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Dominant Bayern ease to ninth home win

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Dominant Bayern ease to ninth home win

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:30 pm

Bayern blew some warmth into the icy Munich air on Saturday with a fully convincing win against submissive strugglers Kaiserslautern. The unspectacular but assured manner of victory confirmed the positive impression gained from the midweek success against Stuttgart, as the men in red appear to have hit their stride again after a brief patchy run.

The 69,000 who braved the fierce -12 degree chill and flocked to the Allianz Arena as normal saw Mario Gomez notch his 18th league goal of term with just six minutes on the clock. Thomas Müller ended his long goal drought with the second on the half-hour, underlining the home team's superiority in every area of the field during the first half.

With the temperatures plummeting, Bayern did only what was necessary for long spells after the restart, but once Jupp Heynckes had risen to his feet and called for greater urgency, the activity level rose and the crowd was provided with some decent entertainment before scurrying home into the warmth.

A second slick victory on the bounce means Heynckes' side now have 44 points from 21 matches, two off leaders Borussia Dortmund, but three ahead of Schalke and four clear of Mönchengladbach, the sides who meet in the Saturday evening kick-off. The Bavarians play again next Saturday evening, when the men in red will be looking for all three points away to bottom club SC Freiburg.

Heynckes made just one enforced change to the side which so convincingly saw off Stuttgart in the midweek cup tie, replacing torn ligament victim Bastian Schweinsteiger with David Alaba, who capably took over from the Germany international at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Arjen Robben again took a seat among the subs.

Otherwise, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Rafinha former the back four in front of Manuel Neuer, with Luiz Gustavo alongside Alaba in defensive midfield. Toni Kroos assumed the playmaking duties behind Gomez, with Müller and Franck Ribery on the flanks.

Kaiserslautern boss Marco Kurz made fully five changes to the team beaten 1-0 by Köln last week, with winter signing Sandro Wagner, a former FCB youth who made four Bundesliga appearances for the Reds, tasked with improving his side's miserable record of just 15 league goals so far.

After referee Markus Schmidt whistled play underway, the home side immediately took control and Ribery warmed FCK keeper Kevin Trapp's gloves with four minutes played. FCB had the lead just two minutes later, Lahm finding Ribery from a short corner and the Frenchman dinking in a cross for the unmarked Gomez to twist in the air and nod home at the near post.

The early opener was exactly what Munich wanted, and the home side dominated the rest of the first half with ease. Gomez twice shot narrowly wide and Alaba curled a free-kick inches too high, before Ribery fizzed a cross-cum-shot across the face of Trapp's goal.

The second goal seemed just a matter of time and arrived on the half-hour after Greece international Thanos Petsos felled Lahm 30 yards from goal. Kroos swung over the free-kick, Trapp badly misjudged the flight, and Müller glanced home with a well-timed header. Munich were content to ease to the break now and FCK finally loosed off their first shot, an off-target Petsos volley with the game already 40 minutes old.

The pattern remained the same after the restart, although Trapp denied Gomez a second on the day with a brave dive at the striker's feet, and Konstantinos Fortounis kicked the Germany man's next effort off the line. With the hour mark approaching, Robben took over from Müller, as the scorer continued to struggle with a knock from the first half.

Heynckes was on his feet remonstrating with his men, calling for more energy and movement in attack, and Robben responded well with a couple of mazy dribbles into the box and a cross-shot Trapp did well to block. Long-serving Lautern full-back Florian Dick trundled a shot across Neuer's goalmouth and sub Itay Shechter fired against Boatenf, but they were rare forays by the visitors as Munich still held sway.

Trapp again saved well as Badstuber tanked his way into the box, before Ivi Olic replaced Ribery and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk took over from Kroos for the closing stages. Robben placed a chip just too high after a defence-splitting pass from Gomez, Trapp got down well to Gustavo's stabbed effort, Tymoshchuk whistled a drive wide, and Trapp plucked Robben's free-kick from the air, but the visitors refused to yield and it remained at 2-0.

Live match report for by Chris Hamley
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