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Valuable point confirms recent upward trend

Miroslav Klose is not one to mince his words. “I’ve got to score from there,” he conceded just half an hour after the final whistle at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence on Wednesday. The striker was referring to a golden opportunity ten minutes from time. “I basically did a lot of things right, I accelerated past my marker and saw the keeper go to ground. I wanted to put it over him, but it cleared the bar too. I’m gutted,” Klose continued, knowing he could have fired his side into the Champions League knockout round.

However, the Bayern camp was only fleetingly dismayed. “It doesn’t matter we’ve not made it to the last sixteen tonight,” commented chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The 1-1 away draw with Fiorentina, who have yet to win in this season’s competition, leaves the German double winners needing a single point from a home meeting with eliminated Steaua Bucharest (25 November) and the away trip to joint Group F leaders Olympique Lyon (10 December) to guarantee a berth in the next stage. “We’re well-placed to make the next round, and that was our target today,” said general manager Uli Hoeneß.