FULL TIME OBSERVATIONS
- It was pretty easy all day for Bayern in this one. I can only remember one time that Neuer even had to come for the ball. It’s true that Nurnberg didn’t offer much going forward, but Bayern’s defense did a great job at snuffing out attacks before they could even get going. It was a really great performance on the day.
- I know that Low and Ancelotti thought it was good to move Kimmich to right back to replace Philipp Lahm, but I can’t be the only one that thinks he’s better as a central midfielder, right?
- Having Coman and Thiago back out there still makes me happy. I missed those two guys.
- It’s nice to get another home win.
FULL TIME: BAYERN MUNICH 3-0 NURNBERG
88’- Alaba hits the wall with his free kick, and Bayern are called for a foul on the goalkeeper on the ensuring loose ball. It wasn’t really a foul, but whatever.
81’- There’s not a lot happening for Nurnberg at the moment. Bayern could get another before this one is done.
76’- Coman nearly got Bayern’s fourth goal of the match, but his shot goes just wide of the mark.
75’- Kovac makes his final sub bringing on Sandro for Gnabry.
63’- Kovac makes his first subs of the match bring in on Coman and Thiago for Ribery and Goretzka.
57’- GOAL BAYERN MUNICH! FRANCK RIBERY! 3-0! Bredlow was under assault in the Nurnberg goal. He made a nice foot save on Gnabry’s shot, but Ribery smashed home the rebound to give Bayern what seems to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
54’- Bayern are still pretty much in control of this one, as we saw toward the end of the first half. Nurnberg have a little more opportunity to build up in this half, but they have nothing to show for it. It definitely feels like one more goal for Bayern will kill Nurnberg’s hope.
46’- The second half has kicked off.
- Bayern have to be thrilled with the way things have gone so far. They’ve completely dominated this match so far with Nurnberg not putting together any real chances. Defense starts at the top, and Lewandowski/Muller/Gnabry/Ribery have helped snuff out a lot of chances before they can even start to develop
- Lewandowski has two goals, and he should have at least one more. He had a great first half in this one. Being a great goalscorer means being in the right place at the right time, and that second goal emphasized that.
- Joshua Kimmich is everywhere in the midfield. Before the match, the crowd responded to the stadium announcer saying his name with “FUSSBALLGOTT!”, so we know who they relate him to on the field.
- I can’t wait for Coman to come on in the second half to add even more to this one.
45’- HALFTIME: BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 NURNBERG
44’- A loose ball from a free kick ends up at the feet of Jerome Boateng, but the centerbacks left footed shot goes high.
39’- Lewandowski nearly had his hat trick! A Nurnberg defender headed out a lofted pass into the penalty area, but the ball fell right to Lewandowski. He ripped a volley under pressure, but it goes wide left.
35’- Bayern have eased off the gas a little bit in this one. Nurnberg haven’t had any chances yet, but they are seeing a little more of the ball.
28’- GOAL BAYERN MUNICH! ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI! 2-0! Lewandowski lost the ball at the top of the box, but it rolled right to the feet of Leon Goretzka. His curling shot clanged of the crossbar, but Lewandowski was the first to the ball to touch in the rebound. This two teams don’t look like they play in the same division.
24’- Big miss! Muller, Gnabry, and Lewandowski take on seven Nurnberg defenders, but Lewandowski hits his shot over the crossbar. Some beautiful interplay between the trio up top. Nurnberg are lucky this one isn’t 2-0.
15’- Big save! Ribery’s shot is deflected, but Fabian Bredlow has to recover to save it and keep it out of the back of his net. We’re fifteen minutes into this one, and Nurnberg have yet to complete back-to-back passes. Woof.
9’- GOAL BAYERN MUNICH! ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI! 1-0! Bayern have absolutely dominated the opening of this match. Nurnberg hasn’t even put together a pass combination in this one. After back-to-back corners, Robert Lewandowski heads home a Joshua Kimmich corner kick to put Bayern up 1-0. If the match keeps going like this, it’s going to be a long afternoon for Nurnberg.
5’- Bayern have controlled the match for the first five minutes. Neither side have had a real chance yet though.
1’- WE HAVE KICKOFF AT THE ALLIANZ ARENA!
One hour before kickoff: Lineups are out! Just as we expected, it’s completely unchanged from last week.
The Bundesliga is back! This time, Bayern Munich take on 1. FC Nurnberg in what promises to be a hotly contested affair, given the proximity between Nuremberg and Munich and the mutual dislike between the two fanbases. With Schalke taking on Borussia Dortmund at the same time, Niko Kovac cannot afford any more dropped points home if he wants to keep up the pressure on the league leaders.
When it comes to team news, there’s finally some good news to be had. While James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso continue their recovery, Arjen Robben remains doubtful for the match due to a nagging thigh problem. Both Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman have returned and are ready for selection, but coach Kovac indicated that he would field an unchanged lineup from the Werder Bremen game. With Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich having recovered from injuries sustained in that game, the coach should be good to go.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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