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Ribery Sent Off As Schalke Stroll Down South

Ribery Sent Off As Schalke Stroll Down South

Schalke under the temporary guidance of Mike Buskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck heaped more pressure on Bayern with a 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich 0-1 Schalke  

Schalke recorded their first ever win at the Allianz Arena with a 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half goal from Halil Altintop.  Bayern Munich never really looked like they would get anything from the game, which could very well be Juergen Klinsmann’s last in control.  

Jermaine Jones and Franck Ribery were both sent off in the second half.

First Half  

Bayern started brightly and combined well after just two minutes to hand Luca Toni a chance.  Andreas Ottl and Christian Lell combined to feed Franck Ribery, who then played in the Italian striker.  The Schalke defence however were able to clear at the last minute.   

Both sides were looking to get forward and there were five corners within the opening ten minutes of play.  The game however was simmering rather than bubbling over with Bayern not looking like three points were an absolute must for them this afternoon.   

However, on 21 minutes some urgency was injected into the game with the opening goal from the visitors.  Christian Pander whipped in a great corner from the right and Halil Altintop lost his marker to head past a helpless Hans-Jorg Butt.   

Bayern looked to respond immediately but when Christian Lell went down the right and put the ball across the area, nobody was on hand to add the vital touch.  Three minutes later and Jose Ernesto Sosa was gifted possession by Jermaine Jones, but his cross was over-hit and went out for a throw in on the other side.   

Franck Ribery was looking increasingly lively for Bayern and ten minutes before half-time he was glimpse of goal by Mladen Krstajic and tried to beat Manuel Neuer at the near post.  The Schalke keeper however read his intentions and was on hand to save.   

Two minutes later Jose Ernesto Sosa hit the crossbar with a free-kick effort after Ze Roberto was fouled on the edge of the box.  Manuel Neuer in the Schalke goal then went crazy at Kevin Kuranyi for breaking from the wall.  

Second Half  

Juergen Klinsmann reacted at the start of the second 45 minutes by sending on Lukas Podolski for Andreas Ottl to add extra weight to the Bayern attack.   

The home side started the second-half brightly and forced Manuel Neuer into a good save after Mark van Bommel fired in a shot from the edge of the box after Schalke failed to clear a Ribery cross sufficiently. 

Schalke went very close to a second goal on 53 minutes with Martin Demichelis on hand to deny them.  A powerful shot from Pander was deflected by Lucio and the Argentine centre-back had to be on his toes to stop Kuranyi getting his head to ball with the goal at his mercy.   

Bayern seemed to be getting more desperate in their attitude highlighted by the fact that Martin Demichelis and Lucio were getting forward more and more.  Jorg Butt in goal however had to be alert on 62 minutes after Vicente Sanchez fired in a shot after Lucio had dallied on the ball. 

Schalke then made life difficult for themselves when Jermaine Jones picked up his second yellow card of the game and the Koenigsblauen were reduced to ten men with twenty minutes to go.   

However, things were levelled up when Franck Ribery was sent off for his second yellow card after he went in with studs showing in a challenge with Jefferson Farfan.

The home side continued to press and Manuel Neuer was forced into a fisted clearance following a Hamit Altintop shot from distance.  Neuer pulled off a fantastic last-gasp save at the death to deny Altintop and keep the three points with the Gelsenkirchen XI.      

Bayern were unable to get the chance that would have handed them a share of the spoils and went down to a 1-0 defeat that severely dents their title ambitions.      

Goals  

0-1 Altintop (21)  

Bayern Munich: Butt, Lell (Borowski 74), Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm, Ottl (Podolski 46), van Bommel, Ze Roberto, Sosa (Hamit Altintop 69), Ribery, Toni  

Schalke: Neuer, Rafinha, Westermann, Krstajic, Pander (Engelaar 71), Jones, Kobiashvili, Farfan, Halil Altintop (Hoewedes 66), Sanchez (Asamoah 89), Kuranyi

Mathew Burt, Goal.com

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