Robben fi­nally gets it right

The Sunday Independent - - SPORT -

BERLIN: Bay­ern Mu­nich for­ward Ar­jen Robben scored a rare right-footed goal in a 4-0 Bun­desliga rout of Mainz 05, while a bizarre own goal set Werder Bre­men on the way to 2-1 home de­feat by Schalke 04 yes­ter­day.

Chadrac Akolo, who ar­rived in Switzer­land as a refugee from his na­tive Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo in 2009, gave VfB Stuttgart a 1-0 win over VfL Wolfs­burg in a game also marked by a video ref­eree con­tro­versy.

Bay­ern bounced back from last week’s de­feat at Hof­fen­heim with an easy win over a Mainz side who have three points and al­ready look like rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates.

Thomas Mueller put the Bavar­i­ans ahead in the 11th minute with a shot that took a de­flec­tion off Robben.

Bay­ern poured for­ward and Kings­ley Co­man con­trived to hit the bar from six me­tres with the goal at his mercy but it was not long be­fore Robben ex­tended Bay­ern’s lead.

The fa­mously one-footed Dutch- man was sent clear down the right but, in­stead of cut­ting in­side onto his left foot in his usual fash­ion, he placed the ball past Rene Adler with his rarely used right in the 23rd minute.

It was his first right-footed league goal since Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Robert Le­wandowski, on his 100th Bay­ern ap­pear­ance, swept home the third from Mueller’s cross five min­utes af­ter the break and added the fourth with a care­fully-placed header in the 77th.

Bay­ern and Schalke 04 have nine points from three games, one be­hind Hanover 96, who beat Ham­burg SV 2-0 on Fri­day.

Lamine Sane gave Bre­men a 20th minute lead against Schalke but less than two min­utes later was in­volved in some far­ci­cal de­fend­ing which gifted the vis­i­tors their equaliser.

Three Bre­men play­ers all tried to clear a loop­ing header to­wards goal in­clud­ing Sane, who at­tempted to clear with a bi­cy­cle kick and missed, while Mi­los Veljkovic suc- ceeded in mak­ing con­tact but headed the ball into his own goal.

Leon Goret­zka grabbed a late Schalke win­ner, leav­ing Bre­men sec­ond-bot­tom with one point.

Akolo scored his sec­ond goal since join­ing Stuttgart from Swiss side FC Sion in the close sea­son, fir­ing home the re­bound in the 42nd af­ter his first shot was stopped by Koen Cas­teels.

Cas­teels was later in­volved in a con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dent when his knee smashed into Stuttgart mid­fielder Chris­tian Gent­ner’s face as he leapt for the ball.

The ref­eree ap­peared to miss the in­ci­dent – po­ten­tially a penalty for Stuttgart and a red card for Cas­teels – while the video as­sis­tant did not call for a re­view.

Gent­ner was taken off in­jured, leav­ing Stuttgart with 10 play­ers as they had al­ready used their three sub­sti­tutes.

Augs­burg’s im­pres­sive start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with a 2-1 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt. They are fifth on seven points. – Reuters

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