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February 14, 2015
• 9:30 AM
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: M. Weiner
• Attendance: 75000
T. Müller 21', 55'
M. Götze 23', 88'
A. Robben 36', 47'
R. Lewandowski 56'
F. Ribéry 69'
I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
FULL TIME: BAYERN 8-0 HAMBURG. The hosts stamp their authority atop the table with an emphatic victory over their lowly opponents. The goals started early and never stopped, as Die Roten contribute the worst defeat for Hamburg in their history in the Bundesliga.
There will be no added time! The final whistle sounds, bringing an end to a miserable day for Hamburg.
Assist Claudio Pizarro
Goal Mario Götze
NOW IT'S EIGHT! MARIO GOTZE CAPS OFF THE DAY WITH ANOTHER GREAT STRIKE! It is far too easy for the midfielder, who has all day inside the area to pick out the far corner with his shot, and does just that. As things stand, this is the worst ever defeat for Hamburg in the Bundesliga.
COULD HAVE BEEN EIGHT! Bayern counter through Lewandowski and the striker is in two on one with Ribery. He takes far to long to try and slide a pass across, however, as the chance fizzles out.
Hamburg are pushing for a consolation goal but they are having little success trying to break down this Bayern defence. Badstuber has been a rock at the back since the visitors began their push for a goal, and has played a big part in keeping the clean sheet so far.
The game has fizzled out as we approach full-time. Claudio Pizzaro is the one man in the Bayern attack who looks capable and willing to add to their tally, as he tries to take advantage of another appearance against Hamburg. The striker scored four times in a 9-2 victory over Die Rothosen a couple seasons ago.
The emphatic scoreline and withdrawal of Arjen Robben may have a lot to do with it, but the replacement left-back, Matthias Ostrzolek, has been a signficant upgrade since replacing Ronny Marcos.
Hamburg look dejected and why wouldn't they be? They managed to hold Bayern to a scoreless draw in the reverse fixture this season, though Die Roten were without many of their best players in the starting lineup, including Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Bayern have taken their foot off the gas and are not looking to add to the embarrassment for Hamburg. They have already reached a touchdown worth of goals and they do not look eager to add to that tally.
STAT ATTACK: Bayern have won all seven of their home matches this season against teams currently in the bottom half of the table by a combined margin of 24-1. The only goal conceded came in a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Another loud roar echoes through the Allianz Arena as the crowd is informed of Bayer Leverkusen's equalizer. They trailed Wolfsburg 3-0 at one point, but it is now level at 4-4 at the BayArena! The visitors in that match appear to be the only real threat to Bayern's title quest, so it would be a welcome sight if they were to drop points today.
Arjen Robben misses out at his chance at a hat-trick as well, as he is forced to give way to Claudio Pizzaro. The Peruvian striker has 19 goals in 23 appearances against Hamburg, so the threat is hardly removed with the Dutchman's withdrawal.
Goal Franck Ribéry
THE SUBSTITUTE GETS IN ON THE FUN AND BAYERN MAKE IT 7-0! On his return from injury, Franck Ribery scores one of the easier goals in his career, pouncing on a rebound following a strong run and shot from Lewandowski to extend Die Roten's lead.
Bayern make a second change and Thomas Muller does not look eager to give way. He is on a hattrick and fancied his chances of getting it. Gianluca Guadino, the youngest member of the Bayern senior squad, is on to replace him.
This one is already out of hand, but it may only get worse. Bayern continue to attack and are looking capable of reaching double digits! Hamburg are in complete shambles at the back, as they often are at the Allianz Arena. Their stout defensive record this season has been undone in the span of an hour.
Hamburg pull one back, but with nothing going their way today, the trend continues as the offside flag is up. Pep Guardiola looks none-too-pleased from the touchline with that defensive display, despite their 6-0 lead.
STAT ATTACK: In his last five starts against Hamburg at the Allianz Arena, including today, Arjen Robben has an astounding eight goals and three assists.
Josef Zinnbauer has seen enough and you can't blame him. Rafael van der Vaart and Ronny Marcos - who has been atrocious - are off, with Petr Jiracek and Matthias Ostrzolek on in their place. Bayern make a substitution of their own and appear to be going for the jugular as Franck Ribery comes on in place of centre-half Mehdi Benatia.
Rafael van der Vaart
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Robert Lewandowski
BAYERN MAKE IT SIX AND THIS IS BECOMING A NIGHTMARE FOR HAMBURG! Robben slides Muller through on the right, and the German slides a pass across the face of goal for Lewandowski to turn into an empty net. This is an attacking clinic being put on by Die Roten!
Assist Bastian Schweinsteiger
Goal Thomas Müller
FIVE TO NOTHING FOR BAYERN! THEY CAN'T STOP SCORING! Schweinsteiger does so well to win the ball in midfield and skip forward, fending off the challenge of a defender. He lays it off for Muller who picks his spot brilliantly, curling a shot past a helpless Drobny from 30 yards out. Sensational finish from the German international!
NEARLY A THIRD! Robben weaves his way through the defence again! There is no stopping him! Some lovely skill from the Dutchman allows him to skip past three defenders into the area, but his shot from a tight angle is kicked out by Drobny.
The Bayern fans are now chanting the name of Ribery, who is up on the touchline and warming up. Pep Guardiola will likely want to give the Frenchman a bit of game action to ensure he his healthy and able to participate on Tuesday.
THEY'VE SCORED AGAIN! This one is called back, however, on an offside, but this is starting to get out of hand. Robben dances around defenders at will and strikes for goal. Lewandowski redirects it past Drobny with his head, but the striker was standing in an offside position.
Assist Mario Götze
Goal Arjen Robben
JUST A MINUTE INTO THE SECOND HALF AND ROBBEN IS AT IT AGAIN! The Dutchman makes a surging run into the area, making quick work of Ronny before slotting home past Drobny at the near post with his... wait for it... RIGHT FOOT! That is his 14th goal of the season, making him joint-leading scorer in the Bundesliga!
Bayern get the second half underway, moving left to right, three goals to the good.
HALF TIME: BAYERN 3-0 HAMBURG. Goals from Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben have Die Roten comfortably in front at the break. They have dominated every phase of the match from start to finish and are fully deserving of this lead. Pep Guardiola may look into taking off a few of his studs for the second half with a Champions League trip to Ukraine looming on Tuesday.
There will be just one minute of time added on at the end of this first half.
Bayern have taken their foot off the gas a bit with half time approaching, already three goals to the good. The crowd is noisy as ever, chanting the name of Arjen Robben, who has become a fan favourite ever since the superb run of form which coincided with his Champions League winning goal in 2013.
With the result all but settled, Hamburg will set their sights on keeping the scoreline respectable in the second half. With the bottom of the table so tight, just one goal could prove to be the difference between relegation and safety at the end of the season.
He has to be careful! It is truly a shocking tackle from Van der Vaart who slides hard into the back of Muller, already on a yellow card. The referee, perhaps feeling sympathy for the visitors, opts to give the midfielder one last chance, as he escapes with a final warning and not a sending off.
This game appears to be settled before we even reach half time. It is all too comfortable for the hosts in possession and Hamburg have shown little ability to get forward and test Die Roten at the back.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Arjen Robben
ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM ARJEN ROBBEN! The Dutchman receives a pass from Thomas Muller just inside the attacking half and surges forward on a counter. He has options to his left, but opts to go at it himself, taking a slight touch into the centre before curling a truly extraordinary shot off the inside of the post and in the top corner with Drobny rooted to his spot!
THE SWEEPER-KEEPER! It finally appears as though Hamburg get a break, as Rudnevs' pressure pays off, with the striker blocking a shot and getting a kind roll forward, providing him with a chance to run through on goal. Manuel Neuer is so quick to spot the danger, however, and rushes out of the area to clear the threat.
STAT ATTACK: Hamburg have scored just 14 Bundesliga goals this season, by far the fewest in the league through 20 matches. That tally has been boosted with a five goal outburst in their last two fixtures. Koln are the only other side averaging less than a goal per game (19 in 20).
Blazed over! Following the set piece, Bayern keep the pressure on and win another. This one is from just over 30 yards out, a bit closer than the last, and David Alaba fancies his chances at striking for goal. He drives a shot over the wal but cannot get it to dip as it fails to test Drobny in goal.
Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
Frustration is perhaps setting in for the visitors, who can do nothing to win the ball back. Rafael van der Vaart lets his anger get the best of him as he slides cynically into Gotze from behind, earning the first yellow card of the match.
There has been no change out on the pitch, despite the hosts' two-goal advantage and an added midfield player for Hamburg. Possession continues to be swallowed up by Bayern who continue to push for goals. There is no letting up!
Hamburg find themselves two goals down and being utterly dominated in every aspect, so coach Josef Zinnbauer decides it is time to make a change. In an attempt to shore things up in midfield, Nicolai Muller is on in place of Ivica Olic at striker. This is simply an attempt to keep the game respectable, with the coach likely giving up on getting something from the match.
Goal Mario Götze
DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR BAYERN! 2-0! Hamburg in complete disarray at the back and the hosts are making them pay. Thomas Muller is left with a ton of space atop the area and forces a great save from Drobny with his shot, but it is only kept out for a second as Mario Gotze pounces on the rebound to double Die Roten's lead.
Penalty Goal Thomas Müller
CLINICAL! Muller sends the keeper the wrong way and slots home confidently to his left. The hosts take the lead and it took just over 20 minutes!
PENALTY TO BAYERN! A brilliant run from Rafinha, aided by a clever nutmeg, sees him get into space and his cross into the area is blocked by the arm of left-back Ronny Marcos. The referee points to the spot and the hosts have a glorious chance to take the lead.
Hamburg have defended well all season and can try and do so for 90 minutes here, but it likely will not end well. They have to be a bit more adventurous on the ball and try and test the Bayern back four.
In his last four starts against Hamburg at the Allianz Arena, Arjen Robben has an astounding six goals and three assists. There appears to be no stopping him again today as he comes closer to scoring with each attack. The hosts have enjoyed over 70 per cent possession already, hardly to anyone's surprise.
Robben is mesmerizing these fans! The Dutchman has seen more of the ball than anyone, by a longshot, and has made the most of it. He skips past three or four defenders and tries to send an improvised chipped pass in towards the far post, but it runs too far and goes behind safely for Hamburg's sake.
AGAIN! Robben and Muller continue to link up and produce the best chances for the hosts. The Dutchman picks out the German in the area, but his back-heel shot takes a slight deflection and trickles inches wide of the far post. The referee missed the touch on the way out and awards Hamburg a goal kick.
A clever ball played over the top for Robert Lewandowski looks to have the striker through on goal, but it is called back for an offside. Bayern are starting to settle in nicely and dominate possession as they do so well and so often.
Bayern are looking to feed Robben the ball every chance they get, with the Dutchman looking ever so dangerous in possession. Again he wiggles his way into the area and lays it off for Muller, who touches it brilliantly into the path of an unsuspecting Gotze, who cannot react quick enough to get there ahead of Drobny.
STAT ATTACK: Bayern have won their last five Bundesliga matches against Hamburg at the Allianz Arena by an staggering aggregate score of 23-3, aided by a trio of 9-2, 6-0 and 5-0 victories.
WONDERFUL SAVE! Brilliant start to this match from both teams, as Bayern now muster their first threatening attack and it results in a chance. Arjen Robben is the architect as his run into the centre draws extra attention, before sliding the ball into the path of Thomas Muller. He looks to slot home at the near post but Jaroslav Drobny sticks a leg out to make a superb stop!
LIGHTNING START! It won't count, but that will certainly have to serve as a confidence booster for the visitors as Ivica Olic gets past Holger Badstuber and onto the end of a through ball before slotting home past Manuel Neuer. The whistle sounds, however, as the striker is called for a foul as he dragged down the centre-back in pursuit of the ball.
The visitors get us underway at the Allianz Arena! Hamburg in black with orange trim. Bayern in their typical red and blue home strip. Here we go!
Just a few seconds away from the start of the match now, as the players take their place out on the pitch!
Josef Zinnbauer has made just two changes to his team following a victory over Hannover in their last match. Artoms Rudnevs slots in as a second striker in what appears to be a more attacking approach from the coach, pushing midfielder Nicolai Muller to the bench. Meanwhile, Ashton Gotz setps in at right back, moving Heiko Westermann to centre-back with Slobodan Rajkovic sliding to the bench.
Pep Guardiola has not rotated his squad in anticipation of his side's trip to Ukraine on Tuesday. Just three changes in place for Die Roten today, with Dante, Mitchell Weiser and Xabi Alonso being withdrawn from the starting lineup in place of Holger Badstuber, Rafinha and Thomas Muller. Franck Ribery returns from injury, but has been left on the substitute's bench.
HAMBURG SUBS: N. Muller, Kacar, Rajkovic, Jiracek, Otrzolek, Gouaida, Adler.
BAYERN SUBS: Ribery, Rode, Pizarro, Weiser, Reina, Guadino, Dante.
HAMBURG (4-4-2): Drobny; Gotz, Djourou, Westermann, Ronny Marcos; Stieber, Diaz, van der Vaart, Jansen; Rudnevs, Olic.
BAYERN MUNICH (4-4-2): Neuer; Rafinha, Benatia, Badstuber, Alaba; Robben, Muller, Schweinsteiger, Gotze, Bernat; Lewandowski.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Hamburg have dug their way out of the relegation zone, jumping four teams on the back of consecutive victories over Paderborn and Hannover. They endured a difficult start to the season and goals have been a problem for them throughout, but it looks as though those issues are beginning to work themselves out. There is no ideal time for a trip to the Allianz Arena, but with the confidence flowing through their camp once again, they may fancy their chances of making life difficult on Die Roten.
Bayern Munich are sitting pretty atop the Bundesliga, but Wolfsburg are within striking distance should Die Roten slip up a bit. The Champions League knockout stage gets underway again this week and the Bundesliga leaders face a stern test against a free-scoring Shakhtar side. It would be unlike Bayern, however, to get caught looking ahead, and they will fancy their chances of cruising to an easy three points should everything go according to plan today.
Good day, Bundesliga fans! The Allianz Arena is our venue today as Bayern Munich look to maintain their lead atop the table by continuing their recent dominance over a suddenly in-form Hamburg team. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
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