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Match report: Hambrug v Bayern

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Match report: Hambrug v Bayern

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:25 pm


Bayern rounded off a promising mid-season programme with a supremely comfortable 2-0 warm-up victory away to strugglers Hamburg on Saturday.

"I thought we played some very good football in the first half," Munich coach Felix Magath commented after the final whistle, "and after half-time, it was understandable we'd try and avoid injury with the Bundesliga starting again just a few days from now."

<b>Magath: Few changes for next Friday</b>

The side which started the match in Hamburg would be "very close" to the line-up for the league trip to Borussia Dortmund on 26 January, the Bayern boss revealed: "There won't be many changes between now and next Friday."

Remarkably, the AOL Arena was packed to its 57,000 capacity for the friendly meeting between two long-standing rivals with very different agendas for the second half of the campaign.

The home side, second from bottom of the Bundesliga with just one league win all season, face a fight to preserve their proud record as the only club to contest every season since the German top flight took on its current form, but the reigning champions are just three points behind leaders Bremen as they go in search of a 21st domestic title.

<b>Ali's magic</b>

Deprived of seven established stars through injury or lack of fitness, Magath began with Andreas Ottl as a makeshift right-back in place of Willy Sagnol, with Ali Karimi a slightly surprise starter on the right of midfield.

The Iran star is practically certain to leave Munich at the end of the season and has been linked with an immediate move back to former club Al-Ahly of Dubai this winter, but after an initial flurry from the home side which saw Alexander Laas and former Reds reserve David Jarolim squander clear-cut chances, Karimi showed how it should be done with the opener on six minutes.

Bayern were already passing fluently as Roy Makaay's intelligent ball found Claudio Pizarro's incisive diagonal run, the Peruvian dragging newly-signed HSV keeper Frank Rost out of position before laying the ball off for Karimi to slot into the empty net from eight yards.

<b>Lucio seals win</b>

The champions doubled their advantage midway through the first half when Philipp Lahm accepted a short corner and swung over an inviting cross from the left. The home defence was in disarray, Collin Benjamin playing Bayern onside while his team-mates charged from their penalty area, leaving Lucio and Daniel van Buyten to debate between themselves who should beat Rost to the ball and nod home, the Brazilian shading the former Hamburg hero on this occasion.

HSV boss Thomas Doll introduced playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and up-and-coming Albania striker Besart Berisha after half-time, but apart from a Boubaca Sanogo effort requiring a fine save from Oliver Kahn, the strugglers never looked like breaching the double winners' solid rearguard.

Magath used the second period to withdraw a clutch of his key players, mindful of the need to avoid injury with the Bundesliga restart in Dortmund less than a week away, and the Reds finished the match with a crop of youngsters on the field, including lads tipped to form the next generation of stars in Bavaria such as Mats Hummels, Stefan Fürstner and Sandro Wagner.
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