There is no shame in drawing with FC Bayern München but Boavista FC felt disappointed at doing so.
There can be no shame in only drawing with FC Bayern München but Boavista FC felt considerable disappointment at the end of the scoreless draw between the sides as they reflected on a UEFA Champions League game in which they were the dominant side.
Pacheco takes comfort
Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco put aside his frustration to say: "We would liked to have won and if there was to be a winner then it should have been us. I am not totally satisfied with the way we played but they are the Champions League holders so it's not all bad. I had to field an understrength side as we had six or seven players missing but those who came in once again demonstrated that we have plenty of solutions to our problems. Each player called into the first team performed brilliantly."
Kahn's reflexes to the rescue
Pacheco can point to missed opportunities in the Bessa stadium, particularly in the third minute when Oliver Kahn reacted superbly to beat away a header from Frechaut that followed a corner. They continued to press Bayern back and the German side will consider themselves fortunate to escape with a point on a night when too many of their world-class performers were off colour.
'We didn't let them play'
"I didn't think Bayern played particularly well but that was because we didn't let them do so," added Pacheco. "We are an industrious team and it is hard to beat us. Bayern may be a great team but I didn't think that they risked as much as they could because they knew we could surprise them. We are still close to Manchester [United FC] and Bayern and will continue to fight for a place in the next round."
Uphill task to qualify
A victory on home soil would have strengthened Boavista's chances of reaching the quarter-finals but the odds on that ambition look unfavourable now as two of the major forces of the European game look to consolidate their positions at the head of Group A. Both United and Bayern have a point advantage over the Portuguese champions.
Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld considered it a satisfying outcome and also took heart from Manchester United's failure to win in France. "It was not a technically good match as there were lots of fouls and free-kicks" he said. "But I am satisfield with the result and I hope that we can beat them at home in the return next week."
Although Bayern seldom put any incisive moves together they did threaten the Boavista goal late on when the impressive Roque Santa Cruz was foiled and when Samuel Kuffour, who was forced to work overtime at the back, saw a header scrape the outside of a post. "We missed two late chances but I think the result was fair in the end" added Hitzfeld. "Maybe I would not have been as content if United had won."