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Bayern High Five: Top Bayern Munich Performances from Send-Off Friendlies

Götze and Robben get involved in multiple goals as Martínez holds his ground in defense

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

The final tune-up before the World Cup is now complete with roles starting to settle into place. Bayern Munich players appeared on many a score sheet, with others impacting the exhibitions in a different way. Here are the top performances from the send-off friendlies.

Bayern High Five

1. Arjen Robben, Netherlands

With Europe's elite by his side, Robben put on a display that gives supporters of the Oranje hope that the Dutch can escape from their group. He played a crucial part in the hat trick of goals the Netherlands amassed against Ghana and Wales. His clinical runs gave him several opportunities to score, although he struggled to find the back of the net on a few clear chances. If Louis van Gaal continues to group him with Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie up front, the Dutch are going to be a very entertaining team.

2. Thomas Müller, Germany

Whether on the right or at the top, Thomas Müller shouldered much of the attacking load for Germany. The goal he scored against was instinctual, breaking for the near post at just the right time for Jérôme Boateng to find his head. He was able to find space for himself against Armenia, but the lack of a high playmaker limited his touches. With just one traditional striker on the team, his finishing ability will be an important attribute for Joachim Löw and Germany.

3. Javi MartínezSpain

After struggling at the club level in defense, Martínez looked much more comfortable in his country colors at center back. He paired with both Gerard Piqué and Sergio Ramos, putting in two full shifts for Vicente del Bosque against Bolivia and El Salvador. He was not overwhelmed once tracking back, putting in a few key tackles as well, and he Spain's high line allowed him to make meaningful contributions in attack. He still plays the position as a midfielder, but his name will be the first called should del Bosque need to replace Piqué or Ramos.

4. Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland

Needing to prove his fitness, Shaqiri managed to collect a solid 98 minutes of action. His shifty quickness has returned to full stride, and the interplay with his countrymen is advanced for a player who has missed over a month of club action. After a 72 minute shift against Jamaica without getting on the score sheet, it did not take him long to find the back of the net against Peru. Shaqiri is the catalyst for the Swiss in attack, former Bayern manager Ottmar Hitzfeld utilizing his skill set in whatever position he can.

5. Mario Götze, Germany

Götze's two goals were the most of any Bayern player over the send-off friendlies, but they came when the Armenian defense was gassed. They were two clinical finishes nonetheless, one through the legs of Roman Berezovskiy and the other a smash from the six yard box. He was nearly invisible as a center forward, only managing 33 touches in 58 minutes. He might be destined to become Löw's super sub, his fresh legs providing a lift in critical points in Germany's matches.

The Rest

Toni Kroos may have solidified himself in midfield for Germany, playing deep in order to start the play from midfield. Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger only managed one friendly, but the two looked fit when they took the pitch. Löw put both in midfield, Lahm pairing with Sami Khedira to start the match and Schweinsteiger coming off the bench. Boateng took Lahm's place at right back as Löw experimented with him and Benedikt Höwedes on the flanks.

Fighting for spots in the defense, Dante and Daniel van Buyten got extended looks at center back. Dante played all 90 minutes against Panama, but Luis Felipe Scolari left him out of Brazil's final friendly against Serbia. Van Buyten played 225 minutes for Marc Wilmots, a further indication that he will be called upon frequently in his final World Cup of his career for Belgium.

Mario Mandžukić alternated with Nikola Jelavic at the top of Croatia's set-up. He did not manage to get on the scoresheet as the Croatians managed just three goals in their two matches against Mali and Australia.

Both Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Julian Green got to make appearances for their respective countries. Højbjerg received a full shift from Morten Olsen in Denmark's 1-0 victory over Scandinavian rival Sweden, playing effectively as a deep-lying playmaker next to William Kvist. Green received just a half an hour of work from Klinsmann against Turkey, making good runs but struggling a bit with his touches.