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Sat/5/11/05 Bayern Munich vs Wender Bremen

Lance Knight2010-05-09 21:49:08 +0000 #1
Bayern face Bremen in top of the table clash

Kevin Fylan

FRANKFURT, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Newly inspired Werder Bremen are convinced they can end Bayern Munich's perfect record at the Allianz Arena on Saturday and take the Bundesliga leadership back home with them.

Bremen beat Udinese 4-3 to claim their first Champions League win of the season on Wednesday and the exhilarating performance will give them a shot of confidence as they prepare to take on a Bayern side facing an injury doubt over Michael Ballack.

'The advantage for Bayern is obviously their experience and we know it's going to be tough,' said midfielder Torsten Frings, who left Bayern to go back to Bremen at the end of last season.

'But we're a great team, playing beautiful attacking football. We've also just got our first win in the Champions League and that will give us a huge measure of self-belief. It's great to travel to Munich after that.'

Bayern have won all five of their home league matches since moving to their new World Cup stadium for the current season and have kept a clean sheet each time.

Bremen, double winners in 2004, trail Bayern by two points ahead of the head-to-head meeting of the Bundesliga's top two but they have outscored the champions by 31 goals to 24.

Thomas Schaaf's side will be missing striker Ivan Klasnic because of an appendicitis but Nelson Valdez proved a more than adequate replacement against the Italians.

Bayern had a less fortunate Champions League experience in midweek, going down 2-1 away to Juventus, although they remain on course for a place in the last 16.

Ballack suffered a bruised right thigh in that game and could miss out, while Roy Makaay's woeful form continued in front of goal.

The Dutchman, normally the most reliable of finishers, has not scored since August and coach Felix Magath needs him to rediscover his touch.

'Roy has a problem in his head,' said Magath. 'He missed a chance against Juventus that he would have taken before without doubt. I mean no reproach, though. His place is not under question.'

Like Bremen, Schalke 04 revived their European hopes with a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce this week.

It was a first victory in five matches for Ralf Rangnick's side, who are in fourth place, 10 points off the title pace.

Schalke have a comfortable looking home game against Duisburg on Saturday and another good result would ease the pressure on Rangnick considerably.

Hamburg SV, four points behind Bayern in third place, are not in action until Sunday when they travel to face Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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any thoughts before the game?


Ivan76372010-05-09 21:50:58 +0000 #2
we won 3-1 and makaay finally scored.

Praise the lord
Lance Knight2010-05-09 22:24:17 +0000 #3
Bayern Munich 3-1 Werder BremenPA

MUNICH, November 5 (Bundesliga) - Bayern opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with their sixth straight win at the Allianz Arena this season to distance themselves from opponents Werder Bremen with a 3-1 win.

Miroslav Klose became the first opposing player to score at Munich's new stadium after just 36 seconds to give Bremen the lead, but Bastian Schweinsteiger replied within two minutes.

Claudio Pizarro and Roy Makaay then both netted to give Bayern a 3-1 lead at half-time, an advantage they defended throughout the second half.

Bremen needed just 36 seconds to go ahead as Bundesliga top-scorer Klose became the first opposing player ever to score at the Allianz Arena.

The Germany international's 12th goal of the season was the result of a deep cross from Tim Borowski on the left wing, and Klose leapt high above Schweinsteiger to head home from close range.

But the 66,000 spectators packed inside the Allianz Arena weren't kept quiet for long and Schweinsteiger wasted no time in making amends.

The Germany international midfielder, deputising at left full-back for the injured Bixente Lizarazu, pulled the trigger from 25 yards and a slight deflection off former Bayern midfielder Torsten Frings left Bremen goalkeeper Andreas Reinke wrong-footed.

Both sides began the hunt for a second goal and Klose carved out chances for both Ivan Klasnic and Frings.

Borowski's shot clipped the top of the crossbar while Nelson Haedo Valdez fired an effort wide of the far post as the next goal seemed imminent.

And it was, although for the home side as Pizarro put Bayern ahead for the first time after 34 minutes.

Schweinsteiger was once again involved, threading a perfect ball down the channel to Ze Roberto.

The Brazilian spotted Pizarro and weighted his pass perfectly to allow the Peruvian striker to direct his shot past Reinke whose left-hand wasn't strong enough to divert the shot wide.

A sigh of relief was audible when Makaay finally found the back of the net after 1126 minutes without scoring.

Pizarro turned provider, squaring the ball to the Dutch striker who found the back of the net easily from near the penalty spot

Teams

Bayern Munich Werder Bremen
1 Oliver Kahn Andreas Reinke 1
6 Martin Demichelis Leon Andreasen 16
25 Valerien Ismael Ronaldo Naldo 4
3 Ferreira Lucio Patrick Owomoyela 15
2 Willy Sagnol Christian Schulz 27
13 Michael Ballack Frank Baumann 6
26 Sebastian Deisler Tim Borowski 24
31 Bastian Schweinsteiger Torsten Frings 22
11 Jose Ze Roberto Johan Micoud 10
10 Roy Makaay Nelson Haedo Valdez 9
14 Claudio Pizarro Miroslav Klose 11

Substitutions

J Jeremies for S Deisler (55)

J Vranjes for F Baumann (33)

A Karimi for M Ballack (66)

A Hunt for N Haedo Valdez (46)

O Hargreaves for B Schweinsteiger (83)

goals:

1' Miroslav Klose ----------------------0-1

2' Bastian Schweinsteiger -----------1-1

34' Claudio Pizarro scores a goal------2-1

44' Roy Makaay scores a goal---------3-1

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