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Ruthless Bayern annihilate feeble French

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:50 pm

Claudio Pizarro blasted a hat-trick in the space of 15 first-half minutes as Bayern thrashed a poor Lille side on Wednesday evening, with the game over as a contest after an utterly one-sided first half-hour in which it was men against boys at times.

The 68,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the sharp and motivated home side roar off the blocks and lead 5-0 with barely more than 30 minutes on the clock, courtesy of well-taken goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, and Pizarro's quick-fire triple strike.

Jupp Heynckes' men slowed the pace noticeably at the start of the second half and the visitors' Salomon Kalou pulled one back on the hour, but sub Toni Kroos restored the five-goal lead and Bayern could even have won by more as the French capitulated towards the end.

With Valencia beating BATE Borisov 4-2, FCB's third win from four Group F matches means the Bavarians have nine points and move up to second in the standings, level with the Spaniards on points but one shy on goal difference. Heynckes' men play again this Saturday evening when surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt visit the Arena in the Bundesliga.

Heynckes made three enforced changes to the side which convincingly beat Hamburg at the weekend, with Javi Martinez, Robben and Pizarro coming in for Kroos (stomach bug, bench), Luiz Gustavo (sprain) and Mario Mandzukic (flu).

That meant the FCB starting line-up comprised Manuel Neuer in goal, with a back four of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Dante and captain Philipp Lahm, Schweinsteiger and Martinez in central midfield, Franck Ribery and Robben out wide, Thomas M�ller in the hole, and Pizarro as the target man.

Lille boss Rudi Garcia brought in five new faces compared to the 1-0 defeat on home soil in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, with Mathieu Debuchy, Marko Basa, former Hamburg man David Rozehnal, Benoit Pedretti and Dimitri Payet coming into the side.

Few could have predicted the mismatch of a first half that was to follow after Romanian referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan whistled play underway on a bracing autumn night in Munich, but FCB's intent was clear from the start as Lille keeper Mickael Landreau denied M�ller a fourth-minute opener with a brave save.

The miss mattered little when Schweinsteiger curled in a delightful direct free-kick just a minute later to open the scoring and put the home side firmly in the driving seat. M�ller skied a glorious opportunity to double the lead after a corner just two minutes later, but although Nolan Roux did nod a rare Lille chance just over Neuer's bar, the visitors' brief attempt at resistance ended when Pizarro exchanged passes with Ribery and cracked home the second from the edge of the box with 18 minutes played.

Robben netted the third midway through the half with another direct free-kick, although this one did take a wicked deflection off Florent Balmont, and Pizarro was in on the act again five minutes later, flicking home the fourth after M�ller released Lahm for a dart to the by-line and cross. Even at 4-0 to the good, Bayern were not finished yet and Pizza chalked up a rapid-fire hat-trick after 33 minutes. Schweinsteiger released Lahm in space on the left with a glorious 40-yard pass, the captain sending over a whipped cross for the Peru hitman to head past Landreau.

Heynckes' men did let up slightly now and Neuer made a couple of routine takes, but there was always danger when FCB broke and Landreau stood up well to palm Robben's chip round the post, before Alaba showed lovely feet in the box but poked the last chance of the half wide of the target.

Garcia made a couple of changes at the break in an effort to avoid a debacle, and with the home side clearly now out to do the minimum necessary, the visitors gave it a go for a spell. Kalou, back on the ground where he won the Champions League with Chelsea a few months earlier, saw his speculative 58th-minute belter deceive Neuer and bounce down off the crossbar and over the line.

Kroos replaced M�ller on the hour and needed only six minutes to add the sixth for FCB, stroking home with Landreau wrong-footed from yet another Lahm assist. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk took over from the fuming Schweinsteiger, aggrieved at a very harsh yellow card from the match official, and Xherdan Shaqiri replaced Ribery for the closing stages.

The Lille defence scrambled Robben's shot away after a delightful move involving Shaqiri and Kroos, a chip from sub Marvin Martin looped onto Neuer's crossbar, Debuchy cleared off the line from Robben, and the Dutch ace was thwarted yet again by Landreau as the match meandered to a close.

Live match report for by Chris Hamley
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Re: Ruthless Bayern annihilate feeble French

Postby lau03143 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:26 pm

Brilliant headline!
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