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‘Unnecessary’ defeat

Regretful Munich left to rue missed chances

Bayern had hoped to move closer to the top of the Bundesliga table at the weekend, but instead, the gap to leaders Hamburg and Leverkusen has grown to six points. However, the FCB camp was far from downcast after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to HSV. “We shouldn’t read anything into a single-goal defeat in this kind of match,” said Uli Hoeneß, “the way we lost today is an acceptable way to lose in Hamburg.”

“It was an outstanding game at the highest level,” continued Hoeneß. A 57,000 full house at the HSH Nordbank Arena saw the visitors dominate possession, but the home side create the better of the chances. Mladen Petric took one of these on 72 minutes to seal it for the northerners, who successfully bounced back from three games without a win, including a cup exit to third division VfL Osnabrück in midweek.