Hamburg 1-2 Bayern Munich: Bundesliga – as it happened

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich moved 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with victory over Hamburg

Well, a just-about deserved win for Bayern, and they move 11 points clear at the top. Hamburg battled well, and had a 10-minute spell in the second half where they caused Bayern problems, but once Lewandowski had restored Bayern’s lead with a slightly fortunate deflection, the champions looked comfortable, and David Alaba was close to making it 3-1 with a wonderful free kick that hit the bar.

Commiserations to Hamburg, but the Bayern winning machine does it again. Thanks for reading – goodbye.


Full-time: Hamburg 1-2 Bayern

That’s it!

90 min +3: Badstuber heads away again, and that’s probably it.

90 min +2: Time for one last Hamburg attack, but they give it away to Xabi Alonso. Lewandowski trips Ostrzolek and Hamburg send everyone forward.

90 min+1: It’s Gregoritsch with it … and it’s just wide! Neuer probably had it covered.


90 min: Hamburg playing it long, but Badstuber has been dominant, and he heads another one away. But Robben, who’s in for Douglas Costa, is called for a trip on Gregoritsch, and this is a free kick 30 yards from goal. Chance for Hamburg! Three minutes of added time.

88 min: This could be red for Nicolai Muller, who’s already on a booking: he was high on Xabi Alonso as the Bayern midfielder went to head it, but no card from Felix Zwayer, and probably the right decision: it looked as though it was a genuine attempt to win the ball. No further punishment for the HSV player.

87 min: The sprightly Rudnevs is always looking to run in beyond, but Javi Martinez is quickly across to see the danger.

86 min: Lewandowski does very well to win a throw by the corner flag. But Hamburg win it back, and send it long.

84 min: Hamburg pushing here. Five minutes to go. Can they do it?

82 min: Gregoritsch, the substitute on for Ilicevic, takes it, and it’s into the wall. Gregoritsch again – and into the wall again. A waste.

Final change for Hamburg: Gideon Jung on for Kacar.

81 min: Ooh, that’s a foul right on the edge of the box: Rudnevs nipped in and Alonso was ball-watching – a yellow card for the Bayern player and a big chance for Hamburg.

80 min: Great save from Adler! Vidal pulled it back from the right, Thiago struck it goalwards, and Adler came up big on the deflected shot! It looked like it skipped up off Cleber, but the keeper did very well to tip it over.

78 min: Good defending from Diekmeier to stop Costa. Now Rudnevs is clear on the right hand side, but his ball in is really disappointing. Good turn from the substitute but the cross was subpar.

76 min: Great chance for a third Bayern goal, but Douglas Costa gets his shot wrong! Coman absolutely burned Djourou down the right side, and crossed for Costa, who ran into the area unchecked, but Costa’s volleyed effort was well off target! So off target, in fact, that it never went out of play, and Coman collected before it ran for a throw.

Change for Hamburg: Rudnevs in for Lasogga.

74 min: We also think that Hamburg goal is down as a Xabi Alonso own goal. He must have got the slightest deflection – all three players (Lasogga, Xabi and Hunt) had a claim to it.

Neuer quickly off his line to claim Hunt’s cross.

73 min: Just to confirm: Lewandowski did get the second goal. Muller’s shot – turned in by Lewandowksi. I make that 17 league goals for the season for the Pole.

70 min: Bayern change: Vidal is on for Muller.

69 min: Bayern looking for a third, and Coman’s ball in is headed behind by Djourou.

68 min: Bayern have settled down again after that brief flurry from the home side. The visitors look composed in possession again, and that’s close from Lewandowski! On the volley, from Thiago’s pass, David-Platt-against-Belgium-style, but just wide of the post. Super effort.

66 min: Such a wonderful free kick from Alaba: he struck it so nicely, with the side of his foot, and it came back flush off the post. Really unlucky.

65 min: It’s Alaba, and it’s off the post! So unlucky! Adler was beaten.


64 min: Now Bayern are back on top, and Nicolai Muller gives away another free kick in a dangerous area. Alaba looks like he fancies this.


62 min: Hamburg are fuming, but that’s a seriously good decision from the linesman. Bayern wanted a penalty after Lewandowski was tripped in the box, but the ref said no. Bayern played on, and Muller shot for goal: it looked as though it was heading wide, but Lewandowski just reacted quickest, poked out a leg, and diverted it past Adler! It looked offside, but it wasn’t: great call from the official, and Bayern are ahead again!

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game.
Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images


GOAL! Hamburg 1-2 Bayern (Lewandowski 61)

But it doesn’t matter, because Lewandowski, the ur-poacher, has Bayern back in front.


60 min: Corner for Bayern now – and is that a penalty? No! That looked dead-on!

58 min: Diekmeier goes down the right and wins a corner off Xabi, but they inexplicably go short! Bayern win it back, break at speed, and suddenly Hamburg are stretched, but Lewandowski’s effort is wide. Gormlessness of the highest order from the hosts – but they got away with it.

57 min: That goal’s really perked Hamburg up. They started this second period at half-pace, but now there’s a spring in their step, and the HSV fans are singing loudly.

55 min: It was a lovely ball in from Hunt – and did Lasogga actually get a touch? I think he missed it. That should be Hunt’s goal. Or maybe a Xabi Alonso own goal? Bayern were possibly a bit slack with the marking but the cross was delicious: very difficult to defend against.

More bad news for Bayern: Boateng went down and immediately gestured to the bench. It looks like his groin, and Javi Martinez is on in his stead.


54 min: That’s so crazy. Bayern were all over Hamburg, but Lasogga won a free kick about 40 yards from goal, and Hunt’s ball in was a beauty: left-footed, inswinging, and Lasogga stole in and got an extremely faint touch to help it beyond Neuer. Game on!

GOAL! Hamburg 1-1 Bayern (Xabi Alonso og 53)

Wow! Where did that come from?


51 min: Coman’s ball in, and Thiago, breaking from midfield, arrives late and pushes a header towards goal, but his header is over! That’s at least four attempts on goal from Bayern in the first six minutes of the half.

49 min: Now Lewandowksi goes for goal on the half-turn. Adler saves, but Bayern have started in this second half like a train.

48 min: Great long pass from Xabi, first time, to Costa, wide on the left, who’s in absolutely acres of space. He takes a touch, and it sits up nicely, but his left-foot blast is just over the bar. Decent effort, but he might have made more of that: Diekmeier was nowhere near him.

47 min: The corner is half-cleared, and it falls to Boateng on the edge of the box, but his left-foot shot is miles over.

46 min: Coman, starting on the right this half, is suddenly free, one v one against Djourou, and he cuts inside and fires on with his left. Adler should hold it, but he can’t, and it’s a corner.

We're back!

46 min: And we’re underway in the second period.

Ah yes! Ulrich Meise is so right: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the Bundesliga’s leading scorer with 18. Lewandowski has 16. Thanks Ulrich!

Bayern well on top: they’ve had about a million percent possession, and lead from Lewandowski’s penalty after Adler’s clumsy foul on Muller. Hamburg were decent for half an hour, but then they lost a bit of discipline: they keep giving away free kicks!

Reasonably entertaining, anyway. See you in 15.

Half-time: Hamburg 0-1 Bayern

That’s the whistle.

45 min: A minute of stoppage time. And Lewandowski races clear, and shows great pace to go past Diekmeier, but Hamburg funnel back and do enough to regain it.

44 min: Yellow card for Lahm on Ilicevic. He won the ball, but it was from behind. It’s getting feisty!


42 min: Now Nicolai Muller is booked for another trip on Coman. Honestly, Hamburg must have conceded six or seven free kicks in this area already. They need to cool their jets, as they say. From thedelivery, Muller heads just over! Close.

Incidentally, Muller wanted another penalty just before that, and quite right: watching the replay he was tripped again in the box! No call, though. I guess it would have been a bit much to give two penalties in five minutes – and on the same player – but that was a clear trip.


40 min: Hamburg concede another free kick in that right-back slot, but again Xabi Alonso can’t make it count. Bayern pressing here, though. Hamburg can’t get on the ball.

38 min: Lots going on in that sequence: Felix Zwayer played an excellent advantage, and Xabi, I think it was, released Muller with a ball over the top. Muller ran beyond the defence, and Adler, the keeper, rushed out – and was late on the Bayern player as he tried to lift it over him. The shot bounced wide, but Muller was clearly tripped, and there wasn’t much argument from Hamburg, to be honest.

Lewandowski converted it coolly, and Bayern lead. Credit to the referee for allowing play to continue in the first place.

Robert Lewandowski puts Bayern Munich ahead from the penalty spot.
Robert Lewandowski puts Bayern Munich ahead from the penalty spot. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images


GOAL! Hamburg 0-1 Bayern (Lewandowski 37 pen)

And Bayern’s leading scorer sends Adler the wrong way.


Penalty to Bayern!

Drama! Adler on Muller.


35 min: Coman, who is so quick one-on-one, goes by Diekmeier with ease, but his cross is too close to Adler. Looks as though Coman will be OK.

33 min: Bayern can’t make it count from the free-kick. Coman is back up, but he’s moving gingerly.

32 min: Coman shows great speed to get past Holtby, and then burns Kacar, who just whacks him on the knee! Such an ugly foul, a week late and Kacar is lucky it’s only yellow. That was so high. Very naughty, and Coman is hurt.


30 min: Muller found space in midfield, and fed Costa as Bayern broke at pace, but Costa’s ball for Thiago, who had run in beyond, was overhit. Shame, but that was the first time we’d seen Muller in that pocket of space between midfield and defence.

29 min: Bayern have had loads of the ball, but they haven’t really created a clear chance so far. Muller has been quiet.

27 min: Lasogga can’t make it stick after Hamburg win it back, and that’s the problem the hosts have: they’re so far behind the striker when they break. Lasogga has to hold it and wait for support – he couldn’t do it just then. Grr.

25 min: Hamburg whack it clear, but Neuer is 50 yards out of his goal to start Bayern off again with a smart pass. What a keeper he is.

24 min: Flicked behind off an HSV head, and it’s a corner.

23 min: It’s just opened up a little, and Coman gets free on the left, but Thiago can’t get any direction – or power – in the header. Holtby shakes his head after being whistled for a foul on Thiago in the next sequence, but it was the right call from Felix Zwayer: Holtby was late. Xabi with another inswinger.


21 min: Diekmeier with an effort from the right! Hamburg won it in midfield, streaked forward with Bayern looking uncomfortable, and the full-back belted one from 20 yards. It was wide, but Neuer was stretching. Good effort!

19 min: Lewandowski wanted a foul on the edge of the box, but no call – that was a good decision from ref. But that’s a late one from Ostrzolek, and it’s yellow. Now the full-back has a problem with Douglas Costa to take care of.

17 min: Muller, whom I admire lots, can’t quite link up with Douglas Costa, but Bayern are cranking it up here. Bayern with 69% of possession so far. Holtby is back smartly to prevent Coman’s cross reaching a navy shirt.

15 min: Disappointing ball from Xabi, and Hamburg clear.

14 min: Diekmeier is late on Coman, and this is a dangerous area for Bayern, about 30 yards from the goal on the left side. It’s too wide for a shot, but it’s a lovely position to cross.

13 min: Lahm fancies a change of scenery, so he’s gone to play in central midfield, and he moves smoothly away from Hunt to feed Costa on this right flank, but Hamburg are quickly back to smother the danger.

Hunt then counters the counter, and has a pop from 30 yards. No issues for the wonderful Manuel Neuer, but it did take a nasty skip off the turf just before it was fielded by the keeper. Decent effort.

10 min: Bayern with the lion’s share of possession, predictably, but Hamburg have done OK these first 10 minutes. They’re not strung in a line on the edge of their box, and have shown a threat. Bruno Labbadia should be pretty happy.

8 min: Thiago is close from the set piece, and it’s another corner. Now it falls to Muller in the box, but he can’t quite get his shot off, and Hamburg shuffle it clear.

I’d like to see that penalty non-call again: Lewandowski looked miffed when it wasn’t given.

7 min: Coman has started on the left, and he cuts in frmo the flank, looking for Lewandowski in the box … ooh, and is that a penalty? Lewandowski went down as though he was pulled, but the ref said no. It’s a corner. That looked a decent penalty shout.

6 min: Nice feint by Badstuber on the edge of his box to curb a Hamburg attack, and Bayern break – but that’s good defending by Cleber to shepherd Muller off it and win the goal kick.

5 min: First forward movement from Hamburg, and Lasogga looked as though he was in for a moment, but Boateng took it off his toe. But a lucky deflection gives Hamburg a corner. Hunt with it, and it’s headed towards goal, but Neuer punches strongly under pressure from Cleber. The Brazilian centre-back was offisde and Bayern have the free-kick.

2 min: Two minutes in, and Bayern are playing triangles in their left-back slot. Xabi moves it forward quickly to Thomas Muller, but he can’t take it in his stride, and Hamburg have it back.

And we're off!

1 min: We’re under way. The Volksparkstadion is packed.


We’re seconds away. Hamburg in their classic white shirts and red shorts – that’s why they’re called Die Rothosen! Bayern in dark navy with white socks.

Pep Guardiola takes his seat in the dugout.
Pep Guardiola takes his seat in the dugout. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images


And here’s a piece on Pep, and why his tenure in Bavaria should be considered a success:

We’re about five minutes away from kick-off. TV just showing some highlights of Bayern’s 5-0 demolition of Hamburg on the opening day. Read a match report here!

Arjen Robben, incidentally, starts on the bench for Bayern. As does Arturo Vidal. And Javi Martinez. Weirdly, Guardiola has only named six substitutes instead of the permitted seven.

For what it’s worth, I love watching Robben, perhaps more than any other player. To see him slaloming past defenders at top speed is such a thrilling sight. And what a record he has at Bayern! It’s just a shame his bones are made of porcelain. Here’s a query: would Robben be rated higher if he weren’t bald?

Here’s Pep, on whether or not his team are undercooked, done to death, or just right: “I don’t know at which level my team is playing at right now – we will need three or four games before I know that. I probably won’t even know after the game in Hamburg.”

He also spoke on Dortmund, Bayern’s nearest rivals, who visit Mönchengladbach on Saturday: “Borussia Dortmund are one of the five best teams in Europe right now. I didn’t expect them to be where they are. The team, the coach, it’s all great.”

So David Alaba comes back for Bayern, and so does Douglas Costa. Badstuber partners Boateng in central defence, and Xabi will sit in front of the back four, but everyone else is free to attack, I guess.

Johan Djourou is back for Hamburg, and he captains the side, while Pierre-Michel Lasogga is also fit to start. A big boost for HSV. Expect them to line up as a 4-2-3-1, with Aaron Hunt in behind Lasogga.


Your teams

Here’s Hamburg:

And Bayern:

The Bundesliga’s been away for a month. A chance to refresh, recharge, rejuvenate – and ponder performance in the Hinrunde. But today we begin the Rückrunde, the second half of the league season, and it could turn into Pep Guardiola’s farewell tour. Bayern are eight points clear at the top of the table, and have been in scintillating form this season: 15 wins from 17, 46 goals scored and just eight conceded. Plus Arjen Robben and David Alaba are back fit. Everyone beware.

HSV have all the makings of classic mid-table dross: decent one week, rubbish the next. A 3-1 win over Dortmund and an impressive 3-0 stroll at Mönchengladbach were high points in an up-and-down season; a 0-5 humping by today’s opponents on the opening day was the opposite. They haven’t won in 12 games against Bayern, and lost 9-2 in that famous debacle in March 2013.

Coach Bruno Labbadia, who extended his contract last week, is crossing his fingers that everything works as planned. “We will need a special performance,” he said. “We hope that we’ve given the team a plan which is good enough to compete with Bayern.”

Fingers crossed! Kick off is 7.30pm GMT; 2.30pm Eastern Time. Join us!

Tim will be here shortly. In the meantime, read why Manchester United definitely didn’t have a meeting with Pep Guardiola:

Manchester United have denied reports that club officials met Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in Paris last week to discuss the possibility of him replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

A report in France Football on Thursday claimed that the meeting with the Spaniard took place at the Hotel Bristol in the 8th arrondissement of the French capital last week. However, a United spokesman insisted there was no truth in the story.

Guardiola announced in December he would be leaving Bayern at the end of the season and confirmed that, for his next job, he would like to manage a club in England.

“I need a new challenge and I want to use that chance to be a manager in England,” he said. “I want to experience the atmosphere in England and I look forward to the stadiums there. I am 44 and it is the right time. There are offers but I haven’t signed for anyone yet. When I have a new club I will let everyone know.”