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Cauldron of joy

Allianz Arena in raptures after gala display

The players turned in a gala display, Uli Hoeneß and Jürgen Klinsmann swapped regular high-fives, the crowd was in raptures, and Miroslav Klose ended a long scoring drought: there were precious few grounds for complaint after Bayern’s 4-1 win over Hertha BSC Berlin on Sunday. “We’ve seen a wonderful game with some wonderful moves,” declared Uli Hoeneß “I’m very, very happy, and the fans are ecstatic.“

Indeed, the Allianz Arena was a cauldron of joy after Bayern’s first league win of the season. “The crowd’s reaction confirmed it was a great game from us,” said Philipp Lahm, describing the first three-pointer of the new campaign as “very important. It’ll calm things down after we opened with two draws.“

Both the win and the extravagant style in which it was achieved brought the Allianz Arena to its feet. “It was really enjoyable,” said Jürgen Klinsmann, confirming he was “obviously happy“ with his maiden Bundesliga victory as a coach. “But the most satisfying aspect was the way we approached the game,” the coach remarked.