Audi Cup : Bayern Munich Top AC Milan On Penalties


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Sweden international striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (11) of AC Milan, whose option to purchase from Spanish side FC Barcelona for 24.0 million Euros was exercised by the Italian champion earlier this summer, competes for the ball with Bayern Munich’s Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER during the closely-contested semi-final of the 2011 Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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A test of character, then, as traditional German giant BAYERN MUNICH overcame the concession of an early goal to thoroughly control the 2011 Audi Cup semi-final match with Italian Serie A champion AC MILAN and, following the 1-1 draw after ninety minutes, ultimately triumph 5-3 on penalties.

A long ball over the top completely against the run of play, simple Route One stuff, really, allowed Sweden international striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC to run on and clinically slot past advancing Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER and give AC Milan the fast 1-0 advantage over Bayern Munich before even four minutes had elapsed.

In fact, the Bavarians might have been facing a two-goal deficit inside of the first dozen minutes after another serious breach of its defense but Neuer responded with an excellent save after AC Milan’s Italy international striker ANTONIO CASSANO had burst into the clear.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, bought by Bayern Munich from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen this summer in exchange for 18.0 million Euros, conceded a goal less than four minutes into his debut for the home side at Allianz Arena but literally kept his team in the match with a critical save less than ten minutes later against current Italian champion AC Milan at the Audi Cup.
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Instead, Bayern Munich continued to mount unrelenting pressure and fire shots at AC Milan’s Italy international goalkeeper CHRISTIAN ABBIATI. The experienced 34-year-old acquitted himself quite well in the match, particularly in the first half. Finally, 21-year-old Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS, who scored Bayern Munich’s lone goal in the 2011 Liga Total Cup semi-final with SV Hamburg seven days ago, delivered a well-deserved equalizer with a left-footed laser guided inside the low, far post less than ten minutes ahead of the halftime whistle.

Despite the multitude of substitutes which appeared on both sides, the second half was as mirror of the opening session with Bayern Munich having all the opportunities and Abbiati displaying fine form in front of the AC Milan net.

Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who are already now without the felled France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, was injured shortly after the hour as a result of a tackle by Nigeria World Cup defender TAYE TAIWO of AC Milan in the box and substituted almost immediately following in the 63rd minute.

And so penalties were required to produce a winner. The kickers of Bayern Munich successfully converted on all five of their trips to the spot. Meanwhile, in the fourth round, Italy U-21 international striker ALBERTO PALOSCHI blasted his effort over the crossbar and doomed AC Milan.

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Holland international midfielder URBY EMANUELSON (left) of reigning Italian Serie A champion AC Milan is confronted by the Dangerous Dutchman, himself, Holland World Cup star winger ARJEN ROBBEN of record German champion Bayern Munich, during the 2011 Audi Cup semi-final match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha (J. Boateng 71′), van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk (Luiz Gustavo 63′), Schweinsteiger – Robben (Alaba 63′), Kroos, Mueller – Gomez

goal ————- Kroos
penalties —— Alaba, Gomez, Mueller, Kroos, Schweinsteiger

AC MILAN : Abbiati – Abate (Antonini 63′), Nesta (Thiago Silva 63′), Bonera, Taiwo (Oddo 85′) – Gattuso (Ambrosini 46′), van Bommel, Emanuelson (Pato 89′) – K. Boateng (Valoti 63′) – Ibrahimovic (Paloschi 46′), Cassano (Robinho 63′)

goals ———— Ibrahimovic
penalties —— Robinho, Oddo, Thiago Silva

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