Miroslav Klose began his career with Bayern Munich in emphatic style yesterday, scoring one goal and setting up another as the German masters beat Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo 2-1 in the HKSAR 10th Anniversary Reunification Cup at Hong Kong Stadium.
Playing his first match for the Bavarian side since moving from Werder Bremen last week, Klose headed home an equaliser in the second half following a corner and then won a free kick which was converted by Hamit Altintop for the winning goal.
'I would give his performance 99 marks out of 100,' said Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. 'The missing one mark is because he did not score the second goal himself.'
Sao Paulo opened the scoring through Marcel Augusto Ortolan in the 19th minute.
Klose equalised in the 60th minute and should have made it two goals 15 minutes later. A perfect through ball from Altintop sent Klose clear in the middle but as he was about to shoot, Sao Paulo midfielder Eric Leandro da Silva fouled the Germany international.
Altintop, also a new signing, took the free kick and the ball deflected off a defender before finding its way into the net.
'It is important for new players to score in their first match,' said Hitzfeld. 'It boosts their morale and takes some of the early pressure off them.
'Klose is very skilful. He is quick and mobile and can also create opportunities for his teammates, but I don't want to single out just one player as we have a lot of quality up front.'
In the following match, the China national team, who are preparing for next week's Asian Cup finals, defeated the Fifa World Stars 2-0, the goals coming from Zhao Xuri and Shao Jiayi. Many of the 38,000 crowd had left the stadium by then after watching the Bayern and Sao Paulo match.
In a move to symbolise reunification, six Hong Kong players - Fan Chun-yip, Poon Yiu-cheuk, Lo Kwan-yee, Man Pei-tak, Chan Siu-ki and Lee Wai-lun - played for the mainlanders in the first half, before being replaced at the break.