Team in crisis: Bayern give up eighth league goal

Posted by Susie Schaaf

Crisis ensued as Werder Bremen's on-loan man from Chelsea, Kevin De Bruyne, scored a goal against Bayern in the 58th minute, redirecting Aleksandar Ignjovski's shot for a goal and stunning a home crowd that had not seen Manuel Neuer give up a goal in nearly ten Bundesliga hours. Munich, sadly, gave up their eighth Tor of the domestic campaign, while shouts of "Heynckes, Raus!"-- the coach celebrating his 1,000th appearance in total in the league -- could be heard from the Suedkurve.

Nah. Just kidding.

Goals from Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez in the first half, partnered with a Sebastian Proedl red card, an own goal from Theodor Gebre Selassi to open the second 45 minutes, a brace by Mario Gomez and one more from Franck Ribery saw Bayern Munich beat ten man Werder Bremen 6-1 to take an overnight 18 point lead in the Bundesliga pending the results of the Borussiaderby on Sunday.

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Jupp Heynckes, as expected, made six changes to the team that beat Arsenal 3-1 in London mid-week. In defense, David Alaba and Daniel van Buyten made way for Diego Contento and Jerome Boateng. Bastian Schweinsteiger sat in the stands watching Luis Gustavo in his stead. Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller would ride pine in lieu of Xherdan Shaqiri in the ten spot and Robben on the right wing, while Gomez got the nod up top ahead of Mario Mandzukic.

Sheesh. If you couldn't tell by the cheeky opening paragraph -- what really do I have to say about this match? With a lot of Bremen's first team absent, and Bayern playing their "B" squad, it was an absolute destruction of die Gruen-Wiessen. Somewhat cautious play in the opening minutes, as players were sorting out unfamiliar teammates, led to a slow start until Robben scored the first for Bayern on 25 minutes, juking Ribery in the box from a Philipp Lahm cross.

Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic would be shown yellow for tripping Robben four minutes later; the ensuing free kick from the Dutchman saw Martinez head home for his second goal of the season.

Just before the half, Gomez was brought down by Sebastian Proedl after a lovely Martinez through-ball; the Austrian international receiving a red card for his efforts that reduced Werder to ten men at the whistle.

Thomas Schaaf would substitute midfielder Aaron Hunt for defender Mateo Pavlovic to open the second half hoping to stem an on-rushing Bayern. All for naught as it turned out as Gomez would center a pass from the right, Gebre Selassie catching it on his heel and directing it past Bremen 'keeper Sebastian Mielitz for an own goal.

A scant two minutes later Gomez scored his first as Ribery chipped Mielitz with the German following through. Martinez, shortly after, was subbed for Antoliy Tymoshchuk; the Spaniard carrying a worrying injury.

Bremen finally pulled one back in the 58th minute after Dante had failed to clear a ball on the touchline. But Bayern, not dismayed, would keep coming. Tymo drilled a shot straight to Mielitz, while Robben and Ribery kept up a hard press. The Dutchman would cause a yellow for Pavlovic, making the most of a push.

An ineffective Shaqiri would be taken off for Claudio Pizarro as the match drew out to its inevitable conclusion. Ribery would collect his own short corner to score in the 86th minute, while Gomez scored his brace -- adding insult to injury in the 89th minute -- pipping 'keeper Mielitz to leave the final tally at 6-1.

This team! Fantastic! Lovely to get rest for players who needed it. Lovely to get goals and minutes for players that needed them as well. That being said, as great as this display was today, Bayern hasn't won anything yet. Although they have a plus-55 goal differential, they'd go a long way silencing critics by beating Dortmund in the Pokal Wednesday.

And that being said; today is Bayern Munich's. Quite a lovely day to be a supporter, isn’t it?

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