Created on 03-11-2009 at 00:00 AM
Bayern’s Champions League fate is out of their own hands after a demoralising defeat at home to solid but unspectacular French league leaders Girondins Bordeaux, whose home and away double over the men from Munich has sealed their berth in the last sixteen.
The 66,000 full house at the Allianz Arena witnessed a cursed first half from a Bayern point of view, Girondins stopper Michael Ciani going unpunished for blatantly handling Miro Klose’s close-range effort on the line, and Yoann Gourcuff netting the visitors’ solitary chance before the break.
Arjen Robben’s introduction galvanised Louis van Gaal’s side into action after the restart and the chances finally came, but the best went begging and Marouane Chamakh rubbed salt in the wound with a last-minute second as the Bavarians slumped to a defeat with potentially dire consequences.
The result, combined with a 1-0 win for Juventus away to Maccabi Haifa, leaves Bayern third in the Group A standings on four points, four off Juve and six adrift of leaders Bordeaux. To reach the last sixteen, Munich must win their last two matches and hope the Italians fail to win away to the French. Should that happen, FCB's trip to Turin on the final matchday would be a dead rubber.