Bayern Munich have had a pretty sensational season I think we will all agree and they went into the final day of the Bundesliga season with a party atmosphere on their mind as Jupp Heynckes took on what could be his final game ever in the Bundesliga; against his hometown club where it all started.
But Borussia Monchengladbach were clearly in no mood for happy returns and Bayern were playing like they were hungover for the first ten minutes; where Gladbach stormed into an early 3-1 lead.
A header from Martin Stranzl and a neat finish from Mike Hanke after Dante’s defensive gaffe gave BMG a 2-0 lead within the opening five minutes.
However Javi Martinez Gomez soon reduced the deficit with a tidy knock of his own.
Then came the turn of the Arsenal reject. Norwegian international Havard Nordtveit was allowed to join the Bundesliga outfit back in 2010 after failing to make the grade as a defender at The Emirates. But in Germany he has been used more in a defensive midfield role. But there was little defensive about his tenth minute goal; surprising everyone including himself as he surged into the box Lampard style to tuck the ball past Manuel Neuer for 3-1 as Munich looked like finally succumbing.
Recently it was claimed that Bayern Munich were ready to refund fans on their season tickets for an uneventful season that must have been oh so boring to watch. But this game was far from that and in the end they had the performance of Franck Ribery to thank for a riveting 4-3 victory.
He scored twice and set-up the others in the tie to steal the plaudits on the final day as Bayern finished the season on an epic 91 points from 34 games played; dropping just nine points in total throughout the season.
You can see Nordtveit’s goal and the Ribery show below…
Finally and in other news in the Bundesliga it was a dramatic day in the battle for survival. Two late penalties from Sejad Salihovic saw Hoffenheim claim an unlikely victory at Borussia Dortmund and survive ahead of Fortuna Dusseldorf to play FC Kaiserslautern in the promotion/relegation play-off.
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