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Resolute FCB ease past ten-man Bochum

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Resolute FCB ease past ten-man Bochum

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:45 pm

Bayern rose admirably to the challenge posed by an energetic and well-drilled VfL Bochum side, easing to an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory and claiming three vital points in the Bundesliga title race.

The first 31,328 capacity crowd of the season at the Rewirpower stadium saw a physical first 45 minutes with no quarter given or asked, but Bayern were clearly up for the fight and deservedly led at the interval through Ze Roberto's rasping 32nd-minute drive.

The home side were reduced to ten men three minutes after the restart when Marc Pfertzel was dismissed for a foul as last man on sub Jose Sosa, but Lukas Podolski's weak penalty drifted well wide.

Philipp Lahm made sure the miss did not matter with his side's second on the hour, the Bavarians opting for possession football to preserve the lead without due discomfort, until Martin Demichelis slotted home in the last minute to wrap up the routine victory.

With Franck Ribery, Luca Toni and Tim Borowski still out injured, Bayern boss Jürgen Klinsmann made two changes to the line-up from the last league outing against Hannover.

Captain Mark van Bommel returned from suspension in place of the injured Hamit Altintop, with Christian Lell retaining the right-back spot he filled in midweek against Sporting Lisbon, Massimo Oddo again starting on the bench.

VfL coach Marcel Koller was without three of his club's four recognised centre-backs, but there was little sign of enforced reorganisation in the opening exchanges as the home side more quickly came to terms with the gusty wind and bumpy pitch.

Stanislav Sestak looped the ball onto the roof of the net after a moment's hesitation in the FCB defence, and keeper Michael Rensing bravely came off his line to smother when VfL captain Christoph Dabrowski steam-rollered a path into the box, but the visitors were up for the fight and Klose came within inches of connecting with Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross after twenty minutes.

Ze on target

FCB suffered a setback on the half-hour when Miro Klose was forced to give way to Sosa after taking a bad knock early on, but the travelling support was on its feet with joy just a minute later when Ze latched onto Daniel van Buyten's knock-down and thumped a left-footed drive across Bochum keeper Daniel Fernandes to open the scoring.

Rensing saved comfortably from Sestak and Mimoun Azaouagh as the champions resolutely matched their opponents' workrate and commitment, Martin Demichelis loosing off a decent drive as the first half drew to a close.

The match exploded into life three minutes after the restart when Pfertzel tripped the impressive Sosa as the young Argentine shaped to slot home, leaving ref Michael Weiner with no alternative but to brandish the red card. Podolski stepped up but made a right hash of his spot-kick, steering the award well wide of Fernandes' right upright.

Lahm seals the points

But the champions did not have to wait long before doubling their advantage, Lahm cutting inside from the left on the hour and leaving two defenders in his wake before loosing off a shot Fernandes could only help into the net.

Too many cooks spoiled the both a couple of minutes later as Podolski and Sosa ran into each other in their eagerness to net a close range third, and Sosa's misfortune continued on 70 minutes when his angled drive from Demichelis' cut-back shaved the far post.

With Bochum heads going down, FCB chose to run down the clock by simply and efficiently retaining possession, before Demichelis rounded off a supremely comfortable three points with the third in the last minute.

Chris Hamley reporting from the rewirpower stadium for
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