Bayern Munich 4 – BATE Borisov 1

_MG_5971
========================================================

December 5, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Group F

4 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ———— Gomez 22′, Mueller 54′, Shaqiri 66′, Alaba 83′
1 – BATE BORISOV (Blr) —————— Filipenko 89′

A first strike a little over twenty minutes into the match and two more goals scored after quickly going down a man to begin the second half gave the visitors, who were also reduced to ten men later on, themselves, no hope whatsoever as traditional German powerhouse BAYERN MUNICH thumped Belarussian side BATE BORISOV 4-1 on the final day of play in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.

“BAYERNS B-ELF GELINGT DIE REVANCHE” — “Bayern’s B-Team Manages The Revenge”

So read the headline from one German on-line publication, a reference to the Bavarians’ 3-1 upset loss to BATE Borisov on Bayern Munich’s trip to Belarus earlier this season and that trainer JUPP HEYNCKES chose to rest several key players in the return fixture at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich actually entered the last match of this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage with the knowledge that a victory would, in fact, secure first place in their bracket. Although CF Valencia were expected to (and did) defeat French Ligue 1 side OSC Lille, their head-to-head record with the Germans (3-2 on aggregate in favor of Bayern Munich) would relegate the Spaniards to second place in Group F.

========================================================
_MG_5974
========================================================
Bayern Munich’s Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI, the versatile youngster who has the ability to play in several different positions — including on the backline — about the park, is still looking for his first Bundesliga tally but has raised his season totals to two goals and seven assists after 18 appearances in all competitions for the Bavarians this term.
========================================================

Although Germany international goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER was called upon to make a competent just a few minutes earlier, it was Bayern Munich who went to the lead after Switzerland international winger XHERDAN SHAQIRI went on a run down the left wing. An inviting centering pass from the 21-year-old who was bought from Swiss Super League champion FC Basel for a transfer fee of 9.0 million Euros this past summer allowed Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, still working his way back to peak match fitness after ankle surgery earlier this summer, to steer the ball home from seven yards or so. A first goal of this 2012/13 season in the UEFA Champions League, then, for the 27-year-old Torjaeger who netted 13 goals for Bayern Munich in Europe last season on the Bavarians’ journey to the ill-fated UEFA Champions League Final against English Premier League side FC Chelsea of London.

Controversy arrived just five minutes after the restart when Scottish match official WILLIAM COLLUM harshly sent off Bayern Munich defender JEROME BOATENG. The Gemany international signed from Manchester City in the summer of 2011 for a transfer fee of 13.5 million Euros certainly committed a clumsy foul and, perhaps, deserved to have his name taken in the book. But a straight red card was certainly well over the top and soon Bayern Munich’s Brazil international right back RAFINHA earned himself a yellow card for excessive protest.

Within four minutes, Bayern Munich had doubled its advantage despite playing shorthanded. Germany international BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, wearing the captain’s armband for this particular match in the absence of regular right back PHILIPP LAHM, flicked on a ball sent into the box and opportunistic THOMAS MUELLER was on hand to re-introduce the ball to the back of BATE Borisov’s net. A third goal in Europe this season for the 23-year-old winger, who has netted 12 goals in all competitions this term for Bayern Munich including the German Super Cup triumph over two-time defending champion Borussia Dortmund earlier this past summer.

Immediately, Heynckes brought off the goal-scorer Mueller in favor of Brazilian central defender DANTE, the valuable summer signing who cost just 4.7 million Euros from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

========================================================
_MG_5973
========================================================
Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG (17) of Bayern Munich stares in utter disbelief after card-happy Scottish referee WILLIAM COLLUM brandishes the straight red in the 50th minute of the UEFA Champions League Group F match between the host Bavarians and visiting BATE Borisov at the Allianz Arena.
========================================================

Bayern Munich struck for a second time with ten men in the 66th minute when Gomez and Shaqiri combined yet again after a run down the left wing. This time, it was Super Mario who turned provider and the little Swiss tank’s turn to get his name on the scoresheet but outjumping the BATE Borisov defense. A very first goal in Europe on behalf of Bayern Munich by the talented Shaqiri, whose only other goal for the Bavarians this season came back in late August in the first round D.F.B. Pokal match with newly-promoted 2.Bundesliga club SVV Jahn Regensburg.

Shortly thereafter, the manpower situation was evened up after BATE Borisov’s youthful Belarus international left back DZYANIS POLYAKOV received his marching orders for a second bookable offense (diving/simulation) in the 69th minute.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, tacked on a fourth goal in the 83rd minute following a corner kick from France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY. Fellow second half substitute DAVID ALABA, the 20-year-old Austria international who is also only just recently returned to action after a lengthy spell on the injury shelf, got a hold of the ball in the box and lashed a nasty, left-footed drive that affored beleagured BATE Borisov goalkeeper ANDREI GORBUNOV no hope at all. A first goal of this 2012/13 campaign in Europe for Alaba, who earlier netted for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga against surprising Eintracht Frankfurt, as well.

BATE Borisov defender IGOR FILIPENKO, the Belarus international who spent most of his time on the books of Russian side Spartak Moscow out on loan to other clubs, pulled a goal back for pride in the closing stages but the day belonged to Bayern Munich.

========================================================
_MG_5972
========================================================
Bayern Munich’s experienced Ukraine international ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK, the 34-year-old national team captain who has made 123 appearances (4 go) for his country to date, sticks out a boot in a bid to tackle the ball away from Belarus international MAKSIM BORDARCHEV (18) of visiting side BATE Borisov during the UEFA Champions League Group F match at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in the southern German state of Bavaria.
========================================================

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, van Buyten, Boateng, Contento – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger (Ribery 72′) – Mueller (Dante 54′), Kroos (Alaba 64′), Shaqiri – Gomez

BATE BORISOV : Gorbunov – Polyakov, Radkov, Filipenko, Bordachev (Yurevich 84′) – Olekhovich, Baga, Volodko – Kontsevoy (Bressan 58′), Hleb – Rodionov (Vasilyuk 66′)

========================================================
_MG_5984
========================================================
_MG_5975
========================================================
_MG_5979
========================================================
_MG_5977
========================================================
_MG_5976
========================================================
_MG_5978
========================================================
_MG_5981
========================================================
_MG_5980
========================================================
_MG_5982
========================================================
_MG_5983

Comments Off on Bayern Munich 4 – BATE Borisov 1

Filed under Uncategorized

Comments are closed.