Schalke beaten 5-0 in Munich
Goals from Lewandowski, Müller, Goretzka, Thiago and Gnabry saw S04 comfortably beaten on Saturday evening (25/1).
Harit and McKennie return, Raman ill
Amine Harit returned to the starting XI after his recent thigh problem. The Moroccan replaced Alessandro Schöpf in the side, while Benito Raman stayed in Gelsenkirchen due to an infection. Rabbi Matondo replaced him the team. Weston McKennie, who dislocated his shoulder on matchday 15 against Eintracht Frankfurt, was back involved as he took his place on the bench.
Two goals stand, two disallowed
Both teams started the game at a high tempo – Suat Serdar tested ex-Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer out after just two minutes. Markus Schubert was then equal to a Perisic header moments later, although he was beaten shortly afterwards. Schalke’s number 23 failed to properly deal with an incoming cross, which eventually landed to Robert Lewandowski, and the Pole hammered home after six minutes to make it 1-0. The Royal Blues almost found an immediate response through Rabbi Matondo, however his deflected shot hit the crossbar and stayed out.
Perisic came close to doubling Bayern’s lead in the 11th minute, striking a powerful shot into the side netting. The home supporters were celebrating another goal after 17 minutes, although the celebrations were cut short as Thomas Müller was standing just offside – as VAR proved. Markus Schubert was then on hand to parry a powerful Leon Goretzka header in the 25th minute.
The record champions continued to keep the pressure up and seemed to have finally bagged a second goal – but for VAR. Lewandowski and the whole arena were celebrating, but Benjamin Pavard was clearly offside in the build up, so it remained 1-0 (37’). The hosts eventually did find another goal before the break: Goretzka laid a Perisic cross to Müller who forced the ball home in the 46th minute.
Bayern romp home
FCB continued where they left off in the first period, adding a third after 50 minutes thanks to a spectacular finish from Leon Goretzka.
The fourth goal came eight minutes later, this time Thiago was the thorn in S04’s side. The game was decided with his goal, and Bayern had full control of proceedings at both ends.
Lewandowski had two further chances in the final 15 minutes, although couldn’t add to his tally, before substitute Serge Gnabry added a fifth and final goal in the 90th minute to give Bayern a 5-0 win.
Two games against Hertha coming up
S04 will start preparing for their double header against Hertha BSC soon. The Knappen will travel to Berlin on Friday (31/1, 20:30 CET), before the two sides will face off in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal the following Tuesday at the Veltins-Arena (4/2, 20:45 CET).