Bayern Munich winger FRANCK RIBERY, the 29-year-old who has already made 69 appearances (11 goals) for the national team of France and was bought by the Bavarians from Olympique Marseille for the hefty transfer fee of 25.0 million Euros in the summer of 2007, looks to fend off the challenge of OSC Lille captain FLORENT BALMONT (4) during the UEFA Champions League Group F match witnessed by the sell-out crowd of 50,186 spectators at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.
October 23, 2012
UEFA Champions League
0 – OSC LILLE (Fra)
1 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ——— Mueller pen 20′
With the home side relying heavily on robust defensive tactics, a solitary strike from the penatly spot just twenty minutes into the contest was made to stand up for a vital result as visiting German Bundesliga club BAYERN MUNICH outlasted French host OSC LILLE 1-0 in a critical UEFA Champions League Group F match.
Germany national team winger THOMAS MUELLER, very much in form having scored six goals on his first seven appearances in the Bundesliga this term, stroked an Elfmeter past OSC Lille goalkeeper MICKAEL LANDREAU to net his first in Europe this season and provide record German champion Bayern Munich all the ammunition it would require to shoot down the dour home side; the Bavarian captain PHILIPP LAHM had earned the penalty after being fouled by youthful OSC Lille left back LUCAS DIGNE, from who the experienced Germany international fullback had stolen the ball, in the box.
One player of note in the Startelf for host OSC Lille opposite visiting Bayern Munich was Ivory Coast international SALOMON KALOU, the 27-year-old winger who featured for title-winning FC Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena in Munich last spring; after six seasons in London with the English Premier League club, Kalou left on a free transfer in the summer to sign with the northern French side that captured both the Ligue 1 championship and the Coupe de France trophy to conclude the 2010/11 domestic campaign.
True, trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ troops currently stand in third place after three matches in the UEFA Champions League’s Group F. But, Bayern Munich are level on six points with both Spanish La Liga side CF Valencia and Belarussian club BATE Borisov. Furthermore, the Bavarians will play two of their remaining three group matches on home ground …
OSC LILLE : Landreau – Sidibe, Beriea, Chedjou, Digne – Balmont, Pedretti (Rozehnal 90′), Martin – Roux (Mendes 77′), De Melo, Kalou (Payet 56′)
BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Alaba 84′), Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 81′), Ribery (Shaqiri 46′) – Mandzukic