UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal, 2nd Leg
BAYERN MUNICH-AC MILAN (ESPN2 2:30 pm ET, live)
Bayern Munich aims to return to the semifinals for the first time since
lifting its fourth European Cup in 2001.
Having managed a 2-2 tie, on two goals by defender Daniel van Buyten
, in the first leg in Milan, a scoreless or 1-1 tie in Munich would
be enough to see Bayern through.
But Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
has been hit hard by injuries: defenders Willy Sagnol
and Martin Demichelis
are out and midfielder
Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to recover from a knee injury. Also banged up are Owen Hargreaves, Lucio
and Hasan Salihamidzic
. But midfielder Mark van Bommel
goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
return from suspension.
"I'm optimistic," said Hitzfeld, who coached Bayern to its title 2001 and returned when Felix Magath
was fired after a slow
start to the 2006-07 season.
AC Milan is without suspended forward Alberto Gilardino
. Filippo Inzaghi
may start as a lone striker but is slowed by a hamstring injury.
AC Milan has not fared well on the road so far this season, winning only once, against Anderlecht, playing to scoreless ties with Lille and Celtic, and losing, 1-0, to AEK Athens.
Bayern Munich --
1-Oliver Kahn; 30-Christian Lell, 3-Lucio, 5-Daniel Van Buyten, 21-Philipp Lahm; 20-Hasan Salihamidzic, 17-Mark van Bommel, 23-Owen Hargreaves,
39-Andreas Ottl; 10-Roy Makaay, 11-Lukas Podolski AC Milan --
1-Dida; 44-Massimo Oddo, 13-Alessandro Nesta, 3-Paolo Maldini, 18-Marek Jankulovski; 8-Gennaro Gattuso, 21-Andrea Pirlo,
23-Massimo Ambrosini, 10-Clarence Seedorf; 22-Kaka; 9-Filippo Inzaghi.
Referee: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)