Bundesliga: Bayern seeks to retain the league title as they meek Hamburg 5-0.

Champions Bayern Munich crushed Hamburg SV 5-0 in the Bundesliga’s season opener on Friday after a scintillating performance that set an early marker in their hunt for an unprecedented fourth straight title. A clinical second half from the defending champions sees Pep Guardiola’s side sit atop the table, whilst Hamburg are thrown to the bottom before Saturday and Sunday’s fixtures.

New season, same story for Bayern Munich.Starting with four in defense, Bayern Munich controlled possession throughout the first half as Hamburg looked to frustrate the champions into mistake. The first save of the season, though, came from Manuel Neuer, as Lewis Holtby sent a volley straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the box. That turned out to be HSV’s only chance of the opening half, as Bayern put a tight grip on proceedings.Bayern, odds-on favourites to retain their league crown, were never threatened by the visitors who needed a relegation playoff to stay up last season and started the new campaign with a shock German Cup first-round defeat by fourth tier Carl Zeiss Jena last week.

medhi-benatia celebrates as he score the first of Bayerns five goals against Hamburg
medhi-benatia celebrates as he score the first of Bayerns five goals against Hamburg

Despite having Mario Goetze on the bench amid widespread media speculation about his future at the club, winger Franck Ribery still injured and Bastian Schweinsteiger having left for Manchester United, the Bavarians turned on the style.New men Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal started for Bayern Munich.Brazilian Costa terrorised the Hamburg defence down the left wing with his speed while Chile international Arturo Vidal, who joined from Juventus in the close season, coolly orchestrated the attacks from midfield.

German international Thomas Mueller scored twice in four minutes midway through the second half. Mehdi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski netted too while newcomer Douglas Costa, who also set up a goal, grabbed the fifth in the 87th minuteBayern sit top of the Bundesliga, with Hamburg bottom, before the other 16 teams open up over Saturday and Sunday.

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