FC Bayern 5-1 Leverkusen

Posted on April 17, 2011

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Mario Gomez netted a hat-trick as FC Bayern romped to a stunning 5-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Allianz Arena.

FC Bayern came in to this game on the back of a 1-1 draw with rivals Nurnberg which proved to be Louis Van Gaal’s last match in charge. Van Gaal’s short-term successor Andries Jonker was joined on the bench by Sporting Director Christian Nerlinger as Bayern made four changes from the side which flopped last weekend. The experienced Hans-Jorg Butt replaced Thomas Kraft in-goal, Daniel Van Buyten returned in defence, Tymoshuck came back in to midfield and Miroslav Klose started in attack.

Jonker opted for the usual 4-2-3-1 that Van Gaal stuck with throughout the season although was forced to slightly change the system with Arjen Robben suspended. Miroslav Klose started as a “support-striker” but with Mario Gomez drifting wide at times, Klose moved back in to the centre to replace the void left by Bayern’s top scorer. Jonker was forced in to an early substitution with Diego Contento coming on for the injured Daniel Pranjic at left full-back.

Jupp Heynckes made four changes as well with Rene Adler, Gonzalo Castro, Renato Augusto and Eren Derdiyok coming in to the starting eleven. Former Chelsea and Bayern midfielder Michael Ballack was played in behind Derdiyok and he was largely ineffective as Leverkusen failed to work the ball in to attacking positions.

FC Bayern 5-1 Leverkusen: 90 Minutes

Leverkusen’s hope of winning in Munich for the first time since 1989 was quickly dampened with a 7th minute own goal from Simon Rolfes which put FC Bayern in to the lead.

Surprisingly, for a team chasing a league championship, Jupp Heynckes men struggled to retain possession in the game and very rarely penetrated the usually suspect FC Bayern defence.

Andries Jonker was forced in to an early substitution with Diego Contento replacing the injured Daniel Pranjic at left-back.

On 28 minutes, FC Bayern doubled their lead, gifted by Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. Instead of dealing with the ball as it rolled out for a corner-kick, Vidal attempted an audacious backheel to clear and Muller nipped in to cross for Gomez who supplied the simple finish.

The hosts were comfortably in control and Mario Gomez got his second on 43 minutes when he was on hand to tap-in Thomas Muller’s cross from close range.

Gomez could not believe his luck when he was presented with another glaring chance in injury time when Bastian Schweinsteiger played in the hitman who fired his third goal of the afternoon under Rene Adler and in to the net.

After a quiet start to the second-half, Leverkusen created their first decent chance of the game when Balitsch’s cross was met by substitute Stefan Kiessling who headed wide from close range.

Leverkusen pulled a goal back on 61 minutes through Eren Derdiyok who slotted past Hans-Jorg Butt after capatlising on a mistake from Schweinsteiger.

And they almost pulled a second goal back just a few minutes later when Michael Ballack headed over the bar from Sidney Sam’s cross. Butt was called in to action again when Derdiyok’s long-range effort was well-held from the FC Bayern keeper.

Frank Ribery killed off any hope of a Leverkusen comeback when he made it 5-1 on 74 minutes after linking-up well with defender Daniel Van Buyten and then bundling home his shot from 8 yards out.

FC Bayern looked comfortable in the last 15 minutes of the game and could have added to their lead through Thomas Muller and Andreas Ottl who both squandered decent chances but Jonker’s men held on to effectively kill-off Leverkusen’s title challenge.

FC Bayern: Mario Gomez = Goal Phenomenon

95 goals in 178 Bundesliga matches – What more can you say?

FC Bayern striker Mario Gomez is not held in the same breath as the world’s top attackers like Lionel Messi, David Villa and Wayne Rooney but his exceptional goalscoring ratio is something to be admired.

Gomez has a conversion rate of over 30% and scored three times this afternoon against Leverkusen to take his tally for the season to 22 goals in the Bundesliga. Under-performing FC Bayern are fortunate to be challenging for a Champions League position given how poor their “star” players have been this season, in particular, Frank Ribery, but Gomez has dug the Bavarians out of a hole on several occasions.

A major positive for FC Bayern this season has been Mario Gomez and, at times, his link-up play with young Thomas Muller who assisted two of his goals this afternoon. Muller has ten goals and nine assists for the season and is adding to his growing reputation in German Football.

Given how lacklustre Bayern’s attacking options have been this season, it would be scary to think where FC Bayern would be without the goal machine that is Mario Gomez.

Leverkusen: Improvement Was Too Late

The first-half will be quickly forgotten for Jupp Heynckes as he saw his team dismantled by FC Bayern in a game that could have put huge pressure on Borussia Dortmund if Leverkusen had taken all three points.

Leverkusen’s main problems came in defence with both Schwaab and Reinartz in central-defence who offered little protection for the exposed Rene Adler.

After Rolfes put the ball in to his own net on seven minutes, Heynckes’ men capitulated and conceded three cheap goals to go 4-0 down before half-time.

Arturo Vidal was at fault for the first when he tried to backheel the ball clear and allowed Muller the easy opportunity to play in Mario Gomez.

Gomez had another tap-in just before the break and again, neither Schwaab or Reinartz, got close to the FC Bayern striker as he was gifted a second goal of the game. The third goal again was down to poor defending from Leverkusen, nobody got close to Schweinsteiger who eased the ball in to Gomez, who shrugged off the challenges to blast home in to the net.

Heynckes shuffled things about at half-time and brought on Lars Bender who added an extra body to a fragile midfield, allowing Michael Ballack to move further alongside Derdiyok. Heynckes also brought on Kiessling which made it a more standard 4-3-1-2 with Ballack still maintaining an advanced position with the strikers.

The changes made a decent impact on the game and Leverkusen, to be fair, had a number of attempts at goal half-way through the second period. Kiessling, Ballack and Derdiyok all missed really good chances that should have brought Leverkusen back in to the game.

But it was too little, too late, and Ribery fired home the fifth goal to punish more sloppy defending from Leverkusen.



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