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MARK CROSSLEY'S blunder opened the floodgates as Forest's European adventure ended in complete humiliation at the City Ground last night.

Trailing 2-1 from the opening leg of this quarter-final, Forest were stabbed in the back by keeper Crossley's 29th-minute mistake - and it proved to be just the start of a night Forest and their fans will want to forget.

Crossley, so magnificent in Forest's earlier victories over Sweden's Malmo plus French pair Auxerre and Lyon, completely messed up his attempt to save Christian Ziege's 30-yard free-kick curled round the defensive wall.

Battlers

The diving Crossley appeared to have reached the ball inside his left- hand post, but somehow let the ball squirm through his grasp into the net. No wonder he stayed lying flat out on the line in total despair.

And when Thomas Strunz increased Bayern's advantage to 4-1 on aggregate after 43 minutes, Jurgen Klinsmann and the rest of his German team-mates were already making plans for the next round.

Defiantly, Forest's announcer slapped on `Land of Hope and Glory' on the tannoy at half-time, trying desperately to rally some spirit.

But he might just as well have played a funeral march instead, because there was no way back into this tie for Frank Clark's battlers. With Colin Cooper returning from Euro suspension after missing the first game in Munich's Olympic Stadium, to balance the loss of banned midfielder Scot Gemmill, Forest piled on plenty of early pressure.

Cleared

Bryan Roy, Steve Stone and Ian Woan had all been declared fit, and when England star Stone skipped past Ziege it needed Thomas Helmer to cut out his dangerous cross.

Roy lost his footing in the act of shooting after 11 minutes, producing only a weak effort which trickled straight at Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn.

Then Roy was too high from 20 yards, while Woan was unable to reach Kevin Campbell's header across goal from Roy's centre.

Forest were so close to scoring after 15 minutes, and making it 2-2 on aggregate.

Roy's right-wing corner reached Stuart Pearce beyond the far post, and the skipper poked in a shot which was cleared off the line by Strunz.

Stone's glancing header from another Roy corner was booted clear by Ciriaco Sforza, and Campbell almost reached Des Lyttle's cross before keeper Khan.

It was all Forest at this stage, and Cooper could have done better with a couple of close-range headers as Bayern fought with their backs to the wall.

But it was a totally false dawn for Forest after Cooper shoved Klinsmann to concede the fatal free-kick 30 yards out.

Lothar Matthaus touched the ball sideways, and Ziege's curling shot left Crossley grabbing at thin air.

Cooper slid the ball past Khan from Steve Chettle's head-on, only to discover the linesman's flag raised for offside, and there was further disaster for Forest after Mehmet Scholl had curved another free-kick wide. With two minutes left before the break, Andy Herzog laid a right-wing corner to Strunz, lurking outside the penalty area, who left Crossley flat-footed with a low drive from 20 yards which was helped by a considerable deflection off team-mate Markus Babbel.

The humiliation became worse for Forest after 75 minutes, when French international Papin - starting his first game since October because of injury - nipped in with a neat header past Crossely from Frey's cross.

Klinsmann rolled in Bayern's fifth goal after 80 minutes, after going round Crossley as Scholl's pass through the middle cut Forest wide open.

At least Forest showed some character by grabbing a goal of their own five minutes from the end.

With Bayern content to adopt a relaxed air, Stone played a one-two with Lee before hammering his low shot wide of Kahn from 10 yards.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Moore, David
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 1996
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