FC Bayern München continued their 100 per cent winning start under Carlo Ancelotti with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena.
Although both sides started the game as the only Bundesliga clubs to have posted maximum points from their first three matches of the season, there only ever looked like being one winner on the night. Bayern should have made their dominance count long before Franck Ribery capped a mesmeric solo run with the opening goal, but earlier missed chances from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller ensured Hertha went in at the break still with something to play for.
Bayern took their foot off the gas early in the second half and their lack of urgency almost proved costly when Mitchell Weiser played in Hertha substitute Valentin Stocker, whose well-struck effort was beaten away by Manuel Neuer. Bayern soon began to reassert their authority on the contest, however, and after Lewandowski had a goal ruled out for offside, Thiago Alcantara pounced on a mistake by Bundesliga debutant Allan to give the defending champions daylight. Bayern substitute Arjen Robben completed a routine win with his first Bundesliga goal since 2 March.
Another Bayern win - a seventh in a row in all competitions under Ancelotti - and the defending champions did not even hit top gear. You have to worry for Hamburger SV, who have the unenviable task of playing host to Carlo's purring insatiables on Matchday 5.
- Bayern are now unbeaten in their previous 20 matches during Oktoberfest (W17, D3).Ribery has scored as many goals after four matches as he managed in 13 Bundesliga appearances last season.Robben made his first competitive appearance for Bayern since March.Lewandowski has scored as many goals in all competitions in 2016 as the entire Hertha team (28).
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Boateng (Hummels 63'), Martinez, Alaba - Alonso, Thiago - Müller (Robben 65'), Vidal, Ribery (Coman 77') - Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Stark, Plattenhardt - Lustenberger, Esswein (Stocker 59')- Weiser (Allagui 85'), Allan, Haraguchi - Ibisevic (c) (Schieber 59')
Coach: Pal Dardai