April 26, 2017

Bayern book third round date with Braunschweig as they brush aside sorry HSV

Having been held to a goalless draw by Hamburger SV at the Imtech Arena a month earlier in the Bundesliga, FC Bayern would not allow history to repeat itself in the second round of the DFB-Pokal – with a comfortable victory over Josef Zinnbauer’s struggling side securing a third round meeting with second division Eintracht Braunschweig.

Reds’ Coach Pep Guardiola would make just two changes to Saturday’s starting eleven against Borussia Mönchengladbach, with fan favourite Franck Ribéry coming in for Mario Götze and Jérôme Boateng returning to the back line in place of Medhi Benatia – suspended following a red card last season in the Coppa Italia for Roma. Hamburg coach Zinnbauer would surprisingly leave Swiss defender Valon Behrami and Dutch talisman Rafael van der Vaart on the bench as he continued in his quest to seek his side’s first competitive win since their first round penalty shootout against Energie Cottbus.

Bayern would unsurprisingly take command from the start, quickly establishing themselves against opposition that could best be described as timid and at times overawed by the occasion. These factors would lead to the early opening goal, with HSV skipper Heiko Westermann’s horrendous backpass being seized upon by Robert Lewandowski, who calmly tucked the ball past ‘keeper Jaroslav Drobný from close range at the second time of asking after his first effort had been cleared off the line by Johan Djourou.

There would be no looking back for Die Roten from that point on, and Thomas Müller looked to have scored a second just three minutes later before his effort was chalked off for offside after first being given as a goal. As the Bayern players celebrated the Hamburg defenders would protest to the assistant on the touchline, and after a short period of consultation the goal would be disallowed. Replays would show that Müller was well offside as David Alaba touched Lewandowski’s pass towards the penalty area, so one could say that justice was done.

Bayern would not be denied however, and the constant pressure exerted on the beleaguered Hamburg defence would finally pay off a minute before half-time. Philipp Lahm would find Alaba in space some thirty yards out, and the Austrian’s well-struck left-footed shot would curl wickedly away from Drobný, who could only redirect it into the left hand side of the goal.

If the Hamburg ‘keeper could have done better to keep out Alaba’s effort he would have no chance ten minutes after the break, as Ribéry added a third courtesy of a massive deflection off Djourou. Bayern were now away and clear, and as they upped the ante Drobný would pull off a series of fine saves to keep the score respectable. Lewandowski would be denied, and then a nicely-timed Ribéry volley would be smartly turned around the post by the Czech ‘keeper.

Hamburg would get a consolation five minutes from time as substitute van der Vaart’s cross would find the unmarked Pierre-Michel Lasogga in the six-yard box, but Drobný would again have to pull out the stops to prevent Bayern from adding to their three-goal tally. Ribéry would force the ‘keeper into another sensational save, and Thomas Müller would also be kept out with the Bavarians finished the game as they had started it.

The moments after the final whistle would be slightly marred by a HSV “fan”, who managed to make his way onto the pitch and swing his scarf at Ribéry. The Frenchman was initially caught by surprise and started to run towards the interloper, who finished his ridiculous routine with a series of insulting gestures before being taken away by the stewards. Hamburg would immediately apologise on Twitter for the incident, and with no damage done Bayern could once again mull over yet another satisfactory evening.

DFB-Pokal Second Round
Imtech Arena, Hamburg, 29.10.2014

Hamburger SV 1:3 (0:2) FC Bayern
Lasogga 85. / Lewandowski 7., Alaba 44., Ribery 55.

HSV: Drobný – Götz, Djourou (69. van der Vaart), Westermann (c), Ostrzolek – Arslan (61. Kacar), Jiráček (18. Steinmann) – N. Müller, Holtby, Stieber – Lasogga

FC Bayern: Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat – Alonso (70. Højbjerg) – Lahm (c) (65. Rode), Alaba – T. Müller, Lewandowski (75. Pizarro), Ribery

Yellow Cards: Götz, Djourou / –

Originally published on the website of the Red Dragons London, the United Kingdom’s premier FC Bayern München fan club

Header courtesty of Witters.

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London-based but with his heart firmly in Fröttmaning, Rick Joshua's love of German football goes back more than thirty years and has witnessed everything from the pain of Spain '82 and the glory of Italia '90 to the sheer desolation of Euro 2000. This has all been encapsulated in the encyclopaedic Schwarz und Weiß website and blog, which at some three hundred or so pages is still not complete. Should you wish to disturb him, you can get in touch with Rick on Twitter @fussballchef. This carries a double meaning, as he can prepare a mean Obazda too.

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