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April 26, 2014
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: G. Winkmann
• Attendance: 71000
F. Ribéry 20'
C. Pizarro 53', 57'
B. Schweinsteiger 61'
A. Robben 74'
T. Gebre Selassie 10'
A. Hunt 36'
That result leaves Die Roten in good spirits heading into their clash with Real Madrid next week, with Werder Bremen still looking nervously over their shoulder due to Hamburg's win over Braunschweig this afternoon. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you all again next time.
FULL TIME! A game of two halves at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern going into overdrive to win 5-2 on home turf. Bremen led through goals from Gebre Selassie and Hunt, but the hosts converted through Ribery, Pizarro, Schweinsteiger and Robben to run out as comfortable winners.
Bremen managed to finally float a cross into Bayern's area, but it avoids everyone and bobbles beyond for a goal-kick. They just haven't turned up for the second half whatsoever.
Schweinsteiger tries his luck from 30 yards, but the Germany international can't keep his effort down, arrowing the ball into the stands. The Bayern fans behind Wolf's goal are jubilant, with a carnival atmosphere in the Allianz Arena.
Less than five minutes remaining, with Bayern happy to stroke the ball around. Bremen are giving up on pressing too intensely, they know that the game has been well beyond them for a while. Gotze dribbles into the penalty area, but is robbed of the ball just as he shapes to shoot.
CROSSBAR! Robben whips in a near post corner, with Muller able to flick-on the delivery and watch it loop onto the bar! Wolf looks relieved, his goal difference looks bad enough already.
Bayern have enjoyed nearly three quarters of possession this afternoon, with their critics unable to say that they haven't been incisive in the second half. Pizarro and Ribery have looked excellent after the break, with Elia unable to even affect the game as a substitute for Bremen.
Ten minutes left to see out for Bayern, with the result being little more than a formality. The half-time whistles seem a long time away now, with Bayern putting in a very impressive performance after the break. Bremen look a little bit shellshocked.
RIBERY! Nearly six for Die Roten! The Frenchman's tries to steer a low drive into the far corner, but Prodl slides in brilliantly to deflect Ribery's effort wide!
Yellow Card Luca Caldirola
Diego Contento replaces Alaba at left-back for the home side, as Guardiola looks to avoid any unwanted injuries ahead of the Real Madrid game. Bayern are well and truly home and dry, with a three-goal cushion far surpassing what Bremen are capable of.
Goal Arjen Robben
GOOOOOAL! ROBBEN SCORES A MINUTE AFTER COMING ON! The flying Dutchman drops a shoulder, cuts in from the right, before firing a low drive beyond Wolf and into the bottom left corner. He didn't even have enough time to do up his black armband.
JUNUZOVIC! The Austrian tries his luck from 20 yards, but the midfielder's effort is far too close to Neuer, who gobbles it up with ease. Bayern finally get to make their change, with Robben replacing Dante. Martinez will drop back into centre-half.
Franco Di Santo
Two imminent changes, one for either side. Elia takes to the field in place of Di Santo for Dutt's men, while Robben readies himself on the sideline for Die Roten. Guardiola appears keen for all of his key players to have a bit of a run out.
Bremen are being permitted a spell in possession, but they're merely using it as respite and an opportunity to push upfield somewhat. But for the visitors' two goals, Hunt and Di Santo have been rarely involved for the away side.
Just over 20 minutes left to play and Bayern are firmly in control. They look like a different team since the break with the atmosphere much less nervy and negative. The home supporters are certainly buoyant after seeing the side of Bayern which they know and love.
After an intense ten minutes of pressing, Bayern take a break, allowing for Werder Bremen to have a touch of the ball. Dutt's men have really struggled in this second half, unable to deal with how Bayern have stepped up to a gear which appears far beyond the visitors.
Lahm is fed through on goal, but instead of pulling the trigger, attempts to pick out Alaba at the back post when it would have been easier to shoot. Ribery has an effort instead, but Wolf is able to make the first save, before Muller's cross from the byeline is headed over by Pizarro from four yards out!
MARTINEZ! After a delightful passing move, Ribery sets back an inviting pass to the edge of the penalty area. Martinez runs onto it, but his low drive is straight at Wolf. Bayern are really purring now.
Assist Philipp Lahm
Goal Bastian Schweinsteiger
GOOOOOAL! It's another for Bayern, with Lahm's fantastic back post cross nodded towards goal by Schweinsteiger! The Germany international's header loops over Wolf and into the back of the net! Bayern lead 4-2 and look a different side!
Great stop from Wolf! The Bremen keeper stretches to his near post to palm a Martinez effort behind for a corner, with the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder's shot ready to nestle in the back of the net.
Assist David Alaba
Goal Claudio Pizarro
GOOOOOAL! PIZARRO TURNS HOME HIS SECOND OF THE AFTERNOON! Ribery appears to be trapped at the byeline, but releases Alaba with a smart pass, before the Austria international squares a perfect cross for Pizarro to poke beyond Wolf!
Garcia goes down in the penalty area, after looking to tangle with Martinez in the box. He doesn't appeal for a penalty, but is gingerly hauled back to his feet by Neuer, who hasn't the patience for players he thinks to be play-acting.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Claudio Pizarro
GOOOOOAL! PIZARRO STEERS HOME AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB! It's all level once again at 2-2, with the Peruvian striker sliding home at the back post to turn Muller's flick-on into the back of the net!
Bayern have started the second half as they finished the first, dominating the ball and forcing Bremen to sit very deep. Lahm whips in another cross from the right hand side, but Martinez is unable to turn it towards goal, as the away side marshal the edge of their box well once again.
Robben is warming up on the sidelines, as Guardiola isn't appearing to be taking this game too lightly. He knows how quickly pressure can build up, with Bayern's own ex-player Franz Beckenbauer having some negative words to say about the former Barca coach's style of play.
Werder Bremen haven't beaten a Bundesliga leader since 2003, with the last occasion interestingly being against Bayern. Another nice statistic is that today's hosts have now conceded 53 goals at home against Bremen in the Bundesliga, more than any other team.
One change at the break for either side, with captain Philipp Lahm taking to the field in place of Weiser. The experienced defender is involved straight away, picking out Gotze with a back post cross, but Wolf is able to smother the effort easily.
We are back underway in the second half! Plenty of glum faces around the Allianz Arena at the break, but presumably Guardiola's main focus will be not picking up any injuries ahead of their important Champions League fixtures. Bremen could be safe if the scoreline stays the same.
Be sure to rejoin us for the second half action in ten minutes time, as Die Roten look to overturn a half-time deficit and raise spirits ahead of the Champions League clash against Real Madrid. As it stands, Ancelotti's side may enjoy their visit to Germany!
This could be Bayern's third defeat in five Bundesliga games, a run that the home fans clearly aren't happy with this afternoon. The hosts have played fairly well, retaining plenty of the ball and having several great chances through Pizarro, but simply aren't being as clinical as their opponents.
HALF TIME! Plenty of whistles from around the Allianz Arena, as Bayern head into the break behind against Bremen. Gebre Selassie gave the visitors the lead, before Ribery levelled the score for Die Roten. Hunt grabbed a second ten minutes before the break, leaving Guardiola's men with plenty of work to do if they're to turn this around.
Garcia is caught offside once again, with Bremen really looking to break forward in numbers whenever they have the chance. It does appear that Bayern are playing in a slightly reserved manner, what with their important game against Real Madrid on the horizon, but the home supporters aren't too happy with what they've seen.
GARCIA! BUT IT'S BEEN RULED OUT! The corner is whipped in, nodded back into the centre of the area by a square ball, with the Argentine able to tuck home a neat finish from close-range! The linesman's flag is raised for offside.
MAKIADI! The Congolose midfielder tries his luck from a 20 yard half volley, but skews his effort high and wide of the target! Neuer then takes a huge risk, looking to beat Di Santo with the ball at his feet, ending up in the away side winning a corner.
Five minutes until the break and the reigning Bundesliga champions are chasing an opposition lead yet again! This could be their third Bundesliga defeat in five matches, an unthinkable run of form considering how they lifted the top flight trophy in record time.
Yellow Card Thomas Müller
Well, the game has been turned on its head once again! Bremen have only managed to get forward on several occasions, but their forwards are showing Bayern how to be clinical! How important that goalline clearance from Fritz appears to be now!
Assist Franco Di Santo
Goal Aaron Hunt
GOOOOOOOOAL! HUNT HAS SCORED FOR THE AWAY SIDE! It's 2-1 to Bremen, a beautiful ball from Di Santo threads his strike partner in behind Boateng, the experienced forward cuts inside the Germany international defender, before stroking a calm finish beyond Neuer and into the far corner!
WHAT A CLEARANCE FROM FRITZ! Bayern are happy to be patient, stroking possession around carefully, unafraid to go all the way back to their central defenders. The home side work the ball into the box brilliantly before Pizarro takes a touch wide, clipping the ball delicately over Wolf! Fritz gets back to hook Pizarro's effort off the line acrobatically!
GOTZE! The young midfielder races into the 18-yard box in chase of a through ball but Gebre Selassie, of all people, is on hand to recover and shield it back to Wolf. Great work rate from the Bremen goalscorer so far.
Less than 15 minutes to go until the break, with Bremen still presumably happy to have a chance of taking a point from the Allianz Arena. Bayern have been the dominant side, with Wolf being worked gradually more as the game progresses. Guardiola's men are getting into their groove.
Good work from Fritz! Ribery goes on another mazy run down the left wing, cutting inside and attacking the Bremen right-back, but the German defender makes an important tackle. Boateng then tries his luck from distance, but his long-range strike is straight at Wolf!
Alaba whips in a brilliant cross from the byeline, picking out the advancing figure of Muller. Caldirola rises well, however, beating the Bayern man to the delivery and earning his side a free-kick in the process.
Brilliant idea from Pizarro! The Peruvian striker runs away from goal, before cutting back on himself sharply, releasing a through ball in between Prodl and Fritz with the outside of his boot. Alaba isn't quite on the same wavelength, however, with the ball running behind for a goal kick.
SCHEWINSTEIGER! The Germany international tries his luck from 25 yards, but Wolf is happy to watch the effort rise over his crossbar. Bayern need to be a little bit more direct if they are to hurt teams, so an ambitious effort from the midfielder is good to see.
Ribery may have managed to bring Bayern back into the game, but they're not out of the woods yet. Gebre Selassie's goal highlighted how easy it can be for quick, vertical teams to enjoy success against the sluggish backline of Bayern, meaning that a second goal before the break would be a welcome cushion for Die Roten.
Assist Claudio Pizarro
Goal Franck Ribéry
GOOOOAL! RIBERY NETS TO EQUALISE! The Allianz Arena springs back into life, with the hosts making it look so easy. Pizarro links up with the Frenchman via a beautiful one-two, before the winger races in behind the Bremen defence and nutmegs Wolf wonderfully!
PIZARRO! The experienced striker skips past two challenges and the Werder Bremen defence appears to open up ahead of him! Unleashing a right-footed effort from the edge of the area, he drags his shot narrowly wide of the near post, with Wolf having his angles covered.
Almost 2-0 for Bremen! Neuer races off his line to make a clearance, but is nearly caught out as a long-range effort goes looping towards goal with the Germany international in no man's land. It bounces high in the penalty area, but doesn't have enough power to spiral beyond the Bayern goalkeeper.
Bayern may just be in real danger of their season unravelling. Despite having a cup final against Dortmund to look forward to, an uninspiring outing in the Champions League earlier in the week means that Guardiola's men are looking less and less likely to retain the treble.
Nearly a quarter of an hour has passed, with Guardiola's men failing to impose themselves too heavily on this contest. They've enjoyed plenty of possession, but Wolf remains untested, as this system continues to be criticised for being admirable but not particularly incisive.
As it stands, this result would see Werder Bremen's Bundesliga status confirmed for at least another season, but it won't be quite that easy. Gebre Selassie's goal marks the end of one of merely two Bremen attacks thus far, as the visitors have been pegged back deep in their own half.
Assist Cedrick Makiadi
Goal Theodor Gebre Selassie
GOOOOOOAL! WHAT A COUNTER FROM BREMEN, GEBRE SELASSIE SCORES! The away side break upfield with a lovely pass from Makiadi releasing Gebre Selassie on the right hand side. The Czech international controls beautifully, before smashing his shot over the advancing Neuer and into the back of the net!
Martinez is robbed of the ball in central midfield by Di Santo, but the Spaniard returns to his feet despite looking a little worse for wear. Bayern are well on top in the opening stages, holding onto the ball and looking to carry on with Guardiola's possession-based plans.
Guardiola has certainly surprised with this starting line-up. Weiser is featuring at right-back, meaning that Boateng continues at centre-back with Dante. Martinez is sat in defensive midfield, allowing for Schweinsteiger to push upfield. Thomas Muller is Robben's direct replacement on the right hand side of midfield.
DI SANTO! Good work from Junuzovic down the right flank, before whipping in a near post delivery! The Argentine stoops low to get his head on the ball, but a slight deflection off Boateng means that Bremen win an early corner. Junuzovic's delivery arcs out of play.
PIZARRO! Another half chance for the lone striker, as Ribery goes on a mazy dribble down the left hand side, before cutting back a smart pass into the path of his experienced teammate. He can only turn it wide of the near post against his former side, however!
Werder Bremen will be hoping that they don't suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Bayern again this season, as Die Roten dished out a 7-0 thrashing in the opening round of the Bundesliga to today's opposition.
PIZARRO! The Peruvian forward is found with his back to goal, but is challenged on the turn, with his path blocked by Caldirola. The home side have started confidently, with the full vocal backing of their faithful supporters.
We are underway in the first half! Bayern are wearing their traditional red kit, sporting black armbands in respect of Tito Vilanova's sad passing. Werder Bremen are in their customary green and white.
Less than five minutes until kick-off, so be sure to stick with us for all of the action, as Guardiola's side look to answer their critics with a good home performance this afternoon. Werder Bremen are in search of something rather more valuable - Bundesliga safety. Due to the tragic passing of former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova yesterday, there will be a minute's silence before today's match in respect for the 45-year-old. Having worked and played with Guardiola, this will be a mark of respect very close to the heart of the Bayern coach.
Merely one point for the away side today would see them go ten points clear of Hamburg in the relegation play-off spot, which would be enough to ensure that Dutt's men are clear of the danger of slipping into the 2.Bundesliga. Due to their horrendous goal difference, Die Werderaner are in need of a meaty points cushion.
Guardiola rotating his side heavily shows that Bayern's true focus lies on the return leg of the Champions League next week, leaving Bremen with a much weaker team to face today. There's still plenty of quality in Bayern's eleven, but the combination of Hunt and Di Santo in the away outfit's forward line might just trouble the somewhat shaky defensive duo of Dante and Martinez.
Bremen substitutes: Mielitz, Lukimya, Elia, Ignjovski, Kroos, Petersen, Zander.
Bremen starting line-up: Wolf; Fritz, Prodl, Caldirola, Garcia; Junuzovic, Bargfrede; Gebre Selassie, Hunt, Makiadi; Di Santo.
Bayern substitutes: Mandzukic, Robben, Lahm, Contento, Raeder, Kroos.
Bayern starting line-up: Neuer; Boateng, Martinez, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger; Weiser, Muller, Gotze, Ribery; Pizarro.
TEAM NEWS: Plenty of rotation from the side who were defeated 1-0 in the Champions League, with Mario Mandzukic, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm all dropped to the bench. Javi Martinez is set to partner Dante in defence, with Jerome Boateng looking to be asked to fill in at full-back. Mitchell Weiser gets a start, with Claudio Pizarro leading the line for the home side.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be leading you through proceedings, as the hosts try to retain their focus despite having already won the title. Bayern have managed merely one win from their last four Bundesliga games, losing at the hands of Dortmund and Augsburg and drawing in a 3-3 thriller with Hoffenheim. Werder Bremen, however, have only recorded two victories since mid-March.
Welcome to live coverage of Werder Bremen's trip to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich, as the visitors look to take a share of the spoils to confirm their Bundesliga safety for another season. Dutt's men have had a season of inconsistency but can achieve consolidation this afternoon against a Die Roten side who have come into criticism recently for their midweek performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
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