Created on 12-09-2009 at 00:00 AM
Bayern sent out an unmistakeable message to their Bundesliga rivals on Saturday with a thumping first win in Dortmund since 2005, ending Borussia's 19-match unbeaten run at home in clinical style. The men from Munich made an uncertain start but turned up the heat after half-time to register an emphatic second win of the season.
The huge 80,552 capacity crowd packed into Signal Iduna Park saw Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez trade goals in a first half dominated first by the home side and later by the increasingly assured visitors.
Bastian Schweinsteiger duly blasted Bayern in front just five minutes after the restart, before Franck Ribery made it three with a sublime direct free-kick 15 minutes later. Sub Thomas Müller added a fourth 12 minutes from time, and rubbed salt into Borussia's wounds with a belter of a fifth before the end.
The win takes the Bavarians up to fourth in the Bundesliga standings on eight points from five games, but perhaps more importantly at this stage, means FCB go into Tuesday's Champions League opener away to Maccabi Haifa with their confidence soaring.