Bay­ern Mu­nich kick off 2015 sea­son with a 5-0 pum­melling of Ham­burg

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY NE­SHA STARCE­VIC

Bay­ern Mu­nich kicked off its bid for an un­prece­dented fourth straight Bun­desliga ti­tle by cruis­ing past hap­less Ham­burger SV 5-0 on Fri­day.

In the open­ing match of the Bun­desliga sea­son, de­fender Medhi Be­na­tia scored the first goal by head­ing in a free kick from Xabi Alonso in the 27th minute.

Bay­ern dom­i­nated the match but Ham­burg held on well un­til fall­ing apart in the sec­ond half.

Thomas Mueller scored twice af­ter the break and Robert Le­wandowski and new­comer Dou­glas Costa added the other goals.

“We are still hun­gry de­spite all the suc­cess we’ve had,” Mueller said. “We kept on play­ing even af­ter we scored the sec­ond. We want to keep this men­tal­ity.”

Ham­burg barely avoided rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son in a play­off and hardly cre­ated any chances against the de­fend­ing cham­pion, which had nearly 80 per­cent of the pos­ses­sion.

“We have to send the right sig­nals, we don’t want any­one to think they can com­pete with us,” Bay­ern’s di­rec­tor Matthias Sam­mer said.

Hav­ing con­ceded 30 goals in its last five league vis­its to Mu­nich, Ham­burg be­gan cau­tiously, us­ing six de­fend­ers and clos­ing the space.

“It was very dif­fi­cult, they only de­fended but we played bet­ter in the sec­ond half,” Bay­ern coach Pep Guardi­ola said.

Guardi­ola is in the fi­nal sea­son of his three-year deal and has been vague about his fu­ture.

Le­wandowski used a poor clear­ance to dou­ble Bay­ern’s lead in the 52nd and then fed Mueller for his first in the 69th. Mueller rounded Ham­burg’s goal­keeper Rene Adler as Ham­burg’s game plan started un­rav­el­ling.

Mueller scored his sec­ond in the 72nd when he con­nected with a cross from Dou­glas Costa. The speedy winger caught a dif­fi­cult ball on the right wing in his first Bun­desliga match and sent a per­fect cross with the out­side of his left foot for Mueller to head in

Costa then used some poor de­fend­ing from Ham­burg to score his first Bay­ern goal in the 87th, driv­ing home from just out­side the box.

“We played re­ally well in the first half but then we started mak­ing mis­takes and we couldn’t keep them from scor­ing,” Adler said.

AP

Bay­ern’s Thomas Mueller cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his side’s third goal dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween FC Bay­ern Mu­nich and Ham­burger SV in Mu­nich, south­ern Ger­many, Fri­day, Aug. 14.

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