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Match Report Gladbach

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:45 pm


Careless Bayern had enough chances to beat lowly Borussia comfortably, but were ultimately held by the battling visitors in a setback to their title ambitions.

A 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the champions break their recent habit of conceding the first goal of the match when Martin Demichelis headed the opener midway through the half, but Michael Delura levelled out of the blue on the half-hour and the visitors matched the title-chasing home side until the break.

Sebastian Deisler appeared for the second period as Bayern emerged from the dressing room bristling with intent, but the home side were twice denied by the woodwork and on several occasions by agile Borussia keeper Kasey Keller on a day the Bavarians may come to regret a slew of missed chances.

The result leaves Bayern in fourth on 27 points from 15 games, three behind Werder Bremen, 3-1 home winners against Hertha Berlin and back on top of the Bundesliga, at least until second-placed Schalke's trip to Nuremberg on Sunday.

<b>Ottl on the bench</b>

Munich boss Felix Magath had already announced Lucio's return to the starting line-up at centre-half, but Martin Demichelis retained his place in the team as the holding midfielder in place of Andreas Ottl.

Bayern began much the brighter of the teams, but Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm were unable to capitalise on early openings, and Mark van Bommel's dangerous burst and cross on the quarter-hour ended in the firm grasp of Gladbach keeper Kasey Keller.

<b>Micho and Delura trade goals</b>

Lucio and Roy Makaay both steered headers narrowly over the bar as the Reds turned the screw, before the opening goal duly arrived on 23 minutes when Demichelis shook off his marker at the back stick to plant a firm header past Keller from Schweinsteiger's free-kick.

But Bayern's joy lasted only ten minutes as Borussia equalised from their first meaningful passing move, Argentine playmaker Federico Insua releasing Delura into acres of space with Lahm caught upfield. The speedy front man outpaced Daniel van Buyten before unleashing an unstoppable drive across Oliver Kahn and into the far corner.

<b>Deisler on at half-time</b>

The goal rocked the Bavarians for a time and lowly Borussia enjoyed a productive spell, although Kahn made a routine save from Insua's header as the match meandered towards the interval.

Deisler replaced Demichelis for the second half as the Reds took on an altogether more purposeful look, but van Bommel saw his delicate lob bounce off the top of the bar and Claudio Pizarro's flicked header rebounded from the upright with Keller beaten all ends up.

<b>Rousing finale</b>

Magath withdrew Hasan Salihamidzic and sent on Roque Santa Cruz as the Reds switched to all-out attack in the closing phase, but the sub arrowed a shot on the turn agonisingly wide after Keller had raced from his goal to smother at Makaay's feet.

The US keeper again dived to deny the Dutch striker and van Bommel, before Lahm almost succeeded with a darting run into the box and Santa Cruz was unable to convert from an almighty stoppage time scramble on a day when it was not to be for the double winners.

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