Brugge deny Bayern top spot
By Graeme Mair. Last Updated: 07/12/05 9:46pm
Bayern Munich had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Brugge that means they finish second behind Juventus in Group A.
Felix Magath's men led through a 21st minute Claudio Pizarro header before a stunning strike from on-loan Real Madrid youngster Javier Portillo brought Brugge level 11 minutes later.
The German champions started the evening knowing they had to match whatever Juventus did to top Group A - but the Italians' 3-1 win against Rapid Vienna means Bayern face a tough draw against one of the group winners in the last 16.
The opening quarter-of-an-hour was played at a pedestrian pace, Bayern centre-back Valerien Ismael stretched to deny Rune Lange a clear shot but goalmouth action was at a premium.
Bayern's breakthrough arrived from a route one high ball after Sven Vermant conceded a soft free-kick with a foul on Michael Ballack mid-way inside his own half.
The free-kick was pumped deep into the Brugge penalty box by Sebastian Deisler allowing a back-pedalling Pizarro to use the back of his head to direct the ball into the net.
The home side looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses, and Bayern could have doubled their lead when Martin Demichelis headed over from close range before a moment of brilliance from Portillo got Brugge back on level terms after 32 minutes.
The Spaniard cut in from the left and curled his shot perfectly into the top right corner of Oliver Kahn's goal.
The goal inspired Brugge's best spell as they pinned Bayern inside their own half for the first time in the match but the visitors held out until half-time.
Bayern coach Magath made a double substitution during the interval - Jose Guererro and Ze Roberto replacing Ali Karimi and Roy Makaay.
The game developed into a more physical contest in the second-half as Demichelis put in several meaty challenges in midfield.
An accidental collision left Owen Hargreaves with a swollen face and he was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger before Pizarro almost scored his second of the evening after 70 minutes.
The Peruvian struck a powerful shot against the crossbar from 25-yards after a neat lay-off from strike-partner Guerrero.
Schweinsteiger was involved immediately when he got on the end of another Deisler cross only to lean back and slice his shot over from six-yards.
Bayern threw men forward in the closing stages forcing Brugge goalkeeper Tomislav Butina to make good saves from Schweinsteiger and Guerrero.
The game ended with an unnecessary moment of controversy as referee Laurent Duhamel chose to blow the final whistle just as Guerrero lined up a shot.
The ball went into the net, Guererro peeled away in celebration, and there were some puzzled faces before Bayern realised the goal had been ruled out.
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|Club Brugge||Team Statistics||FC Bayern München|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|1||Shots on Target||5|
|4||Shots off Target||9|
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