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23 November 2019 04:55

Liverpool Danny Drinkwater Chelsea F.C.

How Bayern Munich's hated rivals gave Liverpool a huge Champions League helping hand

If there is a stadium that transports us to the football of the past, that is the Olympic Stadium in Munich. The historic 1972 Olympic Games took place there as did the 1974 World Cup in which Johan Cruyff was within touching distance of getting his only World Cup trophy with the 'Oranje'. Bayern and 1860 Munich shared the stadium and the home dressing room and many other sporting competitions with an importante impact on the world of current sport also took place there. Bayern was basically unbeaten there as Real Madrid are well aware of after suffering countless defeats there as well as the English teams, for whom the Olympic Stadium was a bogey ground. Lowly Norwich City who shocked the world of football in the 1993-94 season by knocking out of the favourite for the title in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Norwich had finished third in the inaugural edition of the Premier League and was a type of Leicester of that era.

The luck of the draw decided that the powerful Bayern was its first opponent in the UEFA Cup. "People took for granted that were going to beaten by about 10 goals," recalls Mike Sutton, father of the ex.Norwich striker, Chris Sutton. "Nobody doubted that Bayern knew it was going to be an easy game," adds Jeremy Goss, who played for the English side at the time. But the Norwich manager had a secret plan: his team was going to exploit the weakness of their opponent's biggest star, Lothar Matthäus. The German legend had now passed his best and was now a sweeper instead of a midfielder.

Norwich knew it and dealt Bayern a severe blow in the Olympiastadion. The 'Canaries' went 0-2 up courtesy of goals from Goss and Bowen and although Nerlinger halved the deficit before the interval, the match ended 1-2. As well as Matthäus, other stars of the German national team were playing for Bayern like Helmer and Thon and young promises such as Scholl and Ziege. A great team in which the Brazilian Jorginho and the Colombian, Valencia, but they were unable to turn it around in the second leg (1-1) and ended up being knocked out at the first stage. While Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and goalkeeper Alisson were at the Alianz Arena talking to the media ahead of their Champions League tie against FC Bayern, around 15km further south a Munich derby had just kicked off.

At the Grünwalder Stadion, 1860 Munich welcomed Unterhaching, a club located just a few stops down the S-Bahn lending this fixture its name – the S-Bahn Derby. "When it comes to the floodlights in the Grünwalder Stadion, it's always special," said 1860 coach Daniel Bierofka before the game. "I think it's a great atmosphere, and then there's the Champions League, so it's a little bit like a mini-Champions League at Giesings Höhen [the location of the stadium – Giesings Heights]." Liga going into this game, but have a game in hand on their south Munich foes. As with many lower divisions, not least in Germany, the table is tight. Standing only at either end of a stadium which was open to the elements as a the clear, cold night followed the afternoon sun.

There was a mixture of classic rock, punk, and metal on the pre-match playlist to help keep those fans warm, and plenty of beer and sausage being served from the stadium's numerous kiosks. 1860's tame looking lion mascot trudged off the pitch (it's probably not right for mascots to be anything other than tame) and the game began. Haching midfielder Orestis Kioumourtzoglou's dipping effort from outside the area was the closest the game came to producing a goal in the opening stages. Simon Lorenz made an important block from Lukas Hufnagel, but after this period of joy for Haching, the hosts came into the game. It was as even as their league positions suggested, but if anything 1860 had the better of the game, and with the last kick of the half — there wasn't even time for the subsequent kick-off — they took the lead.

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Phillipp Steinhart's cross from the left was turned in by Nico Karger sliding into the path of the ball, and the place was buzzing at half time. The reaction of the fans to the football they were watching was more like the atmosphere at English games. There was the usual constant chanting seen at most matches in Germany, but alongside this was a stadium living the moments — each cross, each clearing header, shot, and tackle. As they emerged for the second half, 1860 continued where they had left off in the first. Left-winger Karger, and striker Mölders continued to threaten down the left of the 4-4-2 formation, but the 1-0 lead was definitely not an assured one. Haching found some of the football which had served them so well early in the game, and forced a number of corners in front of their fans. Sascha Bigalke hit the bar with a free kick, and the home fans were worried. 1860 hung on and Haching threatened. It got desperate for Haching who were throwing themselves at the game in order to try to get something from it. They picked up five yellow cards in the last 30 minutes, with two of them going to captain Alexander Winkler, who was duly shown a red and sprinted off the pitch to waste as little time as possible. 1860 held on for their 1-0 win as the stadium announcer gleefully confirmed, and the supporters cheered their way out of the stadium, while some remained to high five several players who made the way around the edge of the pitch after the final whistle. The players then climbed the fence at the home end in celebration, running through a repertoire of chants and songs with their fans. Liverpool were given a helping hand to the Champions League quarter-finals – by Bayern Munich's great rivals TSV 1860 Munich. 1860 hosted the Reds are their training ground on Wednesday morning as Jurgen Klopp oversaw a light training session ahead of the round of 16 second leg tie later that evening. The Reds boss opted not to train at Bayern's Allianz Arena on Tuesday, as would normally have been the case. Jürgen #Klopp bereitet sich mit dem @LFC bei den #Löwen an der Grünwalder Straße auf das UEFA Champions League Spiel gegen den FC Bayern vor. With Liverpool having been in Premier League action on Sunday at home to Burnley, Klopp instead opted to hold a session at Melwood on Tuesday morning before jetting out to Germany. See how Van Dijk and Liverpool rated in Munich HERE They stretched their legs at 1860's training ground at Grunwalder Strasse, with Klopp pictured in conversation with 1860 coach Daniel Bierofka. The plan evidently worked, with Liverpool registering a memorable 3-1 win against Bayern – presumably to the delight of 1860, who are currently in the third tier of German football. Ghanaian striker Prince Owusu has expressed desire to play in the German Bundesliga as well as in the UEFA Champions League. Owusu has become an instant hit at German third-tier side 1860 Munich after joining on loan from Arminia Bielefield in the winter transfer. In four games, the 21-year-old has scored twice and has an assist to his name. Speaking to 1860 Munich TV, Owusu reiterated his ambition to ply his trade in the German elite division and stated that playing in the Champions League is also a target. "I also want to play First Bundesliga once," said the former top scorer of the Junior Bundesliga. "Champions League would also be a nice experience for me." Owusu returned to training on Thursday after sitting out on Tuesday and Wednesday with a minor knock. He trained alone yesterday but is expected to join group training on today (Friday) ahead of Sunday's game against Hansa Rostock. Being conversant with the intricacies of the local competition is high among the pre-requisites for the post, and the 49-year-old German ticks that box, along with several others, as the field of 120 applicants narrows down to just a handful of serious contenders. Despite guiding the Reds to successive FFA Cup finals since his arrival in 2017 - they beat Sydney FC to lift the trophy last year - the ex-Bundesliga coach has not been offered an extension, pointing to possible tensions between himself and the Dutch-fronted consortium, which owns the club. Kurz, who has variously coached the likes of 1860 Munich, Kaiserslautern, Hoffenheim and Fortuna Dusseldorf, also piloted Adelaide into the play-offs in his debut season, and is on the cusp of doing so again. Kurz is open to extending his time in the A-League, and his name is resonating strongly with Roar co-owner Nirwan Bakrie and the selection committee assembled to source the right man to reinvigorate the fallen three-time champions. The club are taking their time to find a long-term replacement for John Aloisi, who quit just before Christmas, with a host of names linked with the post. Former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler, who also played for North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory at the back end of his career, has been touted as leading contender. Others said to be in the mix include Carl Robinson - the former Welsh international midfielder most noted for his spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played alongside Kevin Muscat and Steve Corica. He coached Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps from December 2013 until last September, when he was shown the door. Just how much the Roar will have to spend on a new coach will depend on what form the new independently run A-League model takes next season.