Mark van Bommel told uefa.com of his disappointment after FC Bayern München failed to hold on for victory in Moscow, leaving Group B supremacy up for grabs.
Mark van Bommel spoke of his disappointment after FC Bayern München failed to hold on for the win against FC Spartak Moskva which would have guaranteed top spot in UEFA Champions League Group B.
Bayern fell behind to Maxym Kalynychenko's early strike, but looked on course for victory after Claudio Pizarro struck twice before the break, the second a superb long-range shot. Spartak had most of the ball but rarely threatened until Radoslav Kováč caught Bayern napping at a corner with 18 minutes to play to earn his side a 2-2 draw.
"They had a lot of early possession but I don't think they played particularly well," Van Bommel told uefa.com. "We reacted well after their goal and we deserved more. If we had scored a third when we were on top it would have been all over but unfortunately for us they got the equaliser so we only have the one point. We wanted to win to be first in the group and now we have to wait."
One huge positive for Bayern was the excellent Pizarro. The Peruvian scored his first with a glancing header with 22 minutes played then produced a beautiful swerving shot from distance to put Bayern in front six minutes from the break. Van Bommel was impressed. "It was perfect," the Dutchman said. "The ball was swerving away from the goalkeeper as it went in. It was a great goal." Pizarro shrugged off the praise. "It's my job," he said. "I have to make sure my team wins."
Bayern were made to pay for their lapse by FC Internazionale Milano who defeated Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 in the night's other Group B match. The result means Inter have cut Bayern’s lead at the top of the group to just two points, leaving top spot up for grabs when the two sides meet in Munich on 5 December.