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December 7, 2013
• Weserstadion, Bremen
Referee: M. Fritz
• Attendance: 42100
A. Lukimya 21' (own goal)
D. Van Buyten 27'
F. Ribéry 38', 82'
M. Mandžukić 60'
T. Müller 68'
M. Götze 90'
FULL TIME - Bremen 0-7 Bayern: Die Roten romp their way to victory with an emphatic seven-goal victory over Robin Dutt's struggling side. The visitors were in imperious form this afternoon, and it seems that there will be no stopping them this season. That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this afternoon. Enjoy your evening.
90' + 1'
The referee shows mercy on the hosts, and blows for full time with only a few seconds of stoppage time played.
GOOOOAAAL!! Unbelievable! Gotze dances his way into the box, shimmying between a couple of defenders before angling an effort past Wolf and into the far corner.
HOW HAS THAT STAYED OUT!! Muller connects with a cross to the back post but Lukimya somehow manages to clear it off the line and Bayern are unable to find the net with the follow-up either.
Bayern are still pushing forward in numbers and looking to add to their tally this afternoon, and here they come again...
This result means that Bayern will likely be crowned as the Bundesliga's traditional winter champions if Dortmund fail to win against Leverkusen later today.
GOOOOAAAL! Bayern score their sixth of the afternoon with a fantastic move! Pizarro held off his marker before rolling a backheel into the path of Alaba's overlapping run. The left-back then pulled the ball back for Ribery who slotted home his second of the day.
Ribery takes it short but concedes a free kick for a late challenge down by the corner flag. Ribery flights it in but Hunt clears the danger with a header.
That is a vital header from Fritz to stop Mandzukic from nodding Rafinha's cross in at the back post. Still, Bayern have an opportunity from this corner.
Ribery and Mandzukic attempt to combine on the near side to work a way through the Bremen defence but their passing lacks the crispness and accuracy to cause any real damage. Bremen are able to outnumber them and pick apart the attack and force Bayern back momentarily.
Yellow CardAssani Lukimya
That is a waste from Ekici! The midfielder had plenty of time on the near side to pick out a team-mate in the area but not for the first time a Bremen cross is sent straight over the roof of the goal.
Bremen's performance has become extremely disjointed and they are showing very little in terms of attacking intent. It is not really surprising, they will want to try and see this game out without conceding more than the five they have already shipped.
It really is hard to see any side in the Bundesliga stopping Guardiola's Bayern this season. The strength in depth of their midfield is quite sensational, and is in by no means matched by any of their closest rivals.
GOOOOAAALL!! Muller is the next man on the scoresheet! A deep cross runs out to Gotze on the far side and as he is not closed quickly by Garcia, he passes inside to Muller. He pulls away from Lukimya and volleys a low effort into the bottom corner.
That is a first for this afternoon, a wayward pass from Ribery! The Frenchman has been drifting inside a lot to good effect in this second half, but that was not his finest moment.
Yellow CardDaniel Van Buyten
There is less urgency to the play of Guardiola's side at the moment, but the hosts have every man behind the ball as Bayern knock possession about on the half-way line.
Bremen have well and truly been undone here, and yet again their defensive deficiencies have been completely exposed. Bayern will no doubt fancy their chances of adding to their tally this afternoon, and with the hosts likely to sit back now they have every chance of doing just that.
Franco Di Santo
GOOOOOAAAL!! Mandzukic makes it four! Fritz was caught napping, playing Ribery onside as he latched onto a through-ball down at the byeline. The winger then played a great cross along the floor which Mandzukic tapped home at the back post.
That is another crucial block from Boateng! Getting his body in the way of Makiadi's shot as Bremen broke, he blunted that attack and now his team will look to counter.
Yellow CardFranco Di Santo
STAT: The Bavarian giants have now scored at least two goals in their last eight meetings with Bremen in all competitions.
Another good save from Wolf! Mandzukic timed his run to perfection and was picked out in acres of space by Rafinha. The striker's first touch let the ball get away from him and Wolf seized the chance to race off his line and close the angle, getting enough on the eventual attempt to deflect it behind.
GOTZE!! He should have tucked that away! The ball broke fortuitously on the ege of the box for the midfielder but Wolf stayed big and smothered the German's shot at goal.
Bayern are now starting to impose themselves and are in control in midfield. The amount of runners they have off the ball whenever a player is in possession is amazing, and it gives each player so many options to choose from.
A great ball from Rafinha picks out Mandzukic with a diving header in the box. Lukimya is close by at the referee awards a corner as he felt the centre-back deflected the effort away from goal.
What a pass from Boateng! He drilled that ball straight through the heart of Bremen from the half-way line, but Muller was unable to get enough power on a first-time effort from an acute angle.
This is a decent start to the half from Bremen and they do well to work the ball out to Fritz in space on the right. He attempts to bend the ball between the defence and Neuer but ends up playing it straight into the keeper's hands.
A corner from the left is met by the head of Garcia in the area but he cannot turn it on target. Petersen picks it up on the corner of the box on the near side but his delivery is far too deep and it runs straight out of play.
We are back underway at the Weserstadion!
The teams are back out on the pitch and so the second half will begin in a few moments. Will Bremen somehow work their way back into this, or are Bayern going to run away with it?
HALF TIME - Bremen 0-3 Bayern: The hosts started brightly but after Lukimya's own-goal midway through the half they have fallen apart. Van Buyten and Ribery added to the score before the break and now Guardiola's men look sure to make this their 40th Bundesliga game without defeat. Stay tuned for the second half.
45' + 1'
Bayern fail to make anything of it and the referee signals for half time.
Yellow CardCedrick Makiadi
Makiadi is clearly getting frustrated by his inability to get close to the ball in midfield as he scythes through the back of Rafinha and gives Bayern another chance from a set play.
HUNT MUST SCORE! He did brilliantly to beat the offside trap and get on the end of Elia's through-ball, but after cutting inside onto his favoured left foot he was unable to steer a shot past Neuer. A huge chance goes begging for the hosts.
Mandzukic gets a stern warning from the referee as he gets a bit carried away during a physical exchange between him and Makiadi on the half-way line. His next foul will likely see him go into the book.
Another free kick is aimed at Van Buyten inside the box but the big Belgian committs a foul in his attempts to get his head to the delivery.
Yellow CardLuca Caldirola
GOOOOOOAAAL!! Bayern are running riot now! Mandzukic releases Muller down the right and he squares the ball across goal for Ribery. The Frenchman takes a touch in the six-yard box before poking his finish past the keeper.
Mandzukic is finding so much space in the area! This time he gets on the end of a cross, stood up at the back post by Muller, but cannot generate enough power or direction on his attempt to worry Wolf.
That could have been lovely! Thiago glided forwards from deep before spotting Mandzukic peeling off his marker and clipping a pass to him. The striker brought the ball down but could not shoot with his second touch. Possession eventually falls to Ribery on the edge of the area but he shanks an effort wide of the target.
SO CLOSE!! Stunning work from Elia out on the right as he works the ball backwards and forwards to find space to cross up against Alaba. He manages to dig out a ball towards the back post which Di Santo beats Rafinha to, however Van Buyten hooks the ball away as it bounces towards the far corner.
Hunt goes for goal with the free kick but he puts it narrowly high, and about the same distance wide. Neuer did look worried, but it would have taken something special to beat him from there.
Yellow CardJerome Boateng
Cynical! Boateng gets absolutely skinned for pace by Elia and instead of letting him carry the ball into the area, he clips the wingers heels and brings him to ground outside the box. He earns a booking and Bremen have a free kick in a dangerous area.
Garcia again does well there, tracking the run of Mandzukic and beating him to a header at the back post. The right-back even managed to win a free kick in the process!
Bremen won't be getting back into this with crosses like that! Di Santo pulls wide onto the left and attempts an in-swinging delivery for Elia at the back post but he balloons it into the stand behind the goal.
GoalDaniel Van Buyten
GOOOOAAAAAL!! You sense the floodgates have opened! Kroos whipped the free kick in from the right and Van Buyten rose high above Petersen in the box and nodded the ball into the bottom corner.
Good challenge from Garcia there, sliding in and beating Rafinha to the ball as he looked to race in behind down the right wing. Bayern take the resultant throw quickly and after Rafinha passes the ball through Lukimya's legs, the visitors win a free kick.
The Bremen crowd are remaining very vocal despite that goal, and they have every reason to. The hosts have been positive so far, when it would have been easy to sit back and they are unfortunate that an own goal has broken the deadlock.
Own GoalAssani Lukimya
GOOOOOAAALL!! Well, Bremen didn't hold out much longer! Ribery beats Fritz out on the left and drills a low cross into the area. Lukimya sticks out a foot at the near post and diverts the ball past his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
It remains a fairly even contest so far, and Robin Dutt will be pleased with how his side have held up so far. Given their recent record of conceding goals an early one could have spelled trouble.
Vital block from Boateng! That is the hosts' best chance so far, as Elia pulls away from his marker down the left and tees up Hunt for a shot from the edge of the box. It looks to be heading for the top corner but Boateng got his body in the way to send it behind for a corner.
That is brilliant work from Di Santo, chasing all the way back from up top to put in a challenge on Rafinha down by his own corner flag.
WHAT A CHANCE!! Alaba's cross is handled by a Bremen defender but the referee signals for play to continue as the ball drops to Ribery in the box. He rolls a measured cutback to the top of the box where Boateng runs from deep to meet it. He attempts to side-foot a shot into the bottom corner but he fails to hit the target.
Fritz whips a great cross in from the right and Di Santo attempts to get in front of his marker and get his head to it but he moved a little too late. Elia follows up moments later with a shot from distance but Neuer holds onto it capably.
Bremen are by no means being dominated in this game. They are currently have a good spell of possession in the Bayern half, but so far they have been unable to get Petersen and Di Santo involved in the game enough to worry the visitors.
STAT: Bayern are undefeated in their last 39 Bundesliga outings. That is quite some run!
Gotze is proving very lively in the opening moments as he once more dribbles at the Bremen defence and draws a number of opponents towards him. Mandzukic makes a diagonal run in behind but Gotze plays the ball just behind him and it rolls through to Wolf.
That is good play between Gotze and Muller down the right and the former races into the box, slaloming between the Bremen defence. Wolf comes out to get to the ball before the Bayern man and the pair collide so the referee awards the hosts a free kick.
Bayern get the ball in the back of the net but, again, the offside flag is raised. It looks as though Rafinha went a bit too early there, meaning he was ahead of the final defender as Ribery threaded through an exquisite through-ball.
Bayern start the game brightly, probing positively down the right wing, but it is Bremen who nearly fashion the first chance. Hunt's free kick is flicked into the box and Petersen makes a great run to try and get on the end of it. However, Makiadi has the same idea but came from an offside position so the chance is wasted.
We are underway at the Weserstadion!
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch now and kick off will be upon us shortly.
STAT: Die Roten have been victorious in their previous five visits to the Weserstadion in all competitions. It is difficult to see them failing to pick up another here today, but who knows, today may be the day Bremen rectify their defensive deficiencies.
Today's match was in danger of being postponed due to Hurricane Xaver hitting northern Germany, but fortunately Bremen are still capable of hosting today's event. There is no Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben for the visitors due to injury, while Philipp Lahm is not quite fit enough for the match day squad so Rafinha continues at right-back.
Bayern substitutes: Starke, Dante, Contento, Kirchhoff, Martinez, Shaqiri, Pizarro.
Bayern (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Alaba; Thiago; Muller, Gotze, Kroos, Ribery; Mandzukic.
Bremen substitutes: Mielitz, Ekici, Bargfrede, Yildirim, Trybull, Kobylanski, Selke.
Bremen (4-4-2): Wolf; Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Caldirola, Garcia; Elia, Fritz, Makiadi, Hunt; Di Santo, Petersen.
The teams are in, so lets have a look at how both sides will line-up this afternoon.
Bremen have only won twice at home from six games this season, and they are currently a side leaking a lot of goals. In their past five games they have let 15 goals slip past them so they will need to drastically improve at the back to avoid a thrashing at the hands of Pep Guardiola's rampant Bayern outfit.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's LIVE text commentary on the Bundesliga clash between Werder Bremen and league leaders Bayern Munich. My name is Tom Webber, and I will be guiding you through all the action at the Weserstadion today.
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