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Recap: FC Bayern 4-1 Preussen Muenster

A depleted Bayern squad oozed out the maximum potential possible, beating Muenster in the process in the first round of the DFB Pokal.

Lars Baron

A 3-3-3-1 setup was going to be the order of the day and at the beginning, it did indeed look like things might go awry. Mario Goetze had the game's first great chance on the seventh minute; however, Muenster had an ever better chance shortly after but failed to put it away thanks to very good play by Manuel Neuer. Neuer, in his green strip, managed to blend in with the grass, causing extra problems for the Muenster players.

Eventually, Bayern broke the deadlock in the 19th minute and it was the aforementioned Goetze who did so. He headed in the ball past Muenster's keeper, Masuch, following a wonderful cross by Robert Lewandowski, a combination Dortmund often used but in a different manner of course. (Lewa was heading in rather than Goetze).

Ten minutes later, Thomas Mueller added a second, using his "Raumdeuter" qualities. The Muenster defense was in sixes and sevens and when a defender tried to stop a pass from Philipp Lahm from reaching the middle of the box, he inadvertently ended up passing to Mueller. Mueller twisted his frame ever so slightly and guided the ball past Masuch to double Bayern's lead. The match was over there and then, at least metaphorically.

The second half was going to be one for Bayern to play out the game but they did have a bit of fun. In the 52nd minute, after a few attempts to get through to goal, Bayern was thwarted but the ball fell to none other than David Alaba outside the box. Alaba hit the ball ferociously; it dipped just at the correct time, hitting the underside of the crossbar and going in. There was still time for more action though.

Substitute Claudio Pizarro, who just loves a goal, scored the fourth when he chipped the keeper with less than twenty minutes to go. Muenster, though, still had pride to play for. With two minutes left on the clock, Jerome Boateng's arm provided them the chance to restore some, if not all, of their pride; the ball struck the German defender's arm and the referee awarded Muenster a penalty. Krohne stepped up and converted.

There was still time for Robert Lewandowski to earn a penalty at the other end and miss as he searched for his first goal in a Bayern shirt in a competitive fixture. Also, Marc Heitmeier earned a red card after giving away the penalty. However, all that matters for Bayern is they are through to the next round and the fact that they managed to achieve this feat without having to send anyone to Dr Mueller-Wohlfahrt's office.

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