Bayern Munich 2-1 Nuernberg: Van Buyten Wins It Again For Bayern

Van Buytenn2After a scoreless first half, Bayern took the lead early in the second period through Ivica Olic. After Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s stunning equaliser, Bayern won it late with a header from Daniel van Buyten.

Michael Oenning made two changes to the team that beat Moenchengladbach last weekend. At left-back, Pascal Bieler replaced Juri Judt and Ilkay Guendogan started as forward ahead of Marcel Risse.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal also shuffled his line-up since his side’s midweek clash with Maccabi Haifa. Mario Gomez returned to the starting X1 at the expense of Franck Ribery, and Ivica Olic moved to left forward.

After a cautious first quarter hour, the game began to heat up. In the 18th minute, Nuernberg’s Peer Kluge threaded the ball to a wide-open Marcel Risse on the right flank. Bayern left-back Danijel Pranjic closed the gap quickly, and Risse was forced to shoot from a tough angle. His shot was straight at Bayern keeper Hans-Joerg Butt, who parried, conceding a corner.

Nuernberg were tactically well prepared for today’s encounter, and did well to shut down Arjen Robben on the right side. After the first 25 minutes or so, the Dutchman began to roam towards the middle and left side, and played himself back into the game.

It was around this time that Bayern begaen to hit stride. Just after the half hour mark, Thomas Mueller crossed for Gomez who, from a very tough angle, volleyed against the underside of the crossbar.

Two minutes later, after some good build-up play, the ball fell to Mueller, who volleyed into onrushing goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer.

Bayern continued to pressure with efforts from Bastian Schweinsteiger (37) and Ivica Olic (44), but would have to wait until the second half to open their scoring account.

At the half, Franck Ribery replaced Mario Gomez, moving Olic to centre forward as the Frenchman moved to occupy the left flank.

After ten minutes of quality defending from Nuernberg – not to mention a possibly denied penalty – Bayern finally took the lead.  After a trademark cut to the centre, Philipp Lahm was dispossessed at the top of the box.  Mueller pounced to retrieve the ball, then slipped through to Olic, who finished past Schaefer.

After scoring the opener, Bayern continued to control possession, but applied significantly less pressure on the Nuernberg goal. The visitors brought on Hamburg loanee Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who had instant effect in attack. The Germany U-19 starlet provided pace and technical ability to the Nuernberg attack, and had a knack for getting behind the Bayern defense.

Out of nowhere, Nuernberg scored a shocking equalizer. In the 73rd minute, half the Bayern team chased down Dario Vidosic as he approached the left side of the penalty area. The Australia international looked up, and found Choupo-Moting wide open to his right. After receiving the ball, Choupo-Moting coolly finished past Butt.

The equalizer seemed to breathe new life into both teams: Nuernberg were emboldened by having scored, and Bayern were just minutes from potentially going seven points adrift of first place. The score would remain deadlocked for only nine minutes, as Nuernberg finally caved under Bayern’s offensive pressure. In the 82nd minute, Arjen Robben crossed for centre-half Daniel van Buyten, who headed in his second goal of the week.

Having taken their second lead, this time, Bayern kept the pressure on and sought a third goal. Late efforts from Thomas Mueller (84, 91) were on target, but saved well by Schaefer. The result puts Bayern’ temporarily into third place, although Frankfurt and Werder Bremen are both within striking distance with a game in hand. Nuernberg slump to 13th place, but will be encouraged by their position ahead of Stuttgart as the 7th matchday looms.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 19, 2009.

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