FC Brugge draws 1-1 with Bayern

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> FC Brugge held on for a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Champions League play on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:47 IST
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FC Brugge held on for a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Champions League play on Wednesday. Bayern, which was hoping for victory to finish top of Group A, had to settle for second place but moves on to the knockout stage. Brugge, which finished third in the group, heads to the UEFA Cup. Juventus beat Rapid Vienna to take first place in Group A. The first half started slowly but Claudio Pizarro pushed the game into a higher gear after he scored with a backward header past Brugge defender Milan Spilar in the 21st minute. Pizarro was well positioned to head the ball on a free kick from Sebastian Deisler, which brought a thumbs up and smile from Bayern coach Felix Magath on the bench. Pizarro almost scored again on a quick but difficult shot in the 70th minute, however Brugge goalkeeper Tomislav Butina was able to jump up and push the ball over the cross bar. Pizarro's goal sparked a Brugge counter offensive. The Belgian team was able to equalize when striker Javier Portillo fired off a stunning kick into the top of the Munich net, taking 'keeper Oliver Kahn by surprise, after beating two Bayern defenders. It was Portillo's first Champions League goal after joining the Belgian side from Real Madrid on loan in August. The elated Spaniard, who has come under increasing criticism for his lackluster play in the Belgian league, ran to kiss the hand of Brugge coach Jan Ceulemans on the bench after his goal. Brugge kept Munich in check defensively, which became easier in the second half after Magath decided to rest striker Roy Makaay at halftime. (AP)

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