Unbeknownst to a focused Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the 27-year-old who has won 89 international caps in his career, flying in with the reckless challenge from behind is CF Villarreal’s Spain World Cup reserve defender CARLOS MARCHENA, the 32-year-old veteran who has collected 69 caps for his country, during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Estadio El Madrigal.
September 14, 2011
UEFA Champions League
Group A, Matchday # 1
0 – CF VILLARREAL (Spa)
2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ——— Kroos 7′, Rafinha 76′
A well-taken goal just seven minutes into the match and rock-solid defensive play thereafter propelled visiting German Bundesliga side and four-time European champion BAYERN MUNICH to an important 2-0 victory over Spanish La Liga host CF VILLARREAL on the first day of play for Group A in the UEFA Champions League.
France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who scored two goals and added an assist for Bayern Munich in the big Bundesliga win over SC Freiburg this past Saturday, made another penetrating run on the left flank and expertly pulled the ball back for Germany World Cup reserve midfielder TONI KROOS to clinically stroke first time into the far corner before even seven minutes had expired.
The 21-year-old’s goal marked a first this season in any competition for Bayern Munich and arrives eight days after the developing Kroos had shot his first-ever international goal for Deutschland from the penalty spot in the friendly against Poland.
Bayern Munich were forced to bring off veteran Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN due to injury in the 23rd minute, but this did not ruin the Bavarians’ rythmn in any way at either end. CF Villarreal made attempts to get back into the game but were unable to breach a Bayern wall that has now extended its consecutive shutout streak to seven contests. Italy international striker GIUSEPPE “Jersey Joe” ROSSI and fullback MARIO GASPAR had the best efforts for El Submarino Amarillo but were thwarted by Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER.
Highly-experienced Ukraine international ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK of Bayern Munich, the valuable 32-year-old midfielder who has made 109 appearances for his country in his career, slide tackles the ball away from rugged CF Villarreal midfielder BRUNO SORIANO (21) during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Estadio El Madrigal.
There was little doubt which side controlled the match as evidenced the 12-4 disparity Bayern Munich enjoyed in the attempts-at-goal department. The Bavarians did even better in the on-target category with a 7-2 ratio, according to the official site of the UEFA Champions League. This despite Bayern trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ decision to replace Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, he of seven goals from his last two Bundesliga games, at the half.
The substitute for Gomez off the bench, NILS PETERSEN, was involved in some good opportunities for Bayern Munich in the second half. But last season’s top goal-scorer in the 2.Bundesliga was stopped twice by a diving CF Villarreal goalkeeper DIEGO LOPEZ. And Kroos, latching onto a ball from Petersen, was extremely unlucky to not add a second goal after striking the proverbial woodwork at the back post.
Brazil international defender RAFINHA shot a second goal for Bayern Munich with less than a quarter of an hour to play. The 26-year-old summer signing from Italian Serie A side CF Genoa sent on after van Buyten was bitten by the injury bug put the ball between the legs of his marker, Yellow Submarine midfielder BRUNO SORIANO, and then blasted right through Lopez. The brilliant individual strike should be a memorable first goal at Bayern Munich for the talented right back.
Full points on the road in Spain is certainly a fine way for the German club to begin a new UEFA Champions League group stage campaign.
In-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich, who scored two of the Bavarians’ first three goals in the 7-0 blowout of SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga over the weekend, prepares to race past CF Villarreal right back MARIO GASPAR (14) during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Estadio Madrigal on the Mediterranean coast of eastern Spain.
CF VILLARREAL : Diego Lopez – Gaspar, Zapata, Musacchio, Catala – Marchena – Marcos Senna (Cani 46′), Soriano – de Guzman (Camunas 72′) – Nilmar (Ruben 58′), Rossi
BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng, van Buyten (Rafinha 23′), Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 81′), Ribery – Gomez (Petersen 46′)