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FC Bayern vs. AS Roma: Franck Ribery is the Man of the Match

The win over AS Roma yesterday may not stand out as one of Bayern's best matches of the season, but there were a handful of bright moments, most notably in the form of a small bearded man from France.

Matthias Hangst

It was business as usual for the Bavarians last night at Allianz Arena, walking away with a 2-0 win over AS Roma and claiming their spot at the top of Group E. The opponents were evenly matched throughout the first half, but Bayern asserted their dominance in the second and walked away with a win.

The star of the match was none other than Franck Ribery. The Frenchman opened the scoring in the 38th minute and put Bayern in the driver's seat for the rest of the match.

David Alaba took advantage of the space left by Roma's midfield and squared an excellent pass to Ribery who put it in the back of the net. Perfect goal from one of the greats.

Ribery was lively on the pitch for the rest of the match, even setting up a perfect chance for David Alaba. His goal changed the game for Bayern. While they were always in control, much of the first half was end to end. With the first goal, Bayern regained control of possession and were able to assert their dominance over Roma.

Honorable Mentions

David Alaba - How many angry comments will I get for not picking Austria's Player of the Year as yesterday's Man of the Match? Alaba played a great game. He assisted the Ribery goal, was all over the pitch and had a few chances of his own. He has proven himself to be an important player for Bayern and fingers crossed his injury yesterday doesn't leave him sidelined for too long. If I could pick two MOTM, I would have picked him.

Juan Bernat - Bayern focused their play on the wings yesterday and Bernat handled himself really well. He linked up well with Alaba, made runs in to the box and had a few chances on goal. Had he been a bit quicker on his feet, Bayern could have ended the match 3-0.

Manuel Neuer - Yeah, yeah, yeah. I feel like we're always picking Neuer for these things, but he really is on his way to being a Bayern legend. As usual, Neuer really didn't have much to do for most of the match, but in the 83rd minute he managed to save a shot from Gervinho, get back up on his feet and save another shot from Nainggolan.

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