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  • May 7, 2011
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
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St Pauli 1-8 Bayern Munich: Bavarians qualify for Champions League as hosts relegated

St Pauli 1-8 Bayern Munich: Bavarians qualify for Champions League as hosts relegated

Eight-goal Bayern Munich coasted to victory as they both secured qualification for next season's Champions League and condemned St Pauli to second tier football next term.

A ruthless and clinical Bayern Munich performance sent St Pauli back to the 2.Bundesliga after just one season back in the top flight as last year's champions ran out 8-1 winners. It was not the farewell St Pauli coach Holger Stanislawski wanted in his last home game in charge before joining Hoffenheim as the Bavarians ran amok to secure the third Champions League place.

Bayern took the lead after 12 minutes courtesy of an appalling mistake from Markus Thorandt. The St Pauli defender tried to chest Thomas Muller's ball into the box back to goalkeeper Thomas Kessler. Unsurprisingly, his touch lacked sufficient power, allowing the predatory Mario Gomez to nip in and tuck the ball into the net for his 25th goal of the season.

Andries Jonker's side managed the second goal their superiority deserved after 32 minutes. Arjen Robben's inswinging corner found Daniel van Buyten at the near post. The Belgian centerback found the back of the net with his header, helped partly by the fact that Kessler's view was blocked by the hapless Thorandt, who was having a miserable day at the races.

In spite of St Pauli having their best spell of the game, Bayern extended its lead further in the 52nd minute. Robben picked the ball up on the right-hand side, looked up and proceeded to thread a perfectly weighted through pass into Mario Gomez. The Bundesliga's leading goalscorer eluded St Pauli's slack marking and slotted the ball past Kessler.

Just two minutes later, it was four for the Bavarian outfit with Robben once again instrumental. The Dutch winger played a one-two with Thomas Muller inside the hosts' penalty-box before firing past Kessler, who got two hands to the shot but was unable to keep it out. It was Robben's 11th goal of the season, all of which have come after the winter break.

More comical defending from St Pauli led to Bayern's fifth of the afternoon and this time, it was Kessler who was at fault, having berated his defenders all match. He lost out to Miroslav Klose, who chipped the ball over him before cutting the ball back to Gomez. Kessler recovered to deny Gomez but Franck Ribery was on hand to stroke the rebound into the empty net.

Although the hosts were outclassed as they finally succumbed to relegation, they kept plugging away and managed to score a deserved goal 12 minutes from time. Central defender Marcel Eger headed his near-post effort through the hands of Butt; a strike which was celebrated by the home supporters as if it was the winning goal.

The icing on the cake from the visitors came with three goals in the closing stages. Franck Ribery's left-footed cross found Robben, who produced a superb header, which he angled away from Kessler and into the corner of the net. Klose then won the ball back for his team before Robben picked out Gomez, who put the ball away for his fifth hat-trick of the season. Ribery then found the corner with a stunning curling shot beyond Kessler to make it eight.

Bayern's last game of a turbulent season comes at the Allianz Arena against Stuttgart while St Pauli bow out of the Bundesliga, for the time being, with a trip to Mainz, who have qualified for the Europa League.

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