1. goal
    53'Max Kruse
Bremen
SV Werder Bremen
Final
12
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:2)
  1. goal
    30'Arjen Robben
  2. goal
    45'+1David Alaba
  1. goal
    30'Arjen Robben
  2. goal
    45'+1David Alaba
  3. goal
    53'Max Kruse
  1. yellow card
    42'Robert Bauer
  2. yellow card
    72'Santiago García
  3. yellow card
    75'Zlatko Junuzovic
  4. yellow card
    90'Maximilian Eggestein
Bremen
SV Werder Bremen
Final
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FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
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  1. yellow card
    90'+3Kingsley Coman
  1. yellow card
    42'Robert Bauer
  2. yellow card
    72'Santiago García
  3. yellow card
    75'Zlatko Junuzovic
  4. yellow card
    90'Maximilian Eggestein
  5. yellow card
    90'+3Kingsley Coman
  1. substitution
    19'Maximilian Eggestein for Claudio Pizarro
  2. substitution
    71'Fin Bartels for Robert Bauer
  3. substitution
    81'Florian Kainz for Santiago García
Bremen
SV Werder Bremen
Final
12
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:2)
  1. substitution
    62'Renato Sanches for Thomas Müller
  2. substitution
    66'Kingsley Coman for Arjen Robben
  3. substitution
    79'Douglas Costa for Franck Ribéry
  1. substitution
    19'Maximilian Eggestein for Claudio Pizarro
  2. substitution
    62'Renato Sanches for Thomas Müller
  3. substitution
    66'Kingsley Coman for Arjen Robben
  4. substitution
    71'Fin Bartels for Robert Bauer
  5. substitution
    79'Douglas Costa for Franck Ribéry
  6. substitution
    81'Florian Kainz for Santiago García
Bremen
SV Werder Bremen
Final
12
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:2)
Stadium/AttendanceWeserstadion, Bremen42100 viewers
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A mesmeric performance by Arjen Robben ensured FC Bayern won their second Bundesliga match after the winter break, a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen. The Bavarians set a new record as they won their 13th consecutive match against Werder. Robben opened the scoring with a sumptuous 20-yard drive on the half-hour, David Alaba's free-kick doubling the lead in the closing stages of the first half. Shortly after the interval Bremen forward Max Kruse pulled one back, but with no further goals to come Bayern ultimately clinched the three points.

The champions lined up with Manuel Neuer between the sticks and a back four comprising Philipp Lahm, Javi Martínez, Mats Hummels and Alaba. Xabi Alonso, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller took up station in midfield, with Robben and Franck Ribéry out wide and Robert Lewandowski as the lone striker.

Carlo Ancelotti made two changes to the team that saw off Freiburg last weekend, Kimmich and Ribéry coming in for Arturo Vidal (bruised ribs) and Douglas Costa. After the hour mark Renato Sanches and Kingsley Coman replaced Müller and Robben before Costa took over from Ribéry with ten minutes to go.

Arjen and David find the net

Bremen were struggling with a lengthy injury roster, and their prospects were further diminshed early into the contest, when former FCB striker Claudio Pizarro had to be replaced with a hamstring problem.

The 42,100 capacity crowd at the Weserstadion saw Bayern dominate proceedings, but their attacks proved uninspired at first, whereas the battling hosts were dangerous on the break especially in the early stages. The champions' most promising approach was attacking down the wings via Ribéry and Robben, who were constantly looking to cut inside.

On the half-hour the French winger set up his Dutch counterpart, who blasted into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box. Robben was a menace throughout on the right wing, regularly popping up in the right place at the right time, and more often than not the hosts' rearguard had to resort to fouls to stop the Dutch ace. In the dying seconds of the first half Robben was felled 25 yards out. Up stepped David Alaba, whose sumptuous free-kick sailed into the top corner of the net via the inside of the post, leaving Werder netminder Felix Wiedwald clawing at thin air.

Kruse unleashes ripple of concern

After the interval Carlo Ancelotti's troops picked up where they left off and Ribéry soon beat Wiedwald, but his strike was ruled out for offside. Soon afterwards a Bremen counter-attack paid off, Kruse pulling one back after a neat shimmy that left Alaba rooted to the spot.

The game picked up pace now, the Reds intent on closing out the clash and Alexander Nouri's troops becoming more courageous in looking for the equaliser. Lewandowski appeared to be upended in the box, but match official Sascha Stegemann waved away Bayern's appeals. A Kruse drive went over the bar midway through the second half and a long-distance shot from Costa went wide, before Wiedwald proved equal to a Kimmich effort in the closing stages.

The result means Bayern have 45 points from 18 matches and top the league by three points from RB Leipzig, who won their home match against Hoffenheim 2-1. The Bavarians are back in action next Saturday, when they entertain Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Live match report for fcbayern.comby Gregor Salmen

Werder Bremen - FC Bayern 1-2 (H-T: 0-2)

Werder BremenWiedwald - Bauer (Bartels 71), Sané, Moisander - Veljkovic - Gnabry, Junuzovic, Delaney, S. Garcia (Kainz 81) - Pizarro (Eggestein 19), Kruse
SubsZetterer - Gebre Selassie, U. Garcia, Manneh
FC BayernNeuer - Lahm, Martínez, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso, Kimmich - Robben (Coman 66), Müller (Sanches 62), Ribéry (Costa 79) - Lewandowski
SubsUlreich - Rafinha, Bernat, Friedl
RefereeSascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)
Attendance42,100 (capacity)
Goals0-1 Robben (31), 0-2 Alaba (45+1), 1-2 Kruse (53)
Yellow cardsBauer (42), Garcia (72), Junuzovic (75) / Coman (90+3)

 


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