Bayern Munich 3-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf: Boateng completes brilliant Bavarian comeback

Bayern Munich were made to work hard to record a 3-2 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Mathis Bolly gave the visitors a shock lead, but the Bavarians fought back, with Thomas Muller equalising just before the break. Nonetheless, Andreas Lambertz put his side back in front, only for Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng to score decisive late goals.

Unsurprisingly, it was Bayern who made the stronger start to the match, but for all their territorial advantage, they were unable to craft an opportunity of note, spare a Bastian Schweinsteiger shot that was deflected well wide.

Then, the unthinkable happened. Johannes van den Bergh got down the left, delivered a great cross to Andreas Lambertz who nodded it into the path of Bolly, and he steered the ball home with his first ever Bundesliga shot.

It had been a frustrating afternoon for Bayern, who were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, but they began to craft out an incredible number of chances, all of which were inexplicably squandered.

David Alaba’s cross somehow evaded both Schweinsteiger and Muller at the far post and was put behind for a corner, from which Mario Mandzukic headed at Fabian Giefer.

The former Bayer Leverkusen keeper then made a fantastic stop to deny another Mandzukic header, but his parry presented Muller with a seemingly unmissable tap-in, only for the Germany star to lift it over the bar from a matter of inches.

Moments later, Franck Ribery got down the left and pulled the ball back to Toni Kroos, who slid in and drove wide, before the Frenchman fooled a host of defenders with some great trickery and crossed to the far post, where Mandzukic contrived to miss the ball entirely when he should have buried it.

Bayern were looking ever-more dangerous from set pieces, and Daniel Van Buyten saw a header cleared off the line after meeting a Kroos delivery. Philipp Lahm picked up the loose ball and found Muller at the near post, who nodded it across the face of goal and wide.

Van Buyten had another effort brilliantly denied by Giefer, and the ball found its way to Schweinsteiger, who finished well, only to see the linesman’s flag correctly deny him a goal.

Eventually, though, Dusseldorf’s resistance gave out. Lahm picked up the ball on the right, drifted inside and found Muller, who drove it across Giefer and into the bottom corner. It was no less that Bayern deserved, and parity was ensured at the break.

Jupp Heynckes’ side picked up where they left off after the restart, with Ribery darting down the left and driving the ball across the face of goal, only for the ball to evade every red shirt, while Mandzukic and Jerome Boateng sent headed opportunities wide.

Dusseldorf were getting men back brilliantly, while Giefer made another great save, this time from Lahm, and their resilience paid off. As Bayern got bodies forward, the ball broke to Lambertz, who kept his cool and swept it home.

The lead was short-lived, though. Ribery and Claudio Pizarro exchanged passes on the edge the box, and the Frenchman found rare space and finished well.

The hosts were within inches of a winner seven minutes from time when Mario Gomez struck the bar after a great free kick from Schweinsteiger, before Ribery was denied by Giefer when through on goal.

They did not have to wait much longer, though. Lahm’s cross found Boateng in the box, and the Germany international rose highest to net his first-ever Bayern goal.

Luiz Gustavo will start against Arsenal, confirms Heynckes

The veteran coach reveals the Brazilian will be tasked with replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle of the park when the Gunners travel to the Allianz Arena next week

Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that Luiz Gustavo will start the second-leg of Bayern Munich’s Champions League last-16 tie against Arsenal in midfield on Wednesday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was shown a yellow card at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago, resulting in a one-game suspension, leaving the 67-year-old to call upon the former Hoffenheim man as the Germany international’s replacement.

“Of course, Luiz Gustavo will play on Wednesday providing that he stays fit,” Heynckes told TZ. “He is working great and is in top shape physically.”

Heynckes then looked ahead to Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter with Fortuna Dusseldorf and insisted that while he has already made personnel decisions about the midweek tussle, his Bayern players are only focused on the match at hand.

“We are not thinking about that at the moment, that’s the wrong approach,” he added.

“We want to march on in the league. It’s like in tennis – when you’re in the lead against a top opponent, you must keep on going. It’s the same in football.”

Juventus want to avoid Bayern, says Lichtsteiner

The Turin giants booked their ticket for the Champions League last eight by beating Celtic and the Swiss would rather not meet the Bundesliga leaders in the next round

Stephan Lichtsteiner hopes that Juventus will not be paired with Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Bavarians recorded a 3-1 win in the first leg of their round of 16 tie against Arsenal, and the 29-year-old has little doubt they will progress to the next round when they host the Gunners on Wednesday.

“Who to avoid? I’d say Bayern,” the Switzerland international told Sky Sport Italia.

“They’re extremely strong and, after the two finals lost in recent years, they’ll be hungry for revenge.

“We’ll now be facing the top sides and we’ll see how far we’re able to go. Of course it’s difficult, but we’re ready and can give it a go against anyone.

“We’ll need a bit of luck, but we’ve got our style of play going for us. [Antonio] Conte has made the difference, returning us to the top first in Italy and then in Europe.”

Juventus are currently preparing for the Serie A match against Catania.

Ballack: Guardiola talk disrespectful

The former Germany international claims the discussions around the Bundesliga leaders’ new coach shows a lack of appreciation for the job Jupp Heynckes is doing

Michael Ballack has said the talk of Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival at Bayern Munich is disrespectful to current coach Jupp Heynckes.

It was announced that Guardiola would replace the retiring Heynckes in the summer this January, but Ballack believes the focus should be on what the club are achieving now, rather than when the former Barcelona man takes over.

“Guardiola is an exceptional coach who has had great success. However, until the summer, we should honour the team under Jupp Heynckes,” Ballack told

“If you complete such a deal, of course the media will talk about Pep Guardiola. But I think it’s a little disrespectful towards Jupp Heynckes as it doesn’t honour the work he’s doing currently.

“He [Heynckes] shows great class, as it’s not easy to deal with this topic.”

Ballack, who played for die Roten between 2002 and 2006, also thinks the club have the quality to win the Champions League.

Bayern have a 3-1 lead over Arsenal going into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, and Ballack does not think it will be long until the Bundesliga leaders have the trophy in their clutches once more.

He added: “Bayern have invested in top players in the last few years and with their depth, they have the quality to win the Champions League. Not as an underdog, but rightfully as one of the favourites.

“I don’t think it will take long until they hold the trophy in their hands again.”

Heynckes wary of allowing Arsenal to 'make the impossible possible'

The 67-year-old Bayern coach says his team must be wary of Arsene Wenger’s side despite their advantage from the first leg of their Champions League clash

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes Arsenal still pose a genuine threat ahead of their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side go into the game 3-1 down after the first leg, but Heynckes says he is well aware of the quality the Premier League side possess.

“Arsenal are not playing this weekend and can prepare optimally. They are not coming to Allianz Arena to get eliminated, instead they want to make the impossible possible,” Heynckes told reporters at a press conference.

Before that game takes place, however, Bayern face Fortuna Dusseldorf at home, and Heynckes says it is the only match him and his squad are focused at present.

“We are not thinking about the Arsenal match yet. We want to march on in the league and expand our lead. We can’t allow ourselves to slack now,” he added.

The 67-year-old was complimentary of their opponent’s this weekend, and was quick to add that his side are not getting carried away with their 17-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

“Fortuna have established themselves as a promoted team. If you look past our five goals against them in the first half of the season, they have done well defensively. We’ll have to fully focus,” he continued.

“It would be the wrong attitude to think about the Bundesliga title. We just want to continue.”