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Bayern reflect on muted triumph

Published: Friday 21 September 2007, 20.10CET
Ottmar Hitzfeld conceded that last night's 1-0 home win against CF Os Belenenses was "not a wonderful result" for his ambitious FC Bayern München side.
by Alois Urban
Bayern reflect on muted triumph
Ottmar Hitzfeld (left) was grateful for Luca Toni's goal against Belenenses ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Friday 21 September 2007, 20.10CET

Bayern reflect on muted triumph

Ottmar Hitzfeld conceded that last night's 1-0 home win against CF Os Belenenses was "not a wonderful result" for his ambitious FC Bayern München side.

Ottmar Hitzfeld conceded that last night's 1-0 home win against CF Os Belenenses in the UEFA Cup was "not a wonderful result" for his ambitious FC Bayern München side.

Forgettable performance
Playing in the competition for the first time in eleven years, the Bundesliga giants were not expected to struggle against the side from Lisbon, but despite a 64,000 crowd at the Fußball Arena München, Bayern did not impress. Lukas Podolski, standing in for the injured Miroslav Klose, had a forgettable game and it was left to Luca Toni to score the only goal after 34 minutes.

'I'm disappointed'
Italian FIFA World Cup winner Toni almost missed the match with a nagging thigh injury but ended up being the star of the show as Bayern struggled to find the spark that lit up their early Bundesliga games. "Naturally I'm disappointed about the result," conceded a disappointed Hitzfeld. "One-nil is not a wonderful result - we expected a lot more."

'More respect'
Belenenses coach Jorge Jesus saw things differently, as he looked forward to bringing Bayern back to the O Restelo Stadium on 4 October. "We were the unknown side tonight but I think we will be accorded a lot more respect in the return leg," he said. Bayern defender Christian Lell, however, did not anticipate too many problems for his side in Lisbon. "We kept a clean sheet and scored a goal so now we can travel to Portugal in a relaxed mood," he said. "We will have to be wary in Lisbon but if we put in a solid performance we'll have no problems."

 
Last updated: 21/09/07 20.11CET

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