Jupp Heynckes celebrated his 1000th Bundesliga game as a manager in style as his Bayern Munich took another huge step to the title with a 6-1 demolition of ten-man Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.
First half goals from Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez set Munich on their way before Franck Ribery’s goal, a brace from Mario Gomez and an own goal from Theodor Gebre Selassie helped send the home side 18 points clear at the top of the table.
Kevin de Bruyne managed to pull one back for Bremen but it was worth nothing to an away side who offered little and looked destined to lose from the moment Sebastian Prodl was dismissed in the 44th minute.
There was a comfortable atmosphere inside the Allianz Arena but it was Bremen who had the first opportunity. Chelsea loanee de Bruyne let fly with a curling effort from 20 yards, but his aim was poor and it flew into the stand.
Arjen Robben forced the first save of the game when his long-range effort was pushed away by Sebastian Mielitz while Manuel Neuer was also called into action when Marko Arnautovic’s sizzling strike was heading towards the bottom corner, and the Germany goalkeeper tipped it around the post.
A clever dummy from Xherdan Shaqiri allowed Ribery’s pass fall through to Mario Gomez but the striker’s shot was deflected wide by Selassie. Unfortunately, Werder’s luck ran out and Bayern took the lead.
Too much space was given to Philip Lahm on the right wing, and the Bayern captain crossed for Robben to tap in his second goal in as many games. That goal opened up the floodgates as the runaway leaders quickly added a second goal.
It was Bayern’s Dutch goalscorer that swung in the cross from the free-kick and Martinez was there to head home to the delight of Heynckes and the Allianz Arena crowd.
Werder had a few chances of their own and could have pulled one back when Selassie headed wide from Aaron Hunt’s cross, but it soon went from bad to worse when Prodl was given a red card.
Martinez played in Gomez who sprang away from the defence and was pulled down by Bremen’s Austrian defender, leaving the referee no choice but to demote the away side down to ten men.
From the free-kick, Shaqiri curled inches over as the party atmosphere continued in the half-time break. Bremen looked lost as they kicked off the second half and it took only four minutes for Bayern to add a third.
A quick free-kick let Gomez race through and he managed to slide across the box with pace aimed towards Robben. It missed the winger, but hit Selassie and bounced into the net for an own goal.
Just two minutes later, it was 4-0. Shaqiri delightfully chipped over the defence to Ribery, and the France winger lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to Gomez, who gleefully wrapped in his first goal of the night and fourth Bundesliga goal of the season.
Robben pulled a volley well wide for Bayern, while up the other end, Arnautovic’s weak shot was easily saved by Neuer.
Despite a poor showing, Bremen managed to show a bit of quality when they pulled one back. Aleksandar Ignjovski crossed the ball low to the back post where de Bruyne popped up to finish brilliantly into the bottom corner, in a special piece of technique.
The goal was Bayern’s first Bundesliga goal conceded since the winter break, but it never affected them as they strode to victory.
Substitute Anatoliy Tymoschuk blazed wide from Robben’s lay-off while the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man curled wide from a free-kick that was in a tough angle.
Robben curled wide again from 18 yards, while De Bruyne and Arnautovic also shot wide for Die Werderaner before another quick-fire double added to Bremen’s embarrassment.
Lahm’s lofted pass found Ribery with space in the box, and the Frenchman’s brilliant volley flew into the top corner past the helpless Mielitz. It truly was a stunning goal, summing up Bayern’s blitzing performance.
Gomez smashed in his ninth goal against Bremen in his career from Robben’s pass to add a sixth for Bayern, as their smashing win further strengthens their claims for the league title.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Dante, Boateng, Lahm, Contento; Ribery, Martinez, Robben, Shaqiri, Luiz Gustavo; Gomez
Werder Bremen: Mielitz; Schmitz, Prodl, Zlatko, Selassie; Lukimya-Mulongoti, De Bruyne, Hunt, Ignjovski, Petersen; Arnautovic
1- Manuel Neuer- 6/10- A spectator for most of the game. All he had to do was pick the ball out of his net from De Bruyne’s goal.
23- Diego Contento- 7/10- Good performance from the left-back, who was given a chance. Was caught out for Werder’s goal but was excellent apart from that.
4– Dante- 7/10- A smooth performance throughout apart from one mistake when giving the ball away for the goal.
17- Jerome Boateng- 6/10- Hardly was needed as Bayern dominated and Bremen failed to cause problems.
21- Philip Lahm- 8/10- Great performance from the Germany captain as he got two assists from attacking runs.
8- Javi Martinez- 9/10- Awesome performance. Took his headed goal really well and was flawless throughout.
30- Luis Gustavo- 7/10- Solid performance as he dominated possession and fed the attackers consistently. Slotted into the side with no problems.
10- Arjen Robben- 9.5/10-Amazing performance from the Dutch winger. Has played himself back into contention with a goal and three assists, after being on the bench lately.
11- Xherdan Shaqiri- 8/10- Great game from the Swiss wonderkid. Unlucky not to score but was a threat throughout.
7- Franck Ribery- 8.5/10- While Robben and Gomez stole the show, Ribery was backing them up with a consistent performance with some delightful passing. His goal was stunning.
33- Mario Gomez- 8/10- Got two goals and was unlucky not to gain a hat-trick. Was guilty of wasting possession a lot though.
44- Anatoliy Tymoschuck- 6/10- Replaced Martinez in the second half and passed the ball well.
14- Claudio Pizarro- 6/10- Got a run-out against his former club, but didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
1- Sebastien Mielitz- 5/10- A goalkeeper that concedes six goals had to have had a bad game. His couldn’t organize a faltering defence. Didn’t stand much chance with goals though.
15- Sebastien Prodl- 2.5/10- Ruined his side’s already slim chances of getting anything out of the game with a stupid decision. His challenge on Gomez was a straight red all day long and it was a ridiculous choice.
5- Assani Lukimya- 5/10- Just like the rest of the Bremen defence, he had a hopeless day. Probably the better of the bad defenders though.
23- Theodor Gebre Selassie- 4/10- Was very unlucky with the own goal but often afforded Bayern too much space all throughout the game.
13- Lukas Schmitz- 4/10- Had a terrible time against Lahm and Robben on the right, which is where Bayern dominated the game from. At fault for the first goal when he lost Robben.
17- Aleksandar Ignjovski- 6/10- Tried his best to compete with Bayern’s stellar midfield and managed to get an assist for de Bruyne’s goal.
6- Kevin de Bruyne- 6/10- His goal was Bremen’s best and only good moment of the game. Showed some good touches too.
16- Zlatko Junuzović- 5/10- Overwhelmed by Bayern’s midfield and the game passed him by. Conceded the free-kick for the second goal.
14- Aaron Hunt- 6/10- Came off at half-time to add some defensive steel after the red card. Showed some promise in the first half though.
24- Nils Petersen- 3/10- Looked completely lost in the game and was left isolated too much.
7- Marko Arnautovic- 6/10- Got into some good positions, but wasted the chances. Didn’t get back to help defence enough.
4- Mateo Pavlovic- 5/10- Replaced Hunt at the break, but never got close to stopping Bayern’s awesome attack.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)
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