Effenberg 'insulted' by Real

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Stefan Effenberg criticised Real Madrid's "arrogance" after he led a stirring Bayern Munich fightback in their 2-1 win at the Olympic stadium in Tuesday's European Cup quarter-final first leg.

The holders went behind after 12 minutes but Effenberg, who will leave Bayern this summer, levelled in the 82nd minute to make amends for his earlier missed penalty. Claudio Pizarro struck the winner for the home side with only two minutes remaining.

"This was a strange kind of up down," Effenberg said. "First missing the great chance from the spot was hard, but it makes me happy that I scored this important goal. Now Real know what we are able to do.

"They committed the mistake of playing with insulting arrogance, they wanted to make us look ridiculous. That hurt and we went out for them. We won't forget that attitude in the return match either, and we will be much more motivated.

"We always believe we can win and our reaction reminded me of the attitude that won us the Cup. I think we have a better chance in the second match because Madrid have to beat us and that won't be easy."

Aston Villa's new signing, Peter Crouch, wants his fellow striker Juan Pablo Angel to stay at the club.

Crouch scored his first goal for the club since his £4.5m move from Portsmouth last week in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday. But the England Under-21 player was quick to praise the help he has received from Angel in settling in.

The Villa manager, Graham Taylor, said he faces an uphill battle to keep hold of Angel this summer. The Colombian international and his family have struggled to settle since their arrival from River Plate early last year.

But Crouch said: "Juan Pablo is a world-class player and it helps a player like myself working with him every day in training and in games. If we can build a good understanding then that would obviously be healthy. We all hope that he stays here. He is an excellent player and can only be good for Villa."

The Newcastle manager, Bobby Robson, reaffirmed yesterday that the striker, Craig Bellamy, and the midfielder, Gary Speed, should have recovered sufficiently from injury ready to face Fulham in their Premiership fixture next Monday.

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