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Klinsmann: Everything’s slipping into place

From time to time, football matches produce moments which are still being talked about weeks afterwards. The 64,000 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening were treated to one such incident after 71 minutes of Bayern’s meeting with Steaua Bucharest, when the home side served up a flowing move and a goal which were worth the admission money on their own.

Steaua were in possession close to the Bayern goal line, where Zé Roberto recovered the ball with trademark elegance and grace to initiate a blinding counter-attack. The Brazilian advanced 20 yards before releasing a slide-rule pass towards Franck Ribéry, bisecting two Romanian midfielders for good measure. Still in his own half, the Frenchman controlled the ball and jinked past his marker in one smooth movement, before accelerating at lightning pace and releasing Miroslav Klose at just the right instant. The striker accepted the pass and guided the ball past keeper Robinson Zapata with the outside of his right boot to round off a 3-0 victory.