Latest win against Kassel
Thu, 06/07/23, 14:23
FC Bayern World Squad ready for tough test against Hamburger SV
First match on German soil, and the latest win for the FC Bayern World Squad: Thanks to a dominant performance on Wednesday, Roy Makaay's team deservedly won 4-0 (2-0) against a KSV Hessen Kassel youth side in a friendly at the modern DFB Campus in Frankfurt. In the emphatic away win, four different players - Sebastian Plätzer (30'), Isaias Galvan (33'), Adam Mahamid (52') and Victor Orakpo (76') scored, while the FCB defence allowed the opponents just one real scoring chance.
Makaay: "We did well in the first half"
In the opening phase, Bayern's international line-up needed a little time to find their rhythm - which was most likely down to the long journey home the day before. "It can happen that it takes a while to get into the game, so it helps if you just play and hold onto the ball," said head coach Makaay. Especially since his players were able to compensate for the lack of freshness with some clever passing: "In the first half, we did very well at times, moving the ball around, which meant we didn't get into challenges and avoided being fouled," the Dutchman continued.
Following good chances for Isaias Galvan in the 9th minute and Victor Orakpo in the 10th and 12th minutes, the Kassel side had their only dangerous attempt on the World Squad's goal on 24 minutes. But goalkeeper Jakov Žaja was able to prevent the Reds going behind with an impressive save from a well-placed free-kick. Shortly afterwards, the Munich-based talents were able to celebrate for the first time. On the half-hour mark, an unstoppable shot from Plätzer was deflected and landed in the Kassel net. The Norwegian's opener earned some extra praise from his coach: "We wanted to see Sebastian play the full 90 minutes. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to play that much in the first few games. In my opinion, he did well."
Things come together after taking the lead
After the goal, things started coming together, because less than three minutes later the ball was back in the opponents' net. Mexican youngster Galvan (33') scored his maiden goal for the FC Bayern World Squad following an assist from Siam Yapp. The head coach was also very happy with the comfortable half-time lead, as his team had implemented his idea of how to play: "Both times, we got in front of goal really quickly and the player had to decide: do I shoot myself or do I pass? What pleases me more is that both players (Victor Orakpo and Siam Yapp - Ed.) made the right decision and set up their teammates so they could score."
After the break, it didn't take long for the FC Bayern World Squad to score for the third time. Just seven minutes after the restart, Adam Mahamid (52') fired a direct free-kick into the corner. Nigerian Orakpo wrapped things up in the 76th minute, his third consecutive goal after scoring against Argentinos Juniors and River Plate.
Two top-class teams still to come
On 9 July, the FC Bayern World Squad face their next opponents in the shape of the Hamburger SV U19s. Following the resounding win against Kassel, the team look ready to take on a real top-class side. Coach Makaay thinks the north Germans are strong, but has a lot of confidence in his charges: "We see a clear development in the team, who are getting a bit better with every game. We now have the right two opponents coming up, and we'll have to improve a bit more." For at the end of their journey, the young footballers can look forward to an absolute highlight, a clash against the U19s of the German record champions.
Roy Makaay and his players from the FC Bayern World Squad handed over a donation cheque during the week to mark the 25th anniversary of "buntkicktgut":