champions stunned</b>

But just as the champions were looking menacing, Preuß produced his moment of magic with a stunning bicycle kick from a seemingly impossible position, and Takahara almost doubled the advantage a minute later with the Reds reeling.

The visitors pressed but failed to create anything worthy of note in a hectic closing phase, and were ultimately forced to concede another painful away defeat.

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