Saitama City Cup 2008 vs FC Bayern Munchen   

Saitama City Cup 2008 ,31 July 2008 19:32 Kick off at Saitama Stadium 2002

Match Result
Urawa Reds (2-4) FC Bayern Munchen

Goals:15min Miroslaw Klose(FC Bayern), 20・42・62min Lukas Podolski(FC Bayern), 56min UMESAKI , 80min ABE


Comment of the Gert Engels(Team-Manager)
”We lost the game by 4 to 2. It was not a good outcome for us. However, looking back on the 90 minutes, I believe it was a positive experience for our team. Overall, it brought a positive outcome for all of us. Many players including Tulio could not perform at their best due to fatigue today, but I am quite pleased by the fact that we were able to play well especially in the second half of the game. We did not play well in the first 5 to 7 minutes of the game. We were not able to catch up with our opponent and we lost badly. However, things improved little by little later on. Another negative point I should raise is the way we conceded goals. We allowed opponent’s interception when we attempted square passes and so on. I think that our players were trying to analyse the opponent’s moves too much. I believe the slow response of our players were the result of that. However, players such as Genki Haraguchi and Shunki Takahashi who do not play usually were able to play this time. Therefore, the match provided us with some good experiences. We managed to create several good opportunities in the second half. Because of the fine saves of the opponents goal keeper, we were not able to score goals. But, we played well enough to score another goal potentially or if we were really lucky, we could have caught up with the Bayern Munich to 4 to 4.”