Bayern Munich 5-0 Werder Bremen: Brilliant Bavarians batter Bremen

The league leaders returned to winning ways in style.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Werder Bremen: Brilliant Bavarians batter Bremen
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Bayern Munich
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Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich: (4-1-4-1) Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich (Rafinha 68'), Benatia, Alaba; Xabi Alonso; Coman, Götze (Rode 54'), Thiago, Ribéry; Müller (Lewandowski 74').
Werder Bremen: (5-4-1) Wiedwald; Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, S. Garcia (U. Garcia 77'); Yatabaré, Veljkovic (Kleinheisler 46'), Grillitsch, Öztunali (Lorenzen 46'); Ujah.
SCORE: 1-0, Thiago 9'. 2-0, Müller 31'. 3-0, Müller 65'. 4-0, Lewandowski 86'. 5-0 Thiago 90'.
REFEREE: Guido Winkmann (Kerken). Booked: Gebre Selassie (25'), Ribéry (35'), Djilobodji (67'), U. Garcia (83').

Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points after a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen.

Thiago's opener set the reigning champions on the way to victory, Thomas Müller also got on the scoresheet with a brace either side of half-time.

Robert Lewandowski added a fourth and Thiago a fifth, as Pep Guardiola's side prepared for the visit of Juventus in fine fashion.

Bayern on top from the get-go

Bayern began as expected and should hve went ahead when the ball was shifted all the way across the box, from right to left, until it reached Kingsley Coman. The youngster was through on goal but saw his near post shot comfortably saved by Felix Wiedwald.

Coman quickly atoned for his miss in the minutes that followed, however, by delivering a simply world class cross into the heart of the box. A whipped ball was met by the advancing Thiago Alcantara, who managed to steal in ahead of Alejandro Galvez to poke a low volley past the helpless Wiedwald.

The Bavarians continued to pile the pressure onto Bremen, but failing to grab a quick-fire second. Franck Ribéry came close with a spectacular 30-yard effort, though the ball dipped too late and caught the netting on top of the goal. Mario Götze went even closer after his shot deflected toward the bottom corner, but Wiedwald clawed it away.

It was just a matter of time before Bayern added to their tally, and Thomas Müller was the man to do just that after more fine play from Coman. Some more mazy dribbling seen the Frenchman reach the by-line before cutting a cross back towards Müller. He volleyed at goal from close range and, despite his best efforts, Wiedwald couldn't quite keep it out.

Bayern celebrate their second goal of the game. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images
Bayern celebrate their second goal of the game. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images

More of the same after the break

Melvyn Lorenzen and Laszlo Kleinheisler came on for Bremen at the break, replacing Levin Öztunali and Milos Veljkovic, though it was Bayern who were immediately back on the front foot. Thiago collected Ribéry's chipped pass before smashing a half-volley off the cross bar, while Götze's shot was saved by Wiedwald's legs.

The former Borussia Dortmund man was replaced by Sebastian Rode not long after, and the midfielder almost announced himself with a stunning shot from the edge of the area that went narrowly over. The Bremen stopper was called into action again by Müller, who couldn't find a way past him after Philipp Lahm's cross.

Despite his efforts, Wiedwald would soon be picking the ball out of the net once again. Thiago's corner was aimed towards the edge of the box and Ribéry, who struck a stunning volley that brought a fine save from the busy goalkeeper. There would be no respite, however, as Müller thundered home the rebound to make it three.

Bayern strolled towards the final whistle after that, lowering the tempo to get as much rest as possible ahead of the Juventus game. There was one man who had no interest in taking it easy, as Robert Lewandowski pounced on a poor Galvez back pass to score his 24th of the season with a composed finish.

Thiago then handed Coman a third assist of the evening, as some powerful play by the youngster saw the Spaniard tap in from close range. Guido Winkmann blew for full-time immediately afterwards, with Bayern putting all the pressure back on Borussia Dortmund. Things are much more bleak for Bremen, who sit just three points above the dropzone.