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Ruthless Wolves deal Bayern bitter blow

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Ruthless Wolves deal Bayern bitter blow

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:45 pm

A nightmare quarter of an hour in the second half saw Bayern crash to defeat against a ruthless Wolfsburg side, in a game the men from Munich will seek to forget in a hurry with the prospect of a trip to Barcelona looming in midweek.

The defences held the upper hand at both ends in a hard-fought and occasionally physical first half, until the game exploded into life as Christian Gentner and Luca Toni traded goals within a breathless minute leading up to the break.

The match remained cautious after the restart and could have gone either way, until Bosnia hitman Edin Dzeko struck twice in two minutes to put his side 3-1 up on 65 minutes. Munich urgently sought a way back but a bad situation turned hopeless when the league's leading scorer Grafite netted a quickfire brace with quarter of an hour remaining.

Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann made two changes to the team which beat Karlsruhe two weeks ago, Toni returning from a five-week lay-off with Achilles problems in place of Jose Sosa. With Martin Demichelis suspended and Daniel van Buyten on compassionate leave in Belgium, young Breno lined up alongside Lucio at centre-half.

The Munich midfield was set up to attack, with Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger in wide positions and Ze Roberto in a free central role, looking to serve Toni and strike partner Lukas Podolski, once more deputising for the injured Miro Klose.

Closely-fought opening

Ex-FCB boss Felix Magath, whose Wolfsburg side went into the game on a seven-match winning streak, made no change to the line-up from a 3-0 victory in Bielefeld last time out, but it was the visitors who made the brighter start in the keenly-contested early exchanges.

Schweinsteiger headed over and Podolski let off a sighter, before VfL danger man Dzeko and Toni traded chances on the quarter-hour, before Philipp Lahm intervened to block Dzeko's clear shooting chance.

The FCB and Germany full-back finally tested Wolves keeper Diego Benaglio with a curler, and Peter Pekarik blasted over Michael Rensing's goal, but some 40 minutes had been played by then as both teams favoured caution over adventure.

Two goals in a minute

The champions almost seized the lead when Lucio, who earlier required a lengthy spell of treatment after a foul by Dzeko, glanced a header just over the bar from Schweinsteiger's floated free-kick.

Instead, the home side opened the scoring a minute before half-time when the criminally unmarked Gentner rose in acres of space to nod Zvjezdan Misimovic' corner firmly past Rensing.

But Bayern struck back immediately, Toni claiming his tenth of the season from the rebound after Benaglio could only parry Lucio's header, the keeper clawing the ball back into play from the Italian's shot but from a position already fully behind the line.

Horror second half

Eighteen-goal man Grafite had the first chance in a cagey start to the second half, but the Brazilian steered a back-header over the bar. However, few at the ground were prepared for Dzeko's one-man finishing show on 63 and 66 minutes.

The striker moved to 15 goals for the season with a tap-in from Marcel Schäfer's cross, before a cool finish after a sublime through ball by ace provider Misimovic.

Lucio succumbed to his earlier injury problems and gave way to Andi Ottl, and Sosa replaced the tiring Schweinsteiger as Bayern sought a way back, but the Munich cause took another turn for the worse on 74 minutes when Grafite spun away from Breno and buried his first chance of the game to go top of the league scoring charts.

The on-fire striker then took matters into his own hands three minutes later with a superb solo effort and cheeky backheel to make it five, killing the game once and for all, and knocking a severe dent into the champions' hopes of defending their Bundesliga title.

Live match report for by Chris Hamley
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