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Thursday, October 28, 2004 

Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg



After an initial period of sitting back and waiting to see what the opponent was going to do, the home side took control of the round 10 Bundesliga match in front of 37,000 in the Olympic stadium in Munich, and never relinquished it before the half time whistle. The opening warning shot was fired in by Bayern’s midfielder Schweinsteiger, who let rip from almost 30 yards out, forcing Simon Jentzsch into a superb save, deflecting the ball onto the bar after six minutes.

Pizarro strikes
Wolfsburg decided to take a defensive stance, but their lack of commitment in the tackling department was to cost them dearly. The Bavarian giants played the ball around at will and deservedly took the lead on 24 minutes as Claudio Pizarro scored his first home goal in 1 months after good work by Schweinsteiger.

Wolves two goals behind
The Wolves played some nice combination football but never in an area which would threaten the home side’s goal. As soon as coach Erik Gerets’ side entered the Munich half they were void of ideas and passion. It was no surprise then as Bayern doubled their lead on the stroke of half time as Pizarro grabbed his second by latching on to an Owen Hargreaves free kick played into the near post.

Pizarro denied hat trick by post
On 53 minutes, Pizarro almost completed his hat trick but saw his shot come back off a post. The Peruvian international goal-getter had scored three time sin one match against the Wolves before, in the fifth round of the 1999/2000 season, as Werder Bremen beat Wolfsburg 7-2. A header by Brdaric and a missed sitter by Klimowicz was all the Wolves had to show in the second half. Bayern played out for time and in the end thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory. For the Wolves it was a second away defeat in a row. Now Erik Gerets and Co. must face a tricky home tie against recently-promoted Mainz on October 30th.

BAYERN MUNICH: Kahn; Görlitz, Lucio, Kovac, Salihamidzic; Sagnol, Hargreaves, Frings (Demichelis, 84'); Schweinsteiger (Scholl, 72'); Makaay, Pizarro

WOLFSBURG: Jentzsch; Rytter, Quiroga, Hofland, Weiser; Karhan, Thiam; D'Alessandro (Schnoor, 63'); Brdaric (Topic, 75'), Klimowicz (Hrgovic, 84'), Petrov

GOALS: 1-0, Pizarro (24'); 2-0, Pizarro (45')

Source: wfl-wolfsburg.de

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