Thursday, May 22, 2008


Indonesia v FC Bayern Munchen 1-5

The gulf in class between a young, untried Bayern team and Indonesia's national XI was evident for all to see at Bung Karno Stadium on Wednesday night.

On a bloody awful pitch badly damaged by some national holiday celebrations Bayern passed their way round their hosts and on to a comfortable victory.

In the early sparring the Germans looked comfortable in possession and the Indonesians found them difficult to break down and it was no surprise when Bruno Borges gave them the lead on 20 minutes. Three minutes later it was two when Jan Schlaudraff scored his first of what was to be a fine evening for him.

Indonesia broke with pace and threatened Oliver Kahn in the Bayern goal but their finishing let them down. First half Elie Aiboy, currently enjoying his second spell in Malaysia with Selangor, threatened down the right but too often captain Bambang Pamungkas, ironically sought by the Bavarians several years back, was isolated in the box as the midfield sought in vain to get up in support.

It was no surprise when Schlaudraff scored his second on 32 minutes and the small band of German fans settled back to enjoy a game that was effectively over in the first half hour.

A fourth certain goal was disallowed by the Singapore in perhaps the strangest decision of the night with the ball cannoning off Jendry in the Indonesian goal and Schlaudraff knocking home the rebound. Not sure how it could have been offside.

The second half was a stroll in the park. Oliver Khan was replaced by Michael Rensing. Elie Aiboy tantalised on a couple of occassions but he was visibly fading but Indonesia kept pressing forward and their tenacity was rewarded when Bambang scored on the hour mark. The crowd, as is their want, went crazy and did their bit to roar their team forward but the Germans were content to play keep ball in and around the half way line.

Two late goals by Schlaudraff and Toni Kross made it 5-1.

After the match Indonesian coach Benny Dollo was satisified with his team's performance while Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld praised the preformance of Elie Aiboy. He also referred to the pitch saying it was ok as it had been a friendly but he would not have been happy had the game had any significance.

Indonesia: Jendry (Markus 67); Salampessy, Mahyadi (Fandy 26), Maman, Charis; Ponaryo, Syamsul, Elie Aiboy (Heru 80), Budi Sudarsono (Ian Luis Kabes 45), Firman Utina (Eka Ramdani 68); Bambang

Bayern Munchen: Khan (Rensing 45); Schlottner, Contento, Ottl, Borges; Kroos, Bopp (Pizzaro 89), Van Bommel, Ze Roberto (Taygun Kuru 89); Sosa (Simari 76), Shlaudraff (Rohracker 89)

Referee: Daud Abbas (Singapore)
Attendance: 60,000 or 65,000 or 75,000 (depending on which magazine you read)

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