FC Bayern München signed off their Bundesliga campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over Hannover 96 in Pep Guardiola’s final league game in charge.
After Guardiola, who has led the club to a record fourth consecutive league title this season, was honoured before kick-off with a trophy and an ovation from the supporters, his side began the game at a predictably fast pace.
Arturo Vidal hooked an acrobatic volley over and Franck Ribery went close with a swerving effort, but Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring when he shot past Ron-Robert Zieler. It was a record-breaking goal for the Poland international, who is now the first player to score 30 goals in a league season since Dieter Müller in 1976/77. Ivor Fossum blazed over the bar for the visitors, but the home side continued to dominate and Mario Götze doubled the lead with a cool chip.
Götze then lashed in a third after the break, before Hannover pulled one back when Artur Sobiech held off Jerome Boateng to finish calmly past substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. Edgar Prib wasted two good chances to reduce the arrears for already-relegated Hannover, but Bayern were always in control and saw out the result comfortably to cap another fine domestic campaign and give Guardiola the perfect Bundesliga send-off.
Man of the match
Lewandowski will grab the headlines for his record-breaking strike, but it was Götze that stood out for the home side. The 23-year-old notched his first Bundesliga goals since the 5-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in October and pulled off a number of neat touches and flicks.
Once the dust settles on Bayern’s championship celebrations, the club’s players, management and staff will no doubt reflect on the imminent departure of Guardiola as coach. Victory here means the Spaniard won 82 of his 102 Bundesliga matches in charge, giving him a win percentage of 80.4 per cent, higher than any coach in Bayern – and the Bundesliga’s – history. The Bayern coach with the next best record is Ottmar Hitzfeld with 58.4 per cent, while in the Bundesliga it is Sascha Lewandowski on 60 per cent.
- Lewandowski has now scored the most goals of any foreign player in a Bundesliga season, beating the 29 scored by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for FC Schalke 04 in 2011/12.
- The Pole is also the first to score 30 goals in a Bundesliga season since Dieter Müller for 1. FC Köln in 1976/77.
- Manuel Neuer, who was substituted before Hannover scored, kept 21 clean sheets this season, a new Bundesliga record.
- Four of Sobiech’s seven league goals this term have come under new coach Daniel Stendel.
Bayern: Neuer (Ulreich 51’) – Lahm (c), Benatia, Boateng (Rode 78’), Alaba – Vidal – Coman (Rafinha 61’), Götze, Thiago, Ribery – Lewandowski
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Hannover: Zieler (c) – Arkenberg, Anton, Sane, Albornoz – Schmiedebach, Fossum – Klaus (Dierßen 71’), Sulejmani (Gülselam 61’), Prib – Sobiech
Coach: Daniel Stendel