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Record-breaking Bayern seal third-place finish

Rampant Bayern blasted a record eight away goals past outclassed St Pauli on Saturday, sealing third place in the Bundesliga and a Champions League qualifying spot at a minimum, as Andries Jonker’s side made the most of a men-against-boys situation for most of a one-sided afternoon.

The 24,487 full house at the Millerntor stadium in Hamburg saw deadly striker Mario Gomez open the scoring with the first chance of the match, before Daniel van Buyten doubled the lead on the half-hour to confirm the visitors’ effortless superiority.

Pauli came out fighting for the second half, but FCB killed off the brief rally with a double whammy on 53 minutes, Gomez netting his 26th goal of the season and Arjen Robben blasting home from close range. Franck Ribery made it five a quarter-hour from time, but although Marcel Eger headed a consolation for the home side, the gulf in class was evidenced by further goals for Robben, Gomez and Ribery before the end.

The win, coupled with Hannover’s 2-1 defeat to Stuttgart, means Munich can finish no lower than third in the Bundesliga, as they lie five ahead of Hannover on 62 points from 33 matches, and are only three off second-placed Leverkusen with one game to go. The Bavarians can still finish second if they win their final match of the campaign, the home meeting with VfB Stuttgart next Saturday, and Leverkusen lose away to Freiburg.