| KUCHING (August 11, 2007) – German side Bayern Munich scored from a penalty in the 20th minute for a narrow 1-0 win over Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in their second match in Group D of the Champions Youth Cup at the Sarawak Stadium.
But there was frustration for English club Chelsea when they were held to a scoreless draw by host Malaysia.
Chelsea are now in danger of missing the quarter-final berth where they have to beat Bayern Munich in their last match on Sunday.
It was Bayern’s second win in the group following their 2-1 over hosts Malaysia in their first match on Wednesday while for PSV Eindhoven it was their first defeat after edging Chelsea 1-0 in their opening match.
PSV Eindhoven were the better side as they went on the offensive right from the kick-off.
Bayern were pinned in their own half for a good 20 minutes as they struggled to keep their opponents at bay.
Bayern skipper Bjorn Kopplin, a pillar of strength in the heart of defence, had an outstanding game with his good reading and timely tackles.
PSV Eindhoven’s Lars Hutten, Stijn Wuytens and Romario Sabajo were in the thick of the action but could not get their act right each time they made inroads into the Bayern penalty box.
PSV Eindhoven paid a heavy price for all their misses as Bayern scored from a sudden counter attack when Bayern’s Dominik Rohracer intercepted a long cross in the centre and broke through into the penalty box.
Rohracer, however, was brought down by PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet inside the box.
Malaysian referee Sani Tari pointed to the spot and Viktor Bopp made it count.
It was the same story for PSV Eindhoven in the second half with substitutes Nigel Hasselbaink and Nasser El Khayati giving a lot of problems for Bayern but the tale of missed chances continued as Bayern held out for their second win to put themselves in contention for a quarter-final berth.
Bayern coach Kurt Niedermayer was a happy man with his team’s second win and said he will continue to change his line-up for each match to give every player a chance to play in this youth tournament.
“We played with changes to the side from the one that beat Malaysia in the first match. We are not going to stick to one first eleven. Bayern want to give every player a chance to play,” said Niedermayer.
“PSV Eindhoven demanded a lot from us and I am happy with the way my players responded.”
PSV Eindhoven coach Roland Vroomans was a disappointed man with his team’s defeat, which leaves the Dutch side no choice but to beat Malaysia in their third and final group match in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
“German sides are always difficult to beat. This tournament is a promotion for youth football and we will take it sportingly. But we have to beat Malaysia in the final match to qualify for the quarter-finals,” said Vroomans.
Chelsea’s failure to beat Malaysia means that there are in a precarious position of advancing to the next round and needless to say, coach Paul Clement was a disappointed man.
“You don’t win matches if you cannot score. That is what happened to us. Malaysia defended well to deny us,” said Clement.
Malaysia coach Robert Alberts was elated at the end of the night and said Malaysia now have a realistic chance of playing in the quarter-finals – if they can beat PSV.
“The work that we have done over the two weeks has shown that Malaysian players have the potential to go far – but only if they are given the support they need,” added Alberts after the match.