The players zip-zapped around the pitch; Bremen were seemingly doomed from the opening seconds. However, until the 19th minute, all Bayern had to show for their efforts was a solitary shot from Mario Götze. That shot was off target. With 19 minutes played on the clock, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found David Alaba who crossed for Thomas Müller; under pressure from the defender guarding him, the lanky forward managed to send the ball back to his captain, who, lo behold, scored! Lahm's strike took a slight defection along the way and gave Bayern the advantage.
Seven minutes later, yet another unusual scorer got on the score sheet in the most unusual and cheeky manner. When Bremen were regular Champions League group stage finishers, they played Barcelona in the 2006-07 season. A draw against Barca would have taken them through to the Round of 16 but that, of course, was not going to happen. Ronaldinho, from a free kick, hit the ball along the ground. The wall, containing a certain Miro Klose, jumped and the ball crept into the back of the net.
Bremen were reminded of that moment today.
Thomas Müller, David Alaba and Xabi Alonso lined up to take a free kick. Alaba ran across to the left and Müller to the right (no, he did not slip this time) allowing Alonso to take the kick. He hit the ball somewhat softly and watched it glide under the feet of the air bound Bremen players into the back of the net. The crowd were in awe and applauded the brilliance of the unusual scorer.
Two quick goals before half time ensured Bayern the points. Firstly, Müller was fouled by Sebastian Prödl just outside the box. The referee deemed it a foul inside the box and signaled for a penalty. Müller himself took the penalty and scored. While TV replays were showing the penalty, Mario Götze was busy showing his talents to the crowd. He collected a pass from Alaba, turned on a six pence and hit the back of the net for 4-0.
The second half began in the same manner as the first. Bayern dominated and made some very entertaining substitutions. They continued to dominate and finally struck a fifth in the 79th minute. Again, this goal was scored by an unusual scorer. Interplay between Xherdan Shaqiri and Lahm resulted in Lahm collected the ball very close to goal. Raphael Wolf did not have a chance against the diminutive right back turned midfielder.
Mario Götze added another for good measure to change the score to six. The referee, pitying Bremen, stopped the clock a few seconds before the end of normal time. In the end, one look at Bayern's million dollar bench (in terms of current market value) showed the disparity between the two sides. The best Bremen could offer off the bench was Nils Petersen, a man who had a short stint at Bayern.
Bayern's football was simply heartwarming today. Congratulations to Lahm for a rare double. Bayern's lead at the top over two of their closest rivals from last season, Leverkusen (3-3 against Stuttgart after leading 0-3) and Borussia Dortmund (2-1 against Köln) increased as a result. Next, Bayern heads to Italy to play Francesco Totti's Roma.