Bayern Munich reasserted their overwhelming stranglehold on German football on Saturday by thrashing sorry Hamburg 8-0 at the Allianz Arena.
Doubles from Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze and further strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery maintained Bayern’s eight point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
In the process, Bayern set a number of records. It was their biggest win in over 30 years, with the last time they won so handsomely being a 9-0 triumph over Kickers Offenbach in March 1984. It was also the third biggest scoreline ever posted by the Bavarians - number one being an 11-1 battering of Borussia Dortmund in November 1971.
For the first time in his club career, Muller was directly involved in four Bundesliga goals – also assisting two strikes in this game. Gotze’s double means that Hamburg are now his favourite team to play against, having hit six goals in nine appearances versus the northerners.
Robben is also now having the best club season of his career statistically, having been directly involved in 17 goals in his 17 Bundesliga games – three of them assists. He has 10 goals in his last 10 matches.
For Hamburg, who haven’t won any of their last 13 competitive matches against Bayern, it was their heaviest league defeat since the Bundesliga was formed in 1963.
In better news for Hamburg, their embarrassing loss fell some way short of the heaviest defeat in Bundesliga history. Borussia Dortmund’s 12-0 humiliation to Borussia Monchengladbach in April 1978 stands as the biggest ever margin in a top-flight clash in Germany.