SSC Napoli 1 – Bayern Munich 1


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Bayern Munich’s Germany international defensive pair of club captain PHILIPP LAHM and HOLGER BADSTUBER (28) clamp down on SSC Napoli’s Slovakia World Cup attacker MAREK HAMSIK (17) during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Stadio San Paolo in southern Italy.
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October 18, 2011
UEFA Champions League
Group A, Matchday # 3

1 – SSC NAPOLI (Ita) ———————– own goal 39′
1 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ———— Kroos 2′

Yet another lightning fast strike would be canceled out by an unfortunate own goal allowed while a second half penalty save saw to it that visiting Bundesliga giant BAYERN MUNICH were held to a 1-1 draw by stubborn Serie A host SSC Napoli in Group A of the UEFA Champions League.

Youthful Germany international TONI KROOS gave Bayern Munich a fast start before two minutes had even been played. The 21-year-old midfielder did well to control a ball from Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG and advanced to calmly stroke past SSC Napoli’s Italy international goalkeeper MORGAN DE SANCTIS, stunning the partisan home crowd in the process. A second goal in the Champions League for Kroos, then, who has yet to score a goal for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this term.

Bayern, who would ultimately outshoot their hosts 10-2 according the official UEFA Champions League website, continued to press in the opening session but did not pad their lead, thanks in part to the work of De Sanctis. This proved to be most costly when Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER inadvertently turned a ball from SSC Napoli wingback CHRISTIAN MAGGIO into his own Bayern Munich net in the 39th minute. The goal conceded also stopped the consecutive scoreless streak of Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER at 1,147 minutes in all competitions — the equivalent of 12 and 3/4 matches.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER (1) of Bayern Munich had his 12-game shutout streak snapped by home team but but also did not allow a goal by SSC Napoli’s Uruguay World Cup striker EDINSON CAVANI (left), the second-leading scorer with 26 goals in Serie A last season who failed to increase his tally for the first time in three UEFA Champions League matches this season for his Italian employers.
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In-form Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ had a golden opportunity to restore Bayern Munich’s advantage from the spot shortly after the halftime break. SSC Napoli captain PAOLO CANNAVARO had been whistled for handball after leaping into the air to block a shot from outside the box by the reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister. But De Sanctis, clearly the Man of the Man on the evening, guessed correctly and dove to his left to easily smother the penalty kick of Gomez.

Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER led a late rush for Bayern Munich but failed to better utilize Gomez to his left and ultimately rolled a weak shot that comfortably saved by the Napoli savior De Sanctis with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Nevertheless, the result meant that Bayern Munich still left southern Italy with a share of the spoils and continues to lead Group A of the UEFA Champions League by two points (ahead of SSC Napoli) after three matches contested.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (33) of Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister and current leading scorer with 10 goals in the German top flight this season, reacts after having his second half spot kick saved as SSC Napoli players rush to congratulate their goalkeeper during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Stadio San Paolo in southern Italy.
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SSC NAPOLI : De Sanctis – Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica – Maggio, Gargano, Inler (Santana 90′), Zuniga – Hamsik (Mascara 90+2′), Lavezzi – Cavani

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng, van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery (Alaba 90′) – Gomez (Luiz Gustavo 90+4′)

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