Created on 15-08-2008 at 00:00 AM
Party-poopers Hamburg took the gloss off Jürgen Klinsmann’s debut as a Bundesliga coach, coming back from two down to cancel out Bayern’s cracking start.
The 69,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena was amply rewarded for braving a rainy night in Munich, cheering before kick-off as Ottmar Hitzfeld and Franck Ribery accepted Coach and Player of the Year awards, singing along to Britain's Got Talent discovery Paul Potts in a signature rendition of Nessun Dorma, and erupting on 12 minutes when Bastian Schweinsteiger thumped the champions into the lead.
Lukas Podolski doubled the advantage from the spot four minutes later, but the lively visitors pulled one back midway through the first half courtesy of former Red Paolo Guerrero. Poldi blasted over when scoring looked easier and Ivica Olic smacked a volley against the post in an explosive opening to the second period, but another ex-FCB man Piotr Trochowski levelled it up on the hour with the game’s second penalty.
Klinsmann made one change to the team which beat Erfurt in the Cup last week, restoring Bastian Schweinsteiger on the right flank after Hamit Altintop failed to shake off an ankle problem. That duly meant a first home start for gifted 18-year-old schemer Toni Kroos in the hole behind front pairing Podolski and Miro Klose.
New signing Tim Borowski was fit enough for the bench but not to start, and with Luca Toni, Franck Ribéry, Willy Sagnol, Martin Demichelis, Hans-Jörg Butt, José Ernesto Sosa and Breno all unavailable, the matchday squad was still a man short of the permitted 18 even with the inclusion of two reserves.
New Hamburg boss Martin Jol, briefly on the books at Bayern in the late 70s, picked three former FCB men in his first Bundesliga starting line-up, skipper David Jarolim, striker Guerrero and midfielder Trochowski.