Bayern Munich hammer seven goals past VfL Bochum

Bayern Munich players celebrating Harry Kane's third goal against Bochum. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating Harry Kane's third goal against Bochum. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

After a winning start to the Champions League in midweek, Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga to five games on Saturday. The Bavarian club hammered seven goals past VfL Bochum at Allianz Arena to go top of the Bundesliga table. Harry Kane was the star man for Die Roten on Saturday as he scored a hattrick and provided two assists.

Thomas Tuchel decided to make several changes to the starting XI after the midweek game against Manchester United. Noussair Mazraoui played in the right-back position, while Konrad Laimer slotted in the midfield to replace Leon Goretzka. Kingsley Coman, Matthijs de Ligt, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also featured in the starting XI against Bochum.

The home side got off to the best possible start. Leroy Sane found Coman on the left flank with an incisive pass. The French forward squared the ball to Choupo-Moting in front of the goal. The Cameroon international slotted the ball past the keeper to give Die Roten the lead in the fourth minute.

Harry Kane doubled Die Roten’s lead in the 12th minute. After an incredible run from Alphonso Davies, the ball ricocheted in the box and fell kindly for Kane to finish the move. The defending Bundesliga champions gave no breathing space for Bochum. The game was put beyond by visitors in the 28th minute when Matthijs de Ligt nodded home after an inch-perfect delivery by Joshua Kimmich from the corner.

Bochum created a few opportunities in the final third, but none were good enough to test Sven Ulreich. The Bavarian club was toying with Bochum’s defense as Leroy Sane added a fourth goal in the 38th minute. Kane dropped deep to receive the ball before playing an inch-perfect pass to find Sane. The German winger calmly slotted the ball past Manuel Riemann.

The pattern of the game hardly changed after half-time. Riemann denied Dayot Upamecano from a set-piece. The Bavarian club eventually got their fifth goal in the 53rd minute when Ivan Ordets handled the ball in the box. Kane emphatically converted from the spot.

Coman came close to getting his name on the scoresheet when his curling effort brushed past the post. Tuchel decided to make a flurry of changes midway through the second half as Bayern had effectively sealed the victory. Mathys Tel once again came off the bench to make an impact. The French forward grabbed Die Roten’s sixth goal with an emphatic finish.

Kane got the second assist of the game by setting up Tel for the sixth goal. The English forward’s afternoon got even better as he scored Die Roten’s seventh goal, completing his first hat trick for the club. Laimer and Mazraoui combined well on the right flank to set up an easy tap-in for Kane.

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Tuchel will be pleased with the performance of the team as they managed to get the big win and keep a clean sheet. The Bavarian club will now turn their attention to DFB Pokal as they play away at Preussen Munster on Tuesday in the first round of the competition.