Robben Brace as Bayern Secure Bundesliga First Place

Two goals in the first half by Flying Dutchman Arjen Robben were enough to seal a win for Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, and keep them four points ahead of second place holders Bayer Leverkusen while extending their undefeated run in the domestic league for 39 matches in a row.

Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich hosted last place Eintracht Braunschweig at the Allainz in Munchen in the 14th round. It only took the hosts two minutes to open up the scoreline, when Arjen Robben received a splendid cross from Mario Gotze in the penalty area to leave him face to face with Braunschweig’s keeper and scored the first goal, Robben’s shot unluckily hit the post but it deflected towards him and he calmly took a header sending the ball into the empty net. Bayern dominated the first half and reached almost 90% of ball possession at some point. The 30th minute witnessed their second goal of the night when Toni Kroos sent a cross into Robben who stormed into the penalty box and sent the ball into the net with a left footed powerful shot. The first half ended 2:0 for Bayern.

In the second half, Bayern kept their control over the game, however they stepped their foot off the fuel pedal and switched to cruise control. Bayern had a number of chances but they didn’t take advantage of them, Arjen Robben had a shot from a close range but was saved by the Braunschweig goalkeeper. Thiago Alcantara was going to score a carbon-copy of Robben’s 2010 goal against Manchester United in Champions League but his shot was blocked by the Braunschweig defense. The Bavarian giants were going to pay for the missed opportunities, when Eitracht Braunschweig were going to score after Neuer left the penalty area to make a clearance but the ball deflected towards a Braunschweig player who sent the ball towards the empy net, but a heroic clearance from David Alaba denied the visitors from scoring their first goal of the night. The visitors were going to score from another chance when they had a freekick that hit the post. Another chance for Bayern was missed by Bayern following a freekick taken by Robbenbut his shot hit the wood work and denied him from getting his hattrick. The second half was less interesting than the first 45 minutes and the result stayed the same until the final whistle.

Bayern recorded their 12th win of the season, increased their undefeated record for a 39th consecutive match at the domestic league. And kept the 4 points lead over second place Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern will face Augsburg on Wednesday in the 3rd round of the DFB Pokal. Eintracht Braunschweig on the other hand can be very proud of their display and having only condeded twice is a big achievement against the best team in the world.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
Kickoff: 13:30 GMT

Final Result:
Bayern Munich 2:0 Eintr. Braunschweig

Robben (2′, 30′)

Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None

Line Ups:

Bayern Munich:
Rafina, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Robben, Kroos, Thiago, Muller (Mandzukic 57′)

Elabdellaoui, Bicakcic, Dogan, Theuerkauf
Caligiuri (oehrl 79′), Vrancic, Boland
Bellarabi, Jackson (Korte 59′)

Man of The Match:

Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben
Robben was a constant threat during the match, tireless and connected perfectly with Mario Gotze, Thiago Alcantara and Toni Kroos. He scored his 50th and 51st goals in his Bundesliga career, and lead his side to yet another win


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