Bayern Munich 2 – CF Valencia 1


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France international winger FRANCK RIBERY (7) of Bayern Munich looks to shed a pair of would-be defenders for visiting CF Valencia during the UEFA Champions League match at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in the southern German state of Bavaria.
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September 14, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Group F

2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) —— Schweinsteiger 38′, Kroos 76′
1 – CF VALENCIA (Spa) ————– Valdez 90+1′

A goal on either side of the halftime whistle from a pair of in-form Germany national team midfielders allowed the hosts to thoroughly control a match that was not anywhere near as close as the final scoreline might indicate as a dominant BAYERN MUNICH defeated visiting Spanish La Liga guest CF VALENCIA 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League opener for both teams.

Towards the end of a first half in which the Bavarians attempted nine shots as compared to none for their opponents, the experienced BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER made an unselfish play to leave France international winger FRANCK RIBERY’s pass be for Holland international winger ARJEN ROBBEN at the top of the box and went off on an equally intelligent overlapping run into the penalty area. A prompt and precise pass from the Dangerous Dutchman enabled the 28-year-old midfielder with 95 caps (23 goals) for Germany to have a blast which CF Valenica’s sliding France international left back ALY CISSOKHO deflected but could not prevent from finding the back of the net in the 36th minute. A third goal in as many matches, then, for the inspirational leader Schweinsteiger, who suffered through an assortment of frustrating injuries last season.

Schweinsteiger totaled five goals from 36 appearance in all competitions for Bayern Munich last term and, ironically enough, also netted the very first goal of last season’s ill-fated UEFA Champions League campaign with an eighth minute strike against Swiss side FC Zurich, as well.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10), who missed such a vital penalty for the Bavarians in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena last season against his former English employers FC Chelsea of London, laid on the very first goal of this new 2012/13 European campaign for Bayern Munich in the Group F match with visiting Spanish La Liga side CF Valencia by providing a brilliant ball to Germany international midfielder Bastain Schweinsteiger late in the first half.
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CF Valencia came into the game a bit more after the halftime break and two-time Mexico World Cup midfielder ANDREAS GUARDADO tested the Bayern Munich goalkeeper with a long drive from outside the box but Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER was up to the task.

The record German champions, meanwhile, got the vital second goal it would need with a little less than a quarter hour to play. Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER, who has successfully shifted to left back since the transfer of the uncapped Brazilian center back Dante from Borussia Moenchengladbach to Bayern Munich this summer, made a fine play to disposses Algeria international midfielder SIOFANE FEGHOULI in his own third of the field and quickly feed national team constituent TONI KROOS. A rising rocket from the 22-year-old central attacking midfielder wrecked any hope CF Valencia may have realistically had about sharing the points in this UEFA Champions League match.

And so Kroos, the versatile youth team product who netted seven goals from 51 games in all competitions for Bayern Munich last season, equaled Schweinstiger’s feat with one strike in a third consecutive match on the trot.

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Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC (9) of Bayern Munich
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The visitors were able to pull a goal back in the first minute of what would be event-filled time added on through NELSON VALDEZ, the two-time Paraguay World Cup attacker who appeared in 193 Bundesliga games and scored 37 goals for Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund from 2002 until 2010; the traveled 28-year-old striker, who was sold by die Schwarzgelben to La Liga side Hercules Alicante for 3.5 million Euros after the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and is now back in Spain on loan at CF Valencia from Russian club Rubin Kazan, headed in a cross from Portugal international right back JOAO PEREIRA.

Less than sixty seconds later, Bayern Munich had a chance to cancel that last strike out after France international defender ADIL RAMI was sent off for a second bookable offense but heretofore in-form Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC, who had scored at least one goal in all five competitive matches for the Bavarians since a summer transfer costing 12.0 million Euros from Vfl Wolfsburg, had his spot kick kept out by Brazil international goalkeeper DIEGO ALVES of CF Valencia.

A convincing performance as well as all three points for Bayern Munich in the standings, nevertheless.

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Spain international midfielder JAVI MARTINEZ (8), the expensive 24-year-old who smashed the existing Bundesliga record with a 40.0 million Euro transfer from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao only just a couple of weeks ago, made his historic appearance with the Startelf of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League match with visiting CF Valencia at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Schweinsteiger, Martinez (Luiz Gustavo 69′) – Robben, Kroos, Ribery (Mueller 46′) – Pizarro (Mandzukic 63′)

CF VALENCIA : Diego Alves – Pereira, R. Costa, Rami, Cissokho – Rarejo, T. Costa – Feghouli, Jonas (Valdez 63′), Guardado (Viera 71) – Soldado (Barragan 68′)

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