2007/08 Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich

Saturday, September 29, 2007

September 29, 2007
3:30 PM (CET)
Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 Bayern Munich BayArena, Leverkusen
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Knut Kircher
Kießling Booked after 28 minutes 28'
GekasSubstituted off after 72 minutes 72'
PapadopulosSubstituted on after 72 minutes 72'
Vidal Substituted off after 74 minutes 74'
Dum Substituted on after 74 minutes 74'
Sarpei Substituted off after 83 minutes 83'
Bulkin Substituted on after 83 minutes 83'
Friedrich Booked after 92+ minutes 92+'
Castro Booked after 93+ minutes 93+'
Toni Scored after 40 minutes 40'
Klose Substituted off after 50 minutes 50'
Schweinsteiger Substituted on after 50 minutes 50'
Lell Booked after 63 minutes 63'
RobertoSubstituted off after 89 minutes 89'
Ottl Substituted on after 89 minutes 89'

Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen to remain at the top of the German league table with a goal from Italy striker Luca Toni. Michael Rensing was a last minute replacement Oliver Kahn due to the injury Kahn picked up during the warm-up.

The 1st half saw a series of chances for both side which saw the eventual game winner from Bayern strker Luca Toni. The 2nd half saw fewer scoring chances as Bayern completed the victory.


Ottmar Hitzfeld: "Leverkusen started very well, imposed a high pace on the game and showed some excellent moves. We had a few problems organising ourselves defensively. We changed the formation and let Miro Klose play a little more detached from the midfield. In the last 15 minutes of the first half we began to control the game. In the second half we were closer to a second goal, although in the closing stages the pressure was intense again. It was a hard-fought victory – we weren’t as strong as we had been recently and we didn’t play as well on the counter-attack. This has been our hardest test so far."

Miroslav Klose: "We had a hard job of it today. Leverkusen played well and put us under a lot of pressure. I think we had some real problems in the first half."

Rudi Völler: "We saw a splendid game from both team, and we played extremely well in the first 25 minutes. We had a few scoring chances and put Bayern under a bit of pressure. But against a team as good as Bayern you have to take advantage of this kind of domination by scoring if you want to have a chance over 90 minutes. Still, I wouldn’t say this is a setback for us."

Michael Skibbe: "Bayern deserved the win because of their calmness. However, I am very satisfied with the performance of my team, they played really well."

Starting lineup & Statistics

Starting lineups
Bayer Leverkusen Bayern Munich
# Player # Player
2 Karim Haggui 3 Lúcio
5 Manuel Friedrich 6 Martin Demichelis
6 Simon Rolfes 7 Franck Ribéry
7 Tranquillo Barnetta 8 Hamit Altıntop
9 Sergej Barbarez 9 Luca Toni
10 Theofanis Gekas 15 Ze Roberto
11 Stefan Kießling 17 Mark van Bommel
15 Hans Sarpei 18 Miroslav Klose
22 Rene Adler (GK) 22 Michael Rensing (GK)
23 Arturo Vidal 23 Marcell Jansen
27 Gonzalo Castro 30 Christian Lell
Statistic Bayer Leverkusen Bayern Munich
Goals 0 1
Corners 7 6
Tackles 49.82% 50.18%
Possession 52.76% 47.24%
Shots on Goal 16 18
Crosses 16 16
Offside 0 1
Fouls 13 16