Bayern München vs. Hannover 96  5 - 0

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Gomez delighted to net on return

25 November 2012 00:34

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez was thrilled to make a scoring return to the first team in a 5-0 rout of Hannover on Saturday.

Germany international Gomez had been sidelined for much of the early 2012/13 campaign following ankle surgery, losing his place to Croatian Mario Mandzukic in the process.

The former Stuttgart striker returned to action off the bench at the Allianz Arena, netting in the 67th minute.

"The most important thing is that I am healthy again," Gomez said.

"For me personally, to come in and score immediately is just great. But just for me and not for the team, because it was already 4-0.

"But the coach has one option more now and that's good for us and bad for our contenders.

"I am just happy now. I have to thank the medical team which has done a great job and who I annoyed for 14 weeks.

"And they were all there for me. Also thanks to the coach, for putting me in today. It's just great."

Gomez's team-mate Toni Kroos said the dominant performance was a reflection of the positive mood in the Bayern camp.

"We have qualified in the Champions League, we are way ahead in the Bundesliga, so of course we are confident and we showed it today," he said.

"Also the early goal helped us with that."

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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern, Dortmund charge on

24 November 2012 18:05

The Bayern Munich juggernaut rolls on after they hammered Hannover 5-0, while Borussia Dortmund overcame Mainz on Saturday.

Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos, Frank Ribery, Dante and Mario Gomez got themselves on the scoresheet as league-leading Bayern maintained their advantage atop the Bundesliga.

Bayern wasted no time applying early pressure and took the lead with only three minutes played through Martinez, who converted an overhead effort.

Hannover grew into the game as the first half wore on but Bayern eventually doubled their lead when Kroos latched onto Philip Lahm's cross in the 24th minute.

French international Ribery extended the lead on 37 minutes with a powerful finish past Ron Zieler.

Bayern began the second half in similar fashion and it was not long before they made it 4-0 as Dante headed home on the hour mark and Gomez completed his return from injury with a curling effort four minutes later.

Jupp Heynckes' men are nine points clear at the summit following Dortmund's come from behind 2-1 victory at Mainz.

Mainz midfielder Marco Caligiuri opened the scoring with less than five minutes on the clock, propelling a terrific half-volley into the top corner from outside the area.

But less than 10 minutes later Marco Reus equalised when his cross nestled untouched in the bottom corner of the net, before Robert Lewandowski lobbed the visitors into the lead just before half-time.

The defending champions move up to second in the table as a result of Schalke's 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In other Bundesliga results on Saturday, the 10-men of Werder Bremen held on for a 1-1 stalemate with Wolfsburg, while lowly Greuther Fuerth and fellow strugglers Nuernberg shared the spoils in a goalless draw.

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Heynckes calls for aggressive Bayern

24 November 2012 02:03

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says his team needs to adapt a fighting mentality when they face Hannover on Saturday.

The Bundesliga leaders were held 1-1 away to Nuremburg away last week, although they remain eight points clear of Schalke at the top of the table.

Heynckes believes a lack of aggression might have been the key problem in the match against Dieter Hecking's side, and plans to make the necessary changes for the visit on Hannover on Saturday.

"(We have to play) more aggressive again, play wider and quickly switch to a high tempo," he said.

"(Hannover) will require everything from us."

Heynckes went on to acknowledge the competition for a starting role in attack is causing a selection headache, but claimed it is a good issue to have.

Bayern have the likes of Germany international Mario Gomez, Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic and Peruvian veteran Claudio Pizarro all vying for the centre-forward berth.

"That is a luxury problem, which is wonderful," he said.

Heynckes confirmed France international Franck Ribery will likely make an appearance, having "trained tremendously", despite playing through the pain barrier against Valencia on Tuesday.

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Schweinsteiger expects hungry Hannover

23 November 2012 14:14

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his team-mates not to disrespect Hannover ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga clash.

Hannover are trailing the Bavarians by 14 points in the league table, but Schweinsteiger feels that they are a team to be reckoned with, likening them to Germany's national side.

"Hannover have really developed in recent years and play some very clever football," Schweinsteiger told Bild.

"They always wait for their opponents to charge forward, and then try to win the ball and launch a quick counterattack.

"Their style of play is quite similar to what Germany did at the 2010 World Cup. That's how Hannover play. They have fast and technical players like (Jan) Schlaudraff who fit this style perfectly."

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Bundesliga preview: Bayern enter busy week

22 November 2012 10:19

After back-to-back draws, Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich return to domestic action ahead of a heavy load of fixtures.

Jupp Heynckes' side faced Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday and did enough to secure qualification to the knockout stages with a draw at the Mestalla.

Bayern remain eight points clear at the top of the league with 10 wins from 12 matches, but the Valencia result was their second consecutive stalemate after they were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by lowly Nuremberg last Saturday.

Memories of the same eight-point lead they squandered last year will be at the forefront of Heynckes' mind with games against Mainz (Saturday), Freiburg and last season's eventual champions Borussia Dortmund falling in the next seven days.

Juergen Klopp's Dortmund safely secured Champions League qualification on Tuesday and sit atop the illustrious Group D and can keep up the pressure on Bayern with a third consecutive win in the league at eighth-placed Mainz on Saturday.

After struggling early in the season, Dortmund appear to have returned to peak form and were unstoppable on the break against Ajax on Wednesday in a 4-1 win.

Marco Reus and Mario Gotze produced a master class and striker Robert Lewandowski scored a brace with goals either side of half-time.

Both Bayern and Dortmund can rest easy with European progressions assured, but the same cannot be said in the league where they will lock horns in seven days time either side of other fixtures.

Second and third - Schalke and Frankfurt - meet on Saturday and could slip behind Dortmund if they play out a draw.

Schalke became the third German side to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday courtesy of Christian Fuch's sublime 30-yard strike in a 1-0 win over Olympiakos.

Fortuna Dusseldorf are at home to Hamburg on Friday looking for a first league win in eight games and Wolfsburg will go searching for a third consecutive win at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Lowly Greuther Furth host Nuremberg while on Sunday Freiburg are in action against Stuttgart and Hoffenheim entertain fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Rock-bottom Augsburg host Borussia Moenchengladbach and will look to avoid a fifth straight defeat.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21