Munich - FC Bayern München brushed aside Croatian outfit GNK Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 on Tuesday evening to pull away at the top of UEFA Champions League Group F.
BAYERN 5–0 DINAMO
1-0 (Costa 13’), 2-0 (Lewandowski 21’), 3-0 (Götze 25’), 4-0 (Lewandowski 28’), 5-0 (Lewandowski 55’)
Pep Guardiola’s men began they game as they so often do: by dominating possession and starving the opposition of the ball. It was one-way traffic towards the visitors’ goal early on and it was not long before the pressure took its toll. Douglas Costa beat Eduardo at his near post to open the scoring, before Thiago pounced on a defensive mistake to tee up Robert Lewandowski for the second.
Moments later Mario Götze made it 3-0 following a neat one-two inside the box with Kingsley Coman, and shortly after that Lewandowski struck his ninth goal in under a week after flicking in Costa’s corner. The match continued in the same vein after the break, with Lewandowski completing his hat-trick following exquisite work from Costa and Thiago to set him up. Bayern looked to add to the scoreline right until the final whistle, but Dinamo were in damage limitation mode by then and prevented what could easily have been a much heavier defeat.
Man of the match
The Bundesliga leaders were superb collectively at the Allianz Arena, with eye-catching performances from Thiago, Joshua Kimmich and Costa. However, once again it was Lewandowski who stood out, unnerving Dinamo’s defence with his movement and physical strength and scoring three decisive goals to seal the victory.
This match underlined just how devastating Bayern are at present. They have won every game this season, scored 19 goals in their five most recent competitive and fixtures and conceded just once. A formidable return going into the biggest match of the campaign so far: Sunday’s ‘Klassiker’ against Borussia Dortmund.
- Bayern ruthlessly ended Zagreb’s remarkable 54-game unbeaten run.
- Lewandowski has now scored 14 goals in all competitions so far this season.
- Bayern had 29 shots on goal to Dinamo’s seven, and enjoyed 71 per cent possession.
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Boateng (Rafinha 64’), Alaba, Bernat (Martinez 46’) – Thiago, Kimmich – Coman, Götze, Costa (Müller 58’) – Lewandowski
Dinamo: Eduardo – Matel, Benkovic (Santos 46’), Taravel, Pivaric – Machado (Rog 61’), Ademi - Soudani, Antolic, Fernandes – Pjaca (Henriquez 69’)