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Bayern draw Schalke: Match Awards

Not the prettiest of games, but plenty of fine performances to recognize

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Jersey Swap: Sead Kolasinac. The 23 year old Bosnian left back/wing turned in a fantastic performance on both ends of the pitch. He held Arjen Robben in check for most of the game, which is no easy task, but he also managed to turn several dispossessions of his opponents into quality counter attacks going to other way. On a team that was wrecked with injuries, Kolasinac played the role of two or more players allowing things to open up in other areas of the pitch.

Tip Of The Cap: Douglas Costa. His speed and dribbling ability were on full display, but there was something missing that held him from being further up this list. Maybe it was the frustrating defensive style he had to break down or maybe it was poor communication with his teammates, but it felt like Costa was going to get close to scoring eventually only to fall just short. He still played well, but he needed just a little bit more from himself or his teammates to really make an impact.

Golf Clap: Juan Bernat. Typical Bernat performance. Hell of an effort, great pace and defensive ability, but the one golden chance he gets to score, he shoots it right at Ralf Fahrmann. Unfortunate, but it's not like he gets a whole lot of opportunities to be in that position to score so it's hard to fault him too much. His defensive work saved two sure fire goal scoring chances from becoming much worse.

Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski. 23 goals in 28 matches. While these awards aren't cumulative, that is still an impressive number to marvel at. Big Shot Bob was at it again today using his size, positioning, movement off the ball and incredible finishing skill to bag the opening goal of this game. Unfortunately after that, Schalke keyed up on him and tightened up defensively making it difficult for Bayern to break them down. Still, Lewandoswki was dangerous today, even having another shot come agonizingly close to going in, hitting right off the crossbar.

Meister Of The Match: Arturo Vidal. I don't think there is anyone in that dressing room who is going to be more frustrated with this draw than Vidal, who wears his emotions on his sleeve and plays with a fiery intensity that his teammates can't help but get motivated by. King Arturo played a marvelous box to box game, leading Bayern players in tackles and passes, including seven of eight from over 30 yards. He also grabbed an assist on the opening goal after deftly picking out a run from Lewandowski and threading the ball perfectly to his feet. Not the result anyone wanted and I'm sure he'll be fuming about it for a few days, but he played a great game and should feel proud about that.

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