Bayern Munich 2 – FC Zurich 0


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Switzerland international ADMIR MEHMEDI, the 20-year-old striker who scored both of FC Zurich’s goals in the third round Champions League conquest of Belgian club Standard Liege, looks to separate himself from diminutive France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY of German outfit Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League Playoff match at the ausverkauft Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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August 17, 2011
UEFA Champions League
Playoff, first leg

2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ——— Schweinsteiger 8′, Robben 72′
0 – FC ZURICH (Switz)

An early goal eased pressure on an attack which has struggled to score goals all summer and a second strike after the halftime whistle provided significant insurance for the return match next week as German Bundesliga club BAYERN MUNICH blanked visiting Swiss Super League side FC ZURICH 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff round tie.

The visitors actually created the first chance but the header of Tunisia international ARMINE CHERMITI, the former SC Hertha Berlin striker who hit the 90th-minute game-winning-goal for FC Zurich against domestic rival FC Basel this past weekend, was well wide.

And then, Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER headed Bayern Munich to the lead before even eight full minutes were in the books. Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO, who struck the injury time match-winner against Vfl Wolfsburg last Saturday, initiated the move with a fine defensive effort to poke the ball away from FC Zurich midfielder MARCO SCHOENBAECHLER following a corner kick. The influential Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN ran down the left flank and delivered a slightly-deflected cross for Schweinsteiger to net his second goal for the Bavarians of this season still just beginning.

Bayern Munich, who would outshoot their Swiss guests by the overwhelming margin of 20-4 on the evening, continued to press by were denied by poor finishing and FC Zurich goalkeeper JOHNNY LEONI, who ended with eight saves; later in the first half, Chermiti had another chance with a close range header but the ball was directed straight at Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich.

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FC Zurich midfielder HEINZ BARMETTLER (21) looks on as French defender MATHIEU BEDA (28), who transferred to last season’s Swiss Super League runner-up this past February after two and a half campaigns with German 2.Bundesliga club TSV 1860 Munich, tackles the ball away from the reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister, Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (33) of Bayern Munich, during the UEFA Champions League playoff match at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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The four-time European Cup / UEFA Champions League titlists continued to attack in earnest after the break but a second goal proved to be elusive. Out of form Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ was particularly ineffective but, to the surprise of some, never taken off by Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES. Croatia international attacker IVICA OLICA, the 31-year-old veteran who was directly involved in the dramatic late goal at Wolfsburg over the weekend, might have been given fifteen or twenty minutes to see what he could do.

Bayern Munich’s luckless France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, still in search of his first goal in any competition this new campaign, would fashion a hard shot that Leoni could not hold and soon curled a free kick off the post in the second half, as well.

Finally, Gomez laid a ball off to Robben at the top of the area on the right with a little less than twenty minutes remaining. The Dangerous Dutchman, who did not play in the Bundesliga game with Vfl Wolfsburg over the weekend, casually settled and quickly curled a diabolical, dipping drive over Leoni in the 72nd minute to score his first goal for Bayern Munich this term. Easily the Man of the Match against FC Zurich, Robben ran his career record for Bayern Munich in Europe to five goals in a baker’s dozen matches with the effort.

FC Zurich’s veteran French defender MATHIEU BEDA, who was on the books at Bavarian 2.Bundesliga club TSV 1860 Munich at this point in time one year ago, was shown a second yellow card in time added on and will miss the return leg next week in Switzerland as a result.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who was bought by the record German champion from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid for the transfer fee of 25.0 million Euros in August of 2009, runs away from the challenge of 31-year-old FC Zurich defensive midfielder SILVAN AEGERTER (7) during the UEFA Champions League Playoff match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Robben, Kroos (Mueller 57′), Ribery – Gomez

FC ZURICH : Leoni – R. Koch, Teixeira, Beda, Rodriguez – Aegerter – Schoenbaechler (Nikci 55′), Barmettler (Buff 67′), Djuric – Mehmedi, Chermiti (Drmic 84′)

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