Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League preparations were given a boost as they ran out 5-2 winners over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.
Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit when they meet Real Madrid in the semi-final of Europe’s top competition on Tuesday, they warmed up in style with a fine display of attacking verve in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
But the final score did not tell the full story of a game that, for 45 minutes at least, Werder competed well in, with a second-half masterclass and the contribution of former Werder striker Claudio Pizarro ultimately proving decisive.
The visitors took an unexpected early lead when Theodor Gebre Selassie was on hand to round off a well-worked counter attack, before Franck Ribery levelled 10 minutes later.
Despite the hosts creating a number of chances, Aaron Hunt restored Werder's advantage just before the break by finishing another breakaway.
It was a different story after the restart, though, as Bayern responded with three goals in eight minutes - Pizarro marking his return to the side with a brace, before Bastian Schweinsteiger's towering header made it four.
Arjen Robben then came off the bench to add a fifth with a trademark finish to give Bayern a much-needed boost.
Coach Pep Guardiola clearly had one eye on Tuesday’s clash with Madrid, making five changes to the side that had lost in Spain.
There was an emotional start to proceedings at the Allianz Arena as players and fans observed a minute's silence to pay their respects to former Barcelona boss, and Guardiola's assistant at Camp Nou, Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday after a long battle with throat cancer.
Despite the hosts seeing plenty of possession in the opening exchanges, it was Werder who took the lead after 10 minutes when a sweeping counter-attack saw Cedric Makiadi release Gebre Selassie, who burst into the area to score.
Much had been made about the form of Ribery before the game, with Guardiola insisting that the Frenchman was on the verge of recapturing the kind of displays that saw him in the running for FIFA Ballon d’Or.
The Spaniard's faith was rewarded with the equaliser after 20 minutes, when a perfectly weighted ball from Pizarro found the onrushing Ribery in the box, who applied a calm finish.
Pizarro almost troubled his former employers again 10 minutes before half-time, but his chip was cleared.
And Bayern's failure to find a second goal was punished three minutes later, when Franco Di Santo played in Hunt, who passed the ball home.
However, a disappointing first half for Bayern was quickly forgotten after the break as Pizarro made amends for his earlier wastefulness by latching onto Thomas Muller's flick and poking the ball in at the far post.
The Peruvian decided not to celebrate out of respect to his former club, but he increased their woes four minutes later when Ribery released David Alaba, who squared for the veteran striker to finish.
Having finally found their rhythm, Bayern were relentless and would have had a third through Javi Martinez just before the hour were it not for a smart save from Wolf.
But just two minutes later the visiting goalkeeper was picking the ball out of the net for a fourth time, as Schweinsteiger headed home from substitute Philipp Lahm's cross.
There was still time for Bayern to add a fifth 16 minutes from time when Robben came off the bench to fire in a low drive.
That compounded a difficult afternoon for Robin Dutt's men, who missed a golden opportunity to confirm their Bundesliga status, while Bayern readied themselves for a bigger test against Real.
|14||C. Pizarro||53' 57'|
for M. Weiser 46'
for Dante 73'
for D. Alaba 76'
|Chiellini: Juventus wanted to send a message|
|Gabigol´s time will come - De Boer|
|Ronaldo: Messi and I are not friends - but we respect each other|
|Earthquake halts play in Serie A game between Pescara and Atalanta|
|Mourinho charged over Taylor comments|
|Ronaldo: I need my haters|
|Badstuber hopeful injury woes behind him|
|Kroos did not want to be rested, insists Zidane|
|Rojo was phenomenal - Mourinho|
|Seven arrests made after West Ham - Chelsea fan clashes|
|Florenzi injury blow for Roma|
|MLS Review: Galaxy, Toronto into semis|
|Beister: Victory move surprised people|
|Bilic: Cup run will help in Premier League|
|Pjaca out for up to three weeks|
|Trophies still the focus for Guardiola|
|Mignolet wants ´fair´ Karius battle|
|Ancelotti impressed by motivated Bayern|
|West Ham ´unreservedly condemn´ crowd trouble|
|Allegri praises strike duo after win over Sampdoria|
|De Boer praises two-goal Icardi after vital win|
|Chelsea were ´unlucky´ with missed chances, insists Conte|
|Mourinho: I´ve never had fans like these|
|Nacho´s goal better than my Champions League final volley - Zidane|
|Borussia Dortmund 1 Union Berlin 1 (aet, 3-0 pens): Weidenfeller shootout heroics seal progress|
|Bilic: Crowd trouble distracts from great West Ham win|
|Kompany told me he couldn´t play anymore - Guardiola|
|Liverpool and Manchester United handed home quarter-finals|
|Inter 2 Torino 1: Icardi double alleviates pressure on De Boer|
|Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0: Mata extends Guardiola´s winless run|
|West Ham 2 Chelsea 1: Crowd trouble tarnishes Hammers´ route to quarter-finals|
|Cultural Leonesa 1 Real Madrid 7: Morata and Asensio star in BBC´s absence|
|Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 1: Green´s first goal sends holders through|
|Juventus 4 Sampdoria 1: Rapid start sets champions on their way|
|Crafty Suarez is world´s best striker - Godin|
|Mancini: Balotelli has wasted years but can bounce back|
|Rami rejected ´risky´ PSG move|
|Neymar would have cost PSG €430m, claims father|
|Sacchi warns Bayern players over Ancelotti temper|
|Valencia ´pleased´ with RFEF bottle ruling|
|Mourinho apologises to Utd fans for Chelsea thrashing|
|Barcelona lash out at ´totally reprehensible´ RFEF comments|
|Jacob leaves Marseille amid rumours of Zubizarreta appointment|
|Lavezzi added to Argentina squad as Dybala drops out|
|Del Bosque: Mourinho had a point on Conte|
|N´Zonzi in talks over Sevilla extension|
|Allardyce successor ´will not be a mercenary´ - Glenn|
|Aubameyang like a rocket, Lewandowski perfect - Riedle|
|RFEF fines Valencia, warns Barca over bottle incident|
|Wenger tells Iwobi to improve his finishing|
|Barcelona without Mathieu for three weeks|
|Kimmich draws inspiration from Xavi|
|Vazquez signs new Madrid deal|
|Higuain the best striker in the world - Nedved|
|Wolfsburg regret De Bruyne, Perisic sales|
|Parejo slams Neymar for ´inciting´ Valencia fans|
|Gundogan predicts ´very lively´ Manchester derby|
|Luis Enrique satisfied with Supercopa workout|
|Messi could join Newell´s after World Cup - Maxi Rodriguez|
|Ibrahimovic wants United to be the boss of City|
|Schmidt on the bus as Lotte book ticket for next round|
|Pogba still adapting to Premier League, says Mourinho|
|Southgate hails influence of demoted Rooney|
|Lille ready to heap more pressure on PSG as Corchia dreams big|
|I´m among top 20 LaLiga coaches, jokes Luis Enrique|
|Brattan earns Socceroos call-up|
|Pochettino pleased with Janssen|
|Klopp never questioned Sturridge quality|
|Barcelona downed by Espanyol in Supercopa|
|Heavy Milan defeat ´just a bump in the road´ - Montella|
|Pochettino wanted Liverpool debutant sent off|
|Klopp happy to entertain as Liverpool youngsters earn their spurs|
|Leverkusen dumped out by 10-man minnows|
|Wenger praises Oxlade-Chamberlain work ethic|
|Wenger praises Oxlade-Chamberlain work ethic|
|Tuchel unaffected by Real Madrid rumours|
|I would like to pick Toure, believe me - Guardiola|
|Genoa 3 AC Milan 0: Unbeaten run comes crashing to an end as Paletta sees red|
|Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1: Sturridge at the double to book quarter-final spot|
|Arsenal 2 Reading 0: Oxlade-Chamberlain brace secures safe passage|
|Football world mourns Carlos Alberto|
|81 per cent win ratio and more goals than Bayern Munich - Two years of Messi, Suarez and Neymar|
|Ridgewell reportedly arrested for drink driving|
|Verratti not leaving PSG - agent|
|Costa competition benefitting Batshuayi, says Conte|
|Pele hails ´friend and brother´ Carlos Alberto|
|Bailly confirms two-month lay-off|
|How Carlos Alberto established his legacy as one of the greats|
|Allegri hints at Marchisio return|
|Lewandowski has not renewed with Bayern - agent|
|Carlos Alberto: Capita´s World Cup triumph in numbers|
|Hull´s Snodgrass out for a month|
|Keita reveals Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool snub|
|Mikel not giving up on Chelsea career|
|Former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto dies|
|Guardiola wants to help ´special player´ Aguero|
|Roma welcome back Strootman, Rudiger for Sassuolo clash|
|Wolves confirm Zenga dismissal|
|Bruce lauds Rooney as a world ´great´|
|Raiola made €27m on Pogba move, reveals Juventus director|
|Dortmund injury woes worsen with Aubameyang|
|De Bruyne out of Manchester derby|
|Conte: I always show respect to opponents|
|FIFA fines RFEF over Madrid, Atletico breaches|
|Pedro backs Conte amid Mourinho spat|
|Big clubs would fight for Edwards if he was Brazilian - Pochettino|
|They boo Ronaldo, they booed me as well - Zidane|
|De Boer fed up of sacking talk|
|Neuer: Bayern have no room for error|
|Bilic praises Conte´s ´aggressive´ demeanour|
|Di Maria will bounce back - Motta|
|EFL opens investigation into Watford over ´forged´ bank letter|
|Hummels admits RB Leipzig a serious threat for Bayern|
|Pedro reveals Barcelona talks|
|De Bruyne: I have no problem with Mourinho|
|Casillas: I have not retired from Spain duty|
|Raul backs under-fire Ronaldo for Ballon d´Or glory|
|Mourinho and United must lower expectations - Xavi|
|Hands off! Milan CEO insists Donnarumma will stay|
|Glory coach Lowe accepts ban|
|Scolari extends contract with Guangzhou Evergrande|
|Guardiola eliminated City doubts - De Bruyne|
|Klopp lauds Ings for ´perfect´ response|
|Wenger: Perez needs to take chance|
|Boys to men: Mourinho challenges United players|
|Kompany committed to bargain with City medics|
|´Insipid´ Hazard overlooked for Ballon d´Or|