Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Bayern Munich 0


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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who netted two smashing goals for the Netherlands against England at Wembley in midweek but has only managed a single strike for his club since the end of the winter break, battles for the ball with Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international midfielder LARS BENDER (8) during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out BayArena in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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3/3/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 24

2 – BAYER LEVERKUSEN —————— Kiessling 80′, Bellarabi 90′
0 – BAYERN MUNICH

A pair of well-taken tallies inside the final dozen minutes of the match all but destroyed this season’s title aspirations of the record German champions as BAYER LEVERKUSEN blanked visitng BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 in a critical Bundesliga tilt from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Bayern Munich were clearly the better side for the first half hour or so but were unable to capitalize on the numerous chances they created against a Bayer Leverkusen side to whom the visitors had not lost home or away in their last 14 Bundesliga contests (11 wins) stretching back to August of 2004.

Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN, who recorded 26 goals from 38 matches for the Bavarians in his first two Bundesliga seasons but has scored just five goals in 15 German top flight matches this term, was in much better form this week but was frustrated by a fine save from Bayer Leverkusen’s 19-year-old goalkeeper BERND LENO; the impressive Germany youth international, whose loan move from Vfb Stuttgart was made permanent for the transfer fee of 7.5 million Euros this past November, stopped five shots in all and posted his ninth shutout at the expense of Bayern Munich.

Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich, who sat out the midweek international friendly versus France in Bremen, was needed at the other end to make a save in a one-on-one situation with national team colleague ANDRE SCHUERRLE of Bayer Leverkusen, wearing a facemask as a result of a broken nose suffered against the French, just before the break.

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Out-of-form Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ of Bayern Munich, who totaled 16 goals in the first 17 games of this Bundesliga season but has managed just two strikes in seven top flight matches since, went around Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper BERND LENO (23) — less than twenty-four hours away from a 20th birthday — but would have his shot cleared off the line by Werkself defender Manuel Friedrich in the 40th minute of the Bundesliga match attended by 30,210 speactators at the BayArena in North-Rhine Westphalia.
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Bayer Leverkusen trainer ROBIN DUTT threw caution to the wind at the half and exchanged defender MANUEL FRIEDRICH, who made a pivotal play in the first half to clear a ball headed for an empty net, for Switzerland World Cup striker EREN DERDIYOK. Indeed, the substitution helped the Werkself to seize the initiative as the hosts began to have far more opportunities as the match wore on. Only two fabulous saves in short order by Neuer from Germany international striker STEFAN KIESSLING kept Bayer Leverkusen off the board not so long after the hour.

Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES had withdrawn ineffective Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, struggling but still tied for the Bundesliga lead with 18 goals this season, in favor of France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who had sustained a bit of a knock against Germany in Bremen and was kept out of the Bavarian Startelf, in the 61st minute.

The turning point arrived when Derdiyok made a hustling play to keep a wayward cross in bounds and then quickly directed a ball over his head to effectively catch the Bayern Munich defense, Neuer included, napping in the 80th minute. Kiessling was more than delighted to stick out a foot and stab the ball into an empty net for his seventh goal in the Bundesliga this term. In the waning stages, with the Bavarians throwing all but the kitchen sink forward, the Werkself doubled the score when counterattacking Germany international winger GONZALO CASTRO squared a ball for youthful striker KARIM BELLARABI in the 90th minute.

The devastating result left the 22-times German national champion trailing last season’s Bundesliga titlist, Borussia Dortmund, by seven points in the standings with but ten matches left to play in the 2011/12 campaign.

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Germany World Cup reserve striker STEFAN KIESSLING (11) of Bayer Leverkusen, who registed 21 goals in 33 games during the 2009/10 Bundesliga season but has declined somewhat to 14 goals in 46 top flight matches since, seeks to escape the shirt-tugging of Bayern Munich’s Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out BayArena in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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BAYER LEVERKUSEN : Leno – Schwaab, Friedrich (Derdiyok 46′), Toprak, Kadlec – Reinartz, Bender – Castro, Renato Augusto (Rolfes 89′), Schuerrle (Bellarabi 83′) – Kiessling

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Alaba – Mueller (Petersen 82′), Kroos (Olic 74′), Robben – Gomez (Ribery 61′)

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