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Bayern Munich 7-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: Match Awards and Player Ratings

There is sure to be no shortage of players to pick from to give awards to in this 7-0 romp

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Tip Of The Cap: Mario Götze

Much of Bayern's vaunted attack came through the left side, and Mario was a big part of that. He also drew a crucial foul while he was taking a run to the goal on a clear goal scoring opportunity. It wasn't a dirty foul, and he definitely sold it. But, it was as clear a foul as they come and the resulting red card all but took Shakhtar out of this match. His efforts in the attack finally paid off for him as he scored the game's final goal in the 87th minute.

Golf Clap: Franck Ribery

The other half of that left side attack, Ribery, turned in a fantastic if not truncated performance. If he hadn't received an errant kick to the ankle and needed to be subbed off, Ribs could have easily had himself another two or three goals. His replacement, Juan Bernat did a fine job, but there's a reason the attack came more through the middle and the right side after Ribs subbing off. He showed great patience with the ball at his feet, waiting for his shooting lane to open and when it did, he buried it.

Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski

Much of the story from this match seemed to revolve around when, not if, Lewa would finally break through and get his goal. He had eight total shots, four of them on goal (both team highs) and saw two of those shots get deflected to his teammates who poached those goals. Lewandowski was relentless this match and clearly would not be stopped from getting one on the scoresheet for himself, an effort which would come to fruition in the 75th minute on a goal born out of sheer will and determination. Any questions of whether he can be a Champions League striker for Bayern should be put to rest, this was one of his finest performances.

Meister Of The Match: Jerome Boateng

The fact that he even got on the scoresheet is enough to warrant placement on the awards list. However, Boa did so much more than just tap in a deflected shot from Lewa. He was solid as a rock in the back end with six clearances and five interceptions, a few of which came on a possible build up to a Shakhtar counter attack. There's a reason Shakhtar only managed three total shots, zero of which were on target. He was also good with the ball at his feet, completing 90% of his passes and five out of seven long balls he attempted. He also showed a little grit when Ribery got elbowed in the back of the head by Douglas Costa, Boa got right in his face to let him know he was having none of it. Yes, he got a yellow card, but I think it was a pretty good message to send that Bayern wasn't going to stoop to such levels. Outside of that yellow, Boa was as mistake free as you could want to have. One of his finest performances, which he thankfully seems to save for the Champions League matches.

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