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Resolute Bayern close in on last sixteen

Bayern planted one foot firmly in the Champions League last sixteen after coming from behind to seal a point against lively Fiorentina.

A 40,000 full house at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence saw Adrian Mutu volley the Italians into an early lead, and although the German champions picked up the pace after the half-hour, Bastian Schweinsteiger fired their best chance of the first half into the side-netting.

The home side came close to extending their lead in an energetic spell after the restart, but Bayern shifted up a gear 25 minutes from time and Tim Borowski calmly slotted home the equaliser on 78 minutes.

The Bavarians were nearer to snatching the win than the Serie A side in the remaining quarter of an hour, but Munich will be happy enough with the draw which keeps them joint top of Group F, requiring a single point from two more matches to be absolutely certain of a place in the last sixteen.

Klinsmann opts for 4-4-2

Even in the injury-enforced absence of star striker and former Fiorentina idol Luca Toni, FCB boss Jürgen Klinsmann opted for a classic 4-4-2 formation rather than the experimental 4-2-3-1 tried out in the first half at home to Bielefeld last weekend.

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