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Müller and Sosa on target

FCB sign off for summer with win in Sittard


On hearing his first professional club Fortuna Sittard had run into financial difficulties, Bayern captain Mark van Bommel quickly came up with an offer of help. Van Bommel, who spent 1992 to 1999 at his hometown club in the province of Limburg, asked FCB manager Uli Hoeneß whether a friendly could be arranged. The match duly took place on 31 May. “Hoeneß immediately said there’d be no fee,” the player reported.

As a result, Bayern’s final outing of 2008-9 was both the last game in charge for caretaker boss Jupp Heynckes, and on the other hand, a warm tribute to Van Bommel. The Sittard faithful at the Wagner & Partner stadium greeted their local hero with huge posters and banners, while club officials presented gifts to Van Bommel and Hoeneß beforehand.

However, Van Bommel’s appearance on the field of play was restricted to the symbolic taking of the kick-off. The player was unable to take part in the match with a hamstring injury. “I’d love to have played a couple of minutes on my former home ground, but the injury made it impossible,” commented Van Bommel, who is fighting to be fit for World Cup qualifying duty with the Netherlands next week.

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Even without their captain, the Bundesliga runners-up beat the side which finished 15th in the Dutch second division 2-0, adding a fourth post-season friendly win to previous victories in Kaufbeuren (11-0), Eichstätt (8-3) and Magdeburg (3-2). The Bayern stars now go off to enjoy the official summer vacation, before reporting back for duty under new boss Louis van Gaal on the first of July.

In an end-to-end first half on Sunday, the home side enjoyed the better of the early chances. The best fell to Danny Schreurs on 27 minutes, but FCB keeper Jörg Butt made a crucial intervention with his foot. Bryan Linssen had earlier come within an ace of opening the scoring with a 12th-minute diving header.

Müller’s nose for goal

The visitors were not without their chances too. Following a swift interchange between Tim Borowski and Miroslav Klose after 35 minutes, Daniel van Buyten was denied only by Fortuna keeper Tim Grootaers. Shortly after the restart, José Sosa had a clear sight of goal from the edge of the box, but Grootaers comfortably dealt with the midfielder’s shot.

Just short of the hour, 19-year-old Thomas Müller offered yet more evidence of his considerable goal-scoring ability. Latching onto a Nicola Sansone pass, Müller shielded the ball skilfully from two defenders before firing home the opening goal off the inside of the post. The FCB reserve goal-getter should have made it 2-0 11 minutes later but was denied by Grootaers. Four minutes from the end, Sosa finally doubled the advantage and rounded off the scoring from another Sansone assist.


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