Munich, Germany - Forward Mario Mandzukic came one goal short of a hat trick, as first place Bayern Munich roles over last place Greuther Furth 2-0 in a Bundesliga showdown at the Allianz Arena early Saturday night.
Bayern Munich (14-3-1, 45 points in the Bundesliga) started off a little slow against Greuther Furth, a team which is missing several players as well as a suspended manager. It took 26 minutes before Mario Mandzukic put Bayern on the board with a short shot from the center of the box into the right corner of the goal; Thomas Muller was on with the assist.
Extending the lead in the second half, Mandzukic scored again in the 61st minute with a header also from the center of the box, but this time into the left corner of the goal to make it 2-0 Bayern.
Greuther Furth (1-6-11, 9 points in the Bundesliga) played better than most expected. Despite possessing the ball for only 23% of the time, Furth’s defense did a solid job from turning this game into a bloodbath. Although Bayern had 22 total shots in the game, just five were on target; the Furth defense did the best they could, keeping Bayern from shooting inside the box, especially when Bayern had 17 corner kicks in the game (Furth had zero). Furth goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl also had three saves in the game.
Staying nine points ahead of second place Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich continues Bundesliga action next Sunday on the road against ninth place Stuttgart (7-4-7, 25 points). Meanwhile, trying to fight their way out of relegation, Greuther Furth returns home to host seventh place Mainz (8-3-7, 27 points) next Saturday.
I’ll continue my football chronicles in the next couple of days. I’ll recap my time in Munich and preview the one thing I’ve been dying to see this whole trip…a Barcelona game. Stay tuned!
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