MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 07: Arjen Robben of Munich moves with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Allianz Arena on August 7, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich Vs. FC Zurich, UEFA Champions League Playoff Round: Robben Puts On A Show In Bayern Win

Arjen Robben put in an absolutely stunning performance on Wednesday evening, guiding Bayern to an easy win over Zurich.

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Bayern Munich Vs. FC Zurich, UEFA Champions League: Full Time, Arjen Robben Guides Bayern To 2-0 Win

Everyone says it every single year. If Arjen Robben can stay healthy, whatever team he plays for is going to win trophies. Problem is, Arjen Robben never stays healthy. The only year he's come close to it since leaving Holland, Bayern Munich won a domestic double and made it to the Champions League final. Following his absolutely brilliant performance against FC Zurich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff tie, that mantra will be rearing its ugly head again. Following a 2-0 win, Bayern are well on their way to a place in the group stages, but the game meant so much more for Bayern's season overall. The Bavarians have struggled in the Bundesliga thus far, and Robben has given them a boost.

With Robben in the team, Bayern are a completely different side. With no disrespect intended to players like Thomas Müller and Ivica Olic, Robben is in a completely different class and he showed it on Wednesday night, creating a goal for Bastian Schweinsteiger and finishing one of his own. This doesn't even count the endless opportunities he created for Mario Gomez, who turned in one of the worst performances of his career.

The first goal came early on, thanks to a cross by Robben and a headed finish from Schweinsteiger. Bayern would continue to dominate throughout the first half, but could not find another goal to show for it. That trend continued deep into the second half, with Gomez missing a number of chances, but Robben finally put the match and possibly the tie to bed with an absolutely stunning volley from inside of the penalty area that looped into the back of the net to sink Zurich.

Bayern travel to Switzerland to play the second leg next week, where the hosts will need nothing short of a miracle to advance.

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Bayern Munich Vs. FC Zurich, UEFA Champions League: Halftime, Bayern Lead 1-0

The combination of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery is back for Bayern Munich, but it's Bastian Schweinsteiger who has Bayern up by a score of 1-0 at halftime of their UEFA Champions League playoff round match against FC Zurich. For the opening 30 minutes of the half, Bayern battered their visitors and should have absolutely scored more than once. However, Mario Gomez missed multiple chances and Zurich started to look better at the end of the half, leaving many watching the game wondering if a change in momentum is coming.

Schweinsteiger scored the goal just nine minutes into the game, heading in a great cross from Robben. Gomez hit the post shortly afterwards, then proceeded to miss a few more chances. Zurich's best chances came on set pieces, and they look capable of nicking a goal from a dead ball.

Bayern looked good for most of the first half and obviously have the talent to score a couple more times, but the tie could be turned on its head if Zurich nick an away goal in the second half.

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Bayern Munich Vs. FC Zurich, UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Just in case there was any doubt about whether or not Bayern Munich would be taking FC Zurich seriously in the UEFA Champions League playoff round, the Bavarians have put out their first choice lineup, including the stars that got them to the Champions League final two years ago. For what seems like the first time in forever, both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are fit and ready to start together in the same lineup. Thomas Müller will not be starting tonight, as Toni Kroos plays in an advanced role and Mario Gomez starts up top. In the Zurich team, look out for star forward Admir Mehemedi. Here are the lineups.

Bayern Munich lineup: Neuer; Lahm, Badstuber, Boateng, Rafinha; Schweinsteiger, Luis Gustavo; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez

FC Zurich lineup: Leoni; Jorge Texeira, Rodriguez, Koch, Beda, Aegerter, Djuric, Barmettier, Schoenbachler, Chermiti, Mehmedi

Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET and the game can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel in the USA.

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