Audi Cup : Semi-Reserve Barcelona Side Blanks Bayern Munich B


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Mali international midfielder SEYDOU KEITA of FC Barcelona, who appeared in 35 La Liga games and scored three goals for the Spanish champions last season, looks on as Bayern Munich winger TAKASHI USAMI, the 19-year-old Japanese winger newly-arrived on loan for the season to the Bavarian club from J-League side Gamba Osaka, goes to ground during the 2011 Audi Cup Final at the Allianz Arena in southern Germany.
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A goal on both sides of the halftime whistle from Spanish U-21 international midfielder THIAGO ALCANTARA allowed defending European and La Liga champion FC BARCELONA to overtake the second string of Bundesliga Rekordmeister BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 in an anti-climatic 2011 Audi Cup Final from Bavaria.

Although last year’s UEFA Champions League winners were without several World Cup stars including Argentina’s LIONEL MESSI as well as Spain’s CARLOS PUYOL and XAVI HERNANDEZ, the reigning La Liga titlist under the direction of trainer JOSEP “Pep” GUARDIOLA still fielded Spain’s World Cup goal-shark DAVID VILLA, the World Cup-winning goal-scorer ANDRES INIESTA and first choice goalkeeper VICTOR VALDES among others in their Startelf.

Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES, on the other hand, sent out what was essentially the B team and elected to rest all of the club’s heavy artillery after defeating Italian champions AC Milan yesterday on penalties in the Audi Cup semi-final; one player who did appear in the first team today for die Roten was Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG, recently purchased from English Premier League outfit Manchester City for 13.5 million Euros.

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Austria international midfielder DAVID ALABA had a glorious opportunity to tip the scoreless balance with FC Barcelona in favor of Bayern Munich six minutes before the break but the youngster back from a loan spell to finish last season at Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was unable to find the back of the net in the 2011 Audi Cup Final at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Butt – Rafinha (Schweinsteiger 54′), Boateng, Badstuber (Tymoshchuk 46′), Contento – Pranjic, Luiz Gustavo – Usami, Alaba (Kroos 67′), Olic (Mueller 67′) – Petersen (Gomez 63′)

FC BARCELONA : Valdes (Pinto 46′) – Jonathan (Carmona 79′), Busquets (Pique 75′), Fontas, Maxwell (Gustavo 54′) – Thiago, Iniesta (Riverola 61′), Keita – Villa (Armando 84′), Soriano (Cuenca 66′), Pedro (Afellay 61′)

goals —— Thiago 42′, 75′

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