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Draw in Hoffenheim

Delight and dismay for FCB on opening day

Pleased with a draw, or dismayed at two points dropped? There was a slight but discernible sense of bewilderment in the Bayern camp after Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Hoffenheim on the opening weekend of the 2009-10 Bundesliga season, another enthralling encounter between two sides who produced two of last term’s best games. “We had the chances to win it,” reflected coach Louis van Gaal, whose 58th birthday celebrations would have been rounded off perfectly by a win on his German league debut. However, his men were very much second best at times in the first half, and also benefited from one enormous slice of good fortune.

“My team forgot to play football in the first half. That was disappointing,” commented Van Gaal afterwards. Ivica Olic’s opening goal on 25 minutes, a poacher’s finish after a neat build-up involving Hamit Altintop and Danijel Pranjic, came against the run of play. “My first game, my first goal – that’s great,” said Olic, slightly regretful that FCB missed out on the win, “although a point here is good too.”