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Eintracht-Stadion (ATT 23,325) 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Daniel Siebert

E Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

E Braunschweig 0

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Bay Munich 2

C Pizarro (75)
M Mandzukic (86)

Victory for Bayern Munich

Last Updated: 19/04/14 4:38pm

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Ken Reichel battles with Arjen Robben

Ken Reichel battles with Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 triumph at relegation-threatened Eintracht Braunschweig.

In what was little more than a warm-up for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, Bayern were still far from their best, but did the bare minimum to beat the bottom-placed Bundesliga side.

Claudio Pizarro put them in front in the 75th minute before Mario Mandzukic sealed victory five minutes from time.

Pep Guardiola's men therefore end a three-game winless run in the Bundesliga, leaving Braunschweig with just three games left to survive.

Guardiola rotated as much as he could, with only 14 first-team players at his disposal.

Jerome Boateng fitted in at left full-back while Pierre Hojbjerg started with Thomas Muller left on the bench. Meanwhile, Pizarro was preferred to Mandzukic in the attack.

Jan Hochscheidt was in the thick of the action early on, throwing his weight around in the Braunschweig attack and making a nuisance of himself, without testing Lukas Raeder until the 25th minute with a weak shot which was easy for Manuel Neuer's understudy to collect.

Hojbjerg missed Bayern's best chance soon after when he blazed the ball over from Arjen Robben's pull back.

Braunschweig gave as good as they got, but lacked incision in their attack against a Bayern side who seemed just to be going through the motions, saving energy for Wednesday.

They stepped up a gear in the second half, finally forcing Braunschweig onto the back foot, and making the breakthrough in the 75th minute.

Mario Gotze received the ball in a borderline offside position and stroked it into the penalty area for Pizarro, who lifted his shot inside the near post to celebrate having scored at least once against every side currently in the Bundesliga - his 172nd Bundesliga goal.

Mandzukic then came on, and did not need much time to get his name on the scoresheet, threading the ball through the legs of Braunschweig goalkeeper Daniel Davari to secure the points in the 85th minute.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15