Thursday, November 26, 2009

Victory puts Bayern Munich back on track

Embattled Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was relieved after the German giants kept their Champions League dream alive with a crucial 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic's second-half goal breathed life into Bayern's fading dream of reaching the knock-out phase alive at Munich's Allianz Arena.

After group leaders Bordeaux enjoyed a 2-0 win over Juventus, Bayern is now just one point behind the Italians in Group A and must win their final game at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on December 8 if they are to progress.

Having drawn their last three league games, the victory was crucial for van Gaal, who has been told he must win the four remaining Bundesliga games before Christmas to keep his job.

"Of course, we are all very relieved to get the win," said van Gaal. "The team played well and we are pleased to have got our destiny back into our own hands."

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