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Bayern Munich 5-0 Hamburg | Match Awards and Player Ratings

Bayern start the Bundesliga season off with a 5-0 romp of Hamburg. Here are four players who really stood out

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Tip Of The Cap: Arturo Vidal. The big splash signing of this summer did not have an enviable task in replacing a Bayern Munich legend like Bastian Schweinsteiger. If this game is any indication, it would seem that Vidal is more than up for the task. The Bayern attack flowed through him, and he did not disappoint with a 95% passing accuracy on 127 passes including an impressive 14 of 16 long balls.

Golf Clap: Mehdi Benatia. He has the feather in his cap of being the first goal scorer of the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season, but that's not the primary reason he is on this list. The 28 year old Moroccan international played a big role in limiting the Hamburg attack, slowly suffocating them in to submission. He had a game high six clearances and a whopping 10 arial wins. He also managed to complete 95% of his passes, most of them coming from his own end to start the build up. Benatia was a back line bully all game long. His goal, a header off a free kick, was a perfect example his arial skills and strength.

Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller. Plagued by transfer rumors, one has to imagine that Thomas Müller wanted nothing more than to start this season off with a bang and focus on the long season for his club of 15 years. Well, he certainly did that with two emphatic goals to open up his scoring account. He may have only had three shots on goal, but whenever the ball was at his feet, the Hamburg defense took notice. He used his superb dribbling skills to tear their defense to ribbons and open up chances for his teammates. Hard to imagine he was the third youngest player among the starting XI.

Meister Of The Match: Douglas Costa. The "other" brand spanking new summer signing proved to be a fantastic get for Bayern. After suffering a kick to the back of his heel that threatened to take him out of the match early on, Costa never quit and played hard through any pain he must have been feeling. His speed, quickness, and aggressiveness on the ball will surely remind Bayern fans of a young, fit Franck Ribery. His assist to Thomas Müller was a result of a refusal to give up on the play, an unworldly burst of speed to beat the ball to the goal line and an incredible bit of skill to fire a pinpoint cross with the outside half of his left foot. Just for kicks (pun intended) he delivered a devastating strike to put the icing on the cake and run the score up to 5-0.

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