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Played
April 2, 2011 9:30 AM EDT
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ C. Dingert‎
Attendance:‬ 69000‎
 
78′ Arjen Robben
 
Top of the Match
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Bayern
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Bayern
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Mike Hanke
Mike Hanke
Mönchengladbach
Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos
Bayern

Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach: Robben to the rescue for late Bayern

Arjen Robben was on hand to score a late winner for Bayern who move upto third in the Bundesliga...

By Luke Matthews

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich - Hamburger SV, Arjen Robben (Getty Images)
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An under-par Bayern Munich had Arjen Robben to thank for a late winner as the champions overcame a resilient Gladbach to win 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Robben's 78th minute winner was enough to hand the Bavarian giants all three points which sees die Roten move up to third in the league after Hannover's away defeat to Dortmund.

After a slow start to the game, Bayern began to lay siege on the Gladbach goal and came within whiskers of opening the scoring on 18 minutes. After a jinxing run down the right wing, Arjen Robben cut infield before sending a fizzing low effort towards goal which Logan Bailly could only parry into the path of Mario Gomez three yards from goal. Unfortunately for the Bundesliga top scorer, the ball rebounded off his thigh and into the grateful arms of Bailly.

The second-half started at a similar pace with both sides lacking the urgency required to take control of the game although the Bavarian powerhouse could have opened the scoring on 54 minutes.

The subdued Franck Ribery picked up the ball on the left-side of the box before turning his marker and unleashing a powerful effort which narrowly missed the far corner of the net with Bailly at full-stretch.

Die Fohlen came close themselves four minutes later with Patrick Herrmann finding space down the right wing. The 20-year-old delivered an inviting, low-ball towards Marco Reus although Holger Badstuber was on hand to desperately divert the ball out of play for a Borussia corner.

Bayern were still threatening and were close on 73 minutes. Ribery did well to clip a cross into the danger with an unmarked Gomez rising to meet the ball 12 yards from goal which sailed agonizingly wide of the far-post.

However, the deadlock was broken in the 78th minute with the home side taking the lead. Robben's slaloming central run saw the Dutchman play a neat one-two with Ribery before sweeping the ball past Bailly from six yards out, a goal that could prove vital for Bayern's aspirations of Champions League football next season.

Substitute Miroslav Klose nearly doubled the scoring four minutes later when Robben squared the ball to the experienced striker who saw his 15 yard effort struck the outside of the post with the Moenchengladbach 'keeper beaten.

Bayern visit Nuernberg next weekend while Gladbach entertain relegation rivals Koeln in a real six-pointer.

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Bayern

1
Thomas Kraft
Goalkeeper
2.50
23
Danijel Pranjic
Defender
2.50
28
2.50
22
Luiz Gustavo
Defender
2.00
21
Philipp Lahm
Midfielder
33′
2.00
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
78′
3.00
39
Toni Kroos
Midfielder
72′
2.00
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
72′
1.50
31
2.00
10
Arjen Robben
Striker
78′ 84′
3.00
33
Mario Gomez
Striker
2.00

Mönchengladbach

1.50
30
Logan Bailly
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Filip Daems
Defender
2.50
4
Dante
Defender
2.50
39
1.50
24
Tony Jantschke
Midfielder
1.50
18
2.00
33
2.50
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
67′
2.00
16
2.00
7
1.00
9
Mike Hanke
Striker
72′

Substitutes

22
0.00
2
Breno
Defender
0.00
26
0.00
4
0.00
16
Andreas Ottl
Midfielder
72′
0.00
11
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
33
0.00
4
0.00
19
0.00
-
Michael Fink
Midfielder
0.00
14
Thorben Marx
Midfielder
0.00
25
2.00
40
Karim Matmour
Midfielder
63′

Coach/Manager

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0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
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