Bayern Munich 2 – 1.FC Kaiserslautern 0


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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who has battled fitness all season long and has now started the last two games on the bench, attempts to run away from 1.FC Kaiserslautern’s Greece U-21 international winger KOSTAS FORTOUNIS (28) during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in the southern German state of Bavaria.
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2/11/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 21

2 – BAYERN MUNICH ————————– Gomez 6′, Mueller 30′
0 – 1.FC KAISERSLAUTERN

A pair of headed goals inside the first half hour was enough to give the home side a strangle hold on the match as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH shut down visiting 1.FC KAISERSLAUTERN 2-0 and maintained its status as second from the top in the Bundesliga standings.

Reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister MARIO GOMEZ required all of just six minutes to strike for a league-leading 18th goal of this 2011/12 campaign and give the Bavarians an early advantage against the side who entered situated third from bottom in the top flight. After some nifty footwork to shed his marker along the touchline, Germany World Cup left back and Bayern Munich club captain PHILIPP LAHM found in-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY just outside the penalty box on the left. Ribery then also used a good piece of individual skill to beat the very same, unfortunate 1.FC Kaiserslautern player, 24-year-old midfielder OLCAY SAHAN, and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Gomez to meet at the near post.

With die Roten Teufel conceding tons of possession and territory cheaply, Bayern Munich were able to add a second just as the half hour mark arrived. Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS curled a free kick into the box that a host of players on both sides went up for but only Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER would get a head to. A third tally of the Bundesliga season for the Golden Boot winner from the last FIFA World Cup in South Africa, then, and the first goal in the top flight for Mueller since the Bayer Leverkusen match back on September 24 of last year. The last goal scored by Mueller for Bayern Munich in any competition occurred last October 26 in the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal contest opposite 2.Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt.

Mueller, of course, assisted on both Bavarian goals as Bayern Munich knocked Swabian rival Vfb Stuttgart out of the German Cup at the quarterfinal stage earlier this week.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, the 26-year-old who set a domestic record with a 30.0 million Euro transfer from Vfb Stuttgart in the summer of 2009 and has scored 56 goals in 81 top flight contests for Bayern Munich since, dribbles past 1.FC Kaiserslautern defender MATHIAS ABEL (6), the 30-year-old, well-traveled veteran who has been on the books of Borussia Dortmund, 1.FSV 05 Mainz and Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen and had a loan spell with SV Hamburg previously, during the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
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Bayern Munich might have had at least a few more in the second half, as well, had it not been for the fine work of Germany U-21 international goalkeeper KEVIN TRAPP in between the sticks for 1.FC Kaiserslautern. The Red Devils’ netminder made two nice plays, in particular, to thwart Gomez after the Bayern striker had made a nice solo run into the box and deal with ARJEN ROBBEN, the Holland World Cup winger who had come on as a second half substitute for Mueller just before the hour, at close quarters.

Robben, who racked up 28 goals from 38 Bundesliga games his first two years with Bayern Munich in the German top flight after transferring from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid in exchange for 25.0 million Euros but is a little off-pace with just five goals from twelve matches in the Bundesliga this term, had four good opportunities to shoot but was foiled by both Trapp and failure to find the target.

SANDRO WAGNER, the 24-year-old former Bayern Munich youth product who was just recently acquired on loan by 1.FC Kaiserslautern from SV Werder Bremen this winter, did little as a lone striker up front to trouble his former employers. Israel international striker ITAY SCHECHTER, the 2.5 million Euro summer purchase from FC Hapoel Tel Aviv who still leads the Rhineland-Palatinate club with three goals from 19 appearances this season despite having lost his place in the Startelf at the beginning of November, was sent on just after the hour but also had difficulty breaching the Bavarian defense. Of course, with Bayern Munich having so much of the ball all match long, a lack of service did little to assist either attacker.

Meanwhile, Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich was able to record his 12th clean sheet of the Bundesliga season.

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Germany U-21 international goalkeeper KEVIN TRAPP (29) of 1.FC Kaiserslautern makes a save at close range to deny Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10), who has appeared in just 16 of Bayern Munich’s 33 matches in all competitions this term, during the one-sided Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Alaba – Mueller (Robben 56′), Kroos (Tymoshchuk 82′), Ribery (Olic 78′) – Gomez

1.FC KAISERSLAUTERN : Trapp – Dick, Yahia, Abel, Jessen – Petsos (Zellner 82′) – Sahan, Tiffert, Fortounis (Derstroff 64′), Sukuta Pasu (Schechter 64′) – Wagner

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4 responses to “Bayern Munich 2 – 1.FC Kaiserslautern 0

  1. Matt Boone

    That header from Mueller was sick… Never knew he could jump that high… that kid is going to be a star one day.

    • LOOSE CANNON

      the kid does pretty good for himself, already, as evidenced by the last World Cup in South Africa 🙂

  2. Matt Boone

    And there better smoke freiburg… Ill be upset if they dont light them up for 5

    • LOOSE CANNON

      You would think Bayern should smash them but Freiburg are all but certain to play turtle football (in a serious defensive shell) and the Bavarians are not really firing on all cylinders at this point in time … it is a good game to break out looking ahead to the meat of the European campaign this spring!