Created on 20-08-2011 at 00:00 AM
Bayern thrillingly hit their stride for the first time this season in a thumping 5-0 demolition of hapless Hamburg on Saturday, as a host of Munich’s star men turned in electrifying performances against the shell-shocked visitors. FCB thrashed HSV 6-0 when the northerners last visited the Bavarian capital in March, but on this evidence, the Munich fans can look forward to even better attacking football this season.
The 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the alert and lively home side dominate from the off and race into a two-goal lead through Daniel van Buyten and Franck Ribery. Arjen Robben added a sublime third before half-time, and it could easily have been more had Thomas Müller’s shot not come back off the post. Mario Gomez opened his account for the season with the hour mark approaching, and sub Ivica Olic made it five with ten minutes remaining to round off a cracking victory.
The emphatic win sees Bayern up to six points from their three league fixtures so far this season, firmly establishing Jupp Heynckes’ team in the upper reaches of the nascent standings. Munich’s next match is Tuesday’s Champions League play-off return at the Letzigrund stadium in Zürich, followed by the fourth Bundesliga fixture of the 2011/12 campaign away to Kaiserslautern on Saturday afternoon.