Demichelis goal downs Brugge
By Rob Lancaster. Last Updated: 27/09/05 9:35pm
Bayern Munich made it two wins from two in the UEFA Champions League as Martin Demichelis' goal was enough to see off Club Brugge.
The Argentinian's first-half strike gave the hosts victory on their European debut at their new Allianz Arena home, although they can be thankful to their opponents for the goal.
An outswinging corner from the left was completely missed by flying goalkeeper Tomislav Butina and Demichelis was on hand to ram the loose ball home high into the net.
After seeing his side contain the Bundesliga champions comfortably in the opening half hour, Brugge coach Jan Ceulemans would have been distraught to see them hand Bayern the advantage in such fashion.
The custodian's error gave Bayern the break they needed after they had struggled to break down the Belgians, despite dominating proceedings from start to finish.
Bixente Lizarazu proved to be the Germans major threat down the left in the first half and the Frenchman twice went close to grabbing a goal.
A calf injury forced an early end to Lizarazu's night early in the second half, although replacement Mehmet Scholl did not need too long to get in the action as he curled a free kick against the upright within minutes of coming off the bench.
Having lost three of their last four games and with a lengthy injury list, it was little surprise to see Brugge concentrate their efforts on defending as they spent much of the match penned back inside their own half.
Former Aston Villa front-man Bosko Balaban was a lonely figure on his own up front, despite the fact Bayern defender Lucio spent more time in attack than he did at the back.
Ivan Leko's left-footed drive from a short corner did at least give Oliver Kahn something to worry about in the second half after the German international's only action before the break was a spectacular diving header to clear a long ball.
Demichelis and Roy Makaay should both have doubled Bayern's advantage in the closing stages, the Dutchman wasting the best chance as he failed to tap in Ze Roberto's cross with the goal at his mercy.
Their wastefulness in front of goal meant a nervous last few minutes for the home fans, but they were able to hang on to record a second consecutive 1-0 win in Europe this season, although there was a sour note on the night with Michael Ballack taken off through injury.
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|FC Bayern München||Team Statistics||Club Brugge|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|3||Shots on Target||0|
|12||Shots off Target||4|
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