Bayern Munich 3 – FSV 05 Mainz 1


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Germany international BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the 28-year-old defensive midfielder who scored three goals in 22 Bundesliga games all of last season but now has netted twice in three top flight matches to begin this new 2012/13 term, seeks to avoid the sliding tackle of Colombia international ELKIN SOTO of FSV 05 Mainz during the Bundesliga match in front of 71,000 spectators at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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09/14/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 3

3 – BAYERN MUNICH ———– Mandzukic 2′, Schweinsteiger 13′, Kroos 90+2′
1 – FSV 05 MAINZ —————— Szalai pen 59′

Once again, almost barely noticeable for Bayern Munich on this day was the continued absence of Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, who has yet to play a competitive match in this 2012/13 season. Furthermore, neither of the Dynamic ‘Robbery’ Duo wingers — Holland international ARJEN ROBBEN nor France international FRANCK RIBERY — were even dressed in uniform and sitting on the bench, let alone in the Startelf for trainer JUPP HEYNCKES. This trio, to review, combined to score 50 goals for the Bavarians in just the Bundesliga, alone, last season.

This day also marked a record-tying event when aging Peru international CLAUDIO PIZARRO ran out onto the pitch at the Allianz Arena for the final moments of the match with FSV 05 Mainz. The late substitute appearance by the striker who turns 35 next month tied the Bundesliga record for most games played (336) by a foreigner who did not grow up in the German football system. Pizarro, who did strike in the D.F.B. Pokal first round contest with second division SSV Jahn Regensburg earlier this term in August, might had had himself a first Bundesliga goal of the season to celebrate the occasion but was denied by the never-say-die netminding of visiting goalkeeper CHRISTIAN WETKLO.

Another noteworthy moment also came very late in the match when substitute JAVI MARTINEZ, the 24-year-old Spain international midfielder who recently broke the existing Bundesliga record with a 40.0 million Euro transfer from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao, was directly involved in a Bayern Munich goal for the very first time ever. A well-flighted cross from the right wing found youthful Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS in the box on the left and a spectacular volley resulted. An initial return on a massive investment for the traditional Bavarian giant, then.

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Croatia international MARIO MANDZUKIC, who scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga for Vfl Wolfsburg last season and was bought by the record German champion for a transfer fee of 13.0 million Euros this summer, has scored at least once in all five competitive matches in which the 26-year striker has appeared for Bayern Munich thus far.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Shaqiri (Martinez 75′) – Mandzukic (Pizarro 89′)

FSV 05 MAINZ : Wetklo – Pospech, Bungert, Noveski, Zabavnik – Baumgartlinger, Kirchhoff – Caligiuri (Soto 37′), N. Mueller, Risse (Szalai 37′) – Choupo Moting (Ivanschitz 79′)

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