FC Bayern 0-1 Gladbach

Posted on August 7, 2011

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MANUEL NEUER blundered on his FC Bayern debut in the Allianz Arena as Igor De Camargo’s second half goal gave Gladbach all three points on the first weekend of the season.

Former Standard Liege striker De Camargo has a habit of scoring important goals, like he did against VfL Bochum, and he nipped in to pounce on the Bayern keeper’s mistake in the second half to secure the win for Lucien Favre’s side.

Neuer made his long-awaited Bundesliga debut for FC Bayern after joining from Schalke in the summer and he kicked off his career in Munich by collecting an award pre-match for being the best player in the Bundesliga.

There were also debuts for Rafinha, who started at right-back, and Jerome Boateng who slotted in to central defence alongside Holger Badstuber. With Frank Ribery on the bench, Toni Kroos started just behind Mario Gomez with Thomas Muller on the left.

Lucien Favre steered Gladbach safety in an enthralling second half of the season and he stuck with his solid 4-4-2 formation for the new season. It was effectively the same defence as last season with Dante partnering Brouwers in the centre and young Ter Stegen continuing in goal.

Gladbach’s creativity would be expected to come from Juan Arango and Marco Reus on either flank but Igor De Camargo showed in the Bundesliga play-offs against VfL Bochum that he could add some firepower to Gladbach’s attack.

FC Bayern 0-1 Gladbach: 90 minutes

These Bundesliga giants always provide entertainment but it was a slow start in the Allianz Arena with very little from either team in terms of chances. Unsurprisingly, the goal machine Mario Gomez had an early half-chance with his header going straight in to the arms of Ter Stegen.

Jupp Heynckes’ side struggled to breakdown a resilient Gladbach and had just a number of half-chances to test Ter Stegen in the first half hour.

Mario Gomez was given acres of space inside the box to fire home a shot but the quick reactions of Brouwers in the Gladbach defence prevented the FC Bayern striker.

It was then the turn of Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben to open the scoring but the two efforts did not force the Gladbach keeper to make a save.

But Manuel Neuer showed why FC Bayern paid a fortune for his services when he was called in to action for the first time just three minutes before the break to produce a superb stop from Juan Arango.

Gomez was the first to have an effort on goal in the second half with a smart header which was parried clear by Ter Stegen at his right-hand post.

FC Bayern were almost in front on 54 minutes when Arjen Robben’s corner was headed off the post by Mario Gomez with the keeper beaten.

The visitors were the first to get the ball in the back of the net when Arango’s free-kick was diverted in to the net by De Camargo but the referee was quick to spot a foul on Schweinsteiger by the Gladbach striker.

And their next venture forward resulted in a goal when Manuel Neuer came out and missed the bouncing ball and then De Camargo nipped in to head the ball in to the net.

It took FC Bayern a while to turn possession in to chances and they put the ball in the net through Thomas Muller who reacted quickest after Schweinsteiger’s shot was saved by Ter Stegen but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Gladbach held on for the last 15 minutes, in a match that they did not dominate, but somehow managed to hold on against the stars of FC Bayern and leave with three points.

FCB: Attention turns to Neuer

What a way to introduce yourself to the Bayern fans after arriving for over £20m.

Manuel Neuer has had something of a turbulent arrival in Munich and has endured much criticism from the Bayern Ultras for his antics at the end of the season.

However, it’s not the first mistake Neuer has made in his time with Bayern. In the Liga TOTAL Cup, he blundered against Hamburg SV in a 2-0 defeat in the Coface Arena.

FC Bayern have not had the best of luck between the sticks in the past 12 months as Louis Van Gaal, ultimately, found out to his disadvantage.

It’s wrong to judge Neuer already after one match as he is a top class goalkeeper but he needs to buck up his ideas if he wants to remain the number one in Munich.

Gladbach: The ‘Favre’ effect

After a horrible first half to the season, Lucien Favre replaced Michael Frontzeck with Die Fohlen sitting rock bottom of the Bundesliga. Gladbach survived against all the odds against VfL Bochum in a relegation play-off and they had one of the best records in the league during the last four months of the campaign.

As soon as Favre arrived, there were changes aplenty at Borussia Park. Goalkeeper Christian Heimeroth was dropped and replaced by Logan Bailly for a few matches before Favre handed the number one shirt to rookie Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. The 19-year-old had his senior debut for Gladbach against FC Koln in April and made the position his own in the last few weeks of the campaign with some excellent performances.

Lucien Favre built a solid defence which very rarely changed in the last few months of the season – a stark contrast to that on the instability under Frontzeck. Tony Jantschke, 21, was the new right-back and he was joined in the back four by the dominant Dante, Martin Stranzl and Filip Daems.

One of the biggest changes Favre made was handing Roman Neustadter and Havard Nordtveit regular starting jerseys in the centre of midfield. The two midfielders provided a solid screen for the back four and Gladbach’s defensive record of losing just eight goals in 15 games towards the end of the season was largely down to Favre’s tactical adjustments.

If Gladbach can maintain such an effective style of play, then they could be one to keep an eye on.

MOTM: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Gladbach)

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