Bayern Munich 4 – Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen 0

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Finland’s youthful international TEEMU PUKKI (20) of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, the 22-year-old striker who was signed from HJK Helsinki in the summer of 2011, is challenged by Bayern Munich’s standout Brazilian defender DANTE during the runaway Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in southern Germany.
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02/09/13
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 21

4 – BAYERN MUNICH ———————– Alaba pen 19′, 51′, Schweinsteiger 32′, Gomez 63′
0 – SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN

Such is the overall depth of the squad this season, trainer JUPP HEYNCKES could afford to rest the club’s two leading goal-scorers this season and still have no real worries as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH dismantled visiting rival SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN 4-0 in the Bundesliga.

Austria international DAVID ALABA, the 20-year-old versatile left back for Bayern Munich, cooly slotted home a 19th minute penalty kick before veteran Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER netted with a brilliant free kick that left Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen goalkeeper TIMO HILDEBRAND no real chance.

After struggling through an injury-filled campaign a last season, the rejuvenated Schweinsteiger has now scored five goals in 21 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich while adding two more goals in the UEFA Champions League this season on behalf of the Bavarians.

Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN was heavily involved in the two second half goals for Bayern Munich. A lethal run down the left flank and cross into the box by the Dangerous Dutchman allowed Germany international MARIO GOMEZ to lay the ball off nicely for Alaba to smoothly score his second goal of the match. And an unselfish play by Robben to square the ball for Gomez enabled the 27-year-old striker to tally his third goal of this 2012/13 Bundesliga season and fifth for Bayern Munich in all competitions this term.

Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen were missing injured Holland international KLAAS JAN HUNTELAAR, the prolific 29-year-old striker who led the Bundesliga with 29 goals last season.

Bayern Munich extended its lead at the top of the table to a daunting fifteen points because the two nearest rivals in the German top flight standings, defending champion Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, both failed to win in the 21st round of this historic 50th Bundesliga campaign.

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Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s United States international midfielder JERMAINE JONES (13) looks to stop Flying Dutchman ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, the 29-year-old winger who has three goals in Cup competitions this season but is still searching for a first strike in the German top flight this term, during the lopsided Bundesliga match at the always sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm (Rafinha 73′), Boateng, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger (Luiz Gustavo 73′) – Robben, Kroos, Ribery (Contento 73′) – Gomez

SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN : Hildebrand – Hoewedes, Metzelder, Matip, Kolasinac – Jones, Neustaedter – Hoeger (Raffael 64′), Michel Bartos (Farfan 72′), Barnetta – Pukki (Edu 78′)

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