Bayern Munich 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 2


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Bayer Leverkusen winger ANDRE SCHUERRLE, the promising 21-year-old who has already scored seven goals in his first 19 international appearances for Germany, races for the ball with national team constituent and Bayern Munich’s new left back this season HOLGER BADSTUBER, the 23-year-old with 30 caps (1 goal) for Deutschland, during the intense Bundesliga duel at the always-sold out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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10/27/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 9

1 – BAYERN MUNICH ——————– Mandzukic 77′
2 – BAYER LEVERKUSEN ————– Kiessling 42′, own goal 87′

After heroically battling back to equalize in the second half and then press for winner, the hosts were undone by a astonishing piece of misfortune on the counterattack as visiting BAYER LEVERKUSEN upset table-toppers BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 and ended the record German champions’ historic unbeaten streak to start this 2012/13 Bundesliga season.

Trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ Bavarian side, however, does remain atop the top flight standings despite the setback and look now look ahead to the mid-week D.F.B. Pokal contest against 1.FC Kaiserslautern, who were demoted from the Bundesliga at the end of last season, next on the schedule for Bayern Munich.

Bayer Leverkusen grabbed a shock lead on a counterattack just before the halftime whistle with an extraoridnary and exquisite display of passing football. 30-year-old veteran SIMON ROLFES, the experienced midfielder who has earned 26 caps (2 goals) for Deutschland in his career, released emerging Germany international winger ANDRE SCHUERRLE down the right wing and his subsequent cross found striker STEFAN KIESSLING, the 28-year-old who scored 21 goals for die Werkself during the 2009/10 Bundesliga campaign before being chosen to be a member of Germnany’s third-place 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa. The blond-haired Kiessling, who easily led Bayer Leverkusen with 16 goals in the German top flight last term, stabbed home at close range to net sixth goal this season and give the visitors emotional lift right before the break.

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One promising sign for the rest of this 2012/13 season was the versatile Austria international DAVID ALABA’s season debut for Bayern Munich in the match with visting Bayer Leverkusen; the 20-year-old Bayern youth team product excelled last term after establishing himself at left back and, after returning from a lenghty injury spell, recently drew rave reviews for his performance with Austria after scoring one goal and assisting on two others in Oesterreich’s decisive 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier in mid-October.
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With Bayern Munich having had most of its way in the first half, the wiley Heynckes felt condident enough to exchange Germany international left back HOLGER BADSTUBER for the attack-minded Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI at the break; furthermore, Holland international winger ARJEN ROBBEN was brought on for the Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO just before the hour. The risk was minimal, as the Bavarians would enjoy two-thirds of the ball throughout the entire contest.

Shaqairi, the 21-year-old who was bought from defending Swiss Super Liga champion FC Basel in the summer for a transfer fee of 9.0 million Euros, would hit a thumping left-footer from outside the box which drew a fine, flying save from talented Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper BERND LENO.

Bayern Munich, who went on to outshoot the their guests 24-5 on the match, clearly had all the momentum when aging Peru international CLAUDIO PIZARRO was sent on in place of Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWIENSTEIGER with a little less than a quarter of an hour to play. This would have its impact, but not before Schuerrle had a glorious chance to kill off the game for Bayer Leverkusen with a sharp, low shot on a rare break. Fortunatley for the Bavarians, though, Germany national team goaltender MANUEL NEUER was able to get down quick enough and hold the ball.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) made his long-awaited return to action for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after coming on as a second half substitute in the clash with Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena. The something less than match-fit Dangerous Dutchman has made just four appearances in the German top flight this term and has logged only a couple of assists in the SpVgg Greuther Fuerth truiumph on opening day. Robben, of course, was signed from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid for a transfer fee of 25.0 million Euros in August of 2009 and has since totaled 40 goals in 66 Bundesliga games for the Bavarians.
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The elderstatesman Pizarro, who is on his second tour of duty with Bayern Munich after stops in England with London-based FC Chelsea as well as northern Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen, soon provided an expert cross for Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC to head home at the back post in the 78th minute and bring the surging Bavarians level. A team-leading 8th goal in the Bundesliga for the off-season signing from Vfl Wolfsburg, then. Altogether, Mandzukic has managed 11 goals in all compeitive matches for the Bavarians this term.

Just when it appeared the two teams might have to split the points, Bayer Leverkusen was the beneficiary of a stunning break. Former Germany U-21 international winger SIDNEY SAM had only come on for the goal-scorer Kiessling minutes earlier and his header, by his own admission after the match, may very well have been headed wide. But the unlucky face of Germany centerback JEROME BOATENG inadvertantly steered to ball into the corner of the opposite part of the net that the Bayer Levekusen substitute had been aiming for in the first place!

There was still time for Austria international DAVID ALABA to launch a long range shot straight at Leno and for the unlucky Pizarro, who has still not scored a Bundesliga goal since his return to Bayern Munich this season, bounce a ball off the top of Bayer Leverkusen’s cross bar — but all for naught, true to the Bavarian’s overall fate for the day.

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A frantic final minutes saw Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER (1) make some courageous, if not skillful-enough, plays for the Bavarians far upfield in Bayer Leverkusen’s defensive third in a most desperate attempt to help Bayern Munich generate a miraculous late-equalizer in the entertaining Bundesliga match at the always-sound out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber (Shaqiri 46′) – Luiz Gustavo (Robben 59′), Schweinsteiger (Pizarro 74′) – Mueller, Kroos, Alaba – Mandzukic

BAYER LEVERKUSEN : Leno – Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Hosogai – Reinartz – L. Bender, Rolfes – Castro (M. Friedrich 90′), Schuerrle (Heegeler 84′) – Kiessling (Sam 84′)

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