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Inspirational Ivica

Chorus of praise for indefatigable Olic

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He arrived on a free transfer, but Ivica Olic increasingly looks like a priceless capture for Bayern. The Croatia star pounded the Stadio Olimpico turf during FCB’s victory over Juventus, evoking light-hearted comparisons with the famous rabbit from the battery commercials. “But the rabbit was knackered by the last ten minutes,” grinned the 30-year-old. Long before his substitution, he had played a huge role in fashioning a famous win.

The former Hamburg man previously netted the only goal of the win over Maccabi Haifa which kept Bayern’s interest in this season’s Champions League alive. On Tuesday evening, he began by directing a header against the post, before winning the penalty which levelled the scores, and then prodding a rebound over the line to hand his side the lead. “We played some outstanding football,” the striker observed, but he was first among equals on the night, and rightly collected the man of the match accolade.