Bayern Munich must wait another week before wrapping up the Bundesliga title, but even though the champagne remained on ice, the team were fizzing Saturday as a sparkling showing brought a 9-2 humbling of Hamburg.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Stuttgart to delay the
inevitable but Bayern rammed home their superiority by swamping a Hamburg side which had surrendered by half-time, at which point the northerners were 5-0 down.
One point from their remaining seven matches and the Bavarians — who have managed 10n wins on a roll — will be crowned champions, ending two years of Dortmund domination.
Bayern refused to show their one-time great rivals — Hamburg were European champions in 1983 but have since slumped into mediocrity -- any mercy after the interval, slamming home another four goals as veteran Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro helped himself to a personal tally of four.
Swiss midfielder Kherdan Shaqiri bagged the first with a precise strike on five minutes before Bastian Schweinsteiger headed home a Shaqiri cross after 19 minutes. Pizarro then snatched his first from close range on the half hour before a one-two with Arjen Robben saw the Dutch flier make it four on 33 minutes.
On the stroke of half-time, Pizarro picked up the pieces after Shaqiri had hit the post to leave Hamburg punch drunk.
Eight minutes after the restart, Pizarro was at it again with a neat flick to make it six and he then fed Robben, who gratefully accepted number seven. Thomas Mueller, on for Shaqiri, fed Pizarro for the 34-year-old's fourth, the "Andes Bomber" netting his 164th Bundesliga goal having been given a rare start ahead of the two Marios, Mandzukic and Gomez.