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January 19, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ M. Schmidt‎
Attendance:‬ 71000‎
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic
FC Bayern München
Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic
FC Bayern München
Flop of the Match
Wolfgang Hesl
Wolfgang Hesl
Greuther Fürth
Wolfgang Hesl
Wolfgang Hesl
Greuther Fürth

Bayern Munich 2-0 Greuther Furth: Mandzukic at the double

The Bavarian giants controlled the game, and two goals from their Croatian forward clinched another three points to maintain their lead at the top of the table

By Keeghann Sinanan

Germany, Bundesliga, FC Bayern Munich vs. Greuther Fuerth, Mario Mandzukic
Bongarts
Bayern Munich kicked off the second-half of their Bundesliga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Greuther Furth at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

In their first game back following the league's winter break, the hosts bossed this top vs bottom clash from start to finish, taking the lead in the 26th minute through Mario Mandzukic's fortunate opener.

The Croatian forward would add a second goal just past the hour mark to seal the win for Bayern, who maintain their nine-point lead at the top of the table over Bayer Leverkusen, while Furth remain rooted to the bottom and 10 points adrift of safety..

There was no place for Mario Gomez or Jerome Boateng in the home side’s starting XI, as Jupp Heynckes opted to bench the pair and begin with Mandzukic up front and Daniel Van Buyten at the back.

The Bavarians were on the attack right away through the threat of Frank Ribery, who was able to create danger down the flanks, even blasting one early effort into the side netting.

It was a clearly one-sided opening to the match, as all the possession – and the chances – fell the way of the home side.

Dante saw a shot from a great position charged down by the desperate Furth defence, before Mandzukic was thwarted in the 25th minute by a sublime save from Wolfgang Hesl at his near post.

But Hesl was to turn from hero to villain in an instant. Mandzukic’s half-volley from Thomas Muller’s cross was too hot to handle for the Furth keeper, who spilled his catch clumsily into the back of the net.

And with 35 minutes gone, Bayern could have been further in front had Muller and Mandzukic found the target with a pair of gilt-edged opportunities.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with the home side comfortable and clearly in control, if not entirely clinical in front of goal.

However, they were given a scare eight minutes after the restart, when Zoltan Stieber’s low cross was cleared away from danger at the last by Dante, with players lining up to tap it home.

The hosts were soon back on the attack, though, with Bastian Schweinsteiger forcing Hesl to tip his drive over the bar with a fine save. But from Toni Kroos’ resulting corner, Mandzukic headed past Hesl at his near post for his and his side's second of the afternoon.

Heynckes' men could have scored again in the time that remained, with substitute Arjen Robben proving a particular threat to a tired visiting defence, but no more goals were forthcoming as Furth managed to avoid a thrashing.







FC Bayern München

1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
Dante
Defender
2.50
5
2.50
21
Philipp Lahm
Defender
2.00
27
David Alaba
Midfielder
2.50
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
3.00
8
Javi Martínez
Midfielder
45′
3.00
31
3.00
39
Toni Kroos
Midfielder
61′ 70′
2.50
9
3.50
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
26′ 70′
2.50

Greuther Fürth

1.50
1
Wolfgang Hesl
Goalkeeper
3.00
16
2.50
18
3.00
19
2.50
8
2.50
13
2.50
16
Zoltan Stieber
Midfielder
90′
2.00
13
Thanos Petsos
Midfielder
2.50
23
Sercan Sararer
Midfielder
87′
2.50
2
1.50
9

Substitutes

22
Tom Starke
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
Rafinha
Defender
 - 
17
 - 
10
Arjen Robben
Midfielder
70′
3.00
11
2.00
44
 - 
33
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
20
Max Grün
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
Thomas Pledl
Midfielder
 - 
21
Robert Zillner
Midfielder
 - 
36
 - 
-
 - 
14
 - 
-
Ilir Azemi
Midfielder
67′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
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
Dortmund
15 5