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Bayern take charge against Zürich

Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011, 22.45CET
FC Bayern München 2-0 FC Zürich
Goals in either half from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben earned the four-time European champions a decent first-leg lead.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München
Bayern take charge against Zürich
Bayern players celebrate after Arjen Robben scored their second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BayernZürich

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners5
 
2
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)62
 
38

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011, 22.45CET

Bayern take charge against Zürich

FC Bayern München 2-0 FC Zürich
Goals in either half from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben earned the four-time European champions a decent first-leg lead.

FC Bayern München closed on the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 2-0 victory against FC Zürich in the first leg of their play-off tie.

Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Bayern the ideal start by opening the scoring after eight minutes and, despite a flurry of second-half missed chances, the German side eventually doubled their lead through Arjen Robben's curling shot. The visitors, already facing an uphill struggle in Tuesday's return leg, suffered a further blow when Mathieu Beda was sent off late on.

With this season's final staged in their home stadium, Bayern needed no extra motivation in their bid to reach the group stage and quickly set about their familiar passing game. Though Urs Fischer's charges fashioned the first chance, when Amine Chermiti headed wide, the home team broke the deadlock when Robben crossed from the left for Schweinsteiger to steer his header into the corner.

Buoyed by Robben and Franck Ribéry playing together for the first time this term, Jupp Heynckes' men were a constant threat from the flanks. They were unfortunate not to double their lead when captain Philipp Lahm broke into the box after combining with Ribéry, only to see his angled effort turned away by Johnny Leoni. Chermiti called Manuel Neuer into action at the other end, but Bayern's superiority was reflected in their advantage at the break.

The Bavarians maintained their dominance after the restart and could have increased their lead three times by the hour. Mario Gomez blazed wide from Ribéry's centre and though the Frenchman forced Leoni to parry with a fierce drive from the edge of the box, Lahm fluffed the rebound. Ribéry went even closer with a curling free-kick but was again left frustrated, this time by a post.

Any fears that Bayern might live to regret those missed opportunities were, however, soon laid to rest by Robben, who managed to exploit a gap on the right, slipped infield and sent a superb left-footed strike beyond the clutches of Leoni and into the far corner. Beda was shown a second yellow card in added time, making Zürich's uphill task next week appear even tougher.

Last updated: 19/08/11 1.04CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

zürich

Zürich

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal72
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
13
RafinhaRafinha
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
9
ChermitiAmine Chermiti
Substitution84
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
Substitution67
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Goal8
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
33
GomezMario Gomez
Yellow Card68
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
Substitution55
39
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution57
28
BédaMathieu Béda
Yellow Card54
Red Card90+1

Substitutes

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution55
11
OlićIvica Olić
15
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution67
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution57
20
GajićMilan Gajić
26
ContentoDiego Contento
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
26
DjimsitiBerat Djimsiti
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
31
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution84

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Urs Fischer (SUI)

Referee

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS), Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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