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3 December 2011
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 69000
And that's full-time. Werder Bremen put in a great account of themselves, but in the end they gave away careless penalties and were punished for it. Thanks to Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach playing out a draw, Bayern Munich go back to the top of the table!
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Wesley holds the ball up well on the edge of the box and feeds Claudio Pizarro, who scoops a shot up and over the bar.
Robben, who has made the difference since coming off the bench, goes on a fantastic run before pulling the ball back to Ribery, whose shot is blocked en route to the goal.
They may be a man and three goals down, but Werder are still trying. Sandro Wagner forces an excellent save from Neuer after some quick footwork in the box.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Yellow Card Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Assist Franck Ribéry
Penalty Goal Arjen Robben
Robben goes the opposite direction, but it's the same result. 4-1!!
PENALTY TO BAYERN MUNICH!! Sokratis picks up a booking for a nudge in Ribery's back.
Red Card Aaron Hunt
RED CARD!!! Aaron Hunt receives his marching orders for an appalling lunge on Toni Kroos. Bremen have imploded and will play the last 10 minutes with a man fewer.
Assist Mario Gomez
Goal Franck Ribéry
GOAL!!! Muller rounds the goalkeeper, but before he can put the ball into an empty net, Ribery nips in to net his second of the day. 3-1, and that should be the match.
An incredible miss from Bayern. Gomez goes one-on-one with Mielitz, but passes to Muller, who hesitates and the stand-in goalkeeper claims the ball at his feet. A huge waste.
OFFSIDE!!! Mario Gomez thought he'd made the points safe with an excellently placed left-footed shot, but the assistant referee puts his flag up for offside. An inexplicable decision, which Gomez is rightly protesting.
Sandro Wagner comes on to face his old club, replacing Marko Marin.
Werder Bremen win a corner immediately, but Neuer claims the ball.
Assist Thomas Müller
Penalty Goal Arjen Robben
And Robben takes it....... And makes no mistake. 2-1 to Bayern Munich with just over 20 minutes to play!
PENALTY!! Muller had a chance to put his side ahead, but Wolf sticks out a leg to put him off. The referee points to the spot.
Bayern so close to taking the lead. Kroos' corner is defended badly, but after several touches in the box it goes wide. Nervous moment for Werder Bremen fans.
CHANCE!! Marko Marin almost puts his side ahead, but Neuer gets down well to save. The hosts are vulnerable on the break due to Alaba's withdrawal.
Yellow Card Andreas Wolf
Andreas Wolf picks up a booking for a cynical tackle on Franck Ribery. The Frenchman has been the victim of that kind of challenge all too often today.
And the free-kick is well-defended by Bremen yet again. Robben comes on for Alaba - Bayern Munich are going all out.
Boateng's cross strikes Ignjovski on the arm - another free-kick for Bayern just outside the box.
Arjen Robben is being readied for Bayern Munich - Jupp Heynckes has no option but to go for it now.
Franck Ribery's wins a corner as Bayern Munich look to restore their lead immediately, but Kroos delivery is headed away by Wolf.
What a substitution that has turned out to be! Rosenberg scores within seven minutes of coming off the bench for Arnautovic.
Assist Claudio Pizarro
Goal Markus Rosenberg
GOAL!!! Unbelievable - Werder Bremen have equalised!! The visitors counter from the free-kick and Markus Rosenberg finishes emphatically past Muller to get his side level. Bayern will be kicking themselves.
Just as I say that, Muller almost gets on the end of Kroos delivery, but his toe poke goes just wide.
Bayern Munich have another free-kick in a threatening area after Fritz brings down Ribery. How many of these can Bayern squander?
Van Buyten appeared to be injured in the challenge for the corner, but is back up and running for the hosts.
CHANCE!!! Marin swings in a corner which is met by a completely unmarked Naldo, who can only head it wide. Just goes to show that Bayern can take nothing for granted, despite their first-half dominance.
And we're back for the second-half, and Muller wins a free-kick in a threatening area immediately after the restart.
And that's half-time. An excellent first half from Bayern, but while it's still 1-0, Werder Bremen are always still in a chance of equalising or even going on to win this tie.
Muller dribbles down the right, and plays the ball across the field to Ribery, who lays the ball back to Alaba, but the Austrian's shot is charged down by Andreas Wolf.
Injury worry for Bayern Munich now. Pizarro elbows Holger Badstuber in the chest, which was apparently missed by the officials. The Germany defender is back up now, but was down for the best part of two minutes.
A phenomenal move from Bayern Munich as Ribery, Alaba, Gomez and Muller exchange passes, but the young Austrian takes a heavy touch and gives the visitors a goal kick.
Gomez tries to manoeuvre an angle in the box, but Naldo nipped in and stuck out a toe to stop the Germany forward as he attempted to turn.
Since taking the lead Bayern Munich have been very comfortable - they've barely surrendered possession.
Alaba sends into a corner which Mielitz unsuccessfully claims. The ball strikes Muller on the chest, but the Germany forward is unable to get the ball under control and the stand-in 'keeper is able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The Bayern Munich faithful are furious as Mario Gomez is brought down on the edge of the area, but the referee elects to not give a foul.
Thomas Muller sends in a powerful cross against the face of goal, which is slightly too fast for Gomez to control.
A deserved lead for Bayern Munich, who have given their opponents very little so far, and an excellent pass from David Alaba to set the Frenchman up.
Assist David Alaba
Goal Franck Ribéry
GOAL!!!! FRANCK RIBERY SCORES AGAIN! Alaba shrugs off Bargfrede and plays a fantastic pass to Ribery, who lines up his shot and scores emphatically past Mielitz! 1-0 to the hosts.
Fritz concedes a corner as he attempts to snuff out Lahm's run.
Werder Bremen have a serious injury worry - Marko Arnautovic is on the floor following a heavy challenge from Jerome Boateng.
Daniel Van Buyten takes a shot from distance, but it's some way from troubling the goalkeeper.
Jupp Heynckes last recorded a Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen in 1987 - a 2-1 victory in Munich as Bayern manager.
First attack of note from Bremen. Hunt sprays the ball through the defence towards Pizarro, who collects the ball and plays the ball back to Hunt, who can only foul Luiz Gustavo.
Ribery crosses the ball in from the left towards Lahm, who struggles to get a shot away. The ball strikes Bargfrede on the arm, but a foul against Alaba is given rather than a penalty. By far the most convincing of the hosts' three penalty shouts.
Boateng sends a ball in from the right towards Gomez, who goes down under Sokratis' challenge. The referee gives no penalty, quite rightly.
Luiz Gustavo records the first shot in anger, but his left-footed effort from distance goes a considerable distance wide.
Bayern fans appeal for a penalty as Ribery's ball towards Gomez bounced up and strikes Naldo, but replays show it hit the Brazilian on the chest.
Muller intercepts Aaron Hunt's pass, and plays in Gomez, but the Germany forward is soon crowded out by the Bremen back line.
Bayern attack immediately, but Kroos' attempt to prod the ball through to Muller is snuffed out by the Bremen defence.
And we're off!!
With Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach, the other two teams in the top four, clashing today, this could be a big opportunity for Bayern or Bremen to make ground on there title rivals...
Werder Bremen lineup with: Mielitz; Sokratis, Wolf, Naldo, Ignjovski; Fritz, Bargfrede, Hunt, Marin; Arnautovic, Pizarro
The teams are in. Bayern Munich start with: Neuer; Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Alaba; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com coverage of Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen. These two sides were among the early season pace-setters, but have recorded poor results in recent weeks. It promises to be a thriller...
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