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Bayern lucky to beat Osnabrueck

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL Claudio Pizarro had two goals and Roy Makaay scored in injury time as Bayern Munich had to claw its way back against a third-division team


Roy Makaay scored in injury time Tuesday to give Bayern Munich a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over third-division Osnabrueck in the second round of the German Cup.

Claudio Pizarro, the Peruvian striker playing his second match following a long recovery from a cracked skull in July, had two goals for Bayern.

Bayern trailed 2-1 but fought back as Makaay got the late winner, just as he scored the equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund in a Bundesliga match on Saturday.

"It was a typical cup match," Bayern coach Felix Magath said. "I think the fans had a good time."

Pizarro notched the first goal of his comeback when he headed in unchallenged in the fifth minute.

Joe Enochs, a 33-year-old Californian, fired the equalizer from about 25m in the 19th, beating Bayern's reserve goalkeeper Michael Rensing with a fierce shot.

"The coach told us to shoot as often as we could and I just hit the ball when I saw it coming," Enochs said.

Bayern was missing several starters through injury or illness, including No. 2 goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and midfielders Sebastian Deisler and Michael Ballack, although Deisler came on late in the match.

In the final seconds of the first half, Bayern should have earned a penalty when Hasan Salihamidzic was brought down in the box but the call never came.

Osnabrueck went ahead after 63 minutes. Wolfgang Schuette's chipped shot bounced off the crossbar and Thomas Reichenberger pounced to score.

Ten minutes later, Rensing made a one-handed save to keep Bayern in the match and a minute later Pizarro found the target from 16m with a well-placed shot.

Makaay used a through ball to beat the Osnabrueck defense with time running out and easily slotted home.

Two Bundesliga teams were ousted by second-division sides -- Nuremberg lost 3-2 to Ahlen in extra time and Mainz was knocked out by Karlsruhe in a penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Nuremberg squandered a two-goal lead and Musemestre Bamba had two goals in Ahlen's comeback, including the extra-time winner.

Two days after drawing 1-1 in the Bundesliga, Freiburg and Bochum met again, with Freiburg winning 3-2.

Spanish League

David Beckham scored from a 61st-minute free kick Tuesday as Real Madrid edged Osasuna 1-0 to move into first place in the Spanish league and give new coach Mariano Garcia Remon a winning start.

The goal by Beckham, who was recalled by Garcia Remon after being dropped last weekend, boosted morale of the troubled team, whose coach Jose Antonio Camacho resigned Sunday.

Fans whistled Madrid players during the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in protest at their poor recent form. The main target was left back Roberto Carlos, whom supporters believe showed a lack of support for Camacho during his four-month spell in charge.

"It was a difficult game to take on but we go to bed tonight as leaders and Jose will certainly be happy," Garcia Remon said. "Today we're leaders thanks to the work done by Jose."

Madrid has nine points from four games, two more than Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Osasuna, which all have played three matches.

Osasuna also has seven but from four games.

European soccer's governing body Tuesday awarded Dynamo Kiev a 3-0 forfeit victory and ordered AS Roma to play two home games behind closed doors because a fan injured Swedish referee Anders Frisk during a Champions' League match last week.

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