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Bayern launch Arena with victory

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2005, 0.52CET
FC Bayern München 1-0 Club Brugge KV Bayern secured a second win in Group A but it was a nervous European debut for the München Arena.
by Andreas Alf
from München Arena

Match statistics

BayernClub Brugge

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners7
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed21
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 September 2005, 0.52CET

Bayern launch Arena with victory

FC Bayern München 1-0 Club Brugge KV Bayern secured a second win in Group A but it was a nervous European debut for the München Arena.

FC Bayern München secured a second straight 1-0 win in Group A, but profligate finishing and a lack of attacking ambition kept the German title-holders sweating until the end in the first UEFA Champions League game at the München Arena.

Profligate finishing
Argentinian anchorman Martin Demichelis scored the only goal, prodding high into the net on 32 minutes, but the scoreline fails accurately to convey the measure of dominance Bayern enjoyed. Roy Makaay, Michael Ballack and José Paolo Guerrero all failed to convert good chances to double the lead.

Guerrero partners Makaay
With Owen Hargreaves, Ali Karimi and Claudio Pizarro sidelined, Bayern coach Felix Magath had to shuffle his pack. Young Peruvian Guerrero partnered Makaay up front, while Roque Santa Cruz claimed a place among the substitutes despite being dogged by injury.

Midfield congestion
Club Brugge coach Jan Ceulemans also had injury concerns with Michael Klukowski, Günther Vanaudenaerde and Joos Valgaeren ruled out. Croatian forward Boško Balaban shouldered the bulk of the goalscoring burden, as a change from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 formation forced on-loan striker Javier Portillo on to the bench.

Crowd lift Bayern
Bayern struggled to find any rhythm early on due to Club Brugge flooding the midfield, often with six players in the centre as the wingers tracked back diligently. Home defender Valérien Ismaël had the first opportunity, heading centimetres wide yet succeeding in increasing the volume in an already cacophonous München Arena.

Kahn reflexes
Balaban could have shocked Magath's men moments later, though. The forward was played in by Ivan Leko's precise cross from the left and Ismaël's slip, but failed to put enough power on the shot and allowed Oliver Kahn to deny him with a smart save. At the other end, Ballack's free-kick had Club Brugge hearts in mouths, but bent just wide with goalkeeper Tomislav Butina a spectator.

Demichelis opener
Inspired by Zé Roberto on the left wing, the hosts increased the pressure, before Demichelis gave Bayern supporters genuine reason to raise the roof just after the half-hour. The Argentinian reacted quickest when Butina missed Zé Roberto's corner, flicking out his right boot to fire into the roof of the net from close range, despite being surrounded by defenders.

Ballack finds range
After the break, the Bundesliga leaders continued to attack and seemed eager to make the points safe. Ballack began to exert more influence, seeing more of the ball and bringing his colleagues into play, and shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box on 48 minutes.

Defensive reshuffle
Shortly afterwards, Mehmet Scholl replaced the injured Bixente Lizarazu, taking up a midfield position while Bastian Schweinsteiger slotted into the Frenchman's left-back role. The reorganisation may have caused some unusually slack Bayern defending, as Balaban went close again by firing just wide.

Scholl influence
Scholl quickly made his presence felt, curling a peach of a free-kick towards the top-left corner from 25 metres, only to see Butina claw it brilliantly away. Yet the visitors continued to trouble Bayern with their counterattacking play, and Ballack and Willy Sagnol were booked trying to break up Club Brugge raids.

Tempo slowed
But the Belgian side never really looked like scoring, and Bayern successfully slowed the game in a pedestrian final ten minutes. They share top spot with next opponents Juventus FC on six points, while Club Brugge and Matchday 3 rivals SK Rapid Wien have yet to get off the mark.

Last updated: 28/09/05 12.05CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

club brugge

Club Brugge

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
1
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
Yellow Card77
2
De CockOlivier De Cock
3
LúcioLúcio
3
VermantSven Vermant
Yellow Card60
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Goal32
7
VerheyenGert Verheyen (C)
Substitution75
10
MakaayRoy Makaay
8
EnglebertGaëtan Englebert
Substitution85
11
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
10
BalabanBoško Balaban
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card56
Substitution83
11
BlondelJonathan Blondel
25
IsmaëlValérien Ismaël
14
DuferGrégory Dufer
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
18
LekoIvan Leko
Substitution68
33
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution72
26
MaertensBirger Maertens
69
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
Substitution52
33
VandelannoiteJason Vandelannoite
Yellow Card72

Substitutes

29
DreherBernd Dreher (GK)
23
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution52
6
ClementPhilippe Clement
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
Substitution83
22
PortilloJavier Portillo
Substitution68
20
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
27
ProvoostVincent Provoost
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Substitution72
28
VlaeminckBart Vlaeminck
26
DeislerSebastian Deisler
31
RoelandtsKevin Roelandts
Substitution85
39
OttlAndreas Ottl
34
Yulu-MatondoJeanvion Yulu-Matondo
Substitution75

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Jan Ceulemans (BEL)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Arild Sundet (NOR), Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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