Bayern Munich 0 – Borussia Moenchengladbach 1


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With Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN watching from behind, Brazil international fullback RAFINHA of Bayern Munich attempts to tackle the ball away from Borussia Moenchengladbach’s attack-minded midfielder MICHAEL REUS (right), who led die Fohlen with ten goals in the German top flight last term, during the Bundesliga season-opener at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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08/07/2011
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 1

0 – BAYERN MUNICH
1 – BOR. MOENCHENGLADBACH ——— de Camargo 62′

A most familiar story, then, as all the possession and territorial advantage a team could want, in the end, amount to nothing as yet another soft goal conceded very much against the run of play just past the hour mark produces yet another terribly disappointing result as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH crash 1-0 at home to heavy underdog BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH in their opening match of this 2011-12 Bundesliga season.

To put things in perspective — Die Fohlen (the Foals), who finished 16th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga last term and just barely escaped banishment to the German second division, just defeated Bayern Munich in Bavaria for only the second time ever in 44 league meetings.

Germany internationl striker MARIO GOMEZ, the Bundesliga Torjaegermeister with 28 goals a season ago, headed a cross flush off the post in the 55th minute which would, ultimately, serve well to foreshadow the fate that would become of Bayern Munich and their trainer JUPP HEYNCKES, who had been such a magnificent goal-scorer for Borussia Moenchengladbach during his playing days.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER had done well to deny Borussia Moenchengladbach’s experienced Venezuela international midfielder JUAN ARANGO shortly before the break but was completely at fault when Belgium international striker IGOR DE CAMARGO beat him to a ball to put Bayern Munich behind for good shorlty after the hour.

Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER looked to have leveled matters for Bayern Munich with about a quarter hour to play after only to have his strike controversially canceled on account of offsides. Borussia Moenchengladbach’s inexpereinced goalkeeper MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN was able to keep out a low drive from Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER but Mueller garnered the rebound on the left and headed home. However, the luckless Gomez was seen by the linesman to have been in an offside position.

The 19-year-old ter Stegen, who entered with exactly six Bundesliga games under his belt before facing star-studded Bayern Munich in the opener, had a solid match with seven shots stopped it should be noted.

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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng (Petersen 76′), Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Robben, Kroos (Ribery 60′), Mueller – Gomez

BOR. MOENCHENGLADBACH : ter Stegen – Jantschke (Marx 90′), Brouwers, Dante, Daems – Nordtveit, Neustaedter – Reus (Rupp 90+2′), Arango – Hanke (Hermann 83′), de Camargo

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