Bayern Held By HSV In Bundesliga Opener

Bayern Munich 2-2 Hamburg.

Bayern Munich gave up a two-goal lead to Hamburg at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga opener to finish at 2-2. Goals from Schweinsteiger and Podolski put the Bavarians in the driving seat, but Guerrero and Trochowski hit back to earn HSV a share of the spoils

Hamburg earned a well-deserved point against Bayern Munich in the first game of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season after coming from two goals down.

Jürgen Klinsmann made one change from the narrow 4-3 win over in the Cup with Bastian Schweinsteiger coming in for Hamit Altintop. Toni Kroos maintained his place in the starting XI.

Martin Jol made two changes from HSV’s last match, with Boateng and Benjamin coming in at full back for Demel and Atouba.

First Half

Both sides began brightly and were on the front foot right from the opening whistle. HSV looked to take advantage of a perceived frailty in the Bayern back line early on but a poor first touch from Olic saw him denied when clean through on Rensing. An innocent looking slip from Lucio had the Brazilian receiving treatment, but he was okay to proceed.

Hamburg’s good start continued on six minutes with former Bayern forward Paulo Guerrero firing in a shot but Rensing was again on hand to parry. Bayern responded almost straight away with Klose firing a ball low across the penalty area, but nobody was on hand to profit. The game had started with a tremendous tempo with both sides willing to take the ball forward.

With nine minutes on the clock, a Schweinsteiger cross from the bye-line hit Joris Mathijsen on the hand, but referee Kinhöfer waved away any claims for a penalty. The pace of the game continued and a counter attack started by Ivica Olic found Trochowski and the midfielder let fly with a shot that struck the Bayern post and bounced back out to safety with Guerrero looking to profit.

On twelve minutes, the opening goal of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season arrived and Bastian Schweinsteiger was the scorer. A quick throw down the left from Philipp Lahm found Zé Roberto and his cross was deflected out by Reinhardt and the Bayern midfielder showed superb technique in drilling down a shot from outside the area and into the HSV net.

Four minutes later and the Bayern lead was doubled thanks to a penalty award from referee Kinhöfer. Joris Mathijsen had his hands all over Bastian Schweinsteiger in the area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Lukas Podolski stepped up and fired in a low shot to Frank Rost’s left to give Bayern a 2-0 lead.

Despite the two goal setback, Hamburg continued to press and take their brand of attacking football to Bayern. They were rewarded for their efforts on 25 minutes when former Bayern striker Guerrero pulled a goal back. Poor defending from Bayern saw Piotr Trochowski allowed to send a cross over from the right unchallenged, and the Peruvian forward was left totally unmarked in the box to head past a helpless Michael Rensing.

Podolski let fly from 21 meters on 33 minutes without success and then Miroslav Klose was denied a minute later by some superb goalkeeping by Frank Rost. A clever angled pass from Podolski found Klose and the German attempted to round the HSV keeper, only to have the ball picked away from him at the crucial moment.

Second Half

Bayern began the second 45 minutes brightly and a counter attack nearly resulted in a third goal three minutes after the restart. Zé Roberto fed Schweinsteiger on the right but his low ball into the area found no-one and the danger was cleared.

A minute later and Bayern should have gone 3-1 up. Podolski gave up a superb chance after being played in by Miroslav Klose. From around eight meters the ex-Cologne striker had his head in his hands as his effort flew wide of the mark.

The goalmouth action continued thick and fast, with Ivica Olic slamming a thunderous shot against the Bayern post after a well rehearsed corner kick routine.

Then on 57 minutes referee Kinhöfer showed consistency when awarding a penalty to Hamburg after Christian Lell’s hands were all over Ivica Olic in the Bayern penalty area. Piotr Trochowski stepped up confidently to make it 2-2 inside the Allianz Arena.

Hamburg were inspired by their equaliser and looked to attack Bayern once again. A fine attack saw Pitroipa fire wide, although van Bommel received his first yellow card of the season for a clever foul on the forward rushing Guerrero.

The game calmed down in as the second half progressed with Bayern having difficulty finding a way to the Hamburg goal. Toni Kroos had a few chances to deliver dangerous free kicks into the box, but all were wasted. Captain van Bommel then tried his luck from the set-piece situation but again the HSV goal wasn’t troubled.

With ten minutes left Jürgen Klinsmann took off Miroslav Klose, who hadn’t had the game he would have wished in Luca Toni’s absence, and brought on youngster Thomas Müller for his Bundesliga debut.

Four minutes from time a free kick delivery from Toni Kroos at last found a team-mate, but Lucio’s header went way over the HSV bar. In the end point apiece was a fair result as Hamburg once again kept up their impressive recent record away to Bayern.


1-0 Schweinsteiger (12)
2-0 Podolski (19 pen)
2-1 Guerrero (25)
2-2 Trochowski (57 pen)

Bayern Munich

Rensing, Lell, Lucio, van Buyten, Lahm, van Bommel, Zé Roberto (Ottl 81), Kroos, Schweinsteiger (Borowski 65), Klose (Müller 80), Podolski


Rost, Boateng (Demel 30), Reinhardt (Kompany 52), Mathijsen, Benjamin, Jarolim, de Jong, Trochowski, Pitroipa (Atouba 76), Guerrero, Olic

Yellow cards

Van Bommel (64) / Jarolim (19), Guerrero (44), de Jong (44), Benjamin (86)

Goals from Jose Paolo Guerrero and Piotr Trochowski made a great comeback for Hamburg against champions Bayern Munich in the opening match of the new Bundesliga season today.

12′ [1 - 0] B. Schweinsteiger

16′ [2 - 0] L. Podolski (pen.)

25′ [2 - 1] J.P. Guerrero

56′ [2 - 2] P. Trochowski (pen.)
Bayern Held By HSV In Bundesliga Opener Reviewed by admin Ucop on 4:31 PM Rating: 5

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