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Impressive Sosa adds touch of class

As opposed to a restart, when a PC which has crashed is reanimated without switching off the power, a cold start involves booting a computer from a completely inactive state. Within the shortest possible time, the device has to power up from nothing and deliver 100 percent performance without any kind of gradual transition period.

José Ernesto Sosa experienced the footballing equivalent of a cold start on Saturday. The Bayern man was unexpectedly summoned from the bench after 31 minutes of his club's meeting with Bochum and instructed to take over from the injured Miroslav Klose. The Argentine midfielder immediately made an impact on proceedings in an admirable display, completing "his best game yet for Bayern," as chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented.

"It was an emergency solution," Jürgen Klinsmann reflected. "I said to him: José, you don't even have time to warm up. Run up and down once, and then you're on." The FCB coach pondered whether the situation might have brought the best out of the 23-year-old attacker. "I don't think he had any time for nagging doubts."