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Monday, February 23, 2004 

Bayer Munchen 1 - 0 HSV

HSV began the match against the reigning Bundesliga champions in confident mood. After only a few seconds Takahara missed with the first half chance of the game. The League Cup winners from Hamburg dominated the proceedings without being able to capitalise on that domination. On five minutes, Bastian Schweinsteiger (playing for the injured Ballack) missed a good shooting opportunity. Towards the middle of the first half, the game began to liven up somewhat. Stephan Kling (playing for the flu-struck skipper Hoogma) tried a long distance shot after 22 munites.

HSV counter attacked at speed but the half chances by first Mahdavikia (61), and then 2 minutes later Barbarez, were wasted. Toppmöller brought on Romeo and Rahn in an effort to liven things up going forward. The duo were however unable to make an impression on the match. Just as the match seemed to be petering out into a goalless draw...Bayern struck. In the 87th minute, Schlicke lost a running battle with Santa Cruz, who pushed a pinpoint pass into the HSV penalty area. The substitute Demichelis found himself in the right place at the right time, and he beat Wächter with a close range shot to break the HSV hearts.

Another bad thing for HSV was the fifth yellow cards picked up by Wicky and Hollerbach. Both players will miss HSV's round 22 home game against Bayer Leverkusen on February 28th. So HSV still hasn't beaten Bayern away for 22 years, and on the flight home, the players will surely rue the missed opportunity of ending that dismal record in Munich this afternoon.

Bayern Munich: Rensing - Sagnol, Kuffour, R. Kovac, Lizarazu - Salihamidzic, Hargreaves, Schweinsteiger, Zé Roberto - Santa Cruz, Makaay

HSV: Wächter - Wicky, Schlicke, Reinhardt, Hollerbach - Mahdavikia, Beinlich, Jarolim, Kling - Barbarez - Takahara

Goals: 1:0 Demichelis (87)

Source: HSV.de


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