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Another draw for Louis van Gaal as the Bavarians are held by Thomas Schaaf’s side at the Allianz Arena...

Bayern Munich 1-1 Werder Bremen- Line-ups/Stats

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Bayern Munich were unable to gain revenge over Werder Bremen for last season’s 5-2 mauling and had to settle for a point in their Bundesliga clash today.  

Bayern had the better of the first-half, only to go a goal behind, and then spent the second 45 minutes laying siege to the Werder goal.  Mario Gomez scored his first for the club, while there was more good news with the return of Franck Ribery.      

It took just four minutes for Mario Gomez to have his first sight on goal, following an inviting cross from the left from Danijel Pranjic. The striker got above Petri Pasanen but was unable to direct his header on target. 

A few minutes later, Bastian Schweinsteiger looked to repeat his midweek goalscoring form for Germany. He cut in well from the left before unleashing a shot which keeper Tim Wiese had to push away for a corner. Bayern were on the front foot in the opening ten minutes, but Werder did have a half-chance of their own after 11 minutes. Full-back Clemens Fritz waltzed through the Bayern midfield, before firing a shot just wide from 20 meters out.     

The hosts were adhering to Louis van Gaal’s possession passing instructions and keeping patient, while the visitors were making life difficult for themselves by giving the ball away too easily.  

Bayern had a huge let off on 29 minutes, when Werder hit the post.  Mesut Oezil won and took a free-kick on the right and his whipped delivery was met superbly by Petri Pasanen, but he could only find the upright of Michael Rensing’s goal.  

That missed opportunity seemed to fire Werder up and their passing became a lot better. That improvement was rewarded on 39 minutes with the opening goal. Aaron Hunt played the ball through to Mesut Oezil inside the penalty area and the midfielder readjusted his feet to fire a clever left-foot shot past Rensing and into the back of the net.  

Despite having the upper hand for the majority of the first-half, Bayern went in a goal down at half-time with the Allianz Arena crowd not best pleased.  

Louis van Gaal sent on Ivica Olic for the second-half, in place of Miroslav Klose, although it was unclear whether it was for tactical reasons, or if the German international was injured.   

Bayern came within a whisker of an equaliser five minutes after the restart. A corner caused all sorts of trouble in the Werder six-yard box. Holger Badstuber was very close to bundling the ball in, only for Pasanen to clear it off the line.  

The introduction of Franck Ribery just after the hour mark had the crowd volume rising and he very nearly set up the equaliser with his first moment of possession. 

The Frenchman burst down the left, before pulling the ball back into the penalty area for Ivica Olic. The Croatian fired a powerful shot towards the goal, only for the Werder 'keeper to pull off a fantastic save.   

However, as the game entered the final 20 minutes, Bayern were rewarded for a period of concerted pressure with the equaliser. Philipp Lahm sent in a cross from the right, and Mario Gomez got himself to the ball first to score his first goal for Bayern at the Allianz Arena. 

  Allianz Arena debut goal for Mario Gomez

The home side threw everything at Werder in the closing stages looking for the winner but to no avail and both sides had to settle for a point. It was Werder’s first of the season, and Bayern’s second successive stalemate.     

Mathew Burt, Goal.com

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