Bayern Munich 2 – Manchester City 0


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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY (7) of Bayern Munich, such an enormous influence on the Bavarian attack as of late, shields the ball from Manchester City’s England international fullback MICAH RICHARDS (2) and Ivory Coast World Cup centerback KOLO TOURE (28) during the much-anticipated UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Allianz Arena in southern Germany.
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September 27, 2011
UEFA Champions League
Group A, Matchday # 2

2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger)————— Gomez 38′, 45+1′
0 – MANCHESTER CITY (Eng)

A pair of converted rebounds from a seasoned poacher just before the two teams departed for the halftime break proved to be the difference as in-form German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich shut down expensive English Premier League side Manchester City 2-0 to claim a critical victory in Group A of the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City started well enough in the first half but were effectively held at bay by a Bayern Munich defensive corps that kept its sheet clean for a tenth consecutive match in all competitions. At the heart of the backline for the Bavarians were a pair of highly-motivated former Blues — Belgium international DANIEL VAN BUYTEN and Germany international JEROME BOATENG. In the meantime, Bayern Munich’s five-man midfield began to assert itself more and more.

In-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY orchestrated the opening goal for Bayern Munich by cutting back into the middle and unleashing a low drive that Manchester City’s England international goalkeeper JOE HART could not hold in the 38th minute. Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER was on hand for the follow-up at close range but the prone Hart was, somehow, up to the task. The visitors’ luck ran out, however, when Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ got a hold of a second rebound to give the Bavarians a lead it would never relinquish.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER (1), purchased by the Bundesliga Rekordmeister from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen for the not-so-small amount of 18.0 million Euros this off-season summer, posted his tenth consecutive shutout and has now recorded eleven shutouts from twelve matches in all competitions for Bayern Munich this 2011-12 season.
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Gomez grabbed an all-important second goal for Bayern Munich in time added on to the first half. Germany international TONI KROOS curled a free kick for van Buyten that Hart did well to get down and block but last season’s Bundesliga Torjaegermeister appeared once again and banked the rebound off the England international. A third strike of the season in Europe, then, for Gomez, who has netted twelve times for Bayern in all competitions this term.

Roughly ten minutes into the second half, Manchester City trainer ROBERTO MANCINI finally came to the conclusion the battle in the middle of the park was being lost and opted to withdraw Bosnia international striker EDEN DZEKO in favor of Holland World Cup midfielder NIGEL DE JONG. The substitution appeared to annoy Dzeko, who set a Bundesliga record with his 32.0 million Euro move from Vfl Wolfsburg to the Blues last January, and, perhaps, touched off a mini-player revolt, as well. Mancini stated after the match at the press conference that Argentina World Cup striker CARLOS TEVEZ, who led Manchester City with 20 goals in 31 Premier League games last season, had steadfastly refused to go onto the pitch in the second half.

The triumph over well-funded Manchester City represented the successful and well-deserved passage of a major test for Bayern Munich. The summertime struggle to score goals and the penchant for conceding soft goals at inopportune moments has faded into memory as fall begins to take firm hold. The 2011-12 season has really only just begun, but the Bavarians should profit from the self-confidence that surely must accompany this magnificent result in Europe.

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France internatinal SAMIR NASRI (19) of Manchester City, the 24-year-old winger who was signed by the Blues this past August from London-based FC Arsenal for a transfer fee of 24.0 million English pounds, attempts to squeeze through the Bayern Munich defenive pair of Brazil interantional midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO and Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG (17), who was bought by the Bavarian club this summer from Manchester City in exchange for 13.5 million Euros, during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Allianz Arena.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, van Buyten, Boateng, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Tymoshchuk 83′), Ribery (Robben 90′) – Gomez (Petersen 90+2′)

MANCHESTER CITY : Hart – Richards, Kompany, K. Toure, Clichy – Nasri (Milner 69′), Barry (Kolarov 73′), Y. Toure, Silva – Aguero, Dzeko (de Jong 56′)

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