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Bayern Munchen lament missed opportunities

25 April 2008 22:10

FC Bayern München's players rued their failure to find a second goal after they were pegged back to 1-1 in Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final first leg against FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

The home side missed several chances to build a more emphatic lead before Lucio's second-half own goal cancelled out Franck Ribéry's opener. Ribéry conceded that his team had been punished for their profligacy but insisted that the tie could still be won in Russia next Thursday.

For Bayern captain Oliver Kahn, the first-half performance had merited more than the Ribéry strike. "We played really well, especially in that opening period," said the goalkeeper. "But it has been a long hard season and maybe they are a bit fresher than us – maybe that's why we didn't get the second goal. We needed too many invitations to score."

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Bayern hampered by Klose's nose

25 April 2008 22:09

FC Bayern Munchen striker Miroslav Klose must undergo surgery after breaking his nose in three places during Thursday's draw against FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

The 29-year-old German international battled on to the end of the game after being injured in a tackle a few minutes from time, but has now been ruled out of the Bundesliga game at home to VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. He may also miss the second leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final against Zenit at the Petrovsky Stadium next Thursday.

Bayern have additional worries, with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn replaced midway through the second half against Zenit with a trapped nerve in his back, while defender Philipp Lahm is struggling with a groin muscle problem.

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Toni could be the decisive factor in UEFA semi-final says Bayern´s Hitzfeld

24 April 2008 23:06

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) - Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is hoping the return of Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni will be the decisive factor in next week's UEFA Cup semi-final, second-leg tie in St Petersburg.

Bayern were held 1-1 by Zenit St Petersburg at the Allianz Arena in Thursday night's first-leg and the Bundesliga league leaders now face a mountain to climb after conceding an away goal.

The home side took the lead when French midfielder Franck Ribery converted an 18th minute penalty, but the Russians went level on 60 minutes when Brazilian defender Lucio headed the ball into his own net.

Munich were without suspended Italian striker Toni for the first leg and with 10 UEFA Cup goals this season - and 35 in all competitions - the towering Italian could well make the difference in Russia on May 1.

Just like at the same stage in their quarter-final, Bayern now have to score in the second leg just to stay in the competition.

"We still have a good chance," said Hitzfeld, "we still have plenty to play for and we will have Luca Toni back for next week's game.

"In the first half, we played at a high tempo and put some good passages of play together, but after the break we were too defensive and we let Zenit into the game.

"They started to become dangerous and in the last half hour we had the chances to go 2-1 ahead. The own goal was unfortunate, but we just have to work hard next week."

The Russian champions blasted Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and their Dutch coach Dick Advocaat was pleased with the first leg.

But with four yellow cards against his side, Advocaat will have several of his squad suspended for the return leg.

"It was good to get the away goal, but we still have to work hard over the next 90 minutes," said former Ranger boss Advocaat. "Before the penalty there was a foul by Ze Roberto.

"In the replay we will have several players missing through supension and that is a big difference to make up."

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Van Bommel may miss Bayern's clash against Zenit

21 April 2008 08:23

Mark van Bommel is doubtful for FC Bayern München's UEFA Cup semi-final first-leg tie on Thursday after fracturing his nose during the club's German Cup win on Saturday against BV Borussia Dortmund.

The Dutch midfielder picked up the injury during extra time in Bayern's 2-1 victory after being challenged by Dortmund goalscorer Mladen Petriè. Despite the incident occurring in the 97th minute, the 30-year-old finished the game. However, the club have declared Van Bommel a doubt for the first leg at home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

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