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Bayern in great Champions League escape act at Juve

In Vietnam Sports on December 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Bayern Munich’s Daniel van Buyten (right) jumps for the ball with Juventus’ Alessandro Del Piero during their UEFA Champion’s League Group A match in Turin’s Olympic Stadium, on December 8(AFP photo)

PARIS (AFP) – Bayern Munich pulled off a memorable 4-1 win at Juventus on Tuesday to ensure their place in the next round of the Champions League at the expense of the Italian giants.

Bayern were joined in the knockout stages by CSKA Moscow, 2-1 winners at Besiktas, AC Milan, and nine-time champions Real Madrid.

Milan, who drew 1-1 at FC Zurich, took the Group C runner-up spot behind Real, who came away from their trip to Marseille with a convincing 3-1 victory.

Manchester United sealed top spot in Group B coasting to a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg, all the goals coming from Michael Owen.

At Stamford Bridge Chelsea, already crowned Group D winners, were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by APOEL Nicosia.

Elsewehere Tuesday Atletico Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat to FC Porto at home, yet still have European ambitions as they join the likes of Juventus and Liverpool, in action on Wednesday, in the Europa League as the third placed team in Group D.

And Bordeaux, already through as Group A winners, rounded off their impressive first round campaign with a 1-0 win at Maccabi Haifa.

There was no mistaking the game of the night however with Bayern’s get out of jail act in Turin.

In a winner takes all clash to take second spot Bayern went for the jugular and deservedly earned their place in the last 16.

The four time champions got the result they craved with goals from keeper Hans-Jorg Butt from the penalty spot, Ivica Olic, Mario Gomez. Anatoliy Tymoschuk sealed the result they craved in injury time.

David Trezeguet had put the hosts into an early lead.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said: “There are some pleased faces in the changing room and everybody is very, very happy.

“You could say that Juventus played terribly but you could also say that we played brilliantly.”

Despite the result van Gaal’s thoughts were already turning to domestic matters with Bayern lying fourth in the German league, the coach commenting: “Now we have to get back to the Bundesliga and Bochum will be a very, very hard team to beat this weekend.”

Juve, who only needed a draw to progress, were a shadow of the team that beat Inter Milan on Saturday.

Playmaker Diego claimed the Italians lacked the right character to win and said he understood fans who jeered at the final whistle.

“The jeers were justified given that we didn’t do well, the fans should react like this,” he said.

“Our attitude wasn’t right, things were different against Inter. Bayern understood what they had to do on the pitch.”

At the Velodrome stadium the French south coast Cristiano Ronaldo turned on the style for Real Madrid, the Portuguese star netting a double, including a superbly taken freekick, with Raul Albiol sealing the victory over Marseille.

Marseille had their chances with midfielder Lucho pulling one back but he missed a golden opportunity in the second half when sending a penalty over the bar.

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps shrugged: “There is a difference between Marseille and Real Madrid. I knew it before and I know it even better now.

“They are better technically, there’s no doubt about it. We could only hope and admit it’s a pity we missed out on chances.”

In Germany Owen’s sparkling hat-trick gave England coach Fabio Capello food for thought ahead of next year’s World Cup.

It was Owen’s first Champions League hat-trick since joining Manchester United last summer.

“Michael Owen is one of the best strikers in the last third of the field in terms of his movement, his positional play and also in terms of his finishing,” insisted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea were made to pay for some costly mistakes in their draw with APOEL Nicosia.

John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho were exposed by Marcin Zewlakow’s early opener for APOEL and, although Michael Essien and Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead before half-time, the hosts had to settle for a draw when John Obi Mikel’s blunder presented Nenad Mirosavljevic with a late equaliser.

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “I am unhappy. We went a goal down and did a good reaction, scored two goals and played with intensity. But the second half was totally different.”

Wednesday’s programme includes holders Barcelona and Inter Milan, who are out to seal their qualification into the knock out stages.

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Van Gaal’s delight as Bayern keep dream alive

In Vietnam Sports on November 27, 2009 at 2:23 am

MUNICH, Nov 26, 2009 (AFP) – Under-fire Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was a relieved man after the German giants kept their Champions League dream alive with a crucial 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic’s second-half strike breathed life into Bayern’s fading dream of reaching the knock-out phase alive at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

Bayern Munich’s defender Daniel van Buyten (L) vies for the ball with Maccabi Haifa’s striker Vladimer Dvalishvili in Munich on November 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO

After group leaders Bordeaux enjoyed a 2-0 win over Juventus, Bayern are now just one point behind the Italians in Group A and must win their final game at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico on December 8 if they are to progress.

Having drawn their last three league games, this victory was badly needed by van Gaal, who has been told he must win his four remaining Bundesliga games before Christmas to be sure of keeping his job.

“Of course, we are all very relieved to get the win,” said van Gaal.

“The team played well and we are pleased to have got our destiny back into our own hands.”

Van Gaal suspended Bayern’s want-away striker Luca Toni on the eve of the game after the World Cup winner told the Italian media the pair’s relationship has completely broken down.

Bayern later fined Toni 25,000 euros (38,000 US dollars) for his comments, but goalscorer Olic insisted the squad are behind their coach.

“We are 100 percent behind the coach, everything he does is good and I hope we win everything up until the winter break,” said the Croatia star, who was making only his second appearance after injury.

“I think it was very important that we won and put this dark period behind us.

“I had a bad injury and it was a long break and it was pleasing to get the winning goal.

“I owe a lot to (Munich’s team doctor) Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt. The coach wanted to take me off at the half-time break, but I said I felt good and I told him I wanted to score a goal.”

Glum-faced Toni spent the game in the stands next to French midfielder Franck Ribery while Bayern’s fellow walking-wounded Arjen Robben and Miroslav Klose looked on.

But with Germany’s rising stars Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez causing the Israeli team constant problems, in the end Bayern’s superior fitness made the difference.

Bayern took the lead in the 62nd minute when captain Mark van Bommel found Gomez in the penalty area and he fired his shot to the left of Haifa goalkeeper Nir Davidovitch.

The Israel national goalkeeper made the save, but the rebound fell into the path of Olic, who slotted home to keep the dream alive.

“We are of course very pleased to be back in business and everything is back in our own hands,” said 20-year-old Mueller.

“We needed a lot of passion and fire, it was noticeable that everyone is concentrating hard.”

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