UEFA Cup 2007–08: Red Star Belgrade vs. Bayern Munich

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

October 25, 2007
21:15 (UTC+1)
Red Star Belgrade 2–3 Bayern Munich Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Matteo Simone Trefeloni
Koroman Scored after 16 minutes 16' (1)
Basta Substituted off after 46 minutes 46'
Bajalica Substituted on after 46 minutes 46'
Uribe Booked after 64 minutes 64'
Barcos Substituted off after 69 minutes 69'
Burzanović Substituted on after 69 minutes 69'
Milijaš Scored after 74 minutes 74' (1)
Milijaš Booked after 75 minutes 75'
Bajalica Booked after 89 minutes 89'
Match Report Scored after 20 minutes 20' (1) Klose
Booked after 58 minutes 58' Lahm
Substituted off after 71 minutes 71' Altintop
Substituted on after 71 minutes 71' Schlaudraff
Substituted off after 81 minutes 81' van Bommel
Substituted on after 81 minutes 81' Kroos
Booked after 85 minutes 85' Jansen
Scored after 86 minutes 86' (2) Klose
Scored after 90'+4 minutes 90'+4' (1) Kroos

Bayern Munich beat Red Star Belgrade 3-2 on the last kick of the game on 17-year-old Toni Kroos' 1st professional goal. Toni Kroos played a key role as he also assisted on Miroslav Klose's 2nd equalizer only minutes earlier.

Red Star Belgrade opened the scoring in the 16th minute while Miroslav Klose 1st equalizer 4 minutes later. Red Star Belgrade took the lead again when Michael Rensing couldn't handle a long distance shot.


Uli Hoeneß: "It was a real fight out there tonight, especially on the unbelievably difficult pitch. Even the referee said he had trouble staying on his feet, so it was very tough and definitely a lottery. It was good to see the team coming from behind twice, but obviously it was a little bit lucky at the end. We’d have been happy enough with a draw, but now we’re obviously delighted. We’ve put ourselves in a great position. We need to win our home games, and then we’re home and dry."

Ottmar Hitzfeld: "You could see we were having huge problems with the turf. We did consider lodging an appeal after we trained on the pitch yesterday. I’m just pleased we’ve basically come out of it in good shape. Today was all about desire. It wasn’t a day for the pretty stuff, all that mattered was battling away. By the end, I’d have been happy enough with a point."

Miroslav Klose: "I want to praise the team for the way we kept coming back at them. We had to go to the limit, especially when you consider the conditions here. The turf wasn’t exactly perfect, and you feel it in your legs. We need to keep believing in ourselves."

Toni Kroos: "It was vital to start the group with a win. It was hard work, the pitch was a catastrophe, but I think we made the best of the situation and coped well. We fought hard and put up stiff resistance, and I think we deserved to win at the end."