Bayern Munich 6-1 Werder Bremen: Rampant Roten smash Schaaf’s side to move 18 points clear

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes celebrated his 1000th Bundesliga match in the best possible fashion, as his charges responded with a dominant 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen to move 18 points clear at the summit.


Arjen Robben and Javier Martinez set their side in motion with first-half strikes, and Kevin De Bruyne’s strike was little more than a consolation for the visitors as an own goal from Theodor Gebre Selassie, Franck Ribery’s effort and two for Mario Gomez ensured a simple three points for Die Roten.

Enjoying a run of imperious form during 2013, Bayern Munich came out in front of their own fans hoping to further extend their dominance at the top of the Bundesliga standings. Die Roten, however, struggled in the early stages to break down a stubborn Bremen side, who pressed hard across the pitch and gave little to their opponents during a tense opening.

Robben was one of the first in red to force a save from Sebastian Mielitz, before Mario Gomez saw his effort blocked after being teed up by an intelligent dummy from Xherdan Shaqiri. The tide was turning though, and the Bavarians made the breakthrough 25 minutes into the first half. Phillipp Lahm stretched the Bremen defence down the right before floating a cross into the area, and as Lukas Schmitz hesitated, Robben took advantage by volleying home to open the scoring.

It was a bitter blow for Bremen, who lost their shape in the middle of the half, and Bayern were merciless in punishing their inattention. Robben next turned provider just minutes later, swinging a free kick into the area. Javier Martinez reacted first, heading past Mielitz with a great finish to give his men a commanding lead.

The visitors tried to bounce back, Theodor Gebre Selassie going close with a decent header that flew just wide of the post, but things would only get worse before the interval. Mario Gomez broke through on goal and, just outside the area, went down rather theatrically under the pressure of Sebastian Prodl’s clumsy tackle. Contact appeared minimal, but the defender had undoubtedly impeded a goalscoring opportunity and the referee had no hesitation in showing the red card, reducing Bremen to 10 men for what would be a tough second half.

Bayern wasted no time in making the most of their numerical advantage. Gomez got the best of substitute Mateo Pavlovic, and under pressure from Ribery, Gebre Selassie turned the ball past his own keeper as he failed to deal with the striker’s cross. The floodgates were well and truly open. Just five minutes into the half, Ribery did well in reading Robben’s lofted pass, and delicately chipped the ball over the head of Mielitz. It appeared goal-bound, but Gomez made certain by smashing home into the empty net to end the game as a contest.

There was to be one cheer for the beleaguered away fans. As Bayern pushed forward to further liquidate the match, gaps appeared in defence and, after Dante surrendered possession in his own area, De Bruyne stole in at the far post to convert past Manuel Neuer and hit a consolation.

Despite losing their clean sheet, Bayern continued in control of proceedings and were given few problems as they cruised through what remained of Saturday’s encounter at Allianz Arena, keeping up their 100 per cent during 2013. There was still more cheer for the hosts, as Ribery hit a deserved goal on the volley to further twist the knife in the closing minutes. Werder were counting down the minutes until the end, but Gomez continued the humiliation with his close-range finish after Robben had chipped over the top.

 The Bavarians are next in action on February 27, when they face Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal as they continue their hunt for the treble.

Bayern Munich 6-1 Werder Bremen: Rampant Roten celebrate Heynckes landmark

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes marked his 1000th game in the Bundesliga in the best possible fashion, as his charges responded with a dominant 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen to move 18 points clear at the summit.


Arjen Robben and Javier Martinez set their side in motion with first-half strikes, and Kevin De Bruyne’s strike was little more than a consolation for the visitors as an own goal from Theodor Gebre Selassie, Franck Ribery’s effort and two for Mario Gomez ensured a simple three points for Die Roten.

Enjoying a run of imperious form during 2013, Bayern Munich came out in front of their own fans hoping to further extend their dominance at the top of the Bundesliga standings. Die Roten, however, struggled in the early stages to break down a stubborn Bremen side, who pressed hard across the pitch and gave little to their opponents during a tense opening.

Robben was one of the first in red to force a save from Sebastian Mielitz, before Mario Gomez saw his effort blocked after being teed up by an intelligent dummy from Xherdan Shaqiri. The tide was turning though, and the Bavarians made the breakthrough 25 minutes into the first half. Phillipp Lahm stretched the Bremen defence down the right before floating a cross into the area, and as Lukas Schmitz hesitated, Robben took advantage by volleying home to open the scoring.

It was a bitter blow for Bremen, who lost their shape in the middle of the half, and Bayern were merciless in punishing their inattention. Robben next turned provider just minutes later, swinging a free kick into the area. Javier Martinez reacted first, heading past Mielitz with a great finish to give his men a commanding lead.

The visitors tried to bounce back, Theodor Gebre Selassie going close with a decent header that flew just wide of the post, but things would only get worse before the interval. Mario Gomez broke through on goal and, just outside the area, went down rather theatrically under the pressure of Sebastian Prodl’s clumsy tackle. Contact appeared minimal, but the defender had undoubtedly impeded a goalscoring opportunity and the referee had no hesitation in showing the red card, reducing Bremen to 10 men for what would be a tough second half.

Bayern wasted no time in making the most of their numerical advantage. Gomez got the best of substitute Mateo Pavlovic, and under pressure from Ribery, Gebre Selassie turned the ball past his own keeper as he failed to deal with the striker’s cross. The floodgates were well and truly open. Just five minutes into the half, Ribery did well in reading Robben’s lofted pass, and delicately chipped the ball over the head of Mielitz. It appeared goal-bound, but Gomez made certain by smashing home into the empty net to end the game as a contest.

There was to be one cheer for the beleaguered away fans. As Bayern pushed forward to further liquidate the match, gaps appeared in defence and, after Dante surrendered possession in his own area, De Bruyne stole in at the far post to convert past Manuel Neuer and hit a consolation.

Despite losing their clean sheet, Bayern continued in control of proceedings and were given few problems as they cruised through what remained of Saturday’s encounter at Allianz Arena, keeping up their 100 per cent during 2013. There was still more cheer for the hosts, as Ribery hit a deserved goal on the volley to further twist the knife in the closing minutes. Werder were counting down the minutes until the end, but Gomez continued the humiliation with his close-range finish after Robben had chipped over the top.

 The Bavarians are next in action on February 27, when they face Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal as they continue their hunt for the treble.

Hoeness: I'm a big pyromaniac

The Bayern Munich president says he would be in favour of flares being used in the Allianz Arena, were there legislation ensuring fan safety

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he is a “big fan” of stadium pyrotechnics despite measures having been taken against them in Germany.

The country’s football league body (DFL) has attempted to implement a safer stadium experience into stadia, but the Bavarians supremo would permit flares if the correct security measures were in order.

“Of course, flares look great, but [to use them] we need a security policy,” he was quoted as saying by Bild.

“I will allow pyrotechnics once there is legislation. Everyone knows that I am a big pyromaniac.

However, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is strongly against the idea of pyrotechnics, citing excessive fines and club tradition.

“There are three things that Bayern don’t accept – violence, racism and pyrotechnics.

“Bayern have had to pay out 130,000 in fines for ultras offences over the past year. That’s enough!”

The German Explosives Act condoms the unauthorised burning of pyrotechnics, amid concerns over fan safety.

“The highest safety standards are not compatible with the use of pyrotechnics in stadia because there is no room,” German Football Federation (DFB) security chief Hendrik Lefert explained.

In November, a fan protest at Hamburg’s Imtech Arena over the use of flares at football matches in Germany backfired when several banners caught fire and five supporters suffered burns.

Bayern president rules out big money move for Neymar

After having broken the German transfer record last summer, the Bayern Munich president says it’s improbable that they will be forking out for the Brazilian starlet

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has ruled out the signing of Brazilian starlet Neymar.

The Santos forward will be out of contract after the 2014 World Cup but is expected to pen a new deal with the club before departing, and Hoeness says it is unlikely the Bavarian club will spash the cash to capture the 21-year-old.


“I do not think that in the next few years we will buy a player that is more expensive than [Javi] Martinez,” he told tz-online.de.

The Bundesliga leaders broke the German transfer fee record last summer when they triggered a buy-out clause of €40 million in Martinez’s Athletic Bilbao contract and have no plans to spend big again.Amid a deluge of transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian international, sources close to Neymar seem to write off Bayern’s chances of pulling off the coup, with the player’s agent responding to questions from Le10Sport about a potential move to Germany by saying, “I do not think so, no, this is a complicated topic.

Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen Preview: Jupp Heynckes’ side looking to continue perfect 2013

Jupp Heynckes will have one eye on next Wednesday’s DFB Pokal quarter-final against holders Borussia Dortmund when he picks his Bayern Munich team to face Werder Bremen on Saturday.

The 67-year-old, who is set to be replaced by Pep Guardiola this summer, is likely to hand a start to winger Arjen Robben in preparation for the cup showdown, which Franck Ribery will miss due to suspension.

Striker Mario Gomez could also make a return to the first XI as Mario Mandzukic is rested, and Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo is in line to come in for Javi Martinez alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle of the park.

Defender Holger Badstuber is sidelined for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury and striker Claudio Pizarro, who played six seasons for Bremen over two stints, is out with a virus.

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos should be available for boss Thomas Schaaf after recovering from a bout of flu, but right-back Theodor Gebre Selassie is still recovering from surgery to replace a broken bone in his hand, which means Serbia international Aleksandar Ignjovski will get the start.

Midfielders Pedrag Stevanovic and Philipp Bargfrede and striker Niclas Fullkrug are all long-term absentees due to knee injuries.

  • Bayern have triumphed in each of their last four Bundesliga matches against Werder Bremen and have not lost to Saturday’s opponents since suffering a 5-2 defeat in September 2008.
  • Four Bayern players (Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger) have scored at least five goals in the league so far this season.
  • Werder Bremen are 11th in the Bundesliga table coming into Saturday’s match and are 29 points adrift of the league leaders.
  • Coach Thomas Schaaf is very much a one-club man, having joined Bremen as an 11-year-old in 1972 before embarking on a 17-year professional career with the club as a defender. He has managed the team since 1999.
  • Bremen striker Nils Petersen is on loan from Bayern Munich, having scored four goals in 15 matches in all competitions for the Bavarians last season.