Bayern Munich 4 – SC Hertha Berlin 0


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Croatia international attacker IVICA OLIC of Bayern Munich, finally fit again and making his first appearance in any competition since late August, splits the SC Hertha Berlin pair of former Germany U-21 international midfielder PETER NIEMEYER (18) and Czech Republic international defender ROMAN HUBNIK (4) during the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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10/15/2011
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 9

4 – BAYERN MUNICH ——— Gomez 5′, 69′ pen, Ribery 7′, Schweinsteiger 13′
0 – SC HERTHA BERLIN

Three lightning-fast strikes barely a baker’s dozen minutes into the match enabled record German champion BAYERN MUNICH to simply coast to an eighth consecutive clean sheet domestically with the 4-0 victory over visiting SC HERTHA BERLIN as the streaking Bavarian giant stretched its lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

After failing to score in its last Bundesliga match, Bayern Munich laid siege to Hertha Berlin’s goal immediately. The Blau-Weissen were, indeed, fortunate to have Czech Republic international defender ROMAN HUBNIK block a shot after the Bavarians’ France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY had rounded visiting goalkeeper THOMAS KRAFT, one of three former Bayern Munich youth product now performing in the Startelf for the Blue-Whites and making a return to the Allianz Arena. But Ribery, who was directly involved in all four of goals recorded in the match, soon made yet another run through midfield on the left and found in-form Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ in the center.

The reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister, who netted for Germany in the last two Euro ’12 qualifiers against Turkey and Belgium, turned neatly and beat Hertha Berlin’s Croatian captain ANDRE MIJATOVIC before rolling a ball from beyond the penalty arc past the diving Kraft. Truth be told, the shot from Gomez was far from irresistable and, perhaps, caught the young shot-stopper leaning a bit the wrong way, so to speak. Thus began the Bayern blitz.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who has scored four goals and added seven assists for Bayern Munich through the first nine games in the German top flight this season, dribbles around SC Herth Berlin goalkeeper THOMAS KRAFT (35) during the Bundesliga contest at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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Just two minutes later, Bayern Munich’s summer signing from English Premier League club Manchester City, Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG, beat Hertha Berlin’s highly-experienced Georiga international left back LEVAN KOBIASHVILI badly on the right and pulled the ball back for the lurking Ribery. The little Frenchman easily finished from seven yards out to score his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season.

The rampaging Ribery was not finished, however, much to the dismay of Hertha Berlin. A delightful ball into space allowed on-rushing World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, who scored his 23rd career international goal for Germany in the recent Euro ’12 qualifier against Turkey, to stroke past Kraft in the thirteen minute of the match. A first Bundesliga goal of the season for Schweinsteiger, then, who has also netted for Bayern Munich in the D.F.B. Pokal and UEFA Champions League competitions this term, as well.

Bayern Munich might have inflicted even further damage in the first half but let Hertha Berlin off the hook with wayward shooting. The side of trainer JUPP HEYNCKES were obvioulsy content to hold possesion in the second half ahead of the approaching European tie with Italian Serie A side SSC Napoli this week. Gomez did add a second goal, his Bundesliga-leading 10th this term, from the penalty spot in the 69th minute after Ribery had been taken down in the box.

Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich was not forced by Hertha Berlin to make a single save and stretched his shutout streak in the Bundesliga to 748 minutes in the process …

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World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER of Bayern Munich, who scored his eighth career goal for Germany in the Euro ’12 qualifier against Turkey recently, hops into the air as Hertha Berlin’s Croatian captain ANDRE MIJATOVIC slide tackles the ball away while midfielder ANIS BEN HATIRA (17), who was bought by die Blau-Weissen from SV Hamburg in exchange for 600,000 Euros this past summer, watches during the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng, van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm (Contento 78′) – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Alaba 73′), Kroos, Ribery – Gomez (Olic 75′)

SC HERTHA BERLIN : Kraft – Lell, Hubnik, Mijatovic, Kobiashvili – Niemeyer, Ottl – Ebert (Lustenberger 46′), Raffael, Ben Hatira (Morales 61′) – Lasogga (Ramos 70′)

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