Bayern Munich 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0


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Bayern Munich midfielder ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK, the 32-year-old veteran with 109 internationals caps for the Ukraine, slide tackles the ball away from Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany World Cup reserve striker STEFAN KIESSLING (11), who finished second in the top flight with 21 goals during the 2009-10 campaign, during the Oktoberfest Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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9/24/11
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 7

3 – Bayern Munich —————— Mueller 5′, van Buyten 19′, Robben 90′
0 – Bayer Leverkusen

An early goal less than five minutes in left the visitors to chase a match they never really had any hope of catching as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH breezed almost effortlessly to a 2-0 shutout victory over BAYER LEVERKUSEN and retained their position at the top of the Bundesliga standings.

France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY continued his rich vein of form to put Bayern Munich in command right from the start. The 28-year-old decisively beat his marker, the 18-year-old Bundesliga debutant DANNY DA COSTA, and quickly centered the ball for Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER to redirect past 19-year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper BERND LENO. Mueller’s second goal in as many matches and third of the season in all competitions clearly set a tone and would allow the Bavarians to play a patient, possession-oriented game to perfection.

Bayern Munich doubled its lead with a well-worked set piece before even twenty minutes had been played. Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER rolled to ball to Ribery, who deadened it for Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN. The savvy 33-year-old veteran promptly blasted the ball through what was left of the Bayer Leverkusen wall that did not jump and just inside the post to notch his 17th career goal for the Bavarians in the 19th minute.

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Brazil international fullback RAFINHA of Bayern Munich (right), one of three players purchased by the Bavarians this off-season summer to strengthen the backline for the upcoming campaign, dribbles away from Bayer Leverkusen’s one-time Germany U-21 international winger SIDNEY SAM during the noticeably one-sided Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena.
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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich comfortably saved a shot by Bayer Leverkusen striker STEFAN KIESSLING, a reserve on Germany’s 3rd place squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, early in the first half and another by the Germany international fullback GONZALO CASTRO in the second session but was never really tested and mostly just gobbled up all high balls played into the box to register his ninth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions.

The fact that Bayern Munich were content to hold the ball for long periods and protect what had been attained was evidenced by trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ decision to replace Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ with Brazil international LUIZ GUSTAVO, a defensive midfielder, in the 65th minute.

Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN was sent on with less than a quarter of an hour remaining to the resounding cheers of the crowd at the Allianz Arena. The Dangerous Dutchman, who was making his first appearance for Bayern Munich in more than a month, did not disappoint. Racing onto a brilliant ball from Schweinsteiger at the top of the box, Robben easily left-footed past the youthful Leno to strike for a second time in the German top flight this season and record his 30th career Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich in the 90th minute of the match with Bayer Leverkusen.

Ausgezeichnet!

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In-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich, who has scored three goals and added five assists his first seven games in the top flight this season, attempts to fend off the challenge of Bayer Leverkusen’s new Germany international midfielder LARS BENDER (8) during the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Robben 78′), Ribery (Alaba 82′) – Gomez (Luiz Gustavo 65′)

BAYER LEVERKUSEN : Leno – da Costa (Bellarabi 65′), Reinartz, Toprak (Friedrich 86′), Castro – Balitsch, Bender, Rolfes – Renato Augusto, Sam – Kiessling

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