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Ruthless Bayern annihilate feeble French

Claudio Pizarro blasted a hat-trick in the space of 15 first-half minutes as Bayern thrashed a poor Lille side on Wednesday evening, with the game over as a contest after an utterly one-sided first half-hour in which it was men against boys at times.

The 68,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the sharp and motivated home side roar off the blocks and lead 5-0 with barely more than 30 minutes on the clock, courtesy of well-taken goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, and Pizarro’s quick-fire triple strike.

Jupp Heynckes’ men slowed the pace noticeably at the start of the second half and the visitors’ Salomon Kalou pulled one back on the hour, but sub Toni Kroos restored the five-goal lead and Bayern could even have won by more as the French capitulated towards the end.

With Valencia beating BATE Borisov 4-2, FCB’s third win from four Group F matches means the Bavarians have nine points and move up to second in the standings, level with the Spaniards on points but one shy on goal difference. Heynckes’ men play again this Saturday afternoon when surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt visit the Arena in the Bundesliga.