Bayern Munich defender BRENO (right), a member of Brazil’s bronze medal squad at the 2008 Summer Olympics, denies the ball to Switzerland international striker MARCO STRELLER, who scored 12 goals in 69 Bundesliga games in four seasons with Vfb Stuttgart and 1.FC Koeln before transferring to FC Basel in the summer of 2007, at the Allianz Arena in southern Germany. (Oliver Lang/DAPD)
UEFA Champions League
3 – Bayern Munich (GER) ———— Ribery 35′, 50′, Tymoshchuk 37′
0 – FC Basel (SWITZ)
A trio of fine saves from the young, inexperienced second-string goalkeeper and a quick pair of strikes with roughly ten minutes to go in the first half enabled German Bundesliga champion BAYERN MUNICH to suppress visiting Swiss Super League titlists FC BASEL 3-0 in Group E of the UEFA Champions League.
22-year-old THOMAS KRAFT, impressive in his first-ever start for the Bayern Munich first team a fortnight ago in Rome, was needed early on by the Bavarians to stem the assault of their Alpine neighbors, managed by former Bayern Munich midfielder THORSTEN FINK.
20-year-old defender DIEGO CONTENTO demonstrated both determination and effort as Bayern Munich took the lead in the 35th minute. A return ball from 20-year-old Germany World Cup reserve midfielder TONI KROOS looked to be a bit long, but sheer hustle and an effective shoulder charge on FC Basel’s Cape Verde-born midfielder CABRAL won out. Contento pulled the ball back for France World Cup midfielder FRANCK RIBERY, who made no mistake and scored his first goal in Europe for Bayern Munich this season.
Ukraine international ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK, who will not be denied a place and is now back in central defense for the Bavarians, added a second for Bayern Munich a couple of minutes later. A corner kick from Kroos was headed towards the net by Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ and swept in by the 31-year-old handyman from close range. A first goal in the UEFA Champions League, then, for Tymoshchuk this season, who had a brace in the Bundesliga opposite Eintract Frankfurt and counts three goals in his last three games.
In all, Tymoshchuk boasts four goals in all competitions this season for Bayern Munich.
Ribery added his second of the night and his third of the season to give Bayern Munich a 3-0 advantage five minutes into the second half following a centering pass from Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER; coming into the match with FC Basel, the Frenchman had only managed a single goal against amateur side TSV Germania Windeck in the German Cup back on August 16.
With five wins in six matches, Bayern Munich easily finished first in Group E of the UEFA Champions League; FC Basel, who needed to win and receive some help from Romanian outfit CFR Cluj Napoc in order to secure the second spot in the knockout round, will instead take part in the UEFA Europa League this spring.
With Ghana World Cup defender SAMUEL INKOOM (22), bought by FC Basel from two-time African champion FC Asante Kotoko for $ 700,000 in the spring of 2009, back on his heels, France World Cup FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich leaps into the attack at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria. (Oliver Lang/DAPD)
BAYERN MUNICH : Kraft – Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Breno, Contento – van Bommel, Kroos (Altintop 68′) – Schweinsteiger – Ribery, Mueller – Gomez
FC BASEL : Costanzo – Inkoom, Abraham, Ferati, Safari – Shaqiri (Tembo 76′), Yapi, Cabral (Almerares 55′), Stocker – Streller (Xhaka 46′), Frei