Euro Watch: Bayern’s unbeaten league run stretches to 39
- 03 December 2013 13:34
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
There is no sign of the FC Bayern Munich juggernaut screeching to a halt any time soon.
Ahead of their final UEFA Champions League assignment at home to City next Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s men extended their invincible streak with a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig.
It’s now 39 Bundesliga games since the German giants suffered defeat and nine matches in all competitions since they failed to win.
The European champions’ last league defeat came in October 2012 against Bayer Leverkusen but there never any suggestion that there would be a repeat on Saturday against newly-promoted Branschweig.
"Bayern didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough against the league’s basement side, taking the lead after two minutes courtesy of Arjen Robben’s instinctive header."
Eintracht, who fielded ex-City EDS winger Omar Elabdellaoui in their XI, would surely have been fearing the worst after that early set-back but they did manage to steady the ship once more - at least until the half-hour mark.
Robben was again on hand to end the game as a contest when he slalomed past two defenders and lashed into the back of the net.
Surprisingly, Bayern took their foot off the gas for the remaining hour and closed down the game to preserve their clean sheet and maintain their four point lead over Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga.
With matches against Augsburg, Werder Bremen and City all coming up in the next seven days, the reigning German champions remain heavy favourites to retain their title.
"It's one game more and we won," said Guardiola after the match.
"We dominated possession and, in the first half, we were very strong mentally after (last Saturday's 3-0 win at) Dortmund and the trip to Moscow.”
The match was also notable for this eye-watering knee-slide attempted by Robben after his second goal...
That's gotta hurt!
Ominously for City, Bayern set a Champions League record of ten consecutive wins with their victory over CSKA on the last Champions League match day.
The Russian champions have known for a while now that their only chance of competing in continental competition after Christmas is via a third-place finish in Group D.
Leonid Slutsky’s men will be assured of Europa League qualification if they can get a draw in their final group match against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday week.
They warmed up for that encounter with a 0-0 draw against Rostov yesterday which leaves them in fourth place, three points of the Russian Premier League summit.
Finally, Viktoria Plzen go into their final Champions League game of the season knowing that they must better CSKA’s 3-2 win over them in the reverse fixture to tie up a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Domestically, the Czech champions defeated Příbram on Saturday to keep up the pressure on Sparta Prague, who are currently five points clear at the top of the Gambrinus Liga.