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Aerial bombardment

Bayern profit from deluge of headed goals

“Keep it low, win high” is an old proverb frequently quoted by football coaches in Germany. Bayern have chosen an alternative strategy of late. Four of the five goals against Hannover were headers from crosses or set plays. In the 2-1 defeat to Berlin, Miroslav Klose nodded in Bayern’s solitary goal. And in the loss to Cologne by the same score, Daniel van Buyten was the man to use his head for FCB’s goal.

The statisticians say Bayern have delivered 665 crosses in the league this season, more than any other Bundesliga side, but the way the goals have fallen in recent matches is still remarkable. Six of the champions’ last seven league goals came from headers. The 4-2 DFB Cup defeat to Leverkusen also included two headed goals by the men from Munich, and three strikes in the 5-0 win away to Lisbon came from crosses. To underline the point, Bayern only netted four headers in the entire first half of the Bundesliga campaign..