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The referee blows the final whistle. FC Bayern supporters will be leaving the Allianz Arena more relieved than happy. Werder Bremen matched them for most of the match, though the changes Bayern could turn to on the bench seemed to give them that crucial edge in the end. Nevertheless, the away side can take pride from their performance into the remainder of the season as they fight to stay in the Bundesliga. More performances like today should see them safe. Bayern though go 16 points clear at the top. Jupp Heynckes returning to Munich has seen quite the transformation in fortunes for Die Roten who are marching towards further glory.
Junuzovic goes close again for Werder from the edge of the box. He’s had a couple of openings today, though not working Ulreich with neither attempt. With 90mins on the clock, it would have made for a nervy ending also.
4-2! Game over. Bayern put the nail in Werder’s coffin as it opens up for Thomas Müller who slips it past Pavlenka for his second. A fine showing by the ramdeuter, really showing his detractors up with his performance today. That’s also his 100th Bundesliga goal.
Ribery has been outstanding in the second half. A real vintage performance by the Frenchman, harassing Werder defenders in their own half.
3-2! Bayern go straight up the other end, Thomas Müller gets the ball in the box, Robert Lewandowski is there again, heading it downwards under Pavlenka into the corner. Werder were level for all of two and a half minutes. They’ll be kicking themselves.
2-2! Sven Ulreich makes a hash of a seemingly easy take on the edge of his area. This results in a corner that is swept in to the box via a couple of deflections, hits Niklas Sule and bobbles into the corner. Werder are level. It’s all down to Sven Ulreich. What might Manuel Neuer be thinking? 🤦♂️
Game will suit the likes of Kingsley Coman now as Werder Bremen feel the need to attack and get themselves back level. After Pavlenka makes a neat save from Lewandowski, Bremen break and nearly find an opening. However you still sense the away team might get an opportunity against this Bayern defence.
A double substitution for Bayern sees Arturo Vidal replace Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman replace the non-existant Arjen Robben. It gives them the ultimate instant boost as Bayern score from the next play. Corner comes in and Robert Lewandowski rises highest and nods into the back of the net. A long way back for Werder Bremen now.
Interesting five minute spell as Joshua Kimmich is getting forward more having been pinged back a little in the first, whilst Arjen Robben seems a little subdued. Bayern’s fans are in fine voice since the Thomas Müller equaliser. As I say that, Jérôme Gondorf goes close again for Werder as his deflected chip beats the keeper, but also the bar. Bayern break quickly from the resulting corner, get the ball across the Werder defence, but Lewnandowski commits a foul whilst also beating the post with his resulting shot. The match is opening up all of a sudden.
A certain Manuel Neuer keeping a close eye on his Bayern team from the crowd. He remains sidelined with a ankle injury.
Florian Kohfeldt deserves recognition for the way his Werder side performed in the first half. Setting his team up astutely, but with enough about them to counter a strong Bayern side takes some doing. Bayern start the second half much the same as the first. Plenty of possession, working the ball patiently from wing to wing.
Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie will be replacing Robert Bauer, who was walking a tight rope following an early yellow card. No changes for Bayern at the break.
John seems to be enjoying his visit to the Allianz 📸
Werder’s social account is well chuffed with the first half, and rightly so..
The goal coming so close to half-time, despite being deserved on the whole, will take it out of Werder, I’m sure. They’ve battled hard throughout the half; Werder might also find themselves unlucky not to be ahead at the break. Jupp Heynckes’ half-time talk will be a lot easier following Müller’s goal, for sure. Interesting second half coming up.
Bayern are now working the ball to the wings a bit better. Werder have slowed their tempo over the last few minutes, and as I say that, Jerome Boetang plays an absolute worldy of an inswinging cross, that Thomas Müller takes on the chest before finishing with aplomb. Fully deserved overall for the league leaders.
Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney is winning every 50/50 so far. He’s popping up on the left, right and centre of midfield. Putting in a right shift.
Bayern maintain their fair share of possession, but seem to be hitting white brick walls in and around the box. Werder are throwing themselves at absolutely everything. It’ll be interesting to see if they can keep this up for the full ninety minutes. When attacking, it seems as though Werder might be targeting Bayern left-back Juan Bernat as a weak link.
Robert Bauer, already on a yellow, commits a an awkward looking foul to the left of the Bremen half. Correct decision not to award him a second yellow, but other referees might have seen it otherwise. Lucky boy.
Werder might not be enjoying the fair share of the possession, but they’re most definitely the more dangerous side and they make Bayern pay this time around. It’s Jérôme Gondorf who finds himself one and one and he squeezes it past Ulreich into the corner of the net. It’s been coming.
Despite being penned deep in their own half, Werder are insisting on playing out from the back. This time it works, as they break forward quickly, another ball come in from the left, only for young Eggestein to head it wide via a deflection. Resulting corner comes in, headed only as far as the edge of the box, with Junuzovic hitting the volley just wide.
Werder are finding it hard to keep the ball when they win it back, meaning Bayern are enjoying constant possession (69% / 31%) at the moment. Javi Martinez also seems to be enjoying himself, playing a libero type position, linking defence to midfield.
He came close earlier, but here is Max Kruse’s hat-trick against Hannover 04 back in November.
Bayern work the ball neatly between Lewandowski and Ribery around the Bremen box, but the classy Polish striker steps offside and the move once again comes to nothing.
Chance for Max Kruse. Times his run perfectly, gets his head onto the ball and beats Ulreich in the Bayern net, but clips the post and goes out. Early scare for the home side.
Both teams settling into the match. Werder seem to be sitting deep in their own half, with two banks of four whilst Thomas Delaney and Max Kruse press hard from the front. Jerome Boetang has already managed two cross-field pings; second of which results in a dangerous free-kick for the home side that comes to nothing.
The match is underway at the Allianz Arena..
Jiri Pavlenka to keep Bayern at bay? 👐
James Rodriguez to make someone happy today? Just the three goals in 13 appearances so far this season for the Colombian. He’ll be hoping to improve those figures over the second half to the season.
In typical circumstances, Arturo Vidal starts on the bench. 🤦♂️
Ones to watch:
Since Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern, the Chilean Arturo Vidal has been reinvigorated. Ever the hustle and bustle in the Bayern engine room, he has also since rediscovered his goalscoring touch, scoring in four consecutive Bundesliga matches between 8 November – 9 December. He is 13/2 to score first with Unibet.
Boasting the joint-poorest scoring record with basement club Köln, Werder Bremen are not the most exciting team in this season’s Bundesliga. However, frontman Max Kruse has the ability to cause a Bayern defence, that lacks a certain Mats Hummels, some issues. Kruse has four goals so far this term, with three of them coming in a blistering hat-trick at home to Hannover 96 in November. He would be a shock 14/1 first goalscorer, also with Unibet.
Last five Bundesliga matches form (via Soccerway – our choice for all footballing stats)
Welcome to our first live blog over at Football Foyer as Bundesliga giants Bayern come head to head with Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena. Despite sitting at opposite ends of the table, both come in to the game in the top half of the form table. Jupp Heynckes’ return revitalised a stifled Bayern Munich, with his team picking up nine wins in their last 10 league matches. Inexperienced coach Florian Kohfeldt boosted Die Werderaner following his late-October appointment as first team coach. Since in the Bundesliga, they have three wins, two draws and three defeats, whilst they’ve also progressed in the DFB Pokal.