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'An important goal'

Dynamic Borowski nears 100 percent

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Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, long after the final whistle on Saturday. Jürgen Klinsmann and his men were all seated in the new team bus, ready to depart for the airport. But Tim Borowski was missing, so the stars had no option but to wait. The former Bremen star was waiting too, waiting to pass the anti-doping test in the stadium medical room. But – literally and metaphorically – Tim just couldn’t go. An hour and a half passed before Borowski rejoined his team-mates and the bus was cleared to begin the journey home.

An inability to provide a post-competition doping control sample is a not infrequent occurrence among athletes. Oliver Kahn was a notorious sufferer, but Borowski’s struggle to satisfy the doctor was about the only thing which failed to go well for the midfielder on this particular afternoon. After coming on as a half-time sub, Tim’s first goal for Bayern ensured the champions came away with an ultimately deserved point from their trip to Borussia Dortmund.