Created on 25-09-2012 at 00:00 AM
Brilliant Bayern celebrated chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s birthday on Tuesday evening with a scintillating victory over hapless Wolfsburg, as the Reds set a new Bundesliga record by scoring 17 goals and conceding only two in winning their first five matches. Jupp Heynckes’ men played the toothless Wolves off the park for long spells and moved clear at the top of the league with arguably their best display of the season so far.
The 71,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw the home side toy with their opponents in an utterly one-sided first half, Bastian Schweinsteiger hitting the post twice in the first 20 minutes before finally striking the long-overdue opener four minutes later. The only criticism of Heynckes’ side was their failure to lead by more at the interval after a host of chances either went begging or were clawed away by Wolves keeper Diego Benaglio.
The men in red made up for that in the second half, as superb build-up play by Xherdan Shaqiri set up Mario Mandzukic to double the lead just before the hour, the Croat hitman completing his brace a few minutes later with another powerful header. There were more chances before the end, but Schweinsteiger and Co showed mercy and left it at an emphatic 3-0 victory.
The result means Bayern maintain their perfect start to the league campaign with the maximum 15 points from five matches, now two clear of Eintracht Frankfurt and five ahead of Schalke. Munich are next in action away to Bremen on Saturday, before the Champions League trip to BATE Borisov three days later.