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Ribery and Kroos play rock, paper, scissors

Ribery and Kroos play rock, paper, scissors

By Reuters
Last update The 19/03/2012 at 16:54 -
By Reuters - The 19/03/2012 at 16:54
On current form Bayern Munich are the best side in Europe, scoring an incredible 20 goals in their last three matches.

And the goal glut for the Bavarian stars has reached a point where they've begun playing rock, paper, scissors to see who should take their free-kicks and thus be next on the scoresheet.

This particular moment came after just 24 minutes of the 6-0 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, with Bayern already leading 3-0. Franck Ribery and Toni Kroos could not decide who should take a set-piece from a promising spot - and after a couple of rounds of the popular playground game (the first was a tie as both went for rock) it was French superstar Ribery who got the nod by going with paper to Kroos's rock.

Ribery didn't score, but Bayern managed three more goals in any case to continue their amazing recent run.

Bayern beat Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga a week ago and FC Basel 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Arjen Robben - who acted as referee for the rock, paper, scissors game - scored a hat-trick including two strikes from the spot, while the other goals came from Thomas Mueller, Kroos and Mario Gomez - who took his tally to eight in three games.

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"That was a very impressive performance from the first seconds, the team has played outstanding football on a very difficult pitch," said Bayern sports director Christian Nerlinger.

"We must continue playing like this. If we can play with so much concentration and so convincingly, then we are certainly on the right path."

Bayern winger Ribery, who tormented Hertha all match, began by bursting down the left and pulling the ball back for Mueller to score from close range in the ninth minute.

Mueller turned provider to set up the second for Robben three minutes later and the Dutchman was on target again in the 19th minute, converting a penalty awarded for a foul on Mueller.

Kroos cleared an Adrian Ramos header off the line as Hertha tried to claw their way back into the game but two goals in as many minutes after half-time killed off the contest.

Ribery went down after Adrian Morales appeared to touch his shoulder and Gomez scored the penalty in the 50th minute for his 22nd league goal of the season.

One minute later, Christoph Janker lost possession to Robben as he tried to play his way out of defence. The Dutchman's shot was saved by Thomas Kraft only for Kroos to fire in the rebound.

Robben completed his hat-trick by converting another soft penalty, awarded for an innocuous challenge by Ramos on Ribery.

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