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Santa Cruz saves Bayern in Belgium


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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Substitute Roque Santa Cruz saved Bayern Munich from embarrassment against Belgian side Anderlecht in Champions League Group A.

The Paraguayan's header on 74 minutes clinched a 1-1 draw after the German champions had Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro sent off and then fell behind to Ivica Mornar's strike.

Celtic picked up their first win of the campaign with Liam Miller and Chris Sutton scoring in a 2-0 win over French champions Lyon.

Bayern's problems began on 34 minutes when Pizarro was booked for a tackle from behind on Besnik Hasi. Less than a minute later he was in trouble again for a second foul and Bayern were down to 10 men.

The Belgian side gradually grew in confidence and took the lead when Mornar swept in Aruna Dindane's cross from close range on 53 minutes.

But Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's decision to throw on Santa Cruz and Bosnian midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic paid dividends when Salihamidzic crossed for Santa Cruz to head in at the far post.

"I am very relieved," said Hitzfeld. "Anderlecht are strong at home and when you lose a man after 35 minutes it makes things even more difficult.

"Pizarro didn't deserve the red card, but when you have already been warned once you shouldn't go into challenges so naively."

Celtic struck twice in eight second-half minutes to overpower French champions Lyon and banish memories of Alan Thompson's first half penalty miss.

Henrik Larsson provided the crosses for Liam Miller and Chris Sutton to head the goals.

"It was a tremendous night for the club and we were just sensational against a fine Lyon side who passed the ball really well," Celtic coach Martin O'Neill said. "We played wonderfully well tonight."


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