When Per Mertesacker scored a lovely goal past the entire Bayern defence, a Bayern fan could be forgiven for thinking that another away loss was in the cards.
Bayern has the best home form in the Bundesliga. Their away form though has been woeful this season. Bayern has won seven out of their 10 home games so far. Prior to the clash against Werder, they had unbelievably only won twice on the road. A loss against a demoralized Werder side wasn't going to be unexpected.
Bayern started piling on the pressure and eventually equalized. Thomas Mueller passed to Daniel Pranjic. The Croat sent one of his usual perfect crosses into the box. Arjen Robben came running in from midfield and scored with a heavy touch. The second was on its way soon afterwards. In the 69th minute, Louis Van Gaal took off an increasingly subdued Bastian Schweinsteiger and brought in Miroslav Klose.
In the 76th minute, Mario Gomez rounded the Werder defence and sent in a ball for Klose. Unfortunately, Mertesacker put the ball into his own net under pressure. Bayern scored a third late when Holger Badstuber sent a long ball to Mueller. Mueller, who had a very good night, rounded Tim Wiese and passed to Klose to send the ball into an empty net. It was Klose's first league goal of the season and his first against Werder since his move to Bayern. He didn't celebrate the goal in his usual ways probably due to Werder's current troubles.
The victory was a welcome one but what followed afterwards wasn't. Robben was caught punching Mueller due to a gesture that Mueller made which Robben didn't particularly appreciate after Robben's free kick hit the wall towards the end of the match. This was the second time that Mueller was attacked on the same day. He was previously almost kicked in the stomach by Tim Wiese when he was about to score. Wiese was sent off and rightfully earned a three-match ban.
Bayern takes on Köln next, also, away from home. They have struggled against Köln in recent seasons especially due to the defensive approach that Köln takes while playing Bayern. Franck Ribery might be back in the squad for this one but Arjen Robben might be out due to a cold. My prediction for this one is a 2-1 victory for Bayern.
On an ending note, Uli Hoeness got his wish. Bayern faces Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena in the semifinals of the German Cup.
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