FC Zurich 0 – Bayern Munich 1


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Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER (25) of Bayern Munich, who is still on the hunt for his first goal of the 2011-12 campaign but had two assists in the Bavarians’ big win over SV Hamburg in the Bundesliga this past Saturday, races for the ball with 18-year-old FC Zurich left back RICARDO RODRIGUEZ during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff tie at the sold-out Letzigrund athletic facility in Switzerland.
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August 23, 2011
UEFA Champions League
Playoff, second leg

0 – FC ZURICH (Switz)
1 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ———— Gomez 7′

Yet another early goal out of the gate virtually sealed the deal and rock-solid defending thereafter rendered it official as four-time European champion BAYERN MUNICH blanked Swiss host FC Zurich 1-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff tie to comfortably advance 3-0 on aggregate.

Oddly enough, the very first chance of the match — as had occurred in the first leg last week in Munich — fell to FC Zurich’s Tunisia international ARMINE CHERMITI. Unfortunately for the home fans and trainer URS FISCHER’s injury-hit side, the one-time SC Hertha Berlin striker, once again, failed to hit the target. And, as had been the case at the Allianz Arena the previous Wednesday, Bayern Munich were quick to make the Swiss team pay for its inability to capitalize on its early chances.

Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER, who was left on the bench by Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES to start the first leg against FC Zurich in the Champions League six days ago, sped down the right wing in the seventh minute after receiving a creative ball from Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS, restored to the Bavarian Startelf after sitting out Saturday’s massive 5-0 win over SV Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

Mueller bent an inviting ball into the path of Germany international MARIO GOMEZ, last season’s Bundesliga Torjaegermeister who finally bagged his first league goal of this new season for Bayern Munich in the demolition of die Rothosen over the weekend. The 26-year-old striker then curled a devastating left-footer around FC Zurich’s diving goalkeeper JOHNNY LEONI to all but destroy any Swiss hopes whatsover of leveling the affair. Gomez, who has struggled to take full advantage of his opportunities this summer, has now struck in all three competitions (Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, Champions League) and leads Bayern Munich with three goals from six overall matches.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich, the somewhat-controversial summer signing from rival Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen who has quietly put together a shutout streak of four matches in all competitions for the Bavarian club now, gathers the ball ahead of FC Zurich’s Tunisia international striker ARMINE CHERMITI (9), who made 10 appearances but did not score any goals for SC Hertha Berlin during the 2008-09 Bundesliga season, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff tie at the Letzigrund in Switzerland.
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Gomez might have added another goal shortly before the break but turned aside by Leoni at full stretch down low and did appear to come up limping after the sequence. The central striker was taken off at halftime and replaced by former Germany U-21 international NILS PETERSEN, the off-season acquisition from Energie Cottbus who led the 2.Bundesliga last term with 25 goals. The move was strictly precautionary; the official Bayern Munich website have already stated that Gomez is expected to be fit for duty in the Bundesliga this weekend.

With the 2-0 lead already in hand from the first leg, the record German champions were also in no mood to take any risks with Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN. Back trouble was reportedly dogging the Dangerous Dutchman, who scored such fabulous goals in consecutive matches against FC Zurich as well as SV Hamburg and did participate in Monday’s training session ahead of the Champions League match in Switzerland. Robben sat on the bench as an unused substitute at the Letzigrund but has also been declared by Bayern Munich’s website as ready for 1.FC Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

Petersen, a purchase of 2.8 million Euros still looking to repay the investment with a his first goal of the new season, was foiled in the second half when Leoni again did very well to – once again – get down and palm away a curling shot ticketed for the far corner.

Bayern Munich were always prepared to play conservative, safety-first football all night in order to progress to the Group Stage of the Champions League, participation in which guarantees a reported 25.0 million Euros at the minimum; last season, the Bavarian club reportedly generated payments totaling 32.0 million Euros from the coffers of UEFA as a result of its progress in European competition.

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Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG, the summer signing who cost 13.5 million Euros from English Premier League club Manchester City and did well with a clearance off the line in the first half to help keep the Bayern Munich sheet clean, shields the ball from FC Zurich midfielder MAURICE BRUNNER (24) during the second half of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff tie at the Letzigrund facility in the Swiss city long famous for its banking industry.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng, van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Alaba 72′), Kroos (Tymoshchuk 64′), Ribery – Gomez (Petersen 46′)

FC ZURICH : Leoni – P.Koch, Teixeira, Barmettler, Rodriguez – Aegerter (Gajic 65′), Buff – Schoenbaechler, Djuric (Brunner 66′) – Chermiti, Mehmedi (Drmic 78′)

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