Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen 0 – Bayern Munich 2


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Germany centerback JEROME BOATENG of Bayern Munich, in his second season with the Bavarians now after transferring from English Premier League side Manchester City in the summer of 2011, pulls away from shackled Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR (25), the high-scoring Holland international who led the entire top flight with 29 goals for die Koenigsblauen last season, during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Veltins Arena in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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09/22/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 4

0 – SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN
2 – BAYERN MUNICH —————————– Kroos 55′, Mueller 58′

A pair of Blitztore not so long after the halftime break left the in-form visitors in full control of a tense contest which, up to that point, had produced few chances at either end as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH shutout host SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN 2-0 and maintained its 100% record in addition to its position at the top of the Bundesliga table.

The Bavarians, who have now opened this 2012/13 season with a seven consecutive victory on the trot, had far more of the possession and territory throughout the opening session but also had trouble breaking down the determined Koenigsblauen backline in the attacking third. Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC, who missed a late spot kick against visiting Spanish La Liga side CF Valenica in the midweek UEFA European Champions League match, might have done better with a header at the back post and a wide-open net at his mercy in the 25th minute. The most dangerous shot on target in the first half, though, came off the boot of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s Peru international winger JEFFERSON FARFAN in the 39th minute but Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER did well to steer the ball over the crossbar.

Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER directed his header agonizingly just wide not so long after the restart and, rather than despair, promptly responded by setting up the first goal of the game and then scoring the second a mere three minutes later. Mueller was involved in a magical one-two at the top of the box that saw red-hot Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS brilliantly curl a right-footed shot around the diving Schalke 04 goalkeeper LARS UNNERSTALL in the 55th minute. A fourth goal in as many matches for Bayern Munich from the currrently unstoppable Kroos, the versatile 22-year-old who also netted a magnificent strike against CF Valencia in Europe earlier this week, as well.

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Peru international JEFFERSON FARFAN of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, the seasoned 27-year-old winger who scored 17 goals combined in his first two campaigns in the German top flight after transferring from Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven but has managed a total of just seven goals the last two years for die Koenigsblauen, attempts to shield the ball from Bayern Munich’s Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Veltins Arena.
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The in-form Mueller, who now boasts four goals in as many Bundesiga matches to start this new term, then stepped to center stage, himself, and produced a stunning individual effort. After putting the ball right between the legs of die Koenigsblauen’s Austria international left back CHRISTIAN FUCHS at the edge of the penatly area on the right, the 23-year-old also needed fend off a challenge from behind by Germany international midfielder JULIAN DRAXLER. A very cheeky right-footed roller from a very sharp angle eluded the outstretched Unnerstall and tucked neatly inside the lower far post to wonderfully conclude the world-class run from Mueller.

Farfan had one more menacing attempt, his third on target in the match, with a left-footed drive in the 81st minute but was, again, foiled by a fine save from Neuer, who got down low and extended in time before quickly smothering the rebound. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper, who was sold by Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen to the Bavarian giants for a transfer fee of 18.0 million Euros in the summer of 2011, had an excellent outing on his return to the old stomping ground. The Koenigsblauen supporters at the Veltins Arena, unfortunately, demonstrated their class by loudly whistling whenever Neuer touched the ball throughtout the contest.

Holland international KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan Torjaeger who led the Bundesliga in goal-scoring last season, had very little opportunity to shine on home turf. This as a result of the organized defending of the Bavarians spearheaded by the new centerback tandem this season, Germany international JEROME BOATENG and the newly-acquired Brazilian DANTE. Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s Dutch central striker had one meaningless attempt at the very end of the match with Bayern Munich but blasted his shot high and wide.

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Holland international winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who might have had a second half strike but was unable to successfully lob the Koenigsblauen goalkeeper, is fouled from behind by Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s Cameroon international defender JOEL MATIP (32) during the Bundesliga match witnessed by 61,673 spectators at the Veltins Arena in western Germany.
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SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN : Unnerstall – Hoewedes, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs – Neustaedter, Jones (Hoeger 78′) – Farfan, Holtby (Barnetta 62′), Draxler (Affelay 63′) – Huntelaar

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger (Tymoshchuk 89′) – Mueller, Kroos, Robben (Shaqiri 84) – Mandzukic (Martinez 70′)

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