Bayern Conquer Borussia, Bag 2012 German Super Cup


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Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI, who scored 22 goals in the Bundesliga last term for two-time defending champion Borussia Dortmund, finds himself sandwiched between Bayern Munich’s German international pair of midfielder TONI KROOS (left) and defender JEROME BOATENG during the 2012 Super Cup match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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A pair of lighting strikes with less than twelve minutes elapsed enabled historically successful BAYERN MUNICH, the record title-winner in both the Bundesliga and D.F.B. Pokal competitions, to ultimately hold off late-charging BORUSSIA DORTMUND for a well-deserved and most satisfying 2-1 triumph in the 2012 edition of the German Super Cup.

Bayern Munich, who finished a disappointing second in each and every competition it entered last season, showed up for this latest encounter with fierce rival Borussia Dortmund minus the services of several key players including Germany national team stalwarts BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER and MARIO GOMEZ, the proflic striker who has scored 54 goals the past two Bundesliga seasons combined. The Bavarian defensive corps, in particular, has been severely depleted with the losses of Austria international DAVID ALABA, Brazil international RAFINHA as well as former Bayern youth team product DIEGO CONTENTO. And, yet, the rest of trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ troops were able to rise to the occasion, nevertheless, and secure the result in the face of such obvious adversity.

On account of the manpower shortages, the Bavarians elected to delploy a teenaged-debutant at left back against mighty Borussia Dortmund with its highly potent strike force but the 18-year-old EMRE CAN certainly passed his first test with flying colors before coming off with twenty minutes remaining.

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Holland international winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who may just have had a little something to prove to a variety of people after high-profile failures against die Schwarzgelben last season, juggles the ball with Borussia Dortmund’s Germany international midfielder ILKAY GUENDOGAN on his back during the 2012 Super Cup match at the Allianz Arena.
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Bayern Munich, on the whole, got off to a flying start when France international winger FRANCK RIBERY curled a ball into the box that Borussia Dortmund’s Serbia international defender NEVEN SUBOTIC appeared to completely misjudge. Gleefully accepting the gift was Bayern Munich’s new Croatia international striker MARKO MANDZUKIC, the summer signing from Vfl Wolfsburg who smoothly settled with his right and swept past die Schwarzgelben goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER with his left to notch his first goal for the Bavarian club exactly six minutes into his very first competitive match. Poetic justice for Subotic, then, who had shamelessly taunted Bayern Munich winger ARJEN ROBBEN after the Dangerous Dutchman had seen a penalty saved by Weidenfeller in a critical Bundesliga match late last season.

Mandzukic, the 26-year-old who is believed to have set the Bavarian club back 13.0 million Euros, quickly made another downpayment on Bayern Munich’s investment. An astute ball into space sent Robben away five minutes later and, although the Holland international did not score, his shot rebounded kindly for Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER (deployed in the role of central attacking midfielder nowadays in Bavaria). A thumping blast into the virtually unguarded net left the visitors to reflect upon a rather early 0-2 scoreline, then.

Die Schwarzgelben never really did recover, at least not until after the two sides had already adjourned for the traditional halftime team talk.

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Brazilian defender DANTE, the 28-year-old former Standard Liege rearguard who transferred from Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer for a fee of 4.7 million Euros, and the rest of the Bayern Munich backline — with one or two notable exceptions — effectively contained Borussia Dortmund’s lethal Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI and provided the Bavarian club the opportunity to be successful in the 2012 Super Cup at the Allianz Arena.
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It was a completely different Borussia Dortmund side that emerged from the locker room and, although trainer JUERGEN KLOPP’s team turned up the pressure on the Bayern Munich cage considerably in the second half, die Schwarzgelben never really did manage to hit the target with some glorious chances created. The Bavarians’ Germany international goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER was needed to fend off a header from Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI on a corner kick only a few minutes after the restart. And Germany international MARCO REUS, the two-time defending Bundesliga champions’ big money buy (costing 17.1 million Euros) from Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer, curled a fierce shot just wide for Borussia Dortmund after a marvelous ball pulled back in the area seven minutes after the break.

The revenge-minded Robben was unlucky not to tack on a third for Bayern Munich after dancing past three defenders and rifling a low drive that the veteran Weidenfeller did very well to get down and keep out. But Borussia Dortumund, who were bolstered by the arrival of both Germany international MARIO GOETZE and Croatia international IVAN PERSIC from the bench, were already on the offensive by then, though. In the 67th minute, Lewandowski somehow let the Bavarians off the hook by rolling a shot wide with the net at his mercy following outstanding approach work in the box from Goetze and Reus.

Lewandowski did halve the deficit in the 75th minute with a devasting drive that Neuer could do nothing as Borussia Dortmund lifted themselves back into contention. And die Schwarzgelben substitute JULIAN SCHIEBER, the former Germany U-21 international striker who was recently signed from Vfb Stuttgart for a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros, smashed his left-footed rocket just wide in short order but Germany’s first choice was able to gobble up a weak shot from Goetze that had been partially-deflected by the Bayern Munich’s new Brazilian defender DANTE in the 83rd minute. Robben went on one more thrilling run but had the in-form Weidenfeller save with his legs immediately thereafter.

Germany international defender and Bavarian captain PHILIPP LAHM had the ball strike his body right around the club badge area and, with that, went Borussia Dortmund’s last real chance at an equalizer … Bayern Munich’s long five-match losing streak opposite die Schwarzgelben was finally over and with a trophy at stake to boot!

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Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER, who scored the very last goal of Bayern Munich’s 2011/12 season in the UEFA Champions League Final against English Premier League club FC Chelsea, is confronted by the Borussia Dortmund pair of Serbia international defender NEVEN SUBOTIC (left) and Poland international midfielder JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI during the 2012 German Super Cup match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Can (Badstuber 70′) – Kroos, Luiz Gustavo – Robben (Shaqiri 86′), Mueller, Ribery (Tymoshchuk 81′) – Mandzukic

BORUSSIA DORTMUND : Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Guendogan, Leitner (Perisic 64′) – Blaszczykowski (Schieber 71′), Reus, Grosskreutz (Goetze 64′) – Lewandowski

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BAYERN MUNICH already hold claim to being the outfit with the most Bundesliga titles (22). And, of course, the Bavarians have also captured the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal a record 15 times, in addition. With a fifth Super Cup triumph in club history, incomparable Bayern Munich have now also separated themselves from Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen as the most successful German side in this competition, as well.

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