Vfb Stuttgart 1 – Bayern Munich 2


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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich, who leads the record German champions with seven assists to compliment his eight goals scored in the top flight this term, dribbles away from the pursuit of Vfb Stuttgart’s Hungary international midfielder TAMAS HAJNAL during the Bundesliga match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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12/11/11
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 16

1 – VFB STUTTGART —————— Gentner 7′
2 – BAYERN MUNICH —————– Gomez 13′, 57′

The Bundesliga leaders absorbed the psychological blow of an early goal conceded and responded with strikes of its own on either side of the halftime whistle as visiting BAYERN MUNICH overcame a stubborn, ten-man VFB STUTTGART 2-1 and extended their lead in the German top flight to three points with just one round remaining until the annual Winterpause.

Bayern Munich did not have the best of beginnings to say the least. Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN waltzed around Vfb Stuttgart’s former Germany U-21 international goalkeeper SVEN ULREICH only to have Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ somehow miss his lovely square ball completely with the net wide open. And, just seven minutes in, Vfb Stuttgart stromed to the lead after Austria international winger MARTIN HARNIK, who leads the Swabians in both goals scored and assists provided this season, smartly headed the ball back and down for on-charging Germany international midfielder CHRISTIAN GENTNER to hammer home.

The Bavarians did not remain behind on the scoreboard for long, however, after Ukraine international midfielder ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK found overlapping Brazil international fullback RAFINHA on the right wing. The summer signing from Italian Serie A side CFC Genoa flighted an inviting cross which Gomez was glad to volley out of the air and past Ulreich to even the match in the 13th minute.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who has scored four goals in the German top flight for Bayern Munich this season despite playing less than half of the club’s Bundesliga matches this fall, negotiates his way around Vfb Stuttgart goalkeeper SVEN ULREICH early into the Bundesliga match this weekend at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
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Bayern Munich’s chances improved greatly when Italy international defender CRISTIAN MOLINARO was shown a second yellow card to reduce Vfb Stuttgart to ten men only a half hour into the game. The Swabians did not give up the ship straight away, though, and were prepared to fight for a share of the points albeit shorthanded. Ulreich produced a fine, one-handed stop of Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER and, five minutes into the second half, pulled off a flying save to deny Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS and keep the Bavarians at bay, if only temporarily.

Kroos soon threaded a precise ball to Germany World Cup fullback PHILIPP LAHM in the box on the left in the 57th minute. The Bayern Munich captain then drew Ulreich over before brilliantly pulling the ball back for Gomez in the center at the penalty spot. The 26-year-old striker was able to sweep the ball home to give the Bavarians their first lead of the match; the brace against his old club in Stuttgart restored Gomez to the top of the Bundesliga chart with 15 goals in the top flight this term.

Bayern Munich would outshoot Vfb Stuttgart by the three-to-one ratio of 18-6 for the contest but failed to extend their advantage at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Robben, in particular, showed his rust from the long layoff and twice, uncharacteristically, missed the target from good scoring range in the second half. In between those lost opportunities, Germany national striker CACAU had a glorious chance after an eggregious error from Bayern Munich’s Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN but the Vfb Stuttgart second half substitute blasted just over the crossbar from prime real estate close in.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ of Bayern Munich (center), who cost the Bavarians a transfer fee of 30.0 million Euros when bought from Vfb Stuttgart in the summer of 2009, helps out his own goalkeeper and hacks the ball to safety following a Swabian corner kick late in the second half of the Bundesliga match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Boka, Tasci, Maza, Molinaro – Kvist, Gentner (Cacau 70′) – Harnik, Hajnal (Niedermeier 87′), Gebhart – Schieber (Pogrebnyak 70′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Kroos – Robben (Boateng 85′), Mueller (Luiz Gustavo 79′), Ribery (Alaba 79′) – Gomez

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