1.FC Nuremberg 0 – Bayern Munich 1


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1.FC Nuremberg fullback MARKUS FEULNER (left), the 30-year-old former Germany U-21 international and Bayern Munich youth product who made 13 Bundesliga appearances with the record domestic champions before transferring to 1.FC Koeln in the summer of 2003, and current Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ of Bayern Munich, who has grabbed 51 goals on his last 59 apperances in the Bundesliga, both eye the ball during the 184th BAYRISCHES DERBY at the sold-out Frankenstadion in the Mittelfranken region of the great southern state of Bavaria.
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3/31/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 28

0 – 1.FC NUREMBERG
1 – BAYERN MUNICH —————— Robben 69′

An individual moment of brilliance from a genuine world class player ultimately tipped the scales in a typically-tense and tight rivalry match as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH edged pesky 1.FC NUREMBERG 1-0 in the 184th BAYRISCHES DERBY to pull within three inviting three points of the leaders at the top of the Bundesliga table

Of course, Bayern Munich had not won on the road at the Frankenstadion since September of 2005 and, indeed, it was the hosts who threatened to draw first blood in the big Bavarian intra-state battle. This when 1.FC Nuremberg defender PHILIPP WOLLSCHEID bounced his header off a corner kick straight at Germany’s World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER standing in between the sticks for the white-shirted visitors. And Argentina international defender JAVIER PINOLA, the 29-year-old Bundesliga veteran who has been with 1.FC Nuremberg since arriving from Racing Club de Avellaneda in the summer of 2005, had a good opportunity for der Club early on, as well, but screwed his low shot wide of both the goalpost and a diving Neuer.

On the heels of Bayern Munich’s important away victory in the UEFA Champions League against French side Olympique Marseille and with more vital matches still ahead, trainer JUPP HEYNCKES made changes to the Startelf yet again. DIEGO CONTENTO, the 21-year-old who had made just five substitute appearances for the 2011/12 campaign entering the return Bayrisches Derby encounter, walked out with the first team and began at left back for the very first time all season. And, for a second consecutive week in the Bundesliga, veteran Croatia international DANIJEL PRANJIC also featured in the Startelf, this time out on the left wing.

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Pranjic was directly involved in what was, perhaps, the visitors’ best chance of the entire first half but in-form Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN steered his header wide after a clinical cross from the 30-year-old Croatian, who has been with Bayern Munich since transferring from Dutch club SC Heerenveen in the summer of 2009.

It should be noted that Bayern Munich, who have been very busy all this month posting dramatic, midweek victories in both the D.F.B. Pokal and UEFA Champions League competitions, appeared sluggish and tired in the opening forty-five minutes opposite a determined and disciplined 1.FC Nuremberg operating with a great deal of focus in the big Bayrisches Derby match.

But the star-studded visitors began to steadily increase the pressure once Heynckes went to his bench roughly ten minutes into the second half, with Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER making his entrance first followed by the explosive France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY only a couple of minutes later.

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SWEET SIXTEEN — Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN, who scored 16 Bundesliga goals for the record German champions in his first term after transferring from Spanish giant Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, settled the 184th Bayrisches Derby with his 16th goal in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season at the expense of traditional intra-state rival 1.FC Nuremberg at the sold-out Frankenstadion.
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Both Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ and Bayern Munich were very hard done by the linesman after the Bundesliga’s leading goal-scorer had the ball in the back of the net in the 66th minute. Television replays clearly showed Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER was not in the offsides position just before racing onto a brilliant pass into the box from Robben. However, host 1.FC Nuremberg were only let off the hook a short while.

This because the relatively-inexperienced rearguard DOMINIK MAROH made a regrettable decision in his own defensive third and surrendered the ball very cheaply to Bayern Munich’s Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS, who quickly lobbed over the backline for an unmarked Ribery. A fierce blast from the dynamic little Frenchman was admirably saved by 1.FC Nuremberg goalkeeper RAPHAEL SCHAEFER in the 69th minute but no one could clear the rebound to safety. Like a shark to blood, the lurking Robben snapped into action and rifled an accurate, low shot from the top of the box just inside the helpless Schaefer’s left hand post to score his 11th goal of this Bundesliga season.

The visitors might have added a second but Schaefer denied Robben at the near post and Gomez could only head the cross of Bayern Munich captain and Germany World Cup fullback PHILIPP LAHM off the crossbar with time winding down. Then at the death, 1.FC Nuremberg might have snatched a share of the spoils when Neuer made a complete mess of a long, dipping drive from thirty meters by Israel international midfielder ALMOG COHEN but the sharp rebound off the post did the home side no favors. And so Bayern Munich survived the 184th Bayrisches Derby and were victorious for the first time on its last five visits to the Frankenstadion.

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Czech Republic international striker TOMAS PEKHART (left) of 1.FC Nuremberg, the 22-year-old summer signing from FK Baumit Jablonec who leads der Club with five goals in the Bundesliga this term, shields the ball from Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER, one of only three players to start all 28 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich so far this 2011/12 season, during the 184th Bayrisches Derby contested at the sold-out Frankenstadion in Mittelfranken.
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1.FC NUREMBERG : Schaefer – Feulner, Maroh, Wollscheid, Pinola – Balitsch (Cohen 68′), Simons – Chandler, Didavi (Bunjaku 77′), Hlousek (Mak 46′) – Pekhart

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento – Tymoshchuk (Schweinsteiger 55′), Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 80′) – Robben, Mueller, Pranjic (Ribery 57′) – Gomez

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