Croatia international striker IVICA OLIC, the 32-year-old veteran who has netted four goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich this term, looks to get a shot on target as Slovakia World Cup defender RADOSLAV ZABAVNIK of FSV 05 Mainz arrives with hopes of blocking such during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in the southern German state of Bavaria.
Spieltag # 31
0 – BAYERN MUNICH
0 – FSV 05 MAINZ
Despite being in possession almost seventy percent of the time in addition to generating three times as many attempts-at-goal, record German champion BAYERN MUNICH were held to a scoreless draw by visiting FSV 05 MAINZ with a result that leaves the Bavarians eight points behind the Bundesliga leaders with just three rounds remaining on the 2011/12 calendar.
Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES, obviously looking ahead to the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal tie with traditional Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, left three very important players — Germany World Cup defender and club captain PHILIPP LAHM, France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY as well as Germany international striker and current Bundesliga goal-scoring leader MARIO GOMEZ — on the bench for the weekend meeting with FSV Mainz, who were situated eight points above the dreaded relegation zone heading into the top flight contest at the Allianz Arena.
Highly-experienced Ukraine international ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK, the recently-turned 33-year-old former Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder still in search of a first goal despite having made 35 appearances for Bayern Munich in all competitions this season, came closest to scoring but could only watch his shot rebound off the base of the post in the 43rd minute.
FSV Mainz goalkeeper HEINZ MUELLER, the well-traveled veteran who lost his place to CHRISTIAN WETKLO after the 10th round of this Bundesliga campaign, was cited for his professional attitude all season long and given the nod between the sticks for the first time since late October by trainer THOMAS TUCHEL; the Bavarians did have great difficulty getting more than a couple of their 15 or so shots on target but the cagey Mueller certainly did much to effectively control his penalty box and was rewarded with a clean sheet at the final whistle.
FSV 05 MAINZ goalkeeper HEINZ MUELLER, the 33-year-old veteran who spent two seasons playing for FC Barnsley in the English League Championship (second division) before returning to Germany with die Nullfuenfer in the summer of 2009, collects the ball ahead of Bayern Munich’s Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN with Czech Republic international defender ZDENEK POSPECH (3) trailing close behind during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Robben, T. Mueller (Kroos 79′), Alaba (Ribery 46′) – Olic (Gomez 61′)
FSV 05 MAINZ : H. Mueller – Pospech, Kirchhoff, Noveski, Zabavnik – Baumgartlinger (Polanski 61′), Soto – N. Mueller (Bungert 74′), Caligiuri – Szalai, Ivanschitz (Choupo-Moting 57′)