Tuesday November 22, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Allianz-Arena

Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Villarreal CF

  • Ribéry 3’, 69’
  • Gomez 23’
  • de Guzman 50’

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    Ribery helps Bayern advance

    Franck Ribery scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Villarreal 3-1 to secure qualification to the Champions League knockout stages. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bayern Munich
    • Villarreal CF
    • 90' There goes the final whistle and Bayern Munich are through to the knockout stages! It's finished Bayern 3-1 Villarreal.
    • 89' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Kroos lets fly from distance but sees his fierce shot go just over.
    • 87' Neuer is quick off his line to beat Ruben to Joselu's chipped through-ball. Smart goalkeeping.
    • 86' Olic strays offside and the linesman's flag is quickly up.
    • 85' Here's a stat that truly reflects the make-up of tonight's game - Villarreal have enjoyed just 37% or possession.
    • 84' Van Buyten takes a minute to get to his feet after being fouled by Perez. Bayern free-kick.
    • 83' Earlier I asked whether Bayern can win the Champions League, and some of you certainly think so, with Marc saying: "Bayern can beat anybody on their day, including­ Barcelona."
    • 82' Pranjic wastes no time in getting involved and does well to win a corner, but Muller is then penalised for a foul on Perez.
    • 81' BAYERN MUNICH SUB: Two-goal hero Ribery goes off to a standing ovation, with Danijel Pranjic taking his place.
    • 80' Four subtitutions in just 10 minutes has really taken the sting out of this game.
    • 79' VILLARREAL SUB: Valero makes way for Joselu.
    • 78' Mubarak, chasing a long ball on the left wing, fouls Rafinha to hand Bayern a free-kick deep inside their own half.
    • 77' Robben made his comeback from injury at the weekend so tonight is another useful 75 minutes under his belt on the road to full fitness.
    • 76' BAYERN MUNICH SUB: Robben is replaced by Ivica Olic.
    • 74' Villarreal win a rare corner from Oriol's run. Valero takes it but sees his cross headed away at the near post.
    • 72' BAYERN MUNICH SUB: The hosts make their first change, with Thomas Muller replacing Gomez.
    • 71' Ribery deserves that goal after going close with three chances early in the second half.
    • 70' VILLARREAL SUB: Marcos Senna comes on for Angel Lopez.
    • 69' GOAL! Ribery restores Bayern's two-goal advantage! Villarreal give away possession midway inside their own half and Kroos slips in Ribery, who takes the ball round Lopez and fires home! Great finish!
    • 68' Alaba and Robben line up long distance shots in quick succession but both see their efforts blocked.
    • 66' Tymoshchuk goes for goal with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box but it goes high and wide.
    • 65' Robben fires in a teasing cross but it evades each of the waiting Bayern attackers.
    • 64' Bayern Munich have won the Champions League on four occassions; in 1974, 75, 76 and 2001. The German side have also finished runners up four times, most recently in 2010, when they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the final.
    • 63' VILLARREAL SUB: Goalscorer de Guzman is replaced by Wakaso Mubarak.
    • 62' Ribery drives the resulting free-kick into the wall. The ball falls back to the feet of the Frenchman but Villarreal clear their lines.
    • 61' The referee's had enough of Angel Lopez, who is booked for running up a succession of offences, with a bodycheck on Kroos the final straw.
    • 60' Keep on top of all tonight's Champions League matches here...
    • 59' Robben cuts inside and beats two men but is stopped in his tracks by a well-timed Marchena challenge.
    • 58' Ruben fouls Van Buyten to give Bayern a free-kick inside their own box.
    • 57' At least we have a game on our hands after such a one-sided first half!
    • 56' Ribery's movement evades the Villarreal offside trap but the Frenchman misses the target with his free header from Robben's cross!
    • 55' Bayern counter-attack through Robben on the right. The pacey Dutchman delivers a cross which Ribery fires just wide with a spectacular scissor kick!
    • 54' Valero knocks in the corner but it's headed clear at the near post.
    • 53' Perez twists away from his man and looks to play in a cross but sees his effort blocked for a Villarreal corner.
    • 52' There's been another goal in Italy, too, with Napoli going 2-1 up against Man City. Napoli v Man City: LIVE
    • 51' That was a super finish from the Dutchman!
    • 50' GOAL! Villarreal pull a goal back! Oriol breaks down the left flank and chips a cross which De Guzman lashes home on the volley!
    • 49' Ribery wriggles free in the box and slips the ball to Gomez but his tame shot is blocked.
    • 48' Bayern finish their Group C campaign with a visit to Manchester City on December 7, while Villarreal host Napoli.
    • 47' Will Bayern take their foot off the gas in this second half?
    • 46' Bayern Munich get the second half off and running...
    • HT There goes the half-time whistle and the hosts have been utterly dominant in this opening 45 minutes. It's Bayern Munich 2-0 Villarreal at the break.
    • 45' There will be just one minute of added time.
    • 44' Ribery knocks the ball to Kroos, the star man of this first half, but his shot is straight into the grateful arms of Lopez.
    • 43' Robben slides the ball across the top of the box and Kroos lets it runs through his legs but Marchena nips in to cut the pass out before it reaches Ribery.
    • 42' Ruben goes into the referee's notebook after catching Tymoshchuk when attempting to steal back the ball.
    • 41' Valero whips in the corner but Neuer is quick off his line to punch clear.
    • 40' The visitors break once again, with Bayern struggling to get numbers back. Valero tees up a shot from 20 yards and Neuer has to be on his toes to punch the ball over the bar for a corner.
    • 39' Villarreal break down the right and Guzman whips in a superb teasing cross which evades its target and is hacked away at the back post. That was a brief glimpse of what the visitors can do!
    • 38' Rafinha chips in a cross and Gomez plays it back across goal but Robben has drifted offside.
    • 37' Bayern fans, can your team win the Champions League? Let us know in the comments section below.
    • 36' Bayern continue to move the ball around inside Villarreal's half, patiently waiting for a way through the visitors defence.
    • 35' Bayern goalkeeper Neuer is a virtual spectator here...
    • 34' Mario Balotelli has drawn Man City level in Napoli. Follow that game here...
    • 33' Ribery twists and turns in an attempt to beat Mario, with the Frenchman eventually getting his cross in but it's cleared at the first attempt.
    • 32' Bayern break with pace but Villarreal flood back, although the hosts soon win a free-kick after Robben is on the receiving end of a late challenge by Lopez.
    • 31' The visitors win another free-kick after Alaba fouls Valero.
    • 30' The free-kick is chipped into the box but Lahm rises to head clear.
    • 29' Villarreal win a rare free-kick midway inside Bayern's half after Van Buyten fouls Perez.
    • 28' Ribery slips the ball to Lahm on the left flank after a prolonged spell of Bayern possession but the German's cross-cum-shot is straight at Lopez in the Villarreal goal.
    • 27' Napoli lead Manchester City in tonight's other Group A fixture thanks to Yaya Touré's own-goal. Napoli v Man City: LIVE
    • 26' Bayern are stroking the ball around with ease and Villarreal are chasing shadows.
    • 25' Is there any way back for Villarreal now? I can't see it - the visitors have offered nothing at all.
    • 24' That's Gomez's 21st goal of the season and sixth in the Champions League; that's some record!
    • 23' GOAL! Bayern double their lead! Tymoshchuk unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards which thunders off the post and Gomez is on hand to poke home from close range!
    • 22' Lahm breaks into the left side of the Villarreal area but the visitors get back in numbers to force the Bayern captain backwards.
    • 21' Valero is booked for arguing with the referee after failing to get the decision when Lahm looked to handle.
    • 20' Gomez appeals for a penalty having gone down in the box after bumping into Musacchio but the referee's rightly having none of it.
    • 19' Villarreal have grown into the game and are enjoying more of the ball, but the visitors offer very little going forward.
    • 18' Lopez registers Villarreal's first effort with a speculative volley which drifts well wide.
    • 17' A Phil Jones own-goal has given Benfica the lead in their Group C match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Manchester United v Benfica: LIVE
    • 16' Villarreal make a rare foray forward but the move soon breaks down.
    • 15' Ribery shapes to shoot on the edge of the box but opts to pass, with the ball working its way to Alaba, who slightly mishits his shot, which drifts wide of the upright.
    • 14' Robben takes the corner which is half-cleared before eventually going out for a visitors goal-kick.
    • 13' Lahm receives the ball on the right and cuts inside but the Bayern's captain's low shot is blocked for a corner.
    • 13' This is all too easy for Bayern, who are knocking the ball around at ease under very little pressure from Villarreal.
    • 12' This is a great response by Bayern after their home defeat to Dortmund at the weekend. Just what Jupp Heynckes would have asked for.
    • 11' Kroos plays the corner short and soon receives the ball back but is offside.
    • 10' Kroos steals possession from Lopez and gets to the byline but sees his low cross blocked for a corner.
    • 9' Neuer rushes from goal to pick up a loose ball before coolly passing out to his defence despite being under pressure.
    • 8' Robben beats the offside trap but can't control the ball under pressure from Oriol and it's an easy save for Lopez. Bayern smell blood!
    • 7' Villarreal fail to clear the free-kick and Tymoshchuk picks up the loose ball near the back post but shoots into the side netting!
    • 6' Ribery's caught by a stray arm from Lopez, who's given a talking to by the ref. Bayern free-kick midway inside the visitors half.
    • 5' He may be on red-hot form but Ribery's feeling the chill and has asked for a pair of gloves from the bench.
    • 4' That, ladies and gentlemen, is Bayern's qualification to the knockout stages all but secured. This could be a long night for Villarreal.
    • 3' GOAL! Bayern lead after just three minutes! Marchena gifts the hosts possession and Kroos slips the ball to Ribery, who coolly chips the ball past Lopez in the Villarreal goal.
    • 2' Bayern are decked out in their red home shirt, shorts and socks, while Villarreal are wearing their all yellow home strip.
    • 1' We're off and running! Villarreal get the game underway...
    • 19:40 Ok, just five minutes until the off and the Allianz Arena, which has a capacity of 69,901, is filling up nicely!
    • 19:35 Bayern's Mario Gomez is the joint top scorer in the Champions League with Barcelona's Lionel Messi having scored five goals in four appearances. Gomez's all-time record reads 29 games, 17 goals!
    • 19:30 Here's a little off-beat snippet for you. Bayern keeper Manual Neuer last week won 500,000 euros for charity in the German version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Impressive!
    • 19:25 Villarreal's current run of four straight defeats is their worst in their nine-year European history. That, coupled with Bayern's imperious home form, makes the German side overwhelming favourites.
    • 19:20 Goals from Toni Kroos and Rafinha handed Bayern a 2-0 victory in Villarreal back in September. Tonight's visitors have conceded nine goals in the Champions League so far this season - the joint highest in the competition tied with Dinamo Zagreb, FC Bate Borisov and FC Viktoria Plzen.
    • 19:15 Napoli and Manchester City are also in Group A action this evening. Follow the action from the Stadio San Paolo here...
    • 19:10 Interestingly, both Arjen Robben and David Alaba start for Bayern. Robben made his comeback from injury in the Bundesliga leaders' 1-0 defeat to defending champions Borussia Dortmund at the weekend and keeps his place, but the 19-year-old Alaba, who was expected to be on the bench after being replaced by the Dutchman, is also handed a spot in the starting line-up.
    • 19:05 BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Van Buyten, Ribery, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Alaba, Gomez, Kroos, Tymoschuk... Subs: Butt, Petersen, Olic, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Gustavo /// VILLARREAL: Diego Lopez, Joan Oriol, Musacchio, Marchena, Angel, De Guzman, Perez, Mario, Ruben, Valero, Bruno... Subs: Cesar, Catala, Wakaso, Senna, Gullon, Joselu, Iniguez
    • 19:00 A win or draw will secure Bayern Munich's passage to the knockout stages - and Jupp Heynckes' team have registered 10 wins from their last 11 games at home in the Champions League.
    • 18:55 Villarreal, on the other hand, after languishing bottom of the group without a single point to their name having sufferered defeats against Bayern, Napoli and Manchester City (home and away). Group A standings
    • 18:50 Bayern Munich currently top Group A with 10 points from four games. They started their campaign with a 2-0 victory at Villarreal, going on to beat Manchester City by the same scoreline and drawing 1-1 at Napoli before beating the Italians 2-1 in Munich.
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group A clash between Bayern Munich and Villarreal.
  • Summary

    • 88' Kroos lets fly from distance but sees his fierce shot go just over.
    • 69' GOAL! Ribery restores Bayern's two-goal advantage! Villarreal give away possession midway inside their own half and Kroos slips in Ribery, who takes the ball round Lopez and fires home! Great finish!
    • 56' Ribery's movement evades the Villarreal offside trap but the Frenchman misses the target with his free header from Robben's cross!
    • 55' Bayern counter-attack through Robben on the right. The pacey Dutchman delivers a cross which Ribery fires just wide with a spectacular scissor kick!
    • 50' GOAL! Villarreal pull a goal back! Oriol breaks down the left flank and chips a cross which De Guzman lashes home on the volley!
    • 40' The visitors break once again, with Bayern struggling to get numbers back. Valero tees up a shot from 20 yards and Neuer has to be on his toes to punch the ball over the bar for a corner.
    • 39' Villarreal break down the right and Guzman whips in a superb teasing cross which evades its target and is hacked away at the back post. That was a brief glimpse of what the visitors can do!
    • 23' GOAL! Bayern double their lead! Tymoshchuk unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards which thunders off the post and Gomez is on hand to poke home from close range!
    • 18' Lopez registers Villarreal's first effort with a speculative volley which drifts well wide.
    • 8' Robben beats the offside trap but can't control the ball under pressure from Oriol and it's an easy save for Lopez. Bayern smell blood!
    • 7' Villarreal fail to clear the free-kick and Tymoshchuk picks up the loose ball near the back post but shoots into the side netting!
    • 3' GOAL! Bayern lead after just three minutes! Marchena gifts the hosts possession and Kroos slips the ball to Ribery, who coolly chips the ball past Lopez in the Villarreal goal.
    • 19:05 BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Van Buyten, Ribery, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Alaba, Gomez, Kroos, Tymoschuk... Subs: Butt, Petersen, Olic, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Gustavo /// VILLARREAL: Diego Lopez, Joan Oriol, Musacchio, Marchena, Angel, De Guzman, Perez, Mario, Ruben, Valero, Bruno... Subs: Cesar, Catala, Wakaso, Senna, Gullon, Joselu, Iniguez

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.3 7
      Defenders
      6 6
      6.2 6
      5.6 6
      6.8 8
      Midfielders
      6.3 7
      6.2 6
      Substitution Out76′ 6 7
      7.8 9
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out81′ 8 9
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out72′ 6.8 8
      Subs
      Substitution In76′ 6 7
      Substitution In81′ 4.5 6
      Substitution In72′ 7.1 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.3 5
      Defenders
      4.3 5
      4.2 4
      5.1 5
      5.2 7
      Midfielders
      4.6 6
      Yellow Card Substitution Out70′ 4 5
      Goal Substitution Out63′ 5.3 8
      Yellow Card Substitution Out78′ 4.9 5
      5 6
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 6.1 5
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ 3.4 6
      Substitution In63′ 3.4 6
      Substitution In78′ 4.9 6

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