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March 3, 2012
• BayArena, Leverkusen
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 30210
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Rafinha
90' + 4'
Rafinha receives a yellow card for foul .... and the game is over! Bayer Leverkusen have dealt a huge blow to Bayern Munich's title ambitions as the the Bavarians could go seven points behind Borussia Dortmund, if the champions win against Mainz later today. Kiessling and Bellarabi netted for the hosts against Jupp Heynckes' men, who failed to put up much of a fight in this match. Stay with us for our post-match materials, and do not forget to join us for our live coverage of Borussia Dortmund - Mainz, which kicks off soon! Bye, for now!
90' + 2'
The game is well into injury time, which has been announced to be three minutes.
Assist Gonzalo Castro
Goal Karim Bellarabi
2-0! GAME OVER! Substitute Karim Bellarabi nets after Gonzalo Castro broke free on the right wing and centered for the attacker, who converted with a low finish in the lower left corner.
Simon Rolfes is replaced by Renato Augusto for Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich are desperately trying to break Leverkusen's defence, but are devout of ideas and just spray cross into the box. If Dortmund win today, Bayern Munich are certainly out of contention for the title, based on form.
Yellow Card Luiz Gustavo
Gustavo receives a yellow card for inadvertently slapping Kadlec in the centre of the pitch.
Nils Petersen comes on for Thomas Muller. For leverkusen Schurrle leaves and is replaced by Karim Bellarabi.
Yellow Card Stefan Reinartz
Even the hardcore Bayern Munich fans would agree that this goal has been a long way coming. Seems unlikely that Bayern Munich could get back into this game ...
Assist Eren Derdiyok
Goal Stefan Kießling
GOAL! LEVERKUSEN TAKE THE LEAD! Derdiyok almost ruined a great chance as he failed to control the ball on the left side of the box, but then managed to cross it back in with a bicycle kick for Kiessling, who forced it past the goal line to open the scoring.
The set-piece leads to nothing ...
RIBERY! The French winger receives the ball on the left flank from Boateng from the opposite wing, takes a few steps, and then fires a low shot, which is deflected out for a corner on the left.
Bayern Munich have picked up their game in recent minutes, but have been unable to create any clear cut chances so far. Olic is on for Toni Kroos now.
MULLER! Lahm easily bypassed Renato Augusto on the flank, and cross for Muller, whose acrobatic finish just could not reach the ball ahead of Bernd Leno.
Leverkusen have clearly been the better side so far, and it would be cruel if they fall to a late Bayern Munich goal. Kiessling has been giving the Bavarians all kinds of trouble today.
NEUER! The goalkeeper once again is on hand to deny Leverkusen as he claims a nice header by Kiessling on the line with a fine save.
NEUER! Fantastic save! The goalkeeper makes a hesitant clearance from a cross, but he soon makes amends as he saves a volley from Kiessling from a point-blank range.
Yellow Card Ömer Toprak
Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
REINARTZ! Lahm saves Bayern Munich! Kadlec breaks free on the left flank, and sends a cross for Kiessling, who cushions the ball for Reinartz. The defender is just about to pull the trigger, but his finish is blocked by captain Philipp Lahm.
Ribery with a run on the left, and he immediately wins a corner. Kroos takes it, but it is poorly executed and is cleared easily by Leverkusen's defence.
Franck Ribery replaces Mario Gomez. Bad sign for the Germany international, who has been struggling for form in the last few weeks.
ROBBEN! Great save by Leno! The Dutch winger broke free on the left wing, and sent a finish from a difficult angle, which the young goalkeeper managed to block low.
Rafinha bombs down the left, and picks out Muller, who fails to penetrate Bayer Leverkusen's defence, and is force to pass the ball back.
LUIZ GUSTAVO! So close! A cross by Kroos on the right flank just narrowly missed the Brazilian in the centre of the box, and caught Robben by surprise, who could not take it well first time.
Robben with a fine run through the centre of defence, but his attempt at a through ball for Luiz Gustavo is blocked once again. Bayern Munich have been attacking exclusively from the left flank.
Robben once again with a fine run on the left flank, but his attemtp to cross is blocked by Bayer Levekusen's defence.
Manuel Friedrich, arguably the hero for Bayer Leverkusen in the first half, has been replaced by Eren Derdiyok. Curious decision by Robin Dutt on B04's bench.
The second half begins ...
45' + 1'
Muller with the ball on the left flank ... the referee blows his whistle, however, and the first half is over. It was an evenly-match first half, but while Bayern Munich were dominant in terms of possession and territory, Leverkusen had the better opportunities. Mario Gomez had a chance, he would have converted with ease a few months ago, stopped by Manuel Friedrich in what was a very good first period. Stay with us for the second half ......
Rafinha tries to challenge Kadlec in the air for a cross by Lahm from the left wing, but the Czech Republic international's aerial prowess means the Brazilian is not first to the ball.
NEUER! SUPERB SAVE! Schurrle once again in a one-on-one, this time by Renato Augusto, with the goalkeeper, but he has little time to shoot, and strikes a poor finish, which is blocked by the former Schalke player.
GOMEZ! BAD MISS! Robben at the centre of things once again as he runs straight at Leverkusen's defence, drawing releasing Gomez free on the right side of the box, the striker rounded Leno, but saw his subsequent finish cleared before it could go in by Manuel Friedrich.
Muller breaks free on the right flank, but his subsequent pass is dealt with by Friedrich. Robben tries to control the ball on the left wing, but is unable to do so.
MULLER! A great run by Robben on the left is followed by a smooth cross to Muller, who narrowly misses the target with a header from inside the box.
Bayern Munich have been very passive in the last minutes, with Leverkusen apparently having the upper hand just now. Can the Bavarians explode on the counter attack?
SCHURRLE! WHAT A CHANCE! Kiessling sends a nice ball to the winger on the right side of the box, who took it on the volley under, but his finish lacked power and was easily saved by Manuel Neuer.
A scuff between Boateng and Muller, who furiously argue for some reason. Things are reaching boiling point at Bayern Munich.
Leverkusen with a corner on the left. Reinartz behind the ball ... cross into the box, but it iis easily cleared from inside the penalty area.
According to the referee, Kiessling was in an offside position, so it would not have counted, had it gone in.
KIESSLING! Stunning save by Neuer! Kiessling is released on a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the former Schalke man does well to dive and parry the striker's shot.
Luiz Gustavo takes a very hard knock as he is sandwiched by a double tackle by Renato Augusto and Lars Bender. The medical teams has to intervene.
Rafinha tries a cross from the right wing, but his pass is easily dealt with by Leverkusen's defence.
Bayern Munich are passing the ball around in the centre of the pitch, but they are struggling to find space to exploit behind B04's defence. They could have used Ribery on the left flank today.
Andre Schurrle is wearing a protective mask, and quite frankly he looks scary. Sad truth is that this is probably the only intimidating feat he possesses right now, as he has been struggling to hit form this season.
Bayern Munich are pressing hard, but have been unable to create clear-cut chances so far, barring that one opportunity for Alaba in the third minute.
First shot on target for Leverkusen as Renato Augusto sends a slow finish at Neuer from outside the box, but it is not troubling the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.
ROBBEN! The Dutch attacker went on a blistering run through the middle, and let if fly as soon see he reached the box, just missing the left corner with a right-footed shot.
Leverkusen break out on the counter, and the ball ends in Schurrle, who sends a poor finish just wide of Manuel Neuer's left post.
Lahm picks out Gomez with a fine cross from the left flank, but the striker is in an offside position. The Germany international is partnered by Robben on the flank today. The Dutch winger played on the left against England as well.
Bayern Munich are pressing Leverkusen in their own half now, and Muller has been very active in recent minutes. Kadlec has been struggling to contain him on the flank.
ALABA! FANTASTIC SAVE! A cross by Muller from the right wing found the Austrian in the centre of the box, whose diving header was kept out by a great reflex save by Leno! Kroos applied a finish on the rebound, but the ball trickled wide of the left post.
The first half begins ...
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Luiz Gustavo, Alaba; Robben, Kroos, Muller; Gomez.
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Schwaab, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec; Lars Bender, Reinartz; Castro, Renato Augusto, Schurrle.
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