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  • March 17, 2012
  • • 1:30 PM
  • • Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
  • Referee: T. Welz
  • • Attendance: 74244

Hertha Berlin 0-6 Bayern Munich: Robben nets hat trick as Bavarians run rampant

The Dutchman led the way with three goals as the Bundesliga record champion followed up recent 7-1 and 7-0 triumphs with another dominant display.

Bayern Munich maintained its irresistible form as it hammered Hertha Berlin 6-0 at the Olympiastadion, and in doing so reduced their deficit to Bundesliga leader Dortmund back to just five points. The team's prolifically saw the Bavarian giant increases its tally to 20 goals scored in the last three competitive games.

Thomas Muller opened the floodgates in under nine minutes, and Arjen Robben doubled the lead moments later. Following a foul against Muller, the Dutchman completed his double from the penalty spot, and the Bavarians were in full control with a three-goal advantage.

In the second half, Robben and Mario Gomez each scored from the spot, and Toni Kroos added another from open play to complete a comprehensive rout.

While the visiting side was without doubt the better team in the opening stages, Hertha will be disappointed not to have been awarded a penalty after David Alaba made contact with Nikita Rukavytsya inside the box.

Seconds later, Franck Ribery stormed up the left flank and sent a low cross to Muller, who finished with aplomb.

The scorer turned provider shortly thereafter as he won the ball in midfield before slipping the it through to Robben, who sprinted into the box before beating Thomas Kraft with a thunderous finish.

The irresistible Muller was then felled by Christoph Janker after being released on goal, and Robben stepped up to the penalty spot to make it 3-0. The Dutchman along with Muller and Gomez, all had clear chances to score before halftime, but were unable to convert.

The home team saw little of the ball, but was not without opportunities to pull itself back into the game. Raffael capitalized on a weak back pass from Alaba to find a path into the box, but fired wide when it was only 2-0.

After Hertha went down a third goal, former Bayern man Christian Lell found Adrian Ramos available for a free header, but the Colombian missed the target.

Ramos again won a header on 38 minutes, and after a deflection, Toni Kroos cleared off the line. Not for lack of effort, Hertha entered the interval facing a steep uphill battle.

Bayern stormed out of the gates in the second half, and made it 5-0 within the opening moments. Substitute Alfredo Morales wrestled down Ribery to concede a penalty on 49 minutes, and Gomez finished past backup keeper Sascha Burchert, who had replaced Kraft at halftime.

Janker's nightmarish evening continued two minutes later, as his loose touch conceded possession to Robben, who had a pass tipped away by Burchert, but straight to Kroos, who volleyed home from close range.

Morales' evening later went from bad to worse as he conceded another penalty to Ribery, after which time Robben completed his hat trick.

Following the withdrawals of Ribery, Muller and Robben, the Bayern attack lost its bite. However, Luiz Gustavo almost got his name on the score sheet late on after taking Kroos' clever chip off his chest. However, Burchert did well to come off his line and block the Brazilian's finish.

After a rather pedestrian closing spell, referee Tobias Welz blew the final whistle, sealing an emphatic win for Bayern, which brings Jupp Heynckes' side back to within five points of  Dortmund. Hertha sinks to 17th and are three points away from safety.

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