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Bayern rue missed chances but settle for point

Bayern came away with a point from their trip to Napoli on Tuesday evening and remain undefeated at the top of Champions League Group A, but Manuel Neuer was finally beaten after 12 clean sheets on the bounce, and Jupp Heynckes’ men will be kicking themselves for not taking the chances on offer, including a Mario Gomez missed penalty, in an incident-packed but sometimes untidy encounter.

The boisterous 60,240 crowd at Stadio San Paolo fell silent when Toni Kroos handed FCB the lead less than two minutes into the match, but although the visitors were clearly the better team for the rest of the first half, a momentary defensive lapse ended in Holger Badstuber unluckily putting through his own goal to level it up before half-time.

Gomez squandered a huge chance to restore the lead straight after the restart with a weak penalty straight at keeper Morgan de Sanctis, although the striker was clearly targeted with a laser pointer from the crowd as he started his run-up. The second half deteriorated in quality as the teams scrapped it out in midfield, and match official Olegario Benquerenca showed nine yellow cards in all as the home side dug in and the Bavarians’ early initiative faded away.

The result takes FCB onto seven points from three Group A games, two clear of the second-placed Serie A outfit and three ahead of Manchester City, last-gasp winners at home to Villarreal. The Bavarians are back in action next Sunday, when Jupp Heynckes and his men travel to face Hannover in the Bundesliga, followed by a midweek DFB Cup clash at home to FC Ingolstadt.