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HALF TIME: Swindon Town 1 Bayern Munich II 1
SWINDON Town and Bayern Munich II are locked at 1-1 at half time in their friendly match in Andalo this evening.
Paul Benson handed Swindon the early advantage, rolling the ball past Maximilian Riedmuller from Matt Ritchie’s pass after three minutes.
Bayern levelled when Town failed to clear their lines and Alessandro Schopf was on hand to bury beyond Wes Foderingham, but the Robins almost edged in front once more when Andy Williams struck a post after being played in by Paul Benson.
Town have been a good match for their German opponents, and in glimpses have given the opposing back four serious headaches.
Here are the key moments from today’s first half:
Three mins: GOAL 1-0 (Benson) What a start from Town! Matt Ritchie nips in to steal the ball on the right flank and feeds Paul Benson, and the striker makes no mistake in slotting the ball beyond Maximilian Riedmuller.
14 mins: Dale Jennings latches onto a long ball from deep in the Bayern midfield and almost skips past Troy Archibald-Henville, priming himself for a pop at goal, but Town’s big centre-back does well to recover and makes the tackle.
18 mins: Top save by Wes Foderingham. The Swindon keeper gets down low to his right to palm the ball to safety and deny Bastian Fischer from very close range.
25 mins: GOAL 1-1 (Schopf) A cross from the right evades most of the Town defence, Ritchie can’t clear at the back post and, after Dale Jennings completely miscues his effort, the ball lands at the feet of Alessandro Schopf who fires home.
36 mins:The Robins go so close to taking the lead once again when Andy Williams is played through by Benson. The former Yeovil striker beats Riedmuller but the ball ricochets off the Bayern keeper’s right-hand post and Williams can’t quite toe-poke in the rebound.
41 mins: Williams turns nicely on the edge of the area but his low shot is easily scooped up by Riedmuller.
SWINDON TOWN: Wes Foderingham; Nathan Thompson, Alan McCormack, Troy Archibald-Henville, Jay McEveley; Matt Ritchie, Alan Navarro, Tommy Miller, Gary Roberts; Paul Benson, Andy Williams.
Subs: Leigh Bedwell, Chris Smith, Paul Caddis, Alessandro Cibocchi, Aden Flint, Oliver Risser, Joe Devera, Louis Thompson, Simon Ferry, Luke Rooney, Raffa De Vita, James Collins, Miles Storey
Bayern Munich II: Maximilian Riedmuller; Niklas Horn, Stefan Buck, Lukas Grill, Altin Lala, Tobias Schweisteiger, Bastian Fischer, Maxim Rothenbucher, Fabian Hurbeler, Dale Jennings, Alessandro Schopf
Subs: Daniel Muller, Marius Duhnke, Patrick Weihrauch, Vladimir Rankovic, Toni Vastic, Antonio Pangallo
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