Robben To The Rescue, Bayern Dump Bochum In D.F.B. Pokal


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North Korea World Cup striker JONG TAE-SE of Vfl Bochum, the 27-year-old who is nicknamed “The People’s Rooney” in the land now ruled by Kim Jong Un, tries to dribbe his way through the Bayern Munich defensive pair of Belgium international centerback DANIEL VAN BUYTEN and the sliding Ukraine international defender ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK during the D.F.B. Pokal match at the sold-out Ruhrstadion in the central-western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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An injury time goal courtesy a dangerous Dutchman just embarking on the return to form allowed visiting Bundesliga Herbstmeister BAYERN MUNICH to complete a merry Christmas comeback and down German second division side VFL BOCHUM 2-1 in the round of sixteen for the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal.

But, Vfl Bochum currently mid-table at ninth in the 2.Bundesliga as the annual Winterpause begins with the holiday season, harbored ideas of presenting themselves with a massive gift early via a giant-killing of the German first division leaders. 31-year-old veteran midfielder GIOVANNI FEDERICO, who made the rounds with 1.FC Koeln, SC Karlsruhe, Borussia Dortmund and Arminia Bielefeld before signing with the North Rhine-Westphalian club in the summer of 2010, appeared at the far post to stab home the cross of striker MIRKAN AYDIN in the 26th minute.

Croatia international IVICA OLIC, the 31-year-old who has complained about a lack of first team opportunities this season ahead of the 2012 European Championships this summer, was given the nod as the central striker in Bayern Munich’s standard 4-2-3-1 formation but was unable to make much of an impression against second-tier opposition and would be taken off at halftime.

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Vfl Bochum midfielder CHRISTOPH KRAMER (right) observes as colleague FATON TOSKI, the 24-year-old former Germany youth international previously with then-Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, clears the ball away from Bayern Munich’s Croatia international striker IVICA OLIC during the D.F.B. Pokal match in front of 29,299 at the Ruhrstadion.
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Bayern Munich attacked with a renewed sense of energy after the break as Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG, still in search of a first goal for the Bavarians since his purchase from English Premier League club Manchester City this summer, rattled the crossbar in the very first minute after the re-start; seven minutes into the second session, youthful Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS worked the old give and go with national team constituent MARIO GOMEZ, who had replaced the ineffective Olic up front, to bring the visitors level with his fourth goal of the season for Bayern Munich in all competitions.

Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER was needed to make a big save for Bayern Munich just after the hour to prevent Germany U-21 international striker DANIEL GINCZEK, out on loan to Vfl Bochum for the season from current Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund, from restoring the hosts to the lead.

Extra time and, perhaps even penalties, might have been on the horizon had not the tempermental France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, dismissed with a red card versus Vfb Stuttgart in the last Bundesliga match, found Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN with an inviting invitation from 10 meters out. The 27-year-old Dutchman easily slotted past Vfl Bochum goalkeeper ANDREAS LUTHE to notch his sixth goal of the season and send Bayern Munich into the quarterfinals of the German Cup. A not-so-ridiculous dream of a treble this season remains in tact, as well, as the Bavarians put the calendar year of 2011 to bed.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN, the dangerous Dutchman who has again been hampered by injury much of this season, inspects the grass after the challenge of Vfl Bochum’s 23-year-old Japan international midfielder TAKASHI INUI during the dramatic D.F.B. Pokal match at the sold-out Ruhrstadion in the central-western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia..
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VFL BOCHUM : Luthe – Kopplin, Maltritz, Acquistapace, Toski (Freier 46′) – Kramer – Federico (Ginczek 58′), Dabrowski – Inui – Aydin, Tae Se

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng (Rafinha 68′), van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo (Alaba 46′), Tymoshchuk – Robben, Kroos, Ribery – Olic (Gomez 46′)

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