03.11.2007: Bayern squanders chances

German Football
By German Football November 4, 2007 05:06

03.11.2007: Bayern squanders chances

Wasteful Bayern Munich had their Bundesliga lead cut to two points on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg SV beat Hertha Berlin 2-1.

Bayern created 38 chances according to stats from Premiere TV but strikers Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni had a rare off-day and when they did hit the target they found goalkeeper Oka Nikolov in inspired form.

Hamburg made them pay as they stretched their unbeaten run to seven league matches with a scrappy win at home to Hertha.

Paolo Guerrero put them ahead in the fourth minute but Patrick Ebert equalised and Hamburg looked like being frustrated before Bastian Reinhardt sealed victory with a late header.

With 12 games played, unbeaten Bayern lead the standings with 28 points.

Hamburg are second on 26, while Werder Bremen are third on 24 after a 1-0 win at home to Hansa Rostock.

Schalke 04, surprisingly beaten 1-0 by bottom club Energie Cottbus on Friday, slip to seventh place with 18 points.

Bayern will wonder how they let Frankfurt off the hook in a ludicrously one-sided game at the Allianz Arena.

Oliver Kahn, back from an elbow injury, did not have a shot to save, while his opposite number Nikolov was rarely out of the action.

Luca Toni forced the keeper to tip the ball over with an early header and the Italian continued to miss chances at an incredible rate.

As Toni and Klose struggled, midfielders Ze Roberto, Mark van Bommel and Franck Ribery started coming forward more often but the result was always the same, with shots either going a fraction wide or bringing fine saves from Nikolov.

It was a second successive goalless draw for Bayern, who had led by six points before last weekend’s matches.

‘It’s always the way when you don’t take your first chance – the opposition get more confident,’ Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told reporters.

‘We played very well but we just could not take advantage.’

German Football
By German Football November 4, 2007 05:06
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