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Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke: Man of the Match, Players Ratings

In a frustrating 1-1 draw, there were few standouts from among the 10 man Bayern squad.

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Tip O' The Cap: Benedikt Höwedes

His goal off a Sidney Sam corner kick was just ridiculous. He managed to put the ball to the far post with pin point accuracy. It was just a beauty of a header. He played a high line as a center back but was very involved, and Höwedes had the third most touches on the team, while playing a very sound defensive game.

Golf Clap: Manuel Neuer

I wonder if his mere presence caused Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting to over-think his penalty kick strategy. Either way, it was a great save that really kept this game from getting out of hand. He also made some very strong saves on a shots from Sidney Sam and Kevin Prince Boateng. Neuer has a way of making those saves look routine that it's easy to forget just how impressive they are.

Standing Ovation: Mehdi Benatia

He is looking more and more impressive with every game that he's in. He had a team high 110 touches, completed 92% of his passes, and still managed to track back and break up a few counter attacks. On the defensive side, he had 10 clearances (the rest of Bayern had a combined 12) and managed four interceptions one of which nearly became a goal scoring opportunity. He also brought a little edge to his game and that is just great to see. He did pick up two fouls and a yellow, which is unsurprising, but is a somewhat necessary by product of his high energy bull-in-a-china-shop style of play.

Meister Of The Match: Arjen Robben

It's baffling to keep seeing Robben doing his same patented move in the attacking zone and seeing opposing defenses continue to be stumped by it. If you look at the heat map here, you'll see that much of the Bayern attack went through Robben's side. Schalke couldn't find an answer for the Bald Bomber who once again proved why he's one of the most dangerous players in Europe. His speed, his dribbling skill and his wicked shot were all on full display. His curling shot in the 37th minute just barely missed wide, and his screamer in the 56th minute nearly broke Schalke keeper Timon Wellenreuther in half. Oh, and he also had a goal off a corner no less! All in all, it may have seemed like business as usual for the Flying Dutchman, but spectacular is becoming his business and it deserves to be recognized as such.

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