Hitzfeld praises Bayern spirit
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Peruvian striker received his marching orders after picking up two quick bookings and the hosts used their numerical advantage through Ivica Mornar before Roque Santa Cruz's strike on 73 minutes rescued a vital point for the Bundesliga titans.
"I am relieved that 10 players got a point against a strong home team and I believe that the result is fair," commented Hitzfeld.
"The first card against Pizarro was not justified, but once you get booked you can't act so naive as he did.
"We were in control of the match and only after the sending off Anderlecht got stronger.
"We should have avoided conceding the goal when we were too careless, but we showed a good reaction and it was important that we didn't drop all three points against a competitor," explained Hitzfeld.
Hasan Salihamidzic, who rushed from the bench to set-up Santa Cruz's equaliser, underlined Bayern's ambition to bring the Champions League title back to Munich.
"It was just perfect that my first touch set up our goal, but we want to win the trophy and therefore we couldn't afford to lose in Anderlecht," the Bosnian international stressed.
Anderlecht boss Hugo Broos, however, was disappointed that his side allowed Bayern to snatch a point despite their numerical disadvantage.
"We missed a good chance to win the game after we took the lead. We got one point, but I don't think we can be satisfied by that," said Broos.