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Thu Apr 17 08:42:12 SAST 2014

Bayern beat Dutch in badly-timed friendly

Reuters | 23 May, 2012 08:360 Comments
FC Bayern Muenchen v Netherlands - Friendly Match
Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) of Bayern Munich hugs Arjen Robben of the Netherlands after the friendly match at Allianz Arena on May 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany
Image by: Alex Grimm / Bongarts/Getty Images

Stricken Bayern Munich managed to beat Netherlands 3-2 in an badly-timed friendly on Tuesday, played less than 72 hours after their traumatic Champions League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea. 

A 33 000 crowd watched the match at the Allianz Arena, where Bayern suffered their penalty shootout defeat against the English Premier League side on Saturday.  

Both teams fielded mainly second-string line-ups while goalkeeper Joerg Butt, defender Breno and forward Ivica Olic all made their final appearances for Bayern.  

The match was organised to compensate the Bavarians after their Dutch winger Arjen Robben aggravated an injury playing for the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup.  

Bayern complained angrily at the time that Robben should not have played and he missed several months of the following season.  

But the timing of the match could not have turned out worse for Bayern, coming hot on the heels of Saturday’s defeat.  

Robben, who missed a penalty in extra-time on Saturday, came on as a second-half substitute for the Dutch and some boos were aimed at him from the Bayern fans.  

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