Magath's Rapid relief
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Felix Magath was pleased with Paolo Guerrero's winning goal over Rapid.Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath was a relieved man after Paolo Guerrero's goal against Rapid Vienna handed the Bundesliga champions a successful start to their UEFA Champions League campaign.
The Germans were frustrated for an hour until Guerrero popped up to tap in after a Roy Makaay header had been saved, much to the relief of Magath.
"It's not easy to come here and win," said Magath. "We weren't determined enough in the first half and it turned into an absorbing contest in the second period. We had chances, but they had their chances too."
Magath paid tribute to Rapid's impressive performance which troubled Bayern's rearguard throughout the entire match.
"We created much more after taking the lead, but it's the right result at the end of the day. That counts as a good evening for us."
Rapid striker Muhammed Akagunduz caught the eye of Magath for the wrong reasons, with the Bayern coach accusing him of diving in a bid to win a penalty.
Challenged by Lucio, the Austrian international went down to earn his side a late penalty. Rapid's joy turned to sorrow when Josef Valachovic placed the ball the wrong side of Oliver Kahn's right post.
"What Akagunduz did was not sporting, a clear-cut dive, and I hope that Uefa will have a look at TV footage," the former Stuttgart coach fumed.
Germany keeper Kahn admits Bayern were not at their best on Wednesday.
"As I said before kick-off, we've started extremely well in the Bundesliga, but this is a completely different competition and it's never easy to win," he said. "We've not run up any particularly convincing away victories in the Champions League recently, so I reckon we were a little cramped at the start.
"It's vital to get the first three points under your belt. We're at home next time out and we can build on this.
"If we win our next match, the worst of the pressure is off."