Klinsmann Off-Kilter in Bayern Draw

MUNICH -- Bayern Munich's prolific striker Juergen Klinsmann suffered another frustrating night as his team were held to a goalless draw by champions Borussia Dortmund in the German first division.


Klinsmann, Germany's captain and hero of Euro 96, failed to show his usual sharpness in front of goal as the Bavarians were foiled by a brilliant performance by Dortmund goalkeeper Stefan Klos on a damp night in Munich's Olympic stadium.


Klinsmann worked hard but lacked the composure and deadly accuracy which has helped him to perform at such at high level at major international tournaments in recent years.


In the 11th minute all Klinsmann needed to do was square the ball across the goal to two unmarked teammates but the striker hit the ball straight into the arms of Klos.


In the 51st minute, Klinsmann struck a good chance over the top of the bar after a great run down the left by midfielder Mehmet Scholl. In the 66th minute, the forward was frustrated by Klos again when the Dortmund keeper stopped his left-foot shot on the turn.


Klos, one of the smallest goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, was by far the best player on the pitch. His best save came in the first half when he dived acrobatically to turn Mario Basler's fierce long-range effort over the bar.


But after the interval the Dortmund goalkeeper also reacted superbly to keep out shots from Marcel Witeczek and Dietmar Hamann.


Dortmund, who have struggled with injuries for most of this season, played cautiously and let the Bavarians come at them. Basler was Bayern's best player, making some forceful runs from midfield.


The visitors' best chance came in the 10th minute when captain Michael Zorc got on to the end of a cross from Swiss Stephane Chapuisat and forced Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn to make a brilliant reaction save with a close-range header.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)