Bundesliga - Robben bags brace for dominant Bayern

Arjen Robben hit his 50th and 51st league goal for Bayern Munich as the Bavarians extended their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 39 matches with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig.

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Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (L) and Thomas Mueller celebrate Robben's goal during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Braunschweig in Munich November 30, 2013. (Reuters)

The game was only 113 seconds old when Mario Goetze dropped from his false-nine position into a deep-lying playmaker role and beautifully picked out Robben who stayed onside, before hitting the post and finishing at the second attempt.

Guardiola’s possession-dominated approach saw Bayern’s ball statistics reach 82% of the possession early on with an optimum of around 92% possession, before Braunschweig settled to some degree.

Despite creating little else in the first 20 minutes, Bayern took advantage of a set-piece opportunity with Toni Kroos firing a corner kick on to Dante’s head and his effort was cleared off the line by Boland.

Just approaching the half-hour point in the game and the Bavarians moved up the gears with Robben slaloming from the right wing on to his left foot and smashing into the top corner for his 51st goal in Bayern colours, as the German champions made it 51 consecutive league games where they’ve scored.

Robben cheekily went for the spectacular to secure a hat-trick, but blazed over from 30 yards when he was lacking any balance.

Braunschweig goalkeeper Daniel Davari was relieved when Guardiola’s side began opting for longer-range efforts with Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara warming his gloves.

But after the interval, it was like Guardiola’s troops hadn’t actually emerged at all.

Marco Caligiuri’s looping volley took a wild deflection and almost caught Manuel Neuer out within 60 seconds of the restart, as Braunschweig showed more guts going forward.

Bosnian defender Emir Bicakcic was presented with an open goal on 53 minutes following a defensive mix-up involving Thomas Mueller and Daniel van Buyten, before the former was replaced by the ineffective Mario Mandzukic soon after.

Robben did hit the crossbar on 70 minutes from a free-kick, but the focus was on Bayern’s back-line with the dominant Neuer sweeping up as Braunschweig threatened on the counter attack.

On 72 minutes, Dominik Kumbela was played through one-on-one with Neuer and the German goalkeeper powerfully stopped the attacker, but left-back David Alaba cleared the danger from Kevin Kratz’s return attempt.

The rub of the green just wasn’t there for Braunschweig who struck Neuer’s woodwork five minutes from time through Kratz’s free-kick.

Although they leave pointless, Torsten Lieberknecht can have a lot to feel positive about with an impressive second-half showing.

Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen recovered from Wednesday's 5-0 home defeat by Manchester United in the Champions League to beat winless Nuremberg 3-0 with Son Heung-Min scoring twice.

Third-placed Borussia Dortmund also won as two Robert Lewandowski penalties helped them beat coach Juergen Klopp's former club Mainz 05 3-1 and Hoffenheim were involved in another high-scoring game as they drew 4-4 with Werder Bremen.

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