Bayern begin Oktoberfest celebrations with comprehensive win

Posted by Susie Schaaf

A fourth Bundesliga win sees Bayern Munich atop the table with 12 points and a +12 goal differential. And while the last three opponents were... meh, Bayern got a good idea of where they stand in the league with this comprehensive win over Schalke 04.

The first half was fraught with Munich scoring chances, but all for naught as the half-time score was 0-0. Die Knappen only truly threatened six minutes from the whistle in the first half as Manuel Neuer (still roundly jeered every time he touches the ball) pushed out a Jefferson Farfan drive.

The second half opened with a scare when Klass-Jan Huntelaar nicked Boateng, but Lewis Holtby shot wide. And finally, when it seemed like (my MOTM) Thomas Mueller couldn't do anything right, he did: beating a couple defenders and a nifty back pass to Kroos, who opened the scoring on 55 minutes.

Three minutes later Thomas would eradicate his first half blues, passing to himself, through a defender's legs and beating goalkeeper Unnerstall across the goal.

Huub Stevens brought in Barnetta and Afellay - replacing Holtby and Draxler - with 30 minutes left to play, but Schalke found themselves unable to mount any sustained sort of comeback. The eventual 0:2 scoreline is flattering to Schalke. There was plenty of opportunity for Bayern to score more goals.

Odds and ends:

There was one HSV supporter in the pub I watched this match in. He got a standing ovation from all the Bayern supporters present.

Dante should never be on the bench. EVER. Like the Kroos / Mueller argument; what's your take on Boateng / Badstuber?

Javi Martinez plays some very smart football. His transfer price, while inflated, is very well likely to be worth it.

Arjen Robben wasn't diving (for once). He butt kicking on the pitch today was legit. I have nothing nice to say about Joel Matip.

Around the 70th minute, FCB had three solid minutes of possession. And since it's Oktoberfest in Munich, all the supporters were singing "Tiki taki tiki taki! Oy! Oy! Oy!" Good, fun stuff.

Solid, solid win in the hostile environs of the Veltins Arena. Things are looking mighty good for die Roten. Continuing at this pace? Everything is possible. And finally, I apologize for being brief, but a reservation at Wildstuben awaits. My dirndls are meant to be seen, not sitting in front of a laptop.

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