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April 13, 2013
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: M. Weiner
• Attendance: 71000
J. Boateng 5'
M. Gómez 17'
X. Shaqiri 56'
The Bayern players are all on the pitch still to take the applause of the crowd. Another week, another team steamrollered by the big red monster. That's it from me this afternoon, be sure to stick around on Goal.com for further reaction to today's action. Until next time, I've been Harry Slavin, goodbye!
FT BAYERN 4-0 NURNBERG. Bayern have a had many an easy match this season but this was a frightening performance. An understrength side have dismantled a reasonably good Nurnberg side without ever getting out of first gear. The home side were by no means near their best but they've won out convincingly this afternoon.
No stoppage time and that's it!
The energy levels on the pitch may have diminished over the second half but in the stands the home fans are still going strong. There's still a wall of noise surrounding the Allianz Arena pitch.
Great save from Schafer! The Bayern keeper has to tip the ball round the post as Hanno Balitsch steals a march on his marker and heads goalwards.
Into the final five then, is there any action left in this game? I sure hope so. Nurnberg line up a deep free kick to send into the Munich area.
Final substitution for the visitors as Mike Frantz is replaced by Muhammed Ildiz.
Almost a fifth for the hosts! Gomez's deep cross finds Ribery at the back post and he has time to take a touch and hammer a shot that comes back off Schafer and straight to Pizarro but the Chilean can only spoon his effort over.
Almost a spot of joy for Nurnberg! They win a corner and Esswein sends it in to find Plattenhardt's run at the front post but he heads over from inside the six-yard box.
Nurnberg have a little spell of possession in the Bayern half but everything they send into the box is coming straight back out.
Just under 15 minutes left to go in this one. Can Nurnberg salvage any sort of consolation from this game? They've been outclassed all afternoon.
Ribery sends Pizarro through on goal but the angle is tight and his clipped effort over Schafer ends up flying wide of the upright.
The game is beginning to peter out now. The game has been in the bag for a long time now, the fans just want to see the trophy now and get celebrating!
Pierre Emil Højbjerg
That was Shaqiri's last action as he is replaced by Hojbjerg.
Yellow Card Horacio Javier Pinola
Pinola goes into the book for Nurnberg after a foul on Shaqiri the fullback was beaten all ends up and has no other option than to haul down his opponent.
Nurnberg actually manage to mount a counter attack but Esswein's cross is acrobatically cleared by Boateng before it can find Chandler in the centre.
Every Nurnberg player is back in their own half. Even in numbers there's little they can to do prevent defeat now.
That looked more like a rugby move the way Bayern tried to work the ball across the pitch there. Lovely team work.
Clinical break from Bayern but the last pass lets them down. Shaqiri breaks and finds Ribery on the left. a row of red shirts then try and feed the ball wide to an unmarked Pizarro but Gomez's pass lets the move down and it's intercepted.
Shaqiri eventually does the honours but sends his shot way over the bar. All that fuss over nothing.
Free kick in a dangerous position for Bayern as Pizarro is fouled on the edge of the area. There will be a few queuing up to have a pop from here.
The hosts have finally found their rhythm for the second period. 10 minutes is a long time by their high standards this season but I think they can be forgiven this afternoon.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Xherdan Shaqiri
GOOOAAALLL!!! Xerdan Shaqiri makes it four!!! This goal is far too easy. Ribery's corner floats all the way to the back stick where an unmarked Shaqiri is able to take the ball down, take a touch inside and unleash an effort into the bottom corner. Too, too easy.
This is interesting. Timm Klose has been a bit dazed since heading the ball with the back of his head. He doesn't seem altogether there and the Nurnberg physio's sense this and come to give him treatment. After a second bout of treatment he's escorted off the field by the team doctors but the defender isn't happy about it.
Well it's been lively. Bayern are still in control though and are looking to add to their lead.
Can unleashes a thunderbolt from the edge of the area and Raphael Schafer has to fling a hand at it to send it over the bar. Too much time and space for the Bayern midfielder there but a good stop.
If they were to have any chance of getting back into this game, that penalty had to go in for Nurnberg. It didn't, and Bayern are still cruising.
Missed Penalty Timmy Simons
Penalty save Tom Starke
SAVED!! Although I'm not sure Tom Starke knew too much about it! Timmy Simons steps up and goes for placement but Starke flings himself the right way and stops the penalty with his head! Fantastic improvisation.
Yellow Card Rafinha
PENALTY FOR NURNBERG! Rafinha is booked as he clips Mike Frantz in the area.
Bayern get us going again. Nurnberg have made one change at the break as Timothy Chandler comes on to the field of play.
The teams are on their way back out for the second half. Can Nurnberg do anything to stem the Bayern onslaught?
Another masterclass from Bayern and it's nowhere near their full strength side that is out there. Ribery has been causing havoc and has definitely been the hosts main protagonist. Meanwhile, the visitors have offered nothing. But then again, not many teams offer anything at the Allianz Arena these days. Unless they're wearing red.
HALFTIME: BAYERN 3-0 NURNBERG. Jupp Heynckes' men have blown their opponents away this half and I don't even think they've broken sweat. It's another game which indicates the strength of what is Europe's in form team.
Yellow Card Per Nilsson
Per Nilsson is booked for a foul on Pizarro. a bad end to a forgettable half for the visitors.
The best we've seen from Nurnberg is provided by Markus Feulner right at the end of the half. The winger wriggles free of Jerome Boateng's clutches and sends a low drive goalwards, but Tom Starke gets down sharply to keep out the effort.
Just a few minutes until the break. I wonder if Bayern will go in search of another just before the end of the half. They've been majestic during this first 45.
The crowd are in fine voice at the Allianz and have been fantastic all half. Waves of chants have gone round the stadium at regular intervals this half and a whole host of flags are being constantly waved. A proper party atmosphere.
The ball is played out as Tomas Pekhart is down for Nurnberg. He's back on his feet but limping a little. I think his side's pride more than anything else will be hurting at the moment.
Bayern shake it up a little and try attacking down the right flank. Rafinha has already had some joy from getting forward from fullback and he tries again as he bombs ahead of Shaqiri but the Swiss man cannot find his teammate.
Franck Ribery skips one tackle and suddenly he has the freedom of the Nurnberg half to drive into. The Frenchman bears down on goal but his effort is tipped round the post by Schafer. He had support and that really should have been four.
Nurnberg finally get the ball down inside the Bayern half and start moving it around on the edge of the penalty area. Still no sign of creativity though and eventually they're bustled off the ball by the Munich defence.
Here Bayern come again but this time the Nurnberg defence is little more sturdy and Gomez cannot get his shot away.
Bayern smashed nine past Hamburg here not so long ago. Could we be looking at a similar sort of story this afternoon? With the room Jupp Heynckes' men are being afforded by their opponents it's a genuine possibility.
This could easily get embarrassing for the visitors. They've not been out of their own half yet to my knowledge and Bayern aren't showing any signs of letting up.
Assist Claudio Pizarro
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Three and easy for Bayern!! Rafinha fires past a hapless Schafer at his near post. The fullback was completely unmarked in the area and was picked out by Pizarro.
This has been a stroll in the sun for Bayern so far. They are in complete control with minimal effort.
Mario Gomez gets on the end of Shaqiri's cross and heads goalwards but Schafer is able to get both hands to it and hold the effort easily.
Bayern made that second goal look effortless. They haven't got out of first gear here and already they find themselves with an unassailable advantage.
Assist Jerome Boateng
Goal Mario Gomez
GOOOAAALLL!!! Gomez doubles the League champions' advantage! The forward is played through by a slick through ball and the Germany international composes himself before driving low beyond Schafer.
Ribery is seeing a lot of the ball down the left but there isn't much space to work with as he has to settle for a throw on two separate occasions.
The early goal has certainly taken the oomph out of the match. Bayern were pressing early doors but now they have the advantage, they're pretty content to play it around.
Good chance for Pizarro to add a second but is thwarted by Schafer after Gomez finds the Chilean in the penalty area.
Nurnberg have began to see a bit of the ball after their early setback. They've yet to test Starke in the Bayern goal however.
That early goal has put the Allianz Arena into party mode. The stands are bouncing at the moment.
Goal Jerome Boateng
GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Boateng puts Bayern ahead!! Franck Ribery wins a corner after a galloping run down the left flank and is corner is flicked out to the edge of the area where the centre is lurking to crash home a acrobatic volley beyond Schafer in the Nurnberg goal.
The game is minutes old but already Bayern have their opponents penned in on the edge of their box as first Shaqiri and then Van Buyten go close for the hosts.
Nurnberg get the ball rolling in Munich. They're in an all-white kit for this occasion.
The teams are out at the Allianz and we are moments away from kick off. Can the hosts celebrate their title party in style?
A fairly unfamiliar line up from the home side, who rest Schweinsteiger, Muller and Robben to name but a few. There is still a big threat in that line up though and there is plenty of firepower in the form of Ribery and Gomez.
FC NURNBERG: (4-1-4-1) Schäfer; Balitsch, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola; Simons; Frantz, Feulner, Kiyotake, Esswein; Pekhart.
BAYERN: (4-2-3-1) Starke; Rafinha, van Buyten, Boateng, Contento; Tymoshchuk, Can; Shaqiri, Pizarro, Ribéry; Gomez.
Let's get some team news now ahead of kick off, starting with the hosts.
With the league wrapped up, Bayern's attention have turned to securing the rest of their treble and after easing past Juventus midweek to reach the semi finals of the Champions League, Jupp Heynckes has rested a few big names for this one.
Bayern Munich may have wrapped up the title last weekend but the league still isn't finished and neither are the champions. They go in search of their 25th league victory of the season today against Nurnberg at the Allianz Arena. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all this afternoon's action.
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