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September 29, 2012 9:30 AM EDT
Weserstadion — Bremen
Referee:‬ M. Weiner‎
Attendance:‬ 42100‎
 
 
Luiz Gustavo 81′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich

Two late goals from Luis Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic preserve the Bavarian giants' perfect start to the season. Goal.com takes a closer look.

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Sebastian Mielitz
    11
    5
    3.00

    Sebastian Mielitz

    A few solid stops to keep his side in the hunt, and could not do much about the two late goals.

  • Sebastian Prödl
    7
    5
    3.00

    Sebastian Prödl

    One fantastic first-half block was the highlight of an impressive display in defense, as he halted Bayern time and time again with his bravery and willingness to make a tackle.

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    12
    5
    3.50

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Uncompromising at the back for Bremen, as he thwarted Bayern time and time again with some rugged play. Seemed to draw on the energy of the crowd at times. Unfortunate to end up on the losing side.

  • Theodor Gebre Selassie
    2
    12
    2.00

    Theodor Gebre Selassie

    The weak link at the back for the home side. Beaten time and time again by Ribery, and generally stumbled on shaky ground all game long.

  • Kevin De Bruyne
    7
    6
    3.00

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Worked hard all game to put pressure on Bayern, and broke free on the flanks to good effect on one or two occasions.

  • Clemens Fritz
    6
    6
    3.00

    Clemens Fritz

    Stuck to his task well, working hard along with his team-mates to deny Bayern space. Did not get forward much, but that was never on the agenda.

  • Eljero Elia
    5
    14
    2.50

    Eljero Elia

    Threatened to run riot by beating Lahm in the early stages, but as is so often the case with Elia, it was nothing more than a false dawn. He drifted to the periphery of the game soon after, making little impact on proceedings.

  • Aaron Hunt
    9
    5
    3.50

    Aaron Hunt

    A quite encouraging game from Hunt, as he showcased some impressive touches in midfield and was quick to facilitate his side on the attack.

  • Zlatko Junuzovic
    6
    7
    3.00

    Zlatko Junuzovic

    Kept his concentration well in the center of the park to stifle the considerable threat of Toni Kroos, forcing the Bayern midfielder into a decidedly out-of-sync performance. Went close with a first half header that he should have gotten on target.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    6
    9
    2.50

    Marko Arnautovic

    Motored forward occasionally to good effect out wide and looked good on the counter, while managing to fashion a few chances for his teammates. The quality alongside him was not always there, though.

  • Nils Petersen
    5
    14
    2.00

    Nils Petersen Flop of the Match

    A potentially big day for the young on-loan striker, squaring up against his parent club. He never got going, though, as Bremen’s lack of consistent service meant that he was isolated and unable to provide much of an offensive punch.

Substitutions

  • Niclas Füllkrug
    0
    10
    2.50

    Niclas Füllkrug

    Did not impact the game much in his short spell off the bench.

  • Manuel Neuer
    52
    6
    2.50

    Manuel Neuer

    May as well have not been playing as he barely had a meaningful save to make all game.

  • Dante
    54
    2
    3.00

    Dante

    The Brazilian has made a positive start to life in Bayern colors, and his ascendancy continued with another good showing at the back. Dealt with most threats from Bremen with impunity, and looked at ease in bringing the ball out of defense.

  • Jerome Boateng
    51
    3
    3.00

    Jerome Boateng

    He appears to have struck up a good understanding with his new partner Dante, and delivered another display of calm in the center of defense. Solid show, especially in a testing atmosphere.

  • Philipp Lahm
    54
    2
    3.00

    Philipp Lahm

    Another consistent game from the skipper at right-back. Composed in defense, and picked his moments to get forward well. His versatility is a key asset for this Bayern side.

  • Holger Badstuber
    45
    7
    3.00

    Holger Badstuber

    Like the rest of his colleagues in defense, he dealt comfortably with whatever Bremen threw at him, and supported the attack well on the overlap.

  • Franck Ribéry
    74
    2
    4.00

    Franck Ribéry Top of the Match

    Played with a spark early on as he drove Bayern forward during their initial rush. When he chose to get involved, he was dangerous - a prime example being his delightful dribble and shot that hit the post. He would have scored even higher had he taken one of his second-half chances.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    63
    8
    3.00

    Luiz Gustavo

    A typically understated game from the holding midfielder, for the most part. A lot of his dirty work off the ball went unnoticed. He scored the priceless opener late on with a well placed shot from range.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    54
    6
    2.50

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Distributed the ball simply and effectively in the opposition half, and was smart with his decisions to play riskier passes. Did not forget about his duties in defense, but he tailed off in his influence as the game wore on.

  • Toni Kroos
    40
    19
    2.50

    Toni Kroos

    Rather ineffectual in the first half, as he seemed a bit off the pace and out of sync with the flow and movement of his team in the attacking third. Never quite able to get himself in the right position to make much of a difference.

  • Claudio Pizarro
    42
    26
    2.50

    Claudio Pizarro

    Still poses an aerial threat even at this relatively advanced age. The Peruvian stood as a decent target in the box, and was able to get his head on the end of a few deliveries into the area, but, crucially, was not able to send any of them on target.

  • Thomas Müller
    53
    4
    3.00

    Thomas Müller

    Keen to get the ball in stride and make an impact, but he did not always find a route through to goal as Bremen got men back to defend. Still, though, his offensive tenacity and directness meant that the hosts always had to keep an eye on him.

Substitutions

  • Xherdan Shaqiri
    92
    2
    3.50

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    Injected some life into proceedings with an energetic display on the wing, and set up Mandzukic's clincher.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    78
    1
    3.50

    Mario Mandzukic

    Scored a late tap-in to put the icing on the cake for Bayern in a good cameo off the bench.

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