Bundesliga: Bayern Leave Relegation-Bound Hamburg In The Dust

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 10: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Honess stand together with players and officials during a reception in honor of the heroes of the 1957 (German Cup Winners) and 1967 (European Cup Winners) prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by M. Hangst/Getty Images for FC Bayern )
Bundesliga: Bayern Leave Relegation-Bound Hamburg In The Dust

A hat trick from one of the greatest all-time goalscorers for Jupp Heynckes’s Bayern Munich in Robert Lewandowski paced the hosts to a 6-0 champagne victory over relegation-bound Hamburger SV, now under Bernd Hollerbach’s leadership, at the Allianz Arena. Other goalscorers included Franck Ribery, who scored a brace in the eighth and 81st minutes, and Arjen Robben in the 55th minute. The match was a strong warmup for their UEFA Champions League test match with Besiktas JK in Istanbul on Mar. 14.

“We got off to a very good start, found our way into the match and scored the first three goals very early,” said Heynckes. “It’s hard for our opponents to change the result if we’re three up at the Allianz Arena. It was important to me the team didn’t ease off and that we didn’t allow any chances. It’s important for the next few matches like the one against Besiktas next week.”

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Bayern dominated corners (11 to one), attempts on goal (21 to one), tackles won (56.08 percent to 43.92 percent), passes completed (602 to 133, 90.39 percent to 67.17 percent), touches (844 to 356) and possession (70.33 percent to 29.67) in a one-sided laugher that will surely see Hamburg relegated to the second division in several weeks.

“We got off to a very good start, that’s always the key,” Robben added. “We have to keep going in the Bundesliga, no matter if we’re 20, ten or five points ahead. We can’t only focus on the Champions League. We have to show we’re on form in the Bundesliga matches too.”

A big week awaits Bayern across Europe. In addition to the Champions League (kickoff between Besiktas and Bayern is at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Mar. 14), Bayern continues its roadshow to Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, where RB Leipzig await on Sunday, Mar. 18 (kickoff is at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET). Bayern have a commanding 20 point lead on Schalke 04 and could successfully defend their Bundesliga crown by the end of the month.

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