Friday, January 30, 2009

Hamburg v. Bayern Munich live updates (Donovan on the bench)

Live updates of the Hamburg v. Bayern Munich match in the Bundes Liga begin at about 2:30 p.m. New York time. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 15 in the opening match of the season.

Bayern is tied with Hoffenheim on 35 points for first place in the league table, but Hoffenheim holds a 3-goal lead in goal differential. Hamburg and Hertha BSC Berlin are tied at 33 points, but Berlin holds a five-goal lead in goal differential to claim the third and final Champions League spot at the moment.

Bayern have brought in American forward Landon Donovan on loan from the L.A. Galaxy, while Hamburg lost Dutch defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong to Manchester City in the quickly closing transfer window.

We're underway with Donovan on the bench for Bayern. Hamburg already with a couple of chances in the opening minutes, the last of which saw Jonathan Pitroipa shoot wide.

Bayern are on their heels. Piotr Trochowski with a blast from the right outside the box that beats Michael Rensing across his body but hits the post and goes wide. Check that, Rensing actually got a piece of it or it was in. Excellent save.

Lucio saves Bayern this time as he races back to cut off a break from Jose Paolo Guerrero who was about to go in alone on Rensing. Claims for a penalty, and Lucio did use his arm to bring him down, but that would have been a harsh penalty. Great pace from Lucio to catch up.

Lucio with a lower leg injury but he's going to try and play through it. Hamburg comes right back and goes at Lucio with Guerrero. Lucio not looking like he can walk at times, but then he comes back and makes a great play. Who knows.

Collin Benjamin (Ben-ya-meen) goes into the book for discent towards the very stern referee, who was even letting his presence be known to the kids in the tunnell.

Pitroipa makes a nice run from his wide right position, and with a great ball from Guerrero appears to be in, but Philipp Lahm, my choice for the best outside back in the world, cuts him off and gets the ball away. It's all Hamburg at this point.

Martin Demichelis goes into the book for challenge slightly from behind. Looked worse live than on the replay. The game is getting very chippy. Hamburg keeper Frank Rost goes into the book for an elbow while trying to make room for himself for an impending free kick.

Luca Toni uses his off arm to ward off a defender, but the powerful Italian gets called for a foul (perhaps by the lineman) moments before he shoots past Rost for what looks like a 1-0 Bayern lead. On the replay, it looks like Toni didn't do much wrong, but the whistle clearly blew before the shot, so perhaps Rost let up.

The two captains go up for a 50-50 ball, with David Jarolim getting the worst of it from Mark van Bommel. Jarolim took a forearm in the air and then an elbow on the ground, but it appeared to be a pretty fair challenge.

Guerrero with a rocket shot with the left from the top of the box, but Rensing punched away the shot, which was very close to him.

Hamburg now with a corner, which Jarolim eventually gathers when Bayern can't clear. Rensing makes the save on Jarolim, but the rebound goes to Mladen Petric who heads it into the empty net with Rensing on the ground. Perhaps harsh to blame Rensing, but he sent the rebound right into a dangerous area, and the result is a 1-0 Hamburg lead. Petric also could have been offside at the time of Jarolim's shot, but no call.

It's halftime, a very much deserved 1-0 to Hamburg. Toni's been strong in the first half, but nothing at all from Klose. Perhaps Donovan to the rescue in the final 20 minutes or so? We'll see.

Frantic action to start the action. Petric hits the post, and Guerrero's follow goes high and wide. On the opposite end, Klose in the box has claims for a handball on Hamburg and perhas his shot going over the line before Rost saves it. He gets neither.

Pitroipa goes down in the box, but properly gets a yellow card for diving. First sub to Hamburg as Jerome Boateng comes on for a limping Bastian Reinhardt. Turkey international Hamit Altintop comes on for Bayern.

Klose starting to make his presence felt, this time his shot is saved up over the net by Rost. End-to-end action as Pitroipa uses nifty footwork to get free but shoots wide of the net.

Unbelievable miss from Toni after some beautiful football from Bayern. Lahm sends a perfect lob pass to the far post to Klose, who heads back to the other post where Toni is waiting with an empty net in front him. The header....goes...wide.

The second sub is on for Bayern as Tim Borowski replaces Ze Roberto in the 71st minute. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who really hasn't been heard from much since the opening minutes, turns and gets a shot on goal, but without a lot of power, and Rost makes a fairly simple save.

Landy Cakes is coming on! He's got the warm-up gear off and will likely come on at the next chance. Wearing the No. 13 shirt, Donovan comes on for Schweinsteiger, so it'll probably be Donovan playing right behind the strikers Klose and Toni. Oh yeah, and Ribery wide. Nice.

Donovan sets up a great chance for Borowski, who scuffs it at the top of the box and it still almost slowly, slowly rolls into the net. Instead goes just wide. Hamburg still on the attack despite the score and time. Petric nearly earns a penalty but Demichelis gotjust enough of the ball.

Klose nearly equalizes but his shot is blocked by both Boateng and Rost and is eventually cleared. Unlucky.

Less than three minutes to go in regulation time, Lucio makes a great run with the ball but his right-footed shot goes the wrong way and wide left. Less than two to go and Bayern is pressing for the equalizer.

Only two minutes of extra time, so Bayern has to hurry. Hamburg on the counter 4-2, but Demichelis intercepts a pass. Donovan with a good cross, and Bayern have a throw in with a minute to go. Toni's side volley blocked out for a corner, and it's Ribery to take it with 20 seconds left. Even Rensing up to get it, but cleared away.'s over.

Hamburg go top for at least a day up to 36 points. Great game.


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