Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen 0 – Bayern Munich 2


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Germany World Cup defensive midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER of visiting Bayern Munich (right) runs away from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s veteran Spain international striker RAUL GONZALEZ during the much-anticipated “Homecoming Game” Bundesliga match at the sold-out Veltins Arena in North Rhine Westphalia.
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9/18/11
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 6

0 – Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
2 – Bayern Munich —————————— Petersen 21′, Mueller 75′

Despite the absence of two of their most devastating weapons, the record German champions were still able to completely control the match with stifling defense and patient possession of the ball as visiting BAYERN MUNICH efficiently shut down SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN 2-0 to stay top of the Bundesliga.

The match before a capactiy crowd of 61,673 at the Veltins Arena in North Rhine-Westphalia marked the emotion-filled return of Bayern Munich goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER to face his former employers. As is well-known, the 25-year-old Germany World Cup shot-stopper literally grew up with Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, having first started playing in the club’s youth system at the age of five. But, this summer, Neuer had been sold to Bayern Munich in exchange for the pricey transfer fee of 18.0 million Euros.

Suffice to say, the Schalke 04 supporters remain somewhat less than impressed with the transaction.

Meanwhile, Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, the reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister who also leads the German first division again with eight goals this season, joined Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN on the disabled list and was replaced in the Bayern Munich Startelf by fomer Germany U-21 international NILS PETERSEN, who led the 2.Bundesliga in scoring last term with 25 goals for FC Energie Cottbus.

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Brazil international right back RAFINHA of Bayern Munich, who was on the books for five years and made 158 appearances in the top flight with the Royal Blues before transferring to Italian Serie A side CFC Genoa in August of 2010, gets his boot up high on Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s Holland World Cup striker KLAUS-JAN HUNTELAAR (25) during the Bundesliga match at the Veltins Arena in central western Germany.
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Petersen sent Bayern Munich to the lead in the 22nd minute after a long run through midfield by France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY. Taking a pass on the right, the 22-year-old striker had his initial shot partially blocked by Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s advancing goalkeeper RALF FAEHRMANN. But the 22-year-old netminder did not get down quite quick enough and the ball managed to squirt underneath and through.

Peterson was able to pick up the ball on the other side and, despite the best efforts of Schalke 04’s sliding midfielder PEER KLUGE, find the back of the net to score his second goal in as many Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich.

Holland World Cup striker KLAUS-JAN HUNTELAAR, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season for die Koenigsblauen, had two standout opportunities to bring the home side level shortly thereafter but shot wide on each occasion; the Bavarian goalkeeper Neuer had the first effort covered comfortably but would not have been able to do anything about the second, which missed only narrowly.

Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER sealed matters in the 75th minute with his first Bundesliga goal of this season for Bayern Munich. The currently in-form Ribery had combined with Austria international DAVID ALABA, the 19-year-old who came on as a second half substitute for Petersen, on the right flank and played a ball that Schalke 04’s 19-year-old Greece international midfielder KYRIAKOS PAPADOPOULOS totally flubbed. On hand in the center was Mueller, who lashed the ball past the helpless Faehrmann to score his first goal since the D.F.B. Pokal match against Eintracht Braunschweig to open the new season on the first day of August.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich, who has posted nine clean sheets from ten matches in all competitions for the Bavarian club this season, jogs with the ball next to his former club teammate, Peru international winger JEFFERSON FAFRAN (left) of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Veltins Arena in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN : Faehrmann – Uchida, Hoewedes, Matip, Fuchs – Papadopoulos, Kluge (Draxler 57′) – Farfan, Raul, Holtby (Marica 84′) – Huntelaar (Pukki 66′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo (Tymoshchuk 43′), Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Contento 90+1′), Ribery – Petersen (Alaba 71′)

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