Bayern Munich 2 – SpVgg Greuther Fuerth 0

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1/19/13
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 18

2 – BAYERN MUNICH ———————— Mandzukic 26′, 61′
0 – SPVGG GREUTHER FUERTH

A goal on either side of the halftime whistle from the first-year striker who was purchased this past summer for a considerable fee was more than enough to enable record German champion BAYERN MUNICH to professionally coast by Bavarian rival SPVGG GREUTHER FUERTH 2-0 as the historic 50th Bundesliga season got back underway following the annual Winterpause break.

Despite the off-field distraction of having signed a big name trainer who will be taking charge next season, current trainer JUPP HEYNCKES had his troops focused on the business at hand. Indeed, Bayern Munich enjoyed 80% of the possession in the first twenty minutes of the match with bottom of the table SpVgg Greuther Fuerth and would, in fact, hold onto the football for more than three-quarters of the entire Derbyspiel at the sold-out Allianz Arena. Their forays upfield being rare, the visitors only ever did get a solitary shot on the goal guarded by Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER.

Bayern Munich went to the lead in the 26th minute but only after a little bit of assistance from SpVgg Greuther Fuerth’s most unfortunate goalkeeper WOLFGANG HESL, the 27-year-old who was making only his sixth career start in the Bundesliga. Croatia international MARIO MANDZUKIC, the 26-year-old striker who was bought by Bayern Munich from Vfl Wolfsburg for the transfer fee of 13.0 million Euros in June, beat his marker to the right wing cross from Germany international THOMAS MUELLER and was skillfully able to steer his shot on target. But the inexperienced Hesl, the career SV Hamburg backup who did a year in Austria with SV Ried and was purchased by SpVgg Greuther Fuerth from 2.Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden only this past summer, allowed the ball to squirt right through his hands and bounce straight into the back of the net.

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Bayern Munich added an insurance goal just after the hour mark which effectively ended the realistic hopes of visiting SpVgg Greuther Fuerth. Germany international BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the 28-year-old midfielder who has netted six goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season, was a tad unlucky to have Hesl turn his free kick over the crossbar. But the reprieve was only temporary as the Croatian Man of the Match was able to rise and meet the ensuing corner kick taken by Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS with power.

A low header beyond the diving Hesl but just inside the near post provided Mandzukic with a second goal of the game as well as a club-leading 11th strike in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich this season. Thereafter, it was only a mere question of the dominant hosts playing out the string. The Brazilian centerback DANTE and Spain international JAVIER MARTINEZ were both very strong in the defensive third for the home side, it should be mentioned.

By winning for the fourteen time on eighteen outings in the Bundesliga this term, Bayern Munich maintained its 11-point lead in the standings over nearest rival Bayer Leverkusen. Aside from the league-leading 46 goals scored the record German champions have, perhaps most impressively, conceded just seven times this entire domestic season. As for cellar-dwellers SpVgg Greuther Fuerth, it is interesting to note that their defensive record of 30 goals conceded after 18 Bundesliga matches is exactly the same as that of fourth place Eintracht Frankfurt this season but the pitiful total of just eleven goals scored, perhaps, tells the entire relevant story.

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Bayern Munich’s Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC has his shot blocked by SpVgg Greuther Fuerth’s Ghana U-20 international defender BABA RAHMAN, the 18-year-old who was bought from Asante Kotoko FC of Kumasi this past summer, in the 24th minute of the all-Bavarian Bundesliga Derbyspiel at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in southern Germany.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Robben 70′), Kroos (Shaqiri 70′), Ribery – Mandzukic (Gomez 85′)

SPVGG GREUTHER FUERTH : Hesl – Zimmerman, Kleine, Sobiech, Rahman – Petsos, Petkovic, Fuerstner – Sararer (Klaus 87′), Stieber (Park 90′) – Noethe (Azemi 67′)

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