Created on 22-03-2009 at 00:00 AM
When José Sosa headed for the touchline to be replaced by Andi Ottl after 72 minutes on Saturday, warm applause rang round the Allianz Arena. Some members of the 69,000 capacity crowd even felt moved to rise from their seats, an honour normally reserved for the occasions when Franck Ribéry is substituted.
However, there can be no doubt the Argentine midfielder deserved the praise directed at him, for it was he who netted the 34th-minute opener from Ribery’s world-class build-up play. The 23-year-old’s first goal in a Bayern jersey ultimately proved enough to seal all three points against Karlsruher SC.
“We’re delighted José gave another very good performance and scored his first goal for the club,” coach Jürgen Klinsmann commented afterwards. Uli Hoeneß was equally thrilled for the midfield man, largely confined to the role of squad player this term. “He’s hardly been banging in the goals since joining us, so I’m really pleased for him,” the general manager told fcbayern.de.