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Bayern Munich thrash Werder Bremen 6-0 to open Bundesliga season

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It was the best of times for Bayern. It was the absolute worst of times for Werder Bremen.

Bayern Muenchen v Werder Bremen - Bundesliga Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Bayern Munich came into this game looking to get their season off on the right foot. And boy did they ever as they eviscerated a helpless Werder Bremen side, 6-0, behind the impressive teamwork of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller.

Bayern for their part decided this game was simply beneath their exertion level and put it away extremely fast early. A poor clearance from Bremen left Xabi Alonso all alone 30 yards out and he had an egregious amount of time to control a bouncing ball and hit a curling volley into the top corner of the net. It was just the 8 minute of the game. Robert Lewandowski doubled the Bayern scoreline in the 13th minute scoring on a 70-yard Franck Ribery throughball that bypassed the entire Bremen outfield team.

The remainder of the first half was unimpressive as Bayern Munich parked the game in cruise control, content to control the game via possession and midfield domination. Arturo Vidal’s aggressive runs into the box opened space for Thiago Alcantara and Xabi Alonso to control the match while Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez cleaned up any balls that came with 10 yards of the half-way line.

For Bremen’s part, their organization was a chaotic mess. Bayern consistently found easy channels to exploit with Franck Ribery leading the charge down the left hand side.

The second half was when Bayern Munich turned on the jets. Robert Lewandowski turned home a long cross from Thomas Müller with a leaping, flailing tap-in just 40 seconds in. While Bremen approached the second half with energy and verve, aggressively pressing and pushing through the Bayern lines, their complete lack of any defensive composure was their undoing as Bayern unlocked them again and again.

Philipp Lahm added Bayern’s fourth with a lung busting run and give and go with Thomas Müller that saw him knock his shot off the far post and in just after 65 minutes. Franck Ribery knocked home Bayern’s fifth minutes later as Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm again combined to unlock the defense.

Even the substitutions of Joshua Kimmich and Rafinha couldn’t halt Bayern. Bremen added self-insult to injury as midfielder Max Eggestein gave away a terrible penalty on Rafinha in the 75th minute, allowing Robert Lewandowski to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot. It was the final straw in a dreadful Werder Bremen performance that Bayern Munich cake walked through.