Created on 01-10-2009 at 00:00 AM
The two minutes of stoppage time were already up when Franck Ribéry launched a promising counterattack with a neat pass to Ivica Olic, who – although pursued by Christian Poulsen – had only a single Juventus defender in front of him. The Croat hared off towards the Italians’ goal, only to be halted in his tracks by the final whistle from referee Howard Webb. It was the last straw for Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, who leapt from his seat in the dugout to berate the fourth official. Naturally, for all its vehemence, the protest made no difference to the result on the night.
Van Gaal’s boiling emotions were understandable enough after his side sparkled for the best part of an hour and dominated their Italian opponents, only to come away from the match with the feeling of two points dropped. “I don’t think we’ve played better this season than in the first half tonight. We had a number of clear-cut chances, but we failed to score, and that’s a shame,” the coach commented after Wednesday’s goalless draw.