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Bayern High Five: Tuesday October World Cup Qualifiers and Friendlies

Mario Götze showed his fitness, Franck Ribéry showed his importance, and David Alaba showed his work rate

Lars Baron

Friday's performances from the FC Bayern National Team set a high bar, one that the Tuesday performances did not supplant. Still, some crazy games and some production beyond the numbers provided an interesting spectacle. Here's Tuesday's high five:

Bayern High Five

1. Mario Götze – Germany vs. Sweden

While brief, his shift for Germany was electrifying. Taking over for Thomas Müller after halftime made a simple substitution look like a swift stroke from Joachim Löw. Götze came off the bench 100 miles per hour, scoring a goal and assisting one of Andre Schürrle hat-trick goals. If there were questions about his fitness, they are no longer there, and playing on the right wing makes him a good candidate to replaced the injured Xherdan Shaqiri.

2. Franck Ribéry – France vs. Finland

Yes, another sub-par opponent. It does not matter. Another goal for France, along with an assist, does not even scratch the surface of his performance. His 119 touches and his 85 percent passing accuracy exemplifies his importance to the French National Team, which his why his volume and his form is directly proportional to France's success. If his FC Bayern performance was not enough for a Ballon d'Or, his international performances could be.

3. David Alaba – Austria vs. Faroe Island

His penalty was well taken, although he did not contribute to the lead-up to it. He was, however, contributing on both sides of the ball throughout the game. Playing as his alter-ego as a central midfielder, Alaba was box to box, much like Bastian Schweinsteiger would do. While not successful linking up play, he commanded a lot of attention from the Faroe Islands. Oh, and that penalty he took was pretty nasty.

4. Arjen Robben – Netherlands vs. Turkey

It may have been luck, it may have been skill. His free kick in the eighth minute against Turkey was a fantastic ball nonetheless. The rest of his day was a ordinary, although he did make himself available for service with some of the runs he made. Playing in behind Robert van Persie must be a lot of fun.

5. Toni Kroos – Germany vs. Sweden

He did not score, or even get an assist, but he once again directed play from the center of midfield. Without context, a 95 percent passing percentage is meaningless, but consider his hockey assist on Schürrle's first goal and his near-perfect passing looks more meaningful. Plus, a 7.8 rating on is hard to do without a goal or an assist.

Honorable Mentions

Daniel van Buyten: A nice 74 minute shift for the 36-year-old as he started once again alongside Thomas Vermaelen. There is a reason why Wales elected to go at his partner rather than him. He made a few critical tackles in the area, and recovered quickly so Thibaut Courtois did not have to face too many shots.

Claudio Pizarro: There is a reason why Pizarro is not scoring goals for Peru. That is not the role that Sergio Markarián is putting Pizarro in. Pizarro was the facilitator in an empty Nacional stadium, providing four distinct scoring chances throughout the game while getting a few shots on target as well.

The Rest

To say the least, it was not Germany's best game, and turnovers from Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng definitely were part of it. Manuel Neuer saw the brute end of it, and even Philipp Lahm had a little trouble keeping up with Sweden. Müller started once again on the right, also providing an option for Guardiola in the stead of Shaqiri.

Dante did not play against Zambia, with Dede and David Luiz playing in the middle. At least Luis Felipe Scolari has given the 29-year-old a chance in the center of defense, but Dante will still have to compete for a spot.

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