Bayern beat Bremen to reclaim pole position

Bayern Munich have moved back on top of the Bundesliga following a 4-1 victory over fellow title challengers Werder Bremen this afternoon.

Jupp Heynckes’ side were slow to get started in the initial minutes but took the lead midway through the first half through Franck Ribery. David Alaba slid the French forward in down the middle before a fine finish from 18 yards off the inside of the post.

Werder Bremen didn’t look like scoring in the first half and were fortunate to go in the break with eleven men when the referee missed Claudio Pizarro’s elbow on Holger Badstuber shortly before half time.

The visitors began the second half brightly. First, Naldo headed narrowly wide from Marko Marin’s corner. Then on 52 minutes, Marcus Rosenberg, on at half time for the quiet Marko Arnautovic at half time beat Manuel Neuer from outside the box with a low effort into the bottom corner.

At 1-1, Heynckes went for it when he brought Arjen Robben on after an hour, replacing Alaba.

The Dutchman left his mark inside 10 minutes of being introduced. Thomas Müller was brought down inside the area by Andreas Wolf and Robben stepped up to beat Sebastian Mielitz who dived the right way. The young German goalkeeper was in for Tim Wiese who was on compassionate leave following the recent passing of his father.

Bayern Munich then went on to take full advantage of Werder Bremen’s capitulation in the final 20 minutes. First Mario Gomez was unfortunate not to have his name on the scoresheet when he smashed home from close range, but his goal was wrongfully ruled out for offside.

It wasn’t long after before Bayern did get their third. Gomez rounded Mielitz before Ribery tucked the ball home from the angle into an unguarded net for his second of the day.

In the final 10 minutes, Aaron Hunt was shown a straight red card for a two-footed tackle on Toni Kroos. Not long after, Robben scored his second from the spot after Sokratis was shown a yellow card for pushing Ribery to the ground in the box.

This result is Bayern Munich’s first home victory over Werder Bremen in six attempts, drawn 4 and lost 1 of their last five home meetings with the Green-Whites.

With Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund drawing 1-1 this afternoon, Bayern Munich leap back above both sides to top the Bundesliga after gameweek

Bayern Munich travel to Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, already confirmed as group A winners. Next Sunday Bayern Munich travel to VfB Stuttgart whilst Werder Bremen host Wolfsburg the day before.