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Klose header gives Bayern the edge

Published: Wednesday 17 February 2010, 22.44CET
FC Bayern München 2-1 ACF Fiorentina
Substitute Miroslav Klose swooped to head in a last-minute winner after a battling rearguard action by the ten-man Viola.
by Ian Holyman
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernFiorentina

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners9
 
6
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
27
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 17 February 2010, 22.44CET

Klose header gives Bayern the edge

FC Bayern München 2-1 ACF Fiorentina
Substitute Miroslav Klose swooped to head in a last-minute winner after a battling rearguard action by the ten-man Viola.

Substitute Miroslav Klose struck a minute from time to earn FC Bayern München a narrow lead against ACF Fiorentina as the German hosts' 13th successive win proved unlucky for the brave visitors.

An Arjen Robben penalty in the dying seconds of the first half had eased Bayern in front but Per Krøldrup, whose tackle had brought the spot-kick, deservedly equalised five minutes after the break. The Italian side looked set for a firm foothold in the first knockout round tie despite Massimo Gobbi's 73rd-minute red card, yet Klose's close-range header means it is advantage Bayern ahead of the second leg on 9 March.

Fiorentina have laboured of late, but arrived in Bavaria on the back of five consecutive UEFA Champions League wins and they matched their hosts in a keenly-contested opening. A raking ball aimed towards Robben from kick-off had shown Bayern's intent, but the visitors were just as positive. Neat build-up play gave Marco Marchionni an opening before miscommunication between Daniel Van Buyten and Hans-Jörg Butt almost allowed Alberto Gilardino to steal in.

At the other end Mario Gómez forced Sébastien Frey into a near-post save, yet Fiorentina proved the more enterprising. Gilardino would surely have tested Butt after he had raced clear only for a slip to give Holger Badstuber the chance to recover ground. Irresistible in the Bundesliga, Bayern were fractious – Franck Ribéry's shot from distance, though well-struck and equally well-saved by Frey, evidence of the hosts' inability to fluster a disciplined rearguard.

Set-pieces can provide relief in such situations, and Martín Demichelis headed narrowly over, but it was Robben's vaunted fleet of foot that helped break the deadlock. Surging forward, the Dutchman slipped a pass into Ribéry's path. Clean through, the Frenchman was sent tumbling by Krøldrup, allowing Robben to claim his sixth goal in as many games with a convincing finish from the spot.

The injured Van Buyten failed to emerge after half-time, and he was sorely missed as Bayern's advantage was quickly cancelled out. Marchionni's corner was allowed to travel deep into the box, and when the ball ricocheted off Stevan Jovetić, Krøldrup reacted smartly to squeeze a shot past Butt.

With Ribéry out of sorts in his first appearance in the competition since Matchday 2, the burden of invention fell on Robben – he did not shy away. A piercing burst down the left again opened up the Viola back line, but when he cut the ball back, it rolled harmlessly across the face of Frey's goal.

It was a clumsy challenge on the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid CF man that saw Gobbi dismissed, but Bayern's fluidity of recent weeks was conspicuously absent. Klose's opportunism, though, finally undid Fiorentina. Frey parried Ribéry's shot into the path of Ivica Olić, whose header across goal dropped perfectly for Klose to nod home. There was still time for Robben to test Frey again as the Viola retained ambitions of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.23CET

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At a glance

What happened
Miroslav Klose headed a last-minute winner as Bayern saw off a Viola side who had Massimo Gobbi dismissed (73) after Per Krøldrup cancelled Arjen Robben's opener.

Key moment
Bayern were bracing themselves for an awkward half-time team talk when Krøldrup halted Franck Ribéry in added time – Tom Henning Øvrebø pointed to the spot.

Numbers game
Louis van Gaal's side had scored at least three goals in each of their last five matches but two were enough to extend their winning run to 13 games in all competitions.

One on one
Save for Mark van Bommel's full-blooded challenge on Riccardo Montolivo there was little direct confrontation between captains but they had enough defending to do.

Crowd pleaser
Dazzling throughout, Robben was at his brilliant best just before the opener as he cut inside and flicked a pass to Thomas Müller – the striker demonstrated less poise.

What it means
Fiorentina's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time rest on them defeating a Bayern team that overwhelmed Juventus 4-1 on their last trip to Italy.

Lineups

bayern

Bayern

fiorentina

Fiorentina

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Substitution46
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
Goal50
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
Yellow Card90
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
Substitution75
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal45+3
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
17
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
Yellow Card28
14
NataliCesare Natali
Substitution85
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo (C)
Substitution84
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution66
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
Red Card73
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
28
BolattiMario Bolatti
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
29
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Yellow Card52
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution66
32
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
Yellow Card77

Substitutes

1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
35
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
Substitution84
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution66
16
FelipeFelipe
Substitution75
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution66
Yellow Card78
Goal89
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
Substitution85
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
25
ComottoGianluca Comotto
26
ContentoDiego Contento
Substitution46
39
KeirrisonKeirrison
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
45
CarraroFederico Carraro

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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