FC Bayern 5-0 Hamburg SV

Posted on August 20, 2011

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FC BAYERN secured their first home victory of the season with a 5-0 thrashing of rivals Hamburg SV at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians were looking to replicate the stunning 6-0 victory over Die Rothosen from March and they squandered a sackload of chances to do just that.

Goals from Daniel Van Buyten, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and substitute Ivica Olic secured the points for Jupp Heynckes men who were in full control for the 90 minutes.

Luis Gustavo’s winning goal at the Volskwagen Arena gave Jupp Heynckes his first win of the campaign as FC Bayern coach but it didn’t stop the Bavarians making three changes to the starting line-up.

Daniel Van Buyten made a return to first-team action and replaced Jerome Boateng in the heart of the defence. Ukrainian midfielder Anatoly Tymoshuck made his first start of the season and he started ahead of Gustavo.

The third change was Arjen Robben’s inclusion ahead of Toni Kroos with the Dutch winger impressing in the midweek qualifier with FC Zurich.

Michael Oenning made three changes for Hamburg and went for a more conservative approach at the Allianz Arena. Midfielders David Jarolim and Tomas Rincon came in alongside Westermann to make it a solid 4-3-3.

Marcell Jansen replaced Eljero Elia on the left-side of the attack and HSV were without Mladen Petric for the North-South derby.

FC Bayern 5-0 Hamburg: 90 minutes

The home side looked determined to secure their first home win of the Bundesliga season and they quickly called Jaroslav Drobny in to action when Ribery’s cross was met by Robben’s tame header.

Hamburg’s inability to defend was their downfall again on 13 minutes when Robben’s free-kick was headed in to the net by Daniel Van Buyten with very little challenge from a Rothosen defender.

FC Bayern soon had their second goal through Franck Ribery when he fired home with his left-foot after Thomas Muller’s neat cut-back.

Drobny was on hand to make an excellent reflex save from Mario Gomez when the former Stuttgart striker should have scored from Arjen Robben’s free-kick.

And the Hamburg goalkeeper was soon picking the ball out of his net for a third time when Arjen Robben skipped past Aogo with ease and cooly slotted the ball under Drobny.

FC Bayern continued at their explosive tempo and Thomas Muller squandered another very good chance when Gomez crossed from the left for the attacking midfielder who scuffed his shot wide of the post.

On 57 minutes, Gomez added his name to the scoresheet with his first goal of the season for Bayern. The striker fought his way through the HSV rearguard and as the ball headed out of play, he somehow managed to crack the ball home from a tight angle in to the net.

Gomez was gifted another great chance by shambolic defending from the Hamburg defence and Jaroslav Drobny spilled Muller’s shot in to the path of last season’s top goalscorer, but he couldn’t convert.

The hosts added a fifth when former Hamburg striker Ivica Olic fired home from inside the box after Holger Badstuber flicked-on a cross from the left-hand side of the box.

The Reds’ home fans urged the team on to add a 6th goal in the final minutes but thankfully for Drobny, he did not have to pick the ball out of the back of the net another time.

FCB: Classy, ruthless and on fire

After a rather dodgy start to the campaign, FC Bayern sent out a statement of intent this afternoon to title challengers Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen with a stunning performance against Hamburg.

This is the FC Bayern style of play that fans were expecting going in to this season with Robben, Ribery, Muller and Gomez giving them one of the strongest attacking sides in Europe.

Van Gaal and Heynckes have both opted for a 4-2-3-1 system at FC Bayern but the tempo was constant under the latter and this afternoon they could have easily scored seven or eight.

The only thing missing from Thomas Muller’s game in recent months has been goals. He should have scored a double, at least, this afternoon and was involved in almost every attack for FC Bayern.

It was interesting to see Ukrainian midfielder Anatoly Tymoshuck slot back in to midfield alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger for the first time this season. For me, it is by far FCB’s strongest pairing as Tymoshuck provides some steel in the middle and allows Schweinsteiger to dictate the play and make forward passes.

If Heynckes have finally found his strongest eleven, watch out Dortmund.

HSV: Arnesen has a decision to make

As I wrote here, Hamburg SV have to sort out their defensive woes following the five goals that they conceded in the first two weekends of the season.

They didn’t – and they have added another five goals to the against column.

The expressions on the faces of the Hamburg board, including sporting director Frank Arnesen, said it all really. They aren’t impressed at all with Michael Oenning’s tenure thus far.

Hamburg certainly haven’t kept the short-term in mind with their signing policy which has highlighted a number of key weaknesses within the squad. At the end of the day, you can’t get rid of Rost, Mathijsen, Ze Roberto and Van Nistelrooy, and then replace them with some untried kids, and still expect to be competing in the Bundesliga.

The back-four had an average age of 22 with the youngest being 19-year-old Jeffrey Bruma who had a torrid time this afternoon.

Just a point from three games has put Hamburg in the bottom half of the table and unless things change within the club, they will be in for a long, hard season.

I wouldn’t put my money on Michael Oenning lasting past October.

MOTM: Arjen Robben (FC Bayern)

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