Created on 08-08-2007 at 00:00 AM
Just 24 hours after a gruelling 120 minutes in the DFB Cup away to Wacker Burghausen on Monday night, a Bayern XI featuring only a scattering of stars fell 3-0 in the Balearics to Spanish top flight outfit RCD Mallorca.
Far worse then the meaningless result in Munich’s final warm-up before the Bundesliga restart on Saturday may be a second-half injury to Jose Ernesto Sosa. The Argentine hobbled from the field clutching his right ankle, although the seriousness of the injury had not been determined by the end of the match.
As for the game itself, the below-strength Bavarians made little impact in front of a 20,000 crowd at the Estadi Ono in Palma de Mallorca, where Pierre Webo (4), Daniel Güiza (24) and Casadesus Victor (82) secured a routine victory for the home side.
Three Cup warriors at the start
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s starting line-up, mainly comprising reserves and young hopefuls, included only Oliver Kahn, Mark van Bommel and Franck Ribery of the stars who had played any major role in the previous evening’s knife-edge encounter.
Ribery exited the action after half an hour, with Kahn giving way to veteran Bernd Dreher and Van Bommel handing over to Hamit Altintop, another of Monday evening’s 120-minute men, at half-time.
The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Martin Demichelis, Lucio, Marcell Jansen, Zé Roberto and Miroslav Klose stayed at home, with four reserves handed a rare chance in the senior side.
The home side, at full strength for their official season-opening event, made the early running and Webo outfoxed Daniel van Buyten before blasting past Kahn from 12 yards to open the scoring on four minutes.
Sandro Wagner headed goalwards on the quarter-hour as the unfamiliar Munich line-up settled, but the next goal also landed in Kahn’s net when Güiza sprang the Bavarians’ offside trap.
Replays suggested the striker may have been more than a yard offside, but the flag stayed down and Güiza comfortably rounded Kahn to net from the edge of the box.
Chances for Spaniards
Sosa replaced the exhausted Ribery on 31 minutes, before Andreas Ottl thwarted Webo with a last-ditch tackle and Kahn saved from Tuni as the half drew to a muted close.
Mallorca continued to enjoy the better of the chances after the restart. Van Buyten cleared off the line after 52 minutes, before Webo sliced his kick when poised to score and then drew a fine save from Dreher around the hour mark.
With the visitors tiring visibly and fielding five youthful reserves for the closing phase, the Spaniards upped the pace and again took advantage of the makeshift nature of the Bayern defence, Victor ghosting in on the blind side to head past Dreher from six yards with eight minutes remaining.