Created on 21-05-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have comfortably won the first match of their nine-day promotional tour of the Asian region. In the first of two friendlies on the trip, a Munich line-up featuring a handful of established stars and a raft of up-and-coming youngsters from the U-19 squad eased to a 5-1 prestige victory over the Indonesian national team in Jakarta on Wednesday.
A 70,000 crowd at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium watched as Breno (21) and Jan Schlaudraff (23, 34) sent the German double winners in at half-time with a reassuring 3-0 lead. Bambang Pamungkas pulled one back for the home team on the hour (61), but Schlaudraff completed his hat-trick (83) and Toni Kroos produced a late flourish (88) to make the final score 5-1.
Three U-19 hopefuls
“It’s been a great evening,” commented Schlaudraff, who had more problems adapting to the 30 degree heat and 90 percent humidity at 6 pm local time than with the home defence. “It’s really hard to get enough air. We noticed our reserves of strength were getting low, even at half-time. Taking the climate into consideration, I think we played well.“
Against the nation ranked 131st in the world, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was obliged to field a makeshift line-up, detailing Andreas Ottl to play alongside Breno at centre-half behind Zé Roberto, Mark van Bommel, José Sosa and Toni Kroos in midfield. U-19 hopefuls Uwe Schlottner and Diego Contento filled the full-back berths, with fellow youth Victor Bopp in a forward left midfield position behind lone striker Schlaudraff.
Breno on target
Despite the rough-and-ready formation, Bayern dominated from the off and created a string of presentable chances before Breno rose to power home Sosa’s 21st minute free-kick with his head. Schlaudraff fired over from just ten yards a minute later, but made amends with a cool finish from the lively Kroos’ neat pass another 60 seconds into the match.
Kroos was again the provider for Bayern’s third on 34 minutes, the youngster catching the Indonesia defence on the hop with a quickly-taken free-kick for Schlaudraff to rifle home from a tight angle. Zé Roberto had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time, burying the rebound after Schlaudraff’s shot was saved, but the match officials inexplicably ruled the Brazilian offside and Bayern’s half-time lead remained 3-0.
The ever-eager but technically limited hosts found chances hard to come by in the first 45 minutes. Kahn raced from goal for a trademark block to deny Pamungkas after 28 minutes, before Eboy drove over from the edge of the box with the interval approaching.
Michael Rensing took over from Kahn for the second half, in which Munich initially eased back and allowed the home side to come at them. Schlottner hacked clear off the line after 48 minutes, before the impressive Eboy crossed for Pamungkas to pull one back with his head on 61 minutes.
Praise from Hoeneß
But the German double winners never lost control over the game, and Schlaudraff restored the three-goal advantage with seven minutes remaining, completing his hat-trick from another Kroos assist. The roles were reversed five minutes later when the striker fed the midfielder, who showed enormous composure to round the keeper and a defender on the line and make the final score 5-1.
Commenting after the final whistle, Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß spoke of an “unbelievable atmosphere“ and praised the Munich stars. “It’s been a fantastic effort by the team after the long flight and the change of climate.“
Indonesia XI 1 Bayern Munich 5 (H-T: 0-3)
Bayern Munich: Kahn (Rensing 46) - Schlottner, Ottl, Breno, Contento - Zé Roberto, (Kuru 90) Van Bommel - Sosa (Simari 78), Kroos, Bopp (Pizarro 90) - Schlaudraff (Rohracker 90)
Goals: 0-1 Breno (21), 0-2 Schlaudraff (23), 0-3 Schlaudraff (34), 1-3 Pamungkas (61), 1-4 Schlaudraff (83), 1-5 Kroos (88)
Yellow cards: - / Van Bommel