Bayern Munich 6 – Vfb Stuttgart 1


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The fabulous France international winger FRANCK RIBERY (right) of Bayern Munich and Vfb Stuttgart’s on-loan fullback GOTOKU SAKAI, the 21-year-old who is still under contract to J-League club Albirex Niigata and was most recently a member of Japan’s squad at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games hosted by London in Great Britain, battle for the ball during the traditional Bundesliga match-up of southern German rivals at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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09/02/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 2

6 – BAYERN MUNICH ——— Mueller 32′, 49′, Kroos 33′, Luiz Gustavo 43′, Mandzukic 47′, Schweinsteiger 51′
1 – VFB STUTTGART ——— Harnik 25′

Having conceded first via a well-taken set piece produced by the visitors only twenty-five minutes into the match, the obviously-agitatged home side promply engaged and exploded a six-goal bomb over the course of the next twenty-six minutes to follow as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH absolutely obliterated unfortunate VFB STUTTGART 6-1 in the historic 50th Bundesliga Season opener at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.

Austria international MARTIN HARNIK had a wonderful chance in the only the fourth minute only to see the very tips of Germany first choice goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER’s fingers do enough to steer his fierce, left-footed shot harmlessly off the Bayern Munich crossbar. A little over twenty minutes on, however, the 25-year-old former Werder Bremen and Fortuna Duesseldorf winger who led the Swabians with 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term spectacularly shot the visitors ahead after a free kick taken from the left by veteran Ivory Coast international defender ARTHUR BOKA. Although it is still very early into the new campaign, Harnik’s skillful volley at the far right post must surely endure as one of the most fabulous goals struck this entire 2012/13 Bundesliga season.

Vfb Stuttgart’s goal, though, came very much against the run of play and it did not take long for Bayern Munich to launch an overwhelming counterattack. A little past the half-hour mark, Germany international THOMAS MUELLER volleyed a right wing cross from Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC that visiting goalkeeper SVEN ULREICH halted but not much more. Thus, the alert Mueller was able to outhustle the lackadasical Swabian defense and toe-poke past the one-time Germany U-21 international to level matters in the 32nd minute.

Within sixty seconds, Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO stole the ball on Vfb Stuttgart’s side of the center stripe and quickly fed the streaking Germany international TONI KROOS. A rising rocket from the 22-year-old midfielder who tallied nine goals in the Bundesliga while out on loan to Bayer Leverkusen during the 2009/10 campaign left Ulreich no chance while completing a stunning reversal of fortunes. Roughly ten minutes later, the influential Luiz Gustavo unleashed a long range, left-footed bomb from well outside the penalty box which swerved away from the diving Vfb Stuttgart netminder and banked in off the post while doubling Bayern Munich’s advantage in the 43rd minute.

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Bosnia / Herzegovina international striker VEDAD IBISEVIC (9) of Vfb Stuttgart, the former collegiate All-American at St. Louis University who started his European professional career with Paris St. Germain in France and has since registered 51 Bundesliga goals for both TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as well as the Swabians the past four seasons combined, is dismissed by match referee THORSTEN KINHOEFER in the 74th minute after his frustrations overflowed during the contest with in-form Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
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After the break, the Bavarians continued a relentless assault which saw the home side tack on three more goals before six minutes of the second half had been completed. Mueller had a shot turned aside by the beleaguered Ulreich but the rebound fell nicely for Mandzukic, the summer signing from Vfl Wolfsburg who slotted home from close range to record his fifth goal on his fourth competitive appearance in the colors of Bayern Munich. Only two minutes later, this very same duo had the ball in the back of the net again as Mueller nodded home at near quarters after Ulreich had saved from the Croatia international striker as the Bavarians enjoyed a five-on-two rush.

A second goal of the game and third of this fledgling Bundesliga season for the flourishing Mueller, then, who was by no means finished just yet. Another two minutes on, the soon-to-be 23-year-old winger galloped down the right and curled an inch-perfect cross into the box for surging Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER. A clinical header allowed the veteran who battled an assortment of injuries all of last term to bag his first competitive goal for Bayern Munich in a little over seven months.

Despite the enormous amount of time remaining to be played, the 6-1 scoreline meant that the devastation was thorough and complete. Vfb Stuttgart, who, historically-speaking, never fare very well on their travels to the city of Munich, finished with ten men after Bosnia / Herzegovina striker VEDAD IBISEVIC was shown the straight red card after head-butting Bayern Munich defender JEROME BOATENG in a moment of clear frustration. Meanwhile, the Swabians have now lost seven consecutive matches on the trot to the Bavarians in all competitions.

Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES did use the waning moments of the runaway match to give highly-touted Spain international midfielder JAVI MARTINEZ, who just broke the existing Bundesliga record with a transfer from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao that cost a staggering 40.0 million Euros, his official debut in German football.

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER prepares to gobble up a ball that has already been partially deflected by Bundesliga and Germany national team consituent JEROME BOATENG (17) as a skidding Vfb Stuttgart winger SHINJI OKAZAKI, the 26-year-old who has earned 55 caps and scored 28 goals for the senior national team of Japan thus far in his career, watches during the top flight match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger (Martinez 77′) – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery (Shaqiri 73′) – Mandzukic (Pizarro 69′)

VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Sakai, Taschi, Maza, Boka – Kvist, Gentner – Harnik (Traore 89′), Hajnal (Torun 46′), Okazaki (Bah 69′) – Ibisevic

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