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Müller makes light work of Haifa

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.30CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 0-3 FC Bayern München
The clinical edge shown by Louis van Gaal's side inflicted a rare defeat on the Israeli champions and took Bayern top of Group A.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
from Ramat Gan Stadium

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Match statistics

M. HaifaBayern

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners4
 
10
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Matches

15 September 2009

A JuventusJuventus
1 - 1
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A M. HaifaM. Haifa
0 - 3
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C ZürichZürich
2 - 5
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C MarseilleMarseille
1 - 2
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D ChelseaChelsea
1 - 0
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D AtléticoAtlético
0 - 0
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B WolfsburgWolfsburg
3 - 1
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B BeşiktaşBeşiktaş
0 - 1
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16 September 2009

E LiverpoolLiverpool
1 - 0
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E LyonLyon
1 - 0
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F InternazionaleInternazionale
0 - 0
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F Dynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv
3 - 1
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G StuttgartStuttgart
1 - 1
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G SevillaSevilla
2 - 0
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H StandardStandard
2 - 3
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H OlympiacosOlympiacos
1 - 0
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Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.30CET

Müller makes light work of Haifa

Maccabi Haifa FC 0-3 FC Bayern München
The clinical edge shown by Louis van Gaal's side inflicted a rare defeat on the Israeli champions and took Bayern top of Group A.

FC Bayern München came on strong in the second half in Tel-Aviv to record a 3-0 victory against Maccabi Haifa FC on opening night of the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Pole position
Defender Daniel Van Buyten made the breakthrough for the Bundesliga club before 20-year-old forward Thomas Müller's late brace wrapped up the points which took Bayern top of Group A. Despite the defeat – only a second in 29 competitive matches for the Israeli champions – Haifa were cheered off the pitch by their fans.

Nuisance factor
Bayern seemed unfazed by the heat and humidity of a Ramat Gan national stadium draped in Haifa green, putting the hosts under pressure from the start. The power and physicality of Bayern's midfield and defence appeared to preclude any Haifa attempts to develop their attacking game, so it was visiting striker Ivica Olić who caused the early threat. The Croatian international flashed an effort from close range over the crossbar on 25 minutes and then had a header ruled out for offside.

Trade in attacks
The longer Haifa managed to hang on, however, so confidence levels rose among Elisha Levi's players and their supporters. Moments before half-time Eyal Golasa blasted a shot over, a feat that was emulated by Bastian Schweinsteiger at the opposite end. That exchange was the cue for a more open second-half contest as both sides found space and pushed forward. Yaniv Katan forced Bayern keeper Hans-Jörg Butt into two saves in as many minutes – the first from a powerful right-foot shot from the edge of the area, the second from a weaker attempt with his left after Haifa's captain had turned Van Buyten.

Stalemate ended
For Bayern, Arjen Robben elicited a fine reflex stop from Haifa No1 Nir Davidovitch with a free-kick, before Van Buyten silenced the home crowd after 64 minutes. When Haifa's back line failed to deal with a corner, the giant centre-half smashed a right-foot shot past Davidovitch to break the deadlock.

Home chances
Coach Levy made a double substitution as Shlomi Arbeitman and Ali Osman replaced Mohammad Ghadir and Baram Kayal. But more action followed at the Haifa end when Golasa rescued his team by heading Olić's header off the goalline. Still, there were fraught moments to come for Louis van Gaal on the Bayern bench. Vladimer Dvalishvili knocked a ball down for Arbeitman whose clever return flick was met by a Dvalishvili blast that Butt had to tip over. Dvalishvili also headed Katan's pinpoint centre too close to the Bayern custodian.

Clinical edge
Bayern showed their hosts how to finish off such approach work in the 85th minute, though, when substitute Andreas Ottl teed up Müller and his shot from the edge of the box deflected in off Gustavo Boccoli.Three minutes later, Müller – who only turned 20 on Sunday – struck again. With Haifa's defence sleeping, Mario Gómez had time to measure a cross which the unmarked Müller tapped in at the near post.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.10CET

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Lineups

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M. Haifa

bayern

Bayern

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
5
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Goal64
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Yellow Card80
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Yellow Card48
Substitution64
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution77
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution86
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Substitution68
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Yellow Card84
17
MasilelaTsepo Masilela
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal85
Goal88
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
23
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution68
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Substitution73
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Substitutes

22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
4
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
4
MaymonShai Maymon
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
12
StrahmanEial Strahman
15
BrenoBreno
18
OsmanAli Osman
Substitution68
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
Substitution77
19
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution68
20
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution86
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution73
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution64

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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