FC Bayern München needed a late Joshua Kimmich goal to see off stubborn Hamburger SV on Matchday 5.
Goals: 0-1 Kimmich (87')
After brushing aside Hertha Berlin in midweek, a much-changed Bayern side did not have things entirely their own way in a keenly contested first half at the Volksparkstadion, and might have fallen behind inside two minutes but for a tame finish from Nabil Bahoui at the end of an incisive breakaway. HSV threatened again as Javier Martinez was forced to make a crucial interception to deny Nicolai Müller a sight of Manuel Neuer's goal, with headed efforts from Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman the closest Bayern came to breaking the deadlock at the other end.
Bayern showed a marked improvement after the restart, despite losing Mats Hummels to injury at the start of the second half, but found Rene Adler in inspired form between the Hamburg goalposts. A point-black save from Lewandowski was followed by further moments of brilliance to thwart David Alaba and Thomas Müller, before substitute Franck Ribery put a late goal on a plate for Kimmich to break Hamburg hearts and extend Bayern's winning start to five Bundesliga matches.
Much like the FC Schalke 04 game on Matchday 2, Bayern ground out the win despite being far from their best. No matter who Carlo Ancelotti puts out, they just seem to get the job done.
- Bayern are unbeaten in their last 16 matches with Hamburg (W13, D3).Lahm is now level with current chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 11th place on Bayern's list for most Bundesliga appearances (310).HSV have lost four successive matches for the first time under Labbadia.
Hamburg: Adler - Sakai, Djourou (c), Spahic, Santos - Ekdal (Lasogga 90'), Jung - N. Müller, Holtby, Bahoui (Kostic 67') - Wood (Gregoritsch 83')
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Hummels (Boateng 51'), Martinez, Alaba - Kimmich, Thiago - T. Müller, Sanches (Vidal 62'), Coman (Ribery 62') - Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti