Bayern Munich went to Hungary today for a charity friendly against last year's champion Győri ETO FC. The match was an important one for Bayern, as Mario Götze finally made his debut for the club. He also picked up his first two goals for the club, the first coming a mere three minutes after he stepped foot on the field.
Guardiola decided for a makeshift lineup with mostly players that didn't start in the win against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday. The only exception was Thomas Müller who started both matches. He played up top in Guardiola's 4-1-4-1 with Mitchell Weiser and Xherdan Shaqiri out wide and Thiago Alcantara and 19 year old Austrian Christian Derflinger from the reserves in the middle. Jan Kirchhoff was once again deployed as the holding midfielder by Guardiola. The defense saw Tom Starke in goal, captain Daniel Van Buyten and Javi Martinez* partnering at centerback, and Rafinha and Diego Contento at the full back positions.
*Why Guardiola seems to favor Martinez at centerback and Kirchhoff at holding midfielder, I will never know.
Bayern started strong with the Hungarians struggling to contain Shaqiri. Weiser and Derflinger continually peppered the ETO FC goal bringing out multiple great saves from goalkeeper Lubos Kamenár. The hosts were content to sit back and counter and probably should've scored in the 10th minute after a horrendous backpass by Rafinha left Nemanja Andric one-on-one with Starke, but the goalkeeper made a fine save to keep the match level.
ETO FC would take the lead after 40 minutes. Leandro Martinez cut in from the right side and beat Rafinha before curling a shot to the far corner out of the reach of Starke for the 1-0 lead. They took the improbably lead into the half, but the second half was all FCB.
Shaqiri scored to open the second half with a great header after a bullet cross from Contento in the 58th minute. Götze then came on for Weiser after the goal. The midfielder had his first goal in a Bayern shirt just minutes later. Müller played a great through-ball, and Götze smacked the first shot off the post before finishing his own rebound for the goal.
Franck Ribery then entered the game for Derflinger. However, it was Contento and Shaqiri connection again in the 71st minute with the Swiss midfielder heading in another cross from the left back. Tobias Schweinsteiger then entered the match for Müller. In the dying minutes of the match, Götze stole the ball after some poor passing in the back by ETO FC's defense and scored his second goal on the day to give Bayern the 4-1 victory.
Obviously, for a friendly match, the main objective is for nobody to pick up an injury. Today, we not only succeeded in that department, but Götze finally got on the field. A friendly that raises money for charity, ends with no injuries, and Bayern wins? Today gets an A+.