Jersey Swap: Kyriakos Papadopoulos (copy-paste FTW). Ask any Bayern Munich player who was the most annoying Hamburg player on the pitch, and “Papadopoulos” will be their answer (or maybe not, considering his tongue-twister of a name). The Greek defender was a constant thorn in the side of the Bavarians, getting in the way of every carefully orchestrated attack and making Robert Lewandowski’s life very difficult. If not for his interventions, Bayern might have scored at least a few more.
Tip of the Cap: Thomas Muller. It’s not often that a 10-minute cameo can decide the outcome of a game, but that’s what Thomas Muller did. Coming on for the underwhelming James Rodriguez at half time, Muller promptly assisted Corentin Tolisso for Bayern’s first (and only) goal of the game. Bayern fans will hope that his injury was not too serious, as he had to be subbed off for Thiago soon after the goal.
Golf Clap: Thiago Alcantara. Coming on for Thomas Muller in the 55th minute, Thiago made the most of his time on the pitch by stabilizing Bayern’s imbalanced midfield and providing some much needed control and attacking impetus in the final third. A hit on the post in the 70th minute could have easily been a goal on another day, but Bayern’s midfield maestro once again showed why he is one of the best.
Standing Ovation: Corentin Tolisso. The sole goalscorer on the night, Corentin Tolisso didn’t have a flying start to the game. Seemingly mismatched alongside Arturo Vidal in midfield, the Frenchman struggled to stamp his authority on the game. However, he grew into it as the game wore on, improving noticeably in the second half. His goal in the 52nd minute was a case of being in the right place at the right time, as he was well placed to receive the pass from Muller inside the box. He was unlucky to not have a brace on the night, hitting the post on a header from a corner.
Meister of the Match: Kingsley Coman. How good is this kid? Kingsley Coman put in another scintillating performance on the left wing, regularly beating his man and sending in dangerous balls into the box. If not for some dubious finishing by his teammates, the young Frenchman could’ve easily had a hat trick of assists on the night. He was also the player who drew the foul that got Gideon Jung sent off, as his pace was far too much for the Hamburg midfielder to match. If Coman keeps up performances like these, then Bayern Munich may have found the answer to this question: “Who is Franck Ribery’s successor?”