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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s 6-0 demolition of Hamburg

Who did the best? Let’s see.

Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen celebrates with David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen (r) and other players, after he scored a goal to make it 5:0 during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Brothers in arms: Franck Ribery and David Alaba. March 10, 2018.
Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Don’t be ridiculous. They were all garbage.

Tip of the Cap: Arjen Robben. It was a vintage performance from Arjen Robben, as the Dutchman created havoc on Hamburg’s left flank. Supported by Joshua Kimmich, Robben delivered a Robbery masterclass on the right. His linkup play, dribbles, and shooting were all on point. Roben will be disappointed with his tally of just a single goal, as Hamburg presented more than enough opportunities for him to score a hat trick.

Golf clap: Robert Lewandowski. It’s not often that a man who scores a hat trick isn’t the MotM, but that’s the case for Lewandowski. Hamburg allowed him all the space to do whatever he wanted, and the Polish hitman took advantage in a big way — scoring twice in the first half alone. The only reason he finds himself this low on the awards is because of the missed penalty — like Robben, Lewy really should have had more goals on the night.

Standing ovation: Franck Ribery. It really seemed like Franck Ribery turned back the clock against Hamburg. The hapless dinos allowed him all the space in the world and the Frenchman didn’t miss a beat, terrorizing their right flank for the entire game. A pair of goals were just the icing on the cake of a vintage performance from the winger, who will likely use this game to make a case for another contract extension.

Meister of the match: David Alaba. In a game where the home team wins 6-0, you wouldn’t expect the defensive fullback to have put in the best performance — but that’s exactly what David Alaba did. The Austrian continued his fine form under Heynckes, linking up with his good friend Ribery on the left flank and confounding the dinos with his pace and trickery. Alaba’s close control was on point in the game, as he dribbled out of tight spaces and beat the three Hamburg players sent to mark him. If there can be a complaint about Alaba’s performance on the night, it would be the free kicks he took. Gotta get those on target, David.

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