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Bayern Munich (0-2) Borussia Mönchengladbach: Awards & Player Rating

Don't expect to see too many Bayern players in this weeks awards section as Gladbach came into Allianz and had their way.

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Tip Of The Cap: Bastian Schweinsteiger. There were not too many performances from Bayern to choose from, but Basti very quietly had himself a pretty good game. Playing out wide in a 4-3-3, he was very responsible with the ball at his feet completing 93 percent of his passes and was five of six on his long ball attempts. He also tracked back well defensively, leading the team in tackles and made a few timely interceptions to prevent the Gladbach counter. All in all, in a game where Bayern struggled in the final third of the pitch, Bastian played a strong, mistake free game

Golf Clap: Raffael. I'm not usually a fan of results driven awards. For example, just because somebody happened to score two goals doesn't necessarily mean they played a strong game. However, when those two goals are against a squad like Bayern Munich, and the match is at the Allianz Arena, if you are able to notch a brace, you deserve some recognition. Sure his goals came off of two pretty bad gaffes by Manuel Neuer, but the fact remains that he was in position to get a solid strike on the ball in the first place. That's all you can ask, and Raffael delivered big time.

Standing Ovation: Martin Stranzl. The ageless 34-year-old Austrian international deserves special recognition for his work in organizing the Gladbach defense. Really, the entire back line from Gladbach deserves a standing ovation, but it was Stranzl who led the charge. He led his team in tackles with seven and had a pretty impressive nine clearances. Much of the Bayern attack tried to come through the middle, and Stranzl really made them work for every chance they had. He also completed 83 percent of his passes coming out of his own end to start a few counter attacks.

Meister Of The Match: Yann Sommer. The 26-year-old Swiss keeper did his best Neuer impression as he often played outside his box trying to push the Gladbach counter. Aside from his sweeper keeping, Yann Sommer was huge, both literally and figuratively for Gladbach. He anticipated the shooting angles for many of Bayern's attempts, positioning himself perfectly to make saves, and he also had a brilliant double-save late in the game to preserve the two goal lead. I am not a fan of results driven awards, the man kept a clean sheet against arguably the best team in the world in their own back yard. That in and of itself is worthy of a place on this list. The fashion in which he did it gives him the top spot.

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