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Spirited draw gives Aberdeen hope

Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.58CET
Aberdeen FC 2-2 FC Bayern München
Goals from two 18-year-olds gave the Dons something to play for against their illustrious rivals next Thursday.
Spirited draw gives Aberdeen hope
Josh Walker scores the opener for Aberdeen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AberdeenBayern

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
8
Corners1
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.58CET

Spirited draw gives Aberdeen hope

Aberdeen FC 2-2 FC Bayern München
Goals from two 18-year-olds gave the Dons something to play for against their illustrious rivals next Thursday.

Aberdeen FC gave a spirited display in a 2-2 home draw with FC Bayern München in their UEFA Cup Round of 32 first leg.

Frenetic contest
In an entertaining encounter, Aberdeen twice took the lead against the Bundesliga leaders only to be pegged back on both occasions. Two 18-year-olds, Josh Walker and Sone Aluko, converted first-half chances for the Scottish side but goals from Miroslav Klose and Hamit Altıntop gave Ottmar Hitzfeld's men the advantage for the second leg in a week's time.

Creating chances
The game started at breakneck speed. Bayern's Luca Toni had the first opening after three minutes but his shot from Christian Lell's pull-back was blocked by Alan Maybury. Lell then let fly from 25 metres, forcing goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to tip wide. However, the Dons were creating opportunities of their own and took the initiative after 24 minutes when Aluko picked up a loose ball and laid it off to fellow Englishman Walker who curled a superb effort beyond Michael Rensing.

Immediate response
Bayern responded immediately with Klose lifting over a close-range attempt from Altıntop's cross. However, the Germany striker made no mistake on 29 minutes as he latched on to Toni's headed flick and buried a half-volley past the on-rushing Langfield. The German team had further half-chances through Klose and Zé Roberto yet Aberdeen re-established the lead four minutes before half-time. Aluko burst on to Lee Miller's delightful flick, beat Lell and volleyed under Rensing.

Equaliser
The away side began the second period with renewed purpose and a bout of pressure was rewarded after 55 minutes when Zé Roberto's cross was handled by Maybury. Altıntop, after seeing his penalty saved by Langfield, converted the rebound to level the scores. Bayern then started to dominate and substitute Lukas Podolski's drive was well saved with 13 minutes remaining. In the last minute, Toni had an opportunity to win the match but Langfield saved at his feet, ensuring parity going into next week's decider.

Last updated: 15/02/08 9.50CET

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Lineups

aberdeen

Aberdeen

bayern

Bayern

1
LangfieldJamie Langfield (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
28
MayburyAlan Maybury
30
LellChristian Lell
Substitution46
5
DiamondAlexander Diamond
3
LúcioLúcio (C)
21
ConsidineAndrew Considine
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
18
MairLee Mair
Yellow Card54
23
JansenMarcell Jansen
8
NicholsonBarry Nicholson
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Penalty55
Goal55
27
WalkerJosh Walker
Goal24
Substitution87
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
6
SeverinScott Severin (C)
15
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Substitution66
26
AlukoSone Aluko
Goal41
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
10
MackieDarren Mackie
Substitution68
9
ToniLuca Toni
16
MillerLee Miller
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal29
Substitution80

Substitutes

20
SoutarDerek Soutar (GK)
33
KraftThomas Kraft (GK)
9
LovellSteve Lovell
Substitution68
11
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution66
Yellow Card90
15
TouzaniKarim Touzani
Substitution87
19
SchlaudraffJan Schlaudraff
Substitution80
17
D. SmithDaniel Smith
20
SosaJosé Sosa
22
MaguireChristopher Maguire
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Substitution46
23
BusDave Bus
35
BrenoBreno
24
De VisscherJeffrey De Visscher
39
KroosToni Kroos

Coach

James Calderwood (SCO) Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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