Bayern Munich 2 – Vfb Stuttgart 0


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Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO (right) of Bayern Munich looks to keep his balance as Vfb Stuttgart’s Germany World Cup goal-scoring striker CACAU, the 31-year-old veteran who was born in the land of Pele but has spent his entire professional footballing career in the land of Kaiser Franz, gives chase during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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4/28/2012
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 33

2 – BAYERN MUNICH ——————— Gomez 32′, Mueller 90+2′
0 – VFB STUTTGART

A well-taken strike just after the half half mark and and a second goal in time added on allowed a mostly reserve side for record German domestic champion BAYERN MUNICH to down traditional Sued Deutschland regional rival VFB STUTTGART 2-0 in the penultimate round of the 2011/12 Bundesliga campaign.

The contest with the visiting Swabians at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria was the last home match of this Bundesliga season for the newly-confirmed 2012 UEFA Champions League finalist. This fixture with Vfb Stuttgart also happened to coincide with ‘der Abschiedsspiel’ (Farewell Game) for Bayern Munich’s veteran reserve goalkeeper HANS-JOERG BUTT. Fittingly, the 37-year-old who earned four caps for Germany in his career and acquitted himself well in the victory over Uruguay in the 3rd Place Match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa wore the captain’s armband for the Bavarians on his 387th and final appearance in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

As might be expected given the grueling match with Real Madrid in Spain earlier this week, Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES once again rested several key players and deployed a mostly second-string side in the German top flight for a second consecutive week.

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Highly-experienced and penalty kick-taking goalkeeper HANS-JOERG BUTT, who has netted 26 career goals in the German top flight over the course of his career, started between the sticks to begin 61 of the last 76 Bundesliga contests for BAYERN MUNICH prior to the arrival of Germany World Cup first choice MANUEL NEUER from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen last summer but then warmed the bench with all the class and grace of an admirable Profispieler for the next 32 matches in the domestic league immediately thereafter.
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Vfb Stuttgart might have spoiled the party early but a header from former Bayern Munich reserve team defender GEORG NIEDERMEIER was turned away by the crossbar. Hungary international TAMAS HAJNAL had a shot from long range for the Swabians, however, the Bavarian goalkeeper Butt was not about to permit that. At the other end, veteran Croatia international midfielder DANIJEL PRANJIC tried his luck for Bayern Munich but failed with Vfb Stuttgart’s former Germany U-21 international goalkeeper SVEN ULREICH.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (right) of Bayern Munich settles the ball in front of Vfb Stuttgart’s Japan youth international defender GOTOKU SAKAI, the 21-year-old native of New York who joined the Swabians on loan from from J-League side Albirex Niigata just this past February, during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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A fatal mistake tipped the scales when Bayern Munich’s Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER floated a long ball down the left flank in the 32nd minute. Mexico World Cup center back FRANCISCO JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, the 30-year-old former PSV Eindhoven defender better known as “Maza”, made a complete mess of his clearance and sent Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER away for Bavarians. The Golden Boot winner in South Africa had a look up and unselfishly squared for national team constituent and one-time Vfb Stuttgart striker MARIO GOMEZ, who easily netted his 26th goal of this Bundesliga season and gave Bayern Munich the lead it would not relinquish.

Gomez, who was bought by Bayern Munich from Vfb Stuttgart for a transfer fee of 30.0 million Euros in the summer of 2009, failed to score in his first match against his old club on the last day of October in that year but has splurged for nine goals on his last six appearances opposite the Swabians since.

Japan World Cup midfielder SHINJI OKAZAKI soon header yet another ball against the crossbar for Vfb Stuttgart before Butt had one last bit of magic guarding the net for Bayern Munich. Bosnia / Herzegovina international striker VEDAD IBISEVIC, the one-time college All-America at St. Louis University who started his professional career in Europe with French club Paris Saint Germain several years ago and had scored eight goals on his first baker’s dozen appearances for the Swabians since arriving from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros in late January, broke clear for a one-on-one situation with the Bavarian goalkeeper in the 38th minute. Nothing was about to get in the way of one last clean sheet in the Bundesliga for the old professional, though.

Butt needed to deal with a few more Vfb Stuttgart efforts in the second half, as well, before Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN dished off to Mueller in time added on; a fifth goal of this Bundesliga season from the 22-year-old set the final numbers and punctuated Bayern Munich’s 22nd victory in the German top flight this term.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, the former Real Madrid reject who netted such an important penalty against Los Blancos in the return leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Spain earlier this week, had a couple of excellent chances to score against Vfb Stuttgart but had one shot well-saved by Swabian goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and blasted another well over the crossbar after coming on as a substitute with a little over a quarter of an hour to play at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Butt – Rafinha, Tymoshchuk, Badstuber, Contento – Luiz Gustavo, Pranjic (Robben 74′) – Usami (Schweinsteiger 56′), Mueller, Olic – Gomez (Alaba 46′)

VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Sakai, Maza, Niedermeier, Molinaro – Gentner, Kvist (Cacau 46′) – Harnik (Traore 79′), Hajnal, Okazaki (Schieber 64′) – Ibisevic

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“Many thanks for your great support in the 2011/12 season”

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