Lucio error stops Bayern from taking full advantage
Monday 25 February 2008
Bayern Munich edged four points clear in the Bundesliga after their customary ruthless touch deserted them in a 1-1 draw at home to Hamburg yesterday.
Werder Bremen's 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday had given Bayern the chance to move six points clear at the top of the table but a mistake by the Brazilian defender Lucio handed Hamburg the lead, Ivica Olic taking advantage after an hour. However, Ze Roberto equalised six minutes later to earn the home side a point.
"It's really annoying to lose two points," said the Bayern coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld. "We had Hamburg completely under control." Bayern also had Mark van Bommel sent off in injury time when the Netherlands midfielder picked up a second booking.
Chelsea's Champions League opponents Olympiakos were held to a 1-1 draw by PAOK Salonika in the Greek Super League on Saturday.
The Olympiakos defence, which comfortably held Chelsea at bay during their goalless first leg at home last Tuesday, was in trouble after two minutes. Glen Salmon's cross was poorly cleared by the goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis and the Spanish midfielder Antonio Gonzalez put PAOK in front.
Olympiakos equalised in the 22nd minute through Darko Kovacevic. It was the Serb's 16th league goal of the season.
Lyons, who drew 1-1 at home with Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League tie last Wednesday, got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 against bottom club Metz on Friday night thanks to two goals from Fred.
Lyons had won just two of their last five league matches but the Brazilian striker sealed a 2-0 victory with a goal in each half.
Fred flicked in a cross from the reported United target Karim Benzema in the ninth minute and then chipped the Metz goalkeeper Christophe Marichez in the 68th minute.
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