Bayern Munich 4 – TSG Hoffenheim 0


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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ of Bayern Munich, the top Torjaeger in all the Bundesliga this season, competes for the ball with TSG Hoffenheim’s Austria international DAVID ALABA (8), the 18-year-old midfielder sent out on loan by the defending champions to the Baden-Wuerttemberg club for the rest of the season, at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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BUNDESLIGA
Spieltag # 22
2/12/2011

4 – Bayern Munich ——————— Gomez 2′, Mueller 15′, Robben 63′, 81′
0 – TSG Hoffenheim

A lightning-quick goal in just the second minute of the match and a pair of top-class strikes on the other side of the halftime whistle highlighted defending champion BAYERN MUNICH’s 4-0 hammering of visiting TSG HOFFENHEIM in the German top flight.

Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, the leading Torjaeger in the Bundesliga, grabbed his 17th goal after a trio of World Cup wingers handled the approach work. France’s FRANCK RIBERY played Germany’s THOMAS MUELLER, who promptly released Holland’s ARJEN ROBBEN into the area on the right. The reigning German Footballer of the Year delivered a square ball that was deflected before being stabbed home by the ever-opportunistic Gomez, who now counts 26 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich this term.

Mueller won the ball in the offensive third to trigger the next tally. After Ribery’s run into the area was halted, the Frenchman collected the loose ball and fed Der Neue Bomber in the box. The youthful Mueller rifled a low, right-footed shot inside the near post of TSG Hoffenheim goalkeeper TOM STARKE to score his seventh goal this Bundesliga season and 12th in all games for the Bavarians.

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Holland World Cup reserve winger RYAN BABEL (10) of TSG Hoffenheim, bought by the Sinsheim-based club from English Premier League club FC Liverpool for a transfer fee of 7.0 million Euros during the Winterpause, lands on top of Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER during the one-sided Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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The second half was very much the Arjen Robben Show taking center stage. On a play very reminiscent to the sequence in which Robben scored a goal for Holland against Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Dutchman ran at the TSG Hoffenheim defense after taking a short pass from Germany World Cup fullback PHILIPP LAHM on the right. Cutting inside and skipping pas a host of defenders, Robben unleashed a low, left-footed drive to wrong-foot the besieged Starke.

Robben capped the affair with a goal of the highest class. The heavily-involved Ribery floated a high ball from the left over to his fellow winger lurking on the right. The former FC Chelsea and Real Madrid man casually settled the ball, then picked his spot to precision. With the deadly combination of curl and dip, the Dutchman’s ball eluded the diving Starke and tucked neatly into the far post netting.

After missing the entire first half of the campaign with a crippling hamstring injury, the recovered Robben has recorded four goals in four Bundesliga game and five in as many matches for Bayern Munich this year.

Thanks to FSV Mainz’s defeat by 1.FC Koeln and the draw of Hannover 96 with Werder Bremen on Sunday, the victory over TSG Hoffenheim left Bayern Munich alone in third place on the Bundesliga chart.

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(Sebastian Widmann/DAPD)
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BAYERN MUNICH : Kraft – Lahm, Tymoshchuyk, Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo – Schweinsteiger, Pranjic – Robben (Altintop 84′), Mueller, Ribery – Gomez

TSG HOFFENHEIM : Starke – Beck, Vorsah (Simunic 46′), Compper, Ibertsberger – Alaba – Rudy (Weis 20′), Salihovic – Vukcevic (Sigurdsson 77′), Ibisevic, Babel

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(Sebastian Widmann/DAPD)
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(Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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(Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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(Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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