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  • February 4, 2012
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 57000

Live Commentary

  • But what effect does this have on the Bundesliga title race? Can Bayern Munich come back to secure the title that seemed so certain a few months ago? Will Borussia Dortmund look back now that they're in pole position? It promises to be an enthralling final few months in Germany's top flight...
  • And that's full time!! Bayern Munich are made to settle for a point, and so surrender their place at the top of the Bundesliga to Borussia Dortmund. A good performance from both teams, and a fair result on the balance of play.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionDavid Jarolim Robert Tesche
  • 90' + 1'
    Robert Tesche comes on to replace Jarolim. Meanwhile the assistant referee has indicated that there'll be two minutes of injury time.
  • 89'
    It's been a frustrating match for Franck Ribery. The Frenchman gives away the ball to Diekmeier, who succeeds in winning a throw off his adversary.
  • 86'
    Schweinsteiger elects to pass rather than cross or shoot and when Hamburg win the ball back, they go on the break. In the box, Son gets around Alaba, but has less luck with Lahm.
  • 86'
    Jarolim stops Olic in his tracks, leaving Schweinsteiger with a free kick around 35 yards from gold.
  • 84'
    Alaba may have just saved his side from victory. A cunning ball from the left was drifting sumptuously to Guerrero at the far post, but Alaba gets back from nowhere to cut the ball out and ensure parity.
  • 82'
    SCHWEINSTEIGER!! Robben picks up the ball on the edge of the box, but is forced to pass the ball back to Schweinsteigher, who lets fly from 30 yards, only to see his shot go wide.
  • 79'
    More slick passing from Bayern sees the ball break to Ribery, but the Frenchman pauses and Diekmeier gets back.
  • 78'
    Real end-to-end stuff at the moment. The ball almost finds its way to Guerrero, but Neuer stream-rollers out of his goal to hoof the ball to safety. Both sides can sense victory.
  • 76'
    WHAT A CHANCE!!! Ilicevic's first action is to play a fantastically weighted ball to Son, who rounds Neuer, but can only find the side-netting with his shot. Unbelievable.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionJacopo Sala Ivo Ilicevic
  • 75'
    Jacopo Sala, Hamburg's goalscorer, to be replaced by Ilicevic.
  • 72'
    That goal has given Bayern a real shot in the arm. Robben steams forward immediately from the restart and drives a powerful shot wide.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionMladen Petric Heung-Min Son
  • 71'
    Goal Ivica Olic
    GOAL!!! Bayern Munich's work has paid off. The corner is poorly defended by Hamburg and the ball falls to Olic who has the simplest of tap-ins. The Croat refuses to celebrate his strike, but his team-mates are certainly rapturous! 1-1.
  • 70'
    GREAT SAVE!! A clever ball from Arjen Robben finds Thomas Muller, who clips a shot goal-wards. It looks to have put his side on level terms, but Drobny gets down fantastically to tip it around the post.
  • 68'
    Badstuber gives away a free-kick on the edge of the area for a foul on Sala. Petric's free-kick drifts harmlessly over the bar, however.
  • 66'
    Ribery has another effort from distance. Drobny gets his body behind the ball, and gathers it at the second attempt.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionToni Kroos Ivica Olic
    Kroos has a free-kick on the edge of the area, but his curled effort goes straight into the wall. It's his last action of the day - he's gone off to be replaced by Olic, who gets a frosty reception from the Hamburg faithful.
  • 63'
    Yellow Card T. Rincón
  • 61'
    SubstitutionAnatoliy Tymoshchuk David Alaba
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Toni Kroos
    The two sides have really cancelled each other out so far in the second half. Toni Kroos picks up a booking for a nasty shove on Sala. Bayern are going for it. Tymoshchuk has been replaced by David Alaba.
  • 58'
    Ribery's shot has all the power taken off it. The ball sprawls towards Drobny, who claims it before the onrushing Schweinsteiger.
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
    Jerome Boateng takes down Guerrero just inside his own half, and picks up a booking.
  • 54'
    Kroos showcases Bayern's growing despair at the situation by letting fly from 30 yards. His shot is tame and straight at Drobny, who laps it up. Poor effort.
  • 53'
    The ball breaks to Jarolim on the edge of the Bayern box, but his volley is charged down.
  • 51'
    Robben wins his teams ninth corner of the game as his pass in the box is blocked out, but the set piece is swiftly wasted.
  • 50'
    Bayern Munich have possession in the Hamburg half, but are displaying very little in the way of penetration. Hamburg are getting bodies back well.
  • 47'
    And an early chance for Hamburg to double their lead!! Jansen crosses the ball to Sala at the far post, who skies this volley. Should have done better.
  • 46'
    And the visitors get the second half started and immediately get the ball away. Hardly an august start for the Bavarians...
  • The second half is about to get underway. Can Bayern Munich turn around this deficit and finish the weekend at the summit of the table? They have just 45 minutes to make sure Borussia Dortmund aren't clear at the top...
  • Somewhere in the Ruhr area, I'm sure Jurgen Klopp is licking his lips at this. Bayern Munich in danger of slipping to another defeat - they have just 45 minutes to ensure that Borussia Dortmund don't end the weekend on top of the table.... Can Heynckes' men turn it around.
  • 45' + 1'
    Ribery is in the thick of things once more, as he shoves Diekmeier, then jumps in for some afters. Somehow the Frenchman avoids a booking once more, with the referee blowing the half-time whistle.
  • 45'
    Sala is on the floor clutching his ankle after a nasty, mistimed challenge from Franck Ribery, who is perhaps lucky to avoid a booking.
  • 42'
    Hamburg break and although they have a numerical advantage, Diekmeier's cross is blocked out by the Bayern Munich defence. They almost pay for their wastefulness, but Robben's powerful shot is a yard or so wide.
  • 40'
    Jarolim has gone down holding his leg after he clatters into Schweinsteiger. It looks to be a nasty collision, but Jarolim gets to his feet and Bayern Munich restart the game.
  • 38'
    More penalty controversy. Petric feeds Guerrero, whose first touch is poor and allows the Bayern back line to surround him. The ball strikes Tymoshchuk on the arm, but the referee refuses to give a penalty, despite passionate appeals from both Hamburg's fans and players.
  • 36'
    More Bayern pressure. Tymoshchuk feeds Muller, who cuts the ball back across the face of goal, only for Westerman to cut the cross out.
  • 34'
    Muller's tackle on Westermann earns the Germany star a swift word with the referee.
  • 33'
    Bayern Munich press again, this time through Ribery. Robben fees the Frenchman, whose shot is deflected wide. The Bavarians try to work the corner, but when the cross comes in, it's an easy catch for Drobny, though.
  • 31'
    GREAT SAVE!!! Arjen Robben lets fly from 30 metres, the ball fizzes and moves in the air, but Drobny paws the ball over the bar. So close to an equaliser - perhaps the Dutchman's shot deserved a goal.
  • 28'
    Drobny starts to chastise Muller by time wasting. The Germany international tries to nick the ball from the Hamburg goalkeeper, only for Drobny to calmly and antagonistically pick it up.
  • 26'
    Despite all the tension, Ribery blasts the free-kick into the wall. The Imtech Arena faithful breathe a collective sigh of relief.
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Heiko Westermann
    Gomez tries to get his team back on level terms with a powerful run, but Westermann pulls the 26-year-old back right on the edge of the box, picking up a yellow card for his troubles.
  • 23'
    Assist P. Guerrero
  • 23'
    Goal Jacopo Sala
    GOAL!!! Just as Bayern Munich were starting to take control, Hamburg take the lead. Guerrero chips the ball over to Jacopo Sala, who volleys the ball into the far corner. Great goal, and a real kick in the teeth for Bayern Munich
  • 22'
    Rajkovic conedes another corner, from which Robben swings the ball across the face of goal. That ball was crying out to be touched home.
  • 20'
    Great chance for Gomez!! The Germany forward finds himself through on goal, but scoops his shot over the bar under pressure from Rajkovic.
  • 20'
    Muller tries to end his goal drought with a snap shot from the corner of the box, but it's comfortable for Drobny.
  • 19'
    Jansen, who has been a nuisance all day wins another corner against Tymoshchuk, but the referee blows up for some pushing in the box.
  • 18'
    So, a lively start from both teams in a freezing cold Imtech Arena. Both have threatened from set plays, but we're yet to see a real clear-cut chance.
  • 15'
    The end-to-end nature of this match continues. Hamburg win a free-kick near the corner flag, and although the hosts manage to get a head to it, the ball drifts harmlessly wide.
  • 14'
    Jerome Boateng has the ball in the back of net from the resulting corner, but the referee disallows it for a foul. Very lucky for Hamburg, I didn't see any infringement in the box...
  • 14'
    More good play from Ribery, as he cuts inside, waits for his moment, before letting fly with a low, powerful drive. Drobny does well to turn it around the post.
  • 13'
    Robben's delivery is cleared, but the ball finds its way to Ribery. The Frenchman crosses to Muller, but can't back his turn up with a finish.
  • 12'
    Robben chases down Rajkovic, who is forced to concede a corner.
  • 10'
    Franck Ribery is perhaps luck to escape a booking for clattering into Westermann just inside the Hamburg half. A real monster of a challenge.
  • 9'
    Aogo gets the better of Tymoshchuk down the Hamburg left, but his delivery is poor. The ball falls to Petric, but Badstuber gets across to block the shot.
  • 7'
    Robben plays the ball infield, and a Thomas Muller step-over sees Gomez collect the ball on the edge of the area, but Jarolim snuffs out the danger.
  • 5'
    Jansen wins a corner for the hosts, and Westermann rises highest to head goal-wards, but Kroos clears it off the line. A couple of great chances for Hamburg!
  • 4'
    Aogo swings in a free kick which an unmarked Petric meets, but the Croatian's header goes wide. He could have done better there...
  • 3'
    Bayern go on the break via Robben, who is scythed down by Rincon. The Dutchman takes the resulting free kick, but nothing comes of it.
  • 2'
    An early penalty shout for Hamburg as Aogo goes down in the box under Boateng's challenge, but to no avail.
  • 1'
    And we're off...
  • We're just minutes away from kick-off... Stay tuned for all the action.
  • So the big news is that Anatoliy Tymoshchuk starts at right-back with Jerome Boateng at the heart of defence. Will the Ukrainian playing out of hinder Bayern Munich? Will Hamburg capitulate at home to a top side as they did a fortnight ago against Borussia Dortmund? You can tweet me your predictions/thoughts/anecdotes to @eniskoylu...
  • Meanwhile, Bayern Munich lineup with: Neuer; Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez
  • The teams are in, the hosts start with: Drobny; Diekmeier, Rajkovic, Westermann, Aogo; Sala, Rincon, Jarolim, Jansen; Petric, Guerrero
  • Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of Bayern Munich's trip to Hamburg. Jupp Heynckes' side can go level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga with a victory at the Imtech Arena.