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Mario Götze brace dispatches Hannover 96, Bayern Munich win 3-1

A first half party gave way to a scrappy second half as Bayern Munich finish out the season with a win

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This was a cake walk party for Bayern Munich. Having already secured the Bundesliga Mesiterschale last week in Ingolstadt and with Hannover already having been relegated since what feels like Christmas, the 34th matchday of the Bundesliga was always just going to be a party. And boy was it ever as Bayern Munich walked to a thunderous ______ victory.

Robert Lewandowski started the party off right, scoring his 30th Bundesliga goal in the 12th minute. A throughball from Thiago found Kinglsey Coman on the left and the resulting cross squibbed into the middle for Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker thundered home, aided by a slight deflection that wrong footed Ron Robert Zieler. That goal makes Lewandowski just the 6th player in Bundesliga history to reach that mark and the first in nearly four decades.

For Bayern's part, the first half was just a party against an inept Hannover side that couldn't keep a defensive shape that didn't resemble melting jello. Mario Götze, in addition to being an absolute nightmare in the middle, got in on the action in the 28th minute. Breaking through the Hannover defense before chipping the on-rushing Ron Robert Zieler his goal just dropped into the next. Robert Lewandowski was there to pounce, but instead showed true teammate class and let Mario Götze have his first Bayern goal in over six months.

Mario Götze notched his second of the match in the 54th minute, a surgical strike into the near post following a corner. But despite that goal, Bayern Munich couldn't keep the party going against a resurgent Hannover 96. The visitors put Bayern under pressure, forcing mistakes and creating havoc among the Bayern lines. It was a 180 degree turnaround from their lethargic first half display.

Moving Philipp Lahm to midfield in after the substitution of Kingsley Coman unsettled the Bayern midfield and gave Hannover chance after chance while the team re-oriented itself. One of which Arthur Sobiech buried to cut the Bayern lead. It took Bayern nearly 10 minutes to regain some semblance of control, but it was clear that the party nature of the game had disappeared from Bayern's play. Just as it disappeared from Pep Guardiola's demeanor. They were focused and determined for the final 15 minutes, seeing out the match en route to their 25th Bundesliga trophy.

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