Bayern Munich overwhelmed newly-promoted-yet-in-first-place SC Paderborn on Tuesday to climb to the top of the Bundesliga table.
Elias Kachunga had the first real chance of the game with an acrobatic attempt that sailed quite high over Manuel Neuer's crossbar. The Germany number one never really looked challenged. Then, the flood gates opened.
Bayern took the lead in the 8th minute with the help of Arjen Robben. The winger played a through ball to Thomas Müller. He laid the ball back to Mario Götze who curled a world class strike past Lukas Kruse for the 1-0 advantage. Ten minutes later, TRAUMTOR! Robert Lewandowski unleashed a rocket of a shot that Kruse got his hands to but couldn't keep out of the net. Just like that, it was 2-0 to FC Bayern.
Paderborn had a great opportunity to pull one back around the 23rd minute. Idir Ouali got past Jerome Boateng and Dante on a breakaway and had a clear shot at Neuer's goal. Fortunately for Bayern, he put his shot directly at Neuer. Still, the Bundesliga newcomers can take heart that they already impressed more than Manchester City did in their Champions League match in Munich.
Arjen Robben decided to make you remember that he's pretty darn good at this game after the half hour mark. He "pulled a Robben" when he received the ball at the corner of the box, cut inside onto his left foot, and ripped a curling shot that just missed the far corner. His next side came from the opposite side of the area, and it too missed just wide.
The referee blew the whistle to end the first half without any stoppage time to the relief of Paderborn. Bayern had 77% possession, won 54% of their tackles, and completed 90% of their passes in the first half. That is certainly a comprehensive performance.
Guardiola made a substitution at halftime bringing off Boateng for Rafinha. With Paderborn tiring a bit, they sank deeper into their own half and pressing less. Bayern passed the ball around the Paderborn penalty area trying to find the opportunity to break down the defense.
in the 58th minute, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke Paderborn out on a counter attack. His cross was cleared out by Xabi Alonso, but it was easily Paderborn's most dangerous chance on the day. After some chances for Bayern on the other end, Süleyman Koç forced Neuer into a diving save, but it appeared that the ball was going wide anyway.
Bayern grabbed a third goal in the 78th minute. Robben dribbled down the right side before crossing the ball into the box. Müller got a shot off, but Kruse made an outstanding save to keep the ball out of the net. However, Götze was standing right on the doorstep to hammer the loose ball home to give Bayern the 3-0 advantage.
Robben would continue to terrorize the Paderborn backline. In the 85th minute, he beat his man once again before crossing to the middle. Müller beat Kruse to the ball, and his flick hit the back of the net for 4-0. Robben kept pressing for his goal and nearly got it in the 90th minute when his deflected shot brought a spectacular save out of Kruse.
The referee blew the whistle to end the match, and FC Bayern fund themselves all alone in first place.