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Bayern beat India in Bhutia�s swansong

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 10 (PTI): German giants Bayern Munich expectedly thrashed the Indian national team 4-0 in Bhaichung Bhutia�s farewell match, which had little in quality but made up by big response from the fans, here today. Around 35,000 watched the match at the floodlit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium but the national team, led for the last time by Bhaichung, was no match for the highly fancied Bayern Munich side who had overwhelming ball possession and did most of the attacking.

Bhaichung, who was Indian football�s posterboy for 16 years since he made his international debut in 1995 till last year, played for 85 minutes before being replaced by CS Sabeeth and he was given a standing ovation by the crowd. All the Indian players shook his hands, just like some Bayern players, as he made his way to the bench.

Bayern, the four-time UEFA Champions League winners, scored through Mario Gomez (14th minute), Thomas Mueller (29th and 37th) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (43rd).

The German side started with their first eleven except for Franck Ribery and toyed with the Indians, attacking almost at will. The Indians, on the other hand, were content with defending their citadel without having a single clear shy at the opposition goal.

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Bayern beat India in Bhutia�s swansong

NEW DELHI, Jan 10 (PTI): German giants Bayern Munich expectedly thrashed the Indian national team 4-0 in Bhaichung Bhutia�s farewell match, which had little in quality but made up by big response from the fans, here today. Around 35,000 watched the match at the floodlit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium but the national team, led for the last time by Bhaichung, was no match for the highly fancied Bayern Munich side who had overwhelming ball possession and did most of the attacking.

Bhaichung, who was Indian football�s posterboy for 16 years since he made his international debut in 1995 till last year, played for 85 minutes before being replaced by CS Sabeeth and he was given a standing ovation by the crowd. All the Indian players shook his hands, just like some Bayern players, as he made his way to the bench.

Bayern, the four-time UEFA Champions League winners, scored through Mario Gomez (14th minute), Thomas Mueller (29th and 37th) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (43rd).

The German side started with their first eleven except for Franck Ribery and toyed with the Indians, attacking almost at will. The Indians, on the other hand, were content with defending their citadel without having a single clear shy at the opposition goal.