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Villarreal bow to Bayern excellence

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.40CET
Villarreal CF 0-2 FC Bayern München
The four-time champions ended their hosts' run of nine straight home European victories thanks to a goal in each half from Toni Kroos and Rafinha.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

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Match statistics

VillarrealBayern

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target2
 
5
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed16
 
24
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.40CET

Villarreal bow to Bayern excellence

Villarreal CF 0-2 FC Bayern München
The four-time champions ended their hosts' run of nine straight home European victories thanks to a goal in each half from Toni Kroos and Rafinha.

A powerful display of technically excellent and entertaining football gave FC Bayern München victory at Villarreal CF and the early advantage in UEFA Champions League Group A.

The Spanish side had won their previous nine European home games – and had never lost against German opposition at El Madrigal – but struggled to get a foothold in a contest Bayern controlled. Goals in either half from Toni Kroos and substitute Rafinha secured the points for the visitors, and with matches against SSC Napoli and Manchester City FC to come there is plenty of hard work ahead for Juan Carlos Garrido's Villarreal.

The clinical nature of Bayern's early breakthrough set the tone for a first half they dominated. From the outset there was energy, conviction and muscle about Jupp Heynckes' men, who took the lead in the seventh minute. Franck Ribéry drew in Marcos Senna and Marió Gaspar on Bayern's left and then cut back a clever pass to Kroos on the edge of the area for a right-footed shot that flashed past Diego López and into the far corner.

Such was Bayern's superiority that the home side were frequently outnumbered both with and without the ball, Bastian Schweinsteiger adding to the menace with a fierce low shot which López turned away. Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar tried valiantly to take the game towards Manuel Neuer's goal, the former collecting Bruno Soriano's lobbed pass and stinging the goalkeeper's palms.

Unaffected, Bayern constructed a lovely passing movement which started under pressure in their own box and ended with only miscommunication preventing Ribéry from setting up a second goal for Mario Gomez. For all that, however, the away side's lead came close to disappearing before half-time, Neuer fortuitously sitting on the ball to deny Gaspar when unsighted.

Gomez was replaced by Nils Petersen at the break and within two minutes the substitute twice had chances to make it two, López coming to Villarreal's rescue on each occasion. Petersen swiftly picked up the wavelength of Kroos and Ribéry, the trio producing some exceptionally quick, eye-catching interchanges.

López produced the save of the match to stop Petersen's fierce bending shot nestling into the bottom corner but he was helpless when the 22-year-old cut the ball across the Villarreal goal, Kroos hitting the right-hand post at full stretch. Bayern finally made the points safe 14 minutes from time, Rafinha breaking on the left and thumping a shot under López at the near post to wrap up a well-deserved win.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.58CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

bayern

Bayern

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Substitution23
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card56
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
7
NilmarNilmar
Substitution58
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
8
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Substitution72
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
12
ZapataCristián Zapata
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
14
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
15
CataláJosé Catalá
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card78
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Substitution46
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution46
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
39
KroosToni Kroos
Goal7
Substitution81
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
Yellow Card53

Substitutes

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
9
PetersenNils Petersen
Substitution46
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Substitution58
13
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution23
Goal76
10
CaniCani
Substitution46
14
UsamiTakashi Usami
11
PerézHernán Peréz
26
ContentoDiego Contento
17
Camuñas Javier Camuñas
Substitution72
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
18
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Substitution81

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Halis Özkahya (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Süleyman Abay (TUR), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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