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Bayern Munich vs Ingolstadt: Neuer'd! Post Match Awards and Player Ratings

Bayern faced a tough, fearless opponent in FC Ingolstadt. Here are the players who drove Bayern to victory

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Tip Of The Cap: Thomas Muller. He didn't have his best stuff and some of shots seemed a bit off, but his assist on Lahm's goal was vintage Thomas Muller. Seeing the keeper come off his line, he made a sliding tackle to flick the ball over to Phillip Lahm who banged home the empty netter. In a frustrating match for Bayern's attackers, Muller was still a workhorse, switching flanks with Kingsley Coman to take the unenviable task of going against Roger.

Golf Clap: Joshua Kimmich. The heir apparent to Xabi Alonso in the deep lying midfield role, Joshua Kimmich continued to impress not only given the fact that he's just 20 years old, but that this is his first season in top flight soccer. He led the team in passes, completed passes and passes of over 30 yards. He also set up a couple of scoring opportunities and fought to regain possession in his own end many times leading to counter attacks. Bayern have a great group of youngsters waiting in the wings and Joshua Kimmich is among the best of them.

Standing Ovation: Phillip Lahm. The reports of Lahm's demise are greatly exaggerated. In a game where Bayern's attack struggled to get anything going, they found a good bit of offense from the most unlikely of places in Der Kapitan, Phillip Lahm. Known as a defensive stalwart, he flashed a good bit of offense and an overall solid box to box play chipping in two shots on goal and three passes which directly led to shots on goal. Oh, and he scored as well without shirking any of his defensive responsibilities.

Meister Of The Match: Manuel Neuer. Quite simply, Bayern would not have won this game without Manuel Neuer. Not only that, but they most surely would have lost. Ingolstadt pressured Bayern's defense for most of the first half and a good stretch of the second half, and Neuer swatted away every shot he faced, making several sparkling saves and breaking up other attacks before they came to fruition. This is Neuer's first appearance on the awards section and it came at just the right time for Bayern Munich.

Jersey Swap: Romain Bregerie. It's been mentioned several times above how frustrated Bayern's attack was to watch. Well, the biggest reason for that was the 29 year old Ingolstadt captain and France international Romain Bregerie. He had a game high four interceptions and six clearances. He kept the back line organized all game long against a relentless Bayern squad that simply refused to lose at home to the newly promoted club. If he can keep up this kind of play, Ingolstadt will not only remain in the Bundesliga, but they might make a run at a European competition next season.

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