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back Bundesliga | 24.11.2012 17:25:01

Five-star Bayern hammer Hannover

  • Team effort: Bayern Munich made light work of Hannover 96 with five different players getting their names on the scoresheet
  • Javi Martinez (bottom) started the party with a spectacular overhead kick just three minutes in
  • Toni Kroos then doubled the advantage with an artistic volley
  • French star Franck Ribery also got in on the act before the half was out, netting Bayern's third on 37 minutes
  • Like Martinez before him, summer signing Dante (top) got his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern in the second half
  • Mario Gomez, who netted 26 in the Bundesliga last term, scored Bayern's fifth just 27 seconds after coming on as a substitute

Munich - FC Bayern Munich breezed back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 5-0 victory at home to Hannover 96.

Javi Martinez' first ever Bundesliga goal got the ball rolling just three minutes in, with Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery each adding to the home side's tally before the interval. There were further firsts as Dante and Mario Gomez each got their maiden strikes of the campaign in the second period to cap an unblemished performance from Bayern, who open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Martinez off the mark


Hannover were back in action less than 48 hours after drawing with FC Twente in the UEFA Europa League in midweek and Bayern were quick to take advantage of their lethargy. Thomas Müller's left-foot shot led to a third-minute corner, from which Martinez opened the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick, his first goal for the Bavarian giants since arriving in the summer.

The visitors staged a brief riposte midway through the opening period with Szabolcs Huszti, scorer the last time Hannover won in Munich six years ago, delivering a dangerous free-kick which Mame Diouf headed just wide from an offside position. Lars Stindl also forced Manuel Neuer into an important stop, but Bayern soon regained control of proceedings.

Kroos control


Indeed, Kroos had already gone close prior to doubling the home side's tally on 24 minutes, as the Germany midfielder's beautiful sweeping volley from captain Philipp Lahm's measured cross left Ron-Robert Zieler with no chance in the Hannover goal. Cruising, the record champions further extended their advantage before the interval as Müller picked out the run of Ribery, whose majestic first touch took him away from his marker and freed up the space to place past Zieler for number three.

It was a surprise Bayern's incessant probing down the right did not result in a goal for Mario Mandzukic, who twice could have profited from Lahm and Müller crosses. Instead it was Dante who headed home the fourth, the Brazilian's first goal for the club, from a Kroos free-kick. At the other end Diouf turned and shot ferociously, but Neuer beat away what was by this point a futile attempt to salvage something from the match.

Gomez resumes duty


Any such hopes were well and truly quashed when Gomez was brought on for Mandzukic for the final quarter. Last season's second-top scorer had been on the field for just 27 seconds when he registered his first competitive strike since returning from injury, holding off the challenge of Karim Haggui before curling a cool finish into the far corner.

Considering it was only his second substitute appearance of the season, Gomez looked in fine fettle and could have had a couple more by the end, but Zieler twice denied the towering No33 to save Hannover's blushes and keep their goal difference in the black.

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Andy James reporting from Munich

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