World Cup stadium opens with Bayern Munich win
1 June 2005, MUNICH - Bayern Munich celebrated the grand opening of their new 2006 World Cup home stadium in style on Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over a depleted German national team.
1 June 2005
MUNICH - Bayern Munich celebrated the grand opening of their new 2006 World Cup home stadium in style on Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over a depleted German national team.
Sebastian Deisler opened the scoring in the 66,000-seat Allianz Arena with a low drive in the fifth minute and an own goal from Chelsea defender Robert Huth made it 2-0 in the 36th.
Tim Borowski pulled one back for Germany with a penalty early in the second half, Willy Sagnol restored Munich's 3-1 lead in the 76th, Miroslav Klose got Germany's second in the 87th but Munich had the last laugh in the form of Hasan Salihamidzic's tap-in in the 88th.
Victory for Munich came three days after they completed their fifth league and cup double on Saturday with a 2-1 cup win against Schalke 04.
But it must have left a sour aftertaste for Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann in the stadium of his arch-rival Oliver Kahn, because the Germany goalkeeper did not look good on the first two goals.
Germany's number 1 Kahn played on Munich's team on the night, just like the other Munich internationals Deisler, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings - a fact that allowed no real assessment of the national team's performance.
"We obviously missed the five Munich players, but we should have still presented ourselves in a better way," admitted Borowski.
Ballack said: "You want to win in front of a home crowd. But one should not think too much about the result, the game was for fun."
Both teams made plenty of substitutions at halftime, with Schalke youngster Mike Hanke playing for the first time in Germany's colours.
The game was preceded by an opening ceremony featuring various German artists. A fireworks display ended the night.
The Munich internationals will on Wednesday join their Germany team-mates in the buildup for the Confederations Cup, featuring friendlies in Northern Ireland on Saturday and against Russia on Wednesday next week.
The 15-29 June Confederations Cup in five German cities is a serious test for Juergen Klinsmann's team one year ahead of the World Cup.
Germany will play the World Cup opening match on 9 June 2006, in Munich's stadium which will see a total of six games at the event.
"We now have the best stadium in the world," said Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose side will share the stadium with crosstown rivals 1860 Munich.
The Allianz Arena was built over 30 months for EUR 340 million. It replaces the Olympic stadium which was built for the 1972 Games and which has been Munich's home stadium up to now. The stadium was also the site where captain Franz Beckenbauer lifted the World Cup trophy after the final with the Dutch in 1974.
Subject: German news