Bayern Munich 2 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0


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France international winger FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich appears to be surrounded by a trio of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim players including the familiar face of Japan Olympic midfielder TAKASHI USAMI, who spent all of last season on loan at Bayern Munich from Gamba Osaka, during the history-making Bundesliga match at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in southern Germany.
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10/06/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 7

2 – BAYERN MUNICH ——————— Ribery 19′, 47′
0 – TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM

In a match that was marked by a distinct lack of bona fide goal-scoring chances for either side, really, it was, in fact, two individual pieces of brilliance from a Fabulous Frenchman only just starting to find his form this term as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH professionally dispatched visiting TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM 2-0 and tied an all-time record in the process.

With Saturday’s triumph in front of 71,000 spectators at the Allianz Areana, trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ side became just the second team in the entire history of the 50-year-old Bundesliga to have won seven consecutive matches at the start of a season, then.

Bayern Munich, of course, had entered the German top flight tie with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on the heels of a disappointing defeat at the hands of upstart Belarussian outfit BATE Borisov; the frustrating setback had put an abrupt halt to the nine-game winning streak the Bavarians had assembled to kick-off this 2012/13 campaign.

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Following a rocky European outing with three goals conceded away in Belarus, Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER and the rest of the Bayern Munich backline rebounded well to post a fourth consecutive shutout in Bundesliga play; bolstered by the addition of Brazilian centerback DANTE, the summer signing costing 4.7 million Euros from Borussia Moenchengladbach who has formed an solid partnership with Germany international JEROME BOATENG (signed from English Premier League club Manchester City for a transfer fee of 13.0 million Euros two summers ago), the stingy Bavarian defense has allowed just two goals after seven matches in the German top flight this season.
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Ironically, it was the very same France international winger FRANCK RIBERY who had scored Bayern Munich’s lone goal in the mid-week loss that provided the brace for Bavarian victory at the week’s end.

Ribery received a ball from Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER just outside the box on the left and, with signature trickery, effeciently blew right past TSG 1899 Hoffenheim fullback ANDREAS BECK, the former Vfb Stuttgart defender who has earned nine caps for Deutschland in his career. A low, left-footer right through the legs of visiting goalkeeper KOEN CASTEELS, the 20-year-old Belgian standing in for injured Germany internatonal TIM WIESE, sent the Bavarians ahead in the 19th minute. Ribery’s first goal in the Bundesliga this season relaxed the Bavarians and also seemed to visibly take the wind out of the visitors, as well.

Mueller had been injured in a aerial collision with Bayern Munich’s Croatia internatioal striker MARIO MANDZUKIC earlier and his eye would swell to the point where the 23-year-old winger would need to be replaced by Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI in the 26th minute.

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Trailed by the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfield pair of Brazilian ROBERTO FIRMINO and home-grown SEBASTIAN RUDY (6), in-form Germany internatonal winger THOMAS MUELLER (four goals and six assists in six top flight matches this term) hurriedly dribbles his way downfield during the Bundesliga match at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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Ribery needed less than 120 seconds after the restart to score his second goal of both this match with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as well as this 2012/13 season. Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS tripped over a ball pulled back by Mandzukic, but quickly recovered and simply played the Fabulous Frenchman on the left. A curling shot from unstoppable Ribery, who netted a career-high 12 goals in the Bundesliga last term, left the youngster Caseels very little chance and doubled Bayern Munich’s advantage in the 47th minute.

The Bavarians went searching for a third in advance of their annual trip to Munich’s Oktoberfest but would find nothing. Still, a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim side trained by former Bayern Munich and Germany international defender MARKUS BABBEL never mounted anything resembling a meaningful rally at any rate. Perhaps the most impressive statistic, aside from the seven wins on the trot, for the record German champions at this point in the season is the sparkling +19 goal-differential.

Bayern Munich, of course, now adjourn for the ‘international break’ and will not turn out again until October 20 …

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Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI, the 20-year-old, versatile midfielder who scored 28 goals in 90 Swiss Super League games for FC Basel before being bought by Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of 9.0 million Euros this summer, has managed one goal (to go along with five assists) in all compeititons for his new club so far this season but has still not found the back of the net after seven appearances in the German Bundesliga.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Martinez (Luiz Gustavo 86′), Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Shaqiri 26′), Kroos, Ribery (Rafinha 89′) – Mandzukic

TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM : Casteels – Beck, Delpierre, Compper, Johnson – Williams, Rudy – Ochs (Schrock 73′), Firminio, Usami (Volland 63′) – Joselu (Derdiyok 63′)

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