Two goals in the space of seven first-half minutes gave FC Bayern München a comfortable 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 14.
Hertha were on the back foot from the word go at the Allianz Arena, with Robert Lewandowski collecting Philipp Lahm’s sensational reverse pass and striking the inside of the post after nine minutes. Monopolising possession like only they know how, Bayern got the goal their dominance deserved when Thomas Müller powered in Arturo Vidal’s right-wing corner. Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein thwarted Vidal and Sebastian Langkamp cleared an effort from Medhi Benatia off the line, before Kingsley Coman rubber-stamped a dominant first-half showing by volleying home Javi Martinez’s sensational first-time cross.
The second half followed a familiar pattern as Bayern once again set up camp in the Hertha half. Lewandowski dragged wide from Martinez and forced a brave save out of Jarstein, before Vidal twice went close with dipping efforts of his own. Hertha enjoyed only sporadic spells of possession, although Genki Haraguchi did manage to force a save from Manuel Neuer. Salomon Kalou perhaps should have reduced the arrears late on, but the Cote d’Ivoire international’s miss ensures Bayern’s run of not conceding a second-half Bundesliga goal all season continues.
Man of the match
Martinez appears to be back to his best following a serious knee ligament injury. The Spain international made light work of his bread and butter defensive duties and got forward on more than one occasion to lend his refined expertise to Bayern’s attacking endeavours.
Bayern lined up without the services of Douglas Costa, Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba and Arjen Robben, but it mattered not once the whistle sounded. Never before have the record Bundesliga champions been blessed with such strength in depth from back to front.
- Bayern’s opening goal was their 2300th in the Bundesliga on home soil.
- Müller is now on 13 Bundesliga goals. He has never scored more in a single season.
- Xabi Alonso and Vidal saw more of the ball combined than the entire Hertha team in the first half.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Boateng (Rode 66’), Benatia, Rafinha - Alonso, Martinez - Müller, Vidal (Badstuber 84’), Coman - Lewandowski
Hertha: Jarstein - Regäsel, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Lustenberger (c), Skjelbred (Cigerci 56’) - Haraguchi, Darida (Stocker 71’), Kalou - Ibisevic (Baumjohann 56’)