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Match Report Internazionale

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:50 pm


A clinical Roy Makaay strike earned Bayern the draw they needed against Inter to finish top of Champions League Group B by a two-point margin.

A 66,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw a cagey first half with a clear-cut chance apiece at the end, Makaay pulling a 10-yarder just wide and Argentine international Mariano Gonzalez rattling Oliver Kahn's crossbar with a thumping drive.

Bayern's Dutch master broke the deadlock with a trademark finish just after the hour, and the Italian league leaders never seriously looked like upsetting the German champions after that, although Patrick Vieira's stoppage-time equaliser slightly took the gloss off an otherwise highly successful evening for Munich.

The result means the Bavarians finish the group campaign undefeated with 12 points from a win and a draw apiece against all three opposing teams, and will now enjoy the advantage of the second leg at home in the knockout round.

<b>Unfamiliar Inter</b>

The Bayern line-up contained no real surprises as coach Felix Magath made just one change to the team which drew 1-1 at home to Monchengladbach at the weekend, Andreas Ottl resuming duty in the holding role at the expense of Martin Demichelis.

The selection shocks were all on Inter's team-sheet, with star names Crespo, Julio Ceasr, Grosso, Cambiasso and Materazzi among the subs, and young hopefuls Marco Andreolli and former Ajax man Maxwell promoted to the starting line-up.

<b>Subdued opening</b>

The Italians still boasted a line-up oozing class, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Figo and Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal hard-man's trial of strength with Mark van Bommel providing a point of interest in a guarded opening from both sides.

Visiting keeper Francesco Toldo made routine saves from Willy Sagnol's cross-cum-shot and Roy Makaay's low drive after smart work by Claudio Pizarro as Bayern upped the tempo on the quarter-hour, but there was little by way of goalmouth action after that until van Bommel lashed a volley narrowly wide with more than half an hour played.

<b> Gonzalez within a whisker</b>

The match sparked into life in a breathless five minutes leading up to the interval. Makaay was just off-balance as he diverted Salihamidzic' fine dart and cut-back past the upright, but at the other end, Bayern enjoyed a let-off when Gonzalez' thunderous drive cannoned back into play off the bar. Finally, Makaay arrowed a shot across the face of Toldo's goal but the wrong side of the post from a Munich point of view.

Crespo replaced the luckless Ibrahimovic, totally in Lucio's pocket for the first 45 minutes, but the early action after the restart was at the other end as Spanish match official Medina Cantalejo waved play on when Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared to be felled by a thicket of defenders.

<b>Roy on target</b>

Van Bommel blasted over as Bayern upped the tempo, and the Reds' reward came on 62 minutes when Hasan Salihamidzic brilliantly picked out Makaay's dash between the Inter central defenders, the Dutch ace taking a touch to control before finishing with aplomb.

Magath sent on Demichelis for Van Bommel, in some danger of a red card from the occasionally fussy referee, as the home side invited the Italians to come at them, but the Munich coach had not entirely given up on attacking as he proved by introducing Sebastian Deisler for Salihamidzic with ten minutes to play.

Claudio Pizarro fired high over Toldo's bar as the match drifted to its conclusion, Vieira's close-range leveller on the stroke of full time doing little to alter the wider consequences of the result.

<i>Chris Hamley reporting from the Allianz Arena for <b></b></i>
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