Bayern Munich takes a stranglehold on Champions League qualification (goal videos)

17 August 2011FC Bayern took a stranglehold on FC Zürich, Wednesday, with a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. Mostly, they found their form in the second half.

The first goal was scored by Schweinsteiger (8′), who put in a header from a great cross by Robben.

The team then took control of a rather quiet game, with almost all the possession. Zürich didn’t have many answers, except for blocking and preventing any serious attack.  They  absolutely shut down Toni Kroos at playmaker. Not playing too well in the second half, Kroos was quickly subbed out in favor of Thomas Müller.

Franck Ribéry showed some clear will to have an impact on the game, but he was frustrated by the right post on a free kick, having beaten goalkeeper Leoni.

The process of winning the game was not impressive at that point. Too much predictable football, not enough runs that would break up the Zürich defense.

Robben sparked change by stretching the lead in the 72th minute. He took a pass from Gomez on the right flank, easily beating Leoni with a great curled strike, thanks to his left foot.

That is when FCB found its form. The runs that had an impact were done mostly by Lahm and Müller, and they created good scoring chances. The best proof is the genius run and pass by Lahm, 83th minute. He charged and gave a great ball to Gomez on the right of the goal, but a defender stepped in to deflect the shot.

The pressure on Zürich’s goalkeeper mounted and Gomez was frustrated one more time. Ribéry tried his luck, to no avail.

Overall, we have seen the first good signs of creative attacking today. Let’s hope they keep it up!

FC Bayern Lineup: Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Robben, Kroos (Müller 57′), Ribery – Gomez

FC Zürich lineup: Leoni – Nikci, Beda, Teixeira, Rodriguez – Schönbächler, Aegerter, Buff, Djuric – Mehmedi – Chermiti

1:0 Schweinsteiger (8. header, assist Robben after Gustavo recuperates on edge of penalty area)

2:0 Robben (72. left, Gomez, who received initially from Robben)

17 August 2011

Allianz-Arena, Muenchen
66,000 spectators (sold-out)
Ref: A Nikolaev (Russia)
Yellow cards: Gomez (1st)
Red card: Beda (2 yellows)