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Nov 21, 2012

Bayern president: Let's hit the gas

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged his team to click back into gear despite watching them reach the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Valencia.

The Bavarians were on the brink of defeat when Sofiane Feghouli gave the ten-man Spanish team the lead after 77 minutes, but Thomas Muller rescued a point with an 82nd-minute equaliser.

"We can be satisfied with the result, but not with the game," Rummenigge said. "If you have an extra man for an hour but end up being relieved it has finished 1-1, that isn't satisfactory. We need to get into gear and hit the gas again."

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes made five changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Nurnberg at the weekend, and skipper Philipp Lahm said: "We're frustrated, because we could have come away with more today. We chose the wrong option in a number of situations."

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino praised his players' attitude after they came within minutes of sealing top spot at the Mestalla.

Los Che's ten players impressed after right-back Antonio Barragan was sent off by referee Howard Webb for a senseless flying challenge on David Alaba midway through the first half.

Feghouli's deflected strike seemed to have won them the match, and Pellegrino said: "We saw a very good game, but it got away from us in the end.

"We had to suffer, as they have a lot of quality, but we were clever. We still had chances with ten men and kept going until we got the goal. It was just a pity it got away from us by so little."

Goalscorer Feghouli, who spent a lot of the game at right-back after the sending-off, said he was happy with how he and his teammates had pulled together, saying: "We played a fantastic game, and we are very happy because we deserve to have qualified."

Lille's surprise 2-0 win at BATE means both Valencia and Bayern progress to the knockout stages, with Bayern needing to beat BATE at home in the final game to ensure a first-placed finish.

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