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November 24, 2012
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 71000
Javi Martínez 3'
T. Kroos 24'
F. Ribéry 37'
M. Gómez 67'
As for Hannover, they just had no answers to the Bayern onslaught as they suffered their fourth loss on the road.
That was a nothing short of a masterclass from Heynckes' men. Three goals in the first half set them on their way and they did not rest on their laurels in the second period as they notched two more goals including one from substitute Mario Gomez.
and that's all folks, it is full time
Offside there for Bayern Munich. Franck Ribéry tries a through ball, but Xherdan Shaqiri is caught on the wrong side of the defender.
Hannover win a corner but nothing comes of it.
The German giants are just playing their own 'tiki-taka' football here to see this one out as Hannover chase shadows.
Hannover have been completely outclassed this second period. It has perhaps been one of Bayern's best displays this season.
On a rare venture forward, Hannover's Haggui gets a header in on goal but it misses the target completely. Huszti did well to pick his teammate out.
Mame Biram Diouf
Gomez has made a BIG impact in this game. He wants another one, clearly and almost gets it. A delighted first touch and he makes space enough for a shot but Zieler again comes to the rescue. Excellent build-up there by Shaqiri. What a team this Bayern team is!
Applause for Muller as he makes way for Shaqiri. Along with Kroos, perhaps Bayern's best today despite not scoring.
Muller comes close to scoring after getting on the end of Ribery's cross, but, his effort is lacking power.
Bayern almost make it sx. And, really, how did they not. Gomez is looking eager to make up lost time as he strikes in on goal and the rebound falls to Ribery who gets not one but two bites of the cherry but his final attempt is far too soft.
Heynckes gives Schweinsteiger an early shower, and it is well deserved. It has been a typical display of grittiness and graft from the German.
Credit to Hannover as they almost respond immediately. Stindl sends in a stinging shot from outside the box which proves to hot for Neuer to gather first time.
Bayern have already had as many attempts on goal this half as they had in the whole opening period.
Super Mario Gomez has arrived. The German scores just moments after coming on for Mandzukic. With all his strength, he wrestles away from his marker and fires in on his right foot no less leaving Zieler little chance in goal.
It is Gomez's first appearance in the Bundesliga this season and what a way to mark to mark his return.
It may be over as a contest, but, Diouf comes close to pegging one goal back. He surges forward after being a pass from Stindl but Neuer saves.
Toni Kroos provided the assist for the Brazilian who has now opened his account for the season. Kroos along with Muller and Ribery have just been superb.
GOAL. Dante rises highest to head home Bayern's fourth of the afternoon. This is now a some hammering.
And, its another yellow card. This time Schulz goes into the book and gives a free kick away in a dangerous area.
Yellow CardChristian Schulz
Hannover look down and out. They are struggling to even get out of their half let alone getting a look in on goal.
And, that is a superb ball from Muller. Following a switch ball from Ribery, the German on his first touch places the ball exquisitely for Mandzukic to run onto but Zieler comes off his line to good effect.
Bayern are just having some fun here, attacking at will.
Yellow CardLars Stindl
Its Stindl this time who goes into the book.
Oh, and thats another poor tackle from a Hannover player. They may not finish with 11 today at this rate.
Ribery is a joy to watch on this form. He skips by two defenders on the left and swings in a dangerous cross-cum shot but Zieler gets enough of a hand on it.
And, how does Mandzukic fluff his lines from yards out and yards away from his closest marker. Anyone?
A tough tackle there by Raush. Again, some frustration evident in the Hannover ranks.
Muller has impressed me today, he deserves a goal. The German gets in the cross but Mandzukic cannot connect to it.
Hannover 96 have a mountain to climb this half. Any kind of comeback is very much against the odds, but, you never know.
Hannover have made a change. Mohammed Abdellaoue has come on for Artur Sobiech.
And the second period is underway.
A highly impressive and utterly ruthless first half from Bayern. Three goals and it already looks as if it will be three points. Hannover 96 have put up a fight but really just came to the Allianz Arena on the wrong day.
And that's it for the first half as the referee calls time.
But, here is a chance for Hannover as Martinez concedes a foul outside the box.
Yellow CardArtur Sobiech
Another yellow card is shown and its Hannover's Artur Sobiech. There is clearly some frustration within their ranks and understandably so. Its not been their day.
Bayern have now scored 36 goals in the Bundesliga this season. Not bad, not ball at all.
Well, Hannover 96 need to do something here as they make a first half change. It's not that they have been that bad, but, Bayern have just been exemplary.
Huszti makes a rather bitter tackle but somehow escapes a yellow card.
Yellow CardBastian Schweinsteiger
Muller again played a key role but it was Schweinsteiger's winning of the ball on the half way line that set the attack in motion.
And now Ribery makes its 3-0. Franck Ribery slots inside from inside the box after a great touch to lose his defender. Muller with the assist.
This could end up being a lesson for the visitors. Bayern looking dangerous every time they go forward.
Muller has been impressive today. He gets a look in on goal but he called offside.
Well, Bayern have a good lead here but Hannover have not been poor. They have just been let down by two lapses in concentration at the back.
It should be noted, the Frenchman is playing with a bruised rib. But you would hardly notice it.
Ribery wins a freekick in the defensive half.
Lahm's cross was perfect in setting up the goal but question marks will be raised about Hannover's defending there as Kroos was left unmarked.
And its 2-0 now. Kroos extends Bayern's lead after again some good play from Muller.
Yellow CardMario Mandzukic
The first yellow of the afternoon. Mandzukic flies into the tackle and despite minimal contact its a yellow for the Croatian.
The visitors are enjoying a good spell here. This time Stindl tests Neuer from distance and wins a corner.
Huszit's freekick finds the head of Diouf but he is called offside.
Martinez concedes a freekick in a dangerous area after pulling on Stindl's shirt right under the ref's gaze.
Its been a lively start to the game. Bayern always threatening when going forward but Hannover definitely giving it a go here.
Diouf is now down injured after a clash of heads with Dante. Freekick to Hannover within their own half.
Now its Alaba breaking down the left flank. Ribery continues the attack but his cross is too close to the keeper.
Kroos should have done better. Muller breaks into the box and his fellow German international should have done better from close range.
Toni Kroos gets a shot in from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Some good assist play there by Muller.
Bayern counter attack through Mandzukic but the Croatian is pushed off the ball and his cries for a freekick go unheard.
Hannover 96 get forward and Diouf goes down in the box but clearly not a penalty.
Well, that did not take long. It was not the greatest of strikes, but, they will not care. Toni Kroos took the corner and the Spaniard hook the ball home from close range.
GOAL! Already Bayern have the lead. Mega-money signing Javi Martinez scores his first for the German giants.
Mandzukic is caught offside there as Bayern make their first real move forward
And we're off!
Stat attack: Bayern have won the last 9 out of the last 10 home against Hannover 96
Stat attack: Hannover 96’s danger man is an obvious choice – their Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti has the most assists in the Bundesliga this season with seven.
Bayern: Neuer - Alaba, Badstuber, Dante, Lahm - Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Müller, Kroos – Mandzukic
Hannover 96: Zieler - Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Rausch - Pinto, Schmiedebach - Huszti, Stindl - Diouf, Sobiech
Hannover 96 will be looking to bounce back from their defeat last weekend against Freiburg and they will be buoyed be the return of their captain, Steve Cherundolo.
Mario Gomez will start on the bench for this one, despite making his first appearance of the season midweek against Valencia in the Champions League after a lengthy layoff through injury. Mario Mandzukic gets the nod instead.
Good afternoon to all. Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Bundesliga meeting between league leaders Bayern Munich and Hannover 96 from the Allianz Arena My name is Frank Tigani and I will be guiding you through the action.
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