Nine-goal Bayern on the brink of Bundesliga title
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.sports Updated: Mar 31, 2013 23:34 IST
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.
First Published: Mar 31, 2013 23:32 IST