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Olic on target but FCB frustrated in Hamburg

Bayern were indebted to former Hamburg hero Ivica Olic for the second-half equaliser which salvaged a draw in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash away to HSV, although it was a frustrating evening for the Bavarians, who dominated the play but conceded to the home side’s solitary on-target chance, and now slip to second in the standings behind Dortmund.

The 57,000 full house at the Imtech Arena saw the visitors take control early on, but Jupp Heynckes’ men fell behind midway through the first half, Jacopo Sala volleying his maiden Bundesliga goal against the run of play.

Munich continued to dominate possession as the game wore on, but chances were few and far between against the home side’s packed defence. Ex-HSV forward Olic finally netted the equaliser with 20 minutes to go, but there were no further goals on an ultimately exasperating night for the Reds.

The result means FCB slip to second in the Bundesliga on 41 points from 20 matches, two points adrift of Borussia Dortmund, level with Schalke, and one clear of Mönchengladbach. The Bavarians are next in action on Wednesday, away to Stuttgart in the DFB Cup quarter-finals, before strugglers Kaiserslautern visit the Allianz Arena in the league on Saturday 11 February.

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