FC Augsburg 1 – Bayern Munich 2


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Brazil international defender RAFINHA of Bayern Munich and his opposite number on the field, FC Augsburg midfielder TOBIAS WERNER (13), collide in midair during the all-Bavarian Derby and first-ever Bundesliga meeting between these two particular intra-state rivals at the sold-out SGL Arena in Germany’s third oldest city.
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11/6/11
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 12

1 – FC AUGSBURG ——————– Hosogai 59′
2 – BAYERN MUNICH ————– Gomez 16′, Ribery 28′

After scoring twice inside the first half hour, the visitors surrendered the initiative to their hosts in the second half and, ultimately, needed a sensational save from the national team first choice as table-toppers BAYERN MUNICH fended off cellar-dwellers FC AUGSBURG 2-1 to take this particular Bavarian Derby and stretch their lead in the Bundesliga to five points after a dozen rounds.

Just over a quarter of an hour into the match, in-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY won a corner kick on the left which he took himself. The ensuing header from Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN produced a sharp save from FC Augsburg’s Bundesliga debutant MOHAMED AMSIF, but the 22-year-old former Germany youth international of Moroccan descent actually parried the ball into the path of lethal Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, as well. Last season’s goal-scoring champion quickly nodded the rebound into the net for his 13th Bundesliga goal this term and a 1-0 Bayern Munich lead.

Ribery, himself, doubled Bayern Munich’s advantage in the first-ever Bundesliga encounter between the record German champions and first division novices FC Augsburg barely a dozen minutes later. Receiving a ball on the left in the box from Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER, the diminutive Frenchman first started right then cut back left to thoroughly bamboozle the pair of would-be Augsburg defenders. A left-footed, precise low shot past the outstretched Amsif tucking just inside the far post allowed Ribery to record his sixth goal of this Bundesliga season.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY (right), who is currently on course for a career year having recorded six goals and seven assists in Bayern Munich’s first twelve Bundesliga games this season, efficiently shields the ball from the would-be pair of FC Augsburg challengers, defender DOMINIK REINHARDT (left) and midfielder DANIEL BAIER, during the all-Bavarian Derby at the SGL Arena in southern Germany.
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FC Augsburg stopped conceding possession, not to mention territory, so cheaply and began to play with a greater sense of urgency in the second half as the hosts effectively took the mattter straight to Bayern Munich. Who is to say what might have been if FC Augsburg had actually been on target with just a few of the many chances it created. Still, the home side officially did make a game of it with a little over half an hour to play.

A corner kick was not properly cut out and midfielder DANIEL BRINKMANN in deep at the left post was allowed to head the ball all the way back across the face of goal. Over waiting on the right side was FC Augsburg’s Japan international midfielder HAJIME HOSOGAI, who was more than happy to let the ball bounce and then rocket a shot, this time on target. Austria international midfielder DAVID ALABA, filling in for the injured Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, actually managed to clear the ball for Bayern Munich off the post — but not before, television replays easily confirmed, the entire ball had crossed the goal line.

FC Augsburg had a glorious opportunity to level the match in the 83rd minute after Albania international striker EDMOND KAPLLANI was put clear through but Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, the expensive summer signing from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, confronted the 29-year-old second half substitute in the always-difficult one-on-one situation and produced a spectacular one-handed save to secure all three points for Bayern Munich.

Ukraine international ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK was shown the straight red card deep into injury time, which means the manpower of the Bayern Munich midfield will be stretched even further as a result of the impending Bundesliga suspension to be imposed …

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER (right), who previously was a teammate of FC Augsburg’s Mohamed Amsif at Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen for a couple of seasons before the latter’s move two summers ago, preserved the victory for Bayern Munich with a marvelous save late against FC Augsburg in the first-ever Bundesliga Derby between the two Bavarian clubs at the sold-out arena in Germany’s third oldest city.
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FC AUGSBURG : Amsif – Reinhardt, Carsten-Bracker, Langkamp, Verhaegh – Hosogai – Brinkmann (Gogia 59′), Davids (Rafael 80′), Baier, Werner – Moelders (Kapllani 75′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha (Luiz Gustavo 68′), van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Alaba – Mueller, Kroos (Contento 89′), Ribery (Pranjic 90+1′) – Gomez

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