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September 24, 2011 10:00 PM IST
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
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90′ Arjen Robben
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Bayern Munich 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Goal.com rates the individuals on show in the Bavarians' comfortable win against fellow Champions League contenders B04.

By Clark Whitney

  • Manuel Neuer
    3
    0
    3.50

    Manuel Neuer

    Called into action more than he has been in recent games, but made his work look easy. Always alert to position himself properly make life easy for himself, be it saving shots or claiming crosses. Still has not conceded in nine games.

  • Daniel Van Buyten
    2
    0
    4.00

    Daniel Van Buyten

    A surprise inclusion, the Belgian justified his starting role with an immense free kick. Booked for a needless foul away from the ball, but perhaps as a surprise, his lack of pace was not exposed as it has been in the past, and his height was a major advantage in preventing Kiessling from taking down balls in the air. Nearly had a brace, but had his header saved.

  • Holger Badstuber
    4
    0
    3.50

    Holger Badstuber

    Let Kiessling get away from him once but was outstanding afterwards. Won almost every challenge he had to make, but anticipated play well and was always in the right place at the right time. Possibly the world's most in-form defender at the moment.

  • Philipp Lahm
    4
    0
    4.00

    Philipp Lahm

    The second-busiest man on the day in terms of ball contact, the captain had a relatively quiet day, and was never really tested by Balitsch, Danny or Bellarabi.

  • Rafinha
    3
    0
    3.50

    Rafinha

    Conceded a couple fouls on Sam and was fortunate not to be carded in the early minutes. Had less trouble later on, and was extremely active on the right flank.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    8
    0
    4.00

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    There was a sequence in the first half that summed his performance: he received the ball amid multiple defenders deep in his own half, turned past them, and within seconds received a return pass at the byline. Schweinsteiger these days is absolutely everywhere.

  • Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
    3
    0
    3.50

    Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

    Made an immense challenge to stop Kiessling, and had a great goal called back late in the game. Extremely clean in possession and inventive with some of his passes, he was just what Bayern needed alongside Schweinsteiger in defensive midfield.

  • Toni Kroos
    5
    0
    3.50

    Toni Kroos

    Less influential perhaps than he has been in recent games, and rather quiet as most of Bayern's play went through the wings. Substituted late.

  • Franck Ribéry
    4
    0
    4.00

    Franck Ribéry Top of the Match

    The Frenchman is in the form of his life now; how he created the opener with such apparent ease speaks volumes of his class. As he goes, so go Bayern.

  • Thomas Müller
    5
    0
    4.00

    Thomas Müller

    Opened the scoring with his second goal in as many matches, and absolutely roasted Castro. Played more crosses than any other player, even if they were not always accurate, and was a real catalyst for the Bayern attack.

  • Mario Gomez
    3
    0
    3.50

    Mario Gomez

    Off the pace in his 100th competitive appearance for Bayern. Was caught offside several times and never posed much of a threat on goal; he was substituted in the second half.

Substitutions

  • David Alaba
    0
    0
    0.00

    David Alaba

    On for the closing moments and had no time to make a significant impact.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    2
    0
    3.50

    Luiz Gustavo

    Came on at a time when Bayern were lacking energy in midfield, and his introduction fixed any weakness his team had shown up until that point.

  • Arjen Robben
    5
    0
    4.00

    Arjen Robben

    On for the closing minutes, the Dutchman looked as though he hadn't missed a month with an injury. Scored with a clinical finish at the death.

  • Bernd Leno
    1
    0
    3.00

    Bernd Leno

    Cannot be faulted for the goals conceded. The youngster did very well to make a few saves, and his decision-making to come off his line was of the quality that one might expect expect from a much more experienced player.

  • D. da Costa
    0
    0
    2.00

    D. da Costa

    Given a very difficult task in his Bundesliga debut, and when he was first tested by Ribery, failed to stop the Frenchman as Bayern opened the scoring. Recovered somewhat, but was replaced early in the second half.

  • Ömer Toprak
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ömer Toprak

    Good in his tackling, but was unable to forge an effective partnership with Renartz. The better of the two, but still not convincing. On the attacking end, had one attempt test Neuer.

  • Stefan Reinartz
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stefan Reinartz

    Booked for a very cynical challenge and was generally too slow to react. Nearly let in Muller for a late goal, but was bailed out by Leno. A disappointing performance from the youngster, who not long ago was capped for country.

  • Gonzalo Castro
    0
    0
    2.00

    Gonzalo Castro Flop of the Match

    Good in possession, but his defending against Muller was rather atrocious. At fault for committing himself and failing to stop Robben's goal, and was very fortunate not to be punished more for what was a very underwhelming defensive performance.

  • Lars Bender
    1
    0
    2.00

    Lars Bender

    By a mile (almost literally), the most industrious player on the pitch. The 22-year-old was a titan in the centre of the park, and is very unfortunate to play for a team that does not complement his style. He would fill in perfectly in place of his brother, Sven, at Dortmund.

  • Simon Rolfes
    1
    0
    1.50

    Simon Rolfes

    Worked hard alongside Bender in the midfield, but was ultimately out-classed. Cannot be faulted individually, as the battle was lost more on the flanks than in the centre.

  • Renato Augusto
    0
    0
    1.50

    Renato Augusto

    As the playmaker, it was his duty to create chances on goal, but he failed to do so. Had plenty of the ball, but did absolutely nothing of value with it.

  • Hanno Balitsch
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hanno Balitsch

    Used as a winger primarily to add a bit more support against Ribery and Lahm, he was somewhat effective defensively but the Frenchman had a good game and Balitsch never got forward. Not the best from the former Hannover man.

  • Sidney Sam
    0
    0
    2.00

    Sidney Sam

    Looked bright in the early proceedings as he got the better of Rafinha, but never was able to make much of his opportunities and only had one attempt on goal all game. Booked late for a foul committed in frustration.

  • Stefan Kießling
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stefan Kießling

    Broke free once early in the game, but had his shot saved. Posed a frustrated figure as his usual advantage, his aerial presence, was kept in check by Van Buyten.

Substitutions

  • Manuel Friedrich
    0
    0
    0.00

    Manuel Friedrich

    A late substitute who was not on for long enough to be properly judged.

  • Karim Bellarabi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Karim Bellarabi

    Replaced Danny for the latter stages of the game, but was silent after coming on. Appeared well out of his depth.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5