ANNOUNCER: For Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol, it was the first time that he'd come up against Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. For the latter, the pre-game handshake was his 162nd opposition Bundesliga coach. After Heynckes's return, Bayern seemed very much the Bayern of old, and it looked as if they were going to pick up right where they left off against Celtic in the Champions League mid-week. Arjen Robben, wearing the captain's armband, went closest in the first 25 minutes.
The game swung massively in Bayern's favor, though, when Gideon Jung brought down Kingsley Coman as the Frenchman accelerated towards the Hamburg goal seven minutes before the break. Referee Marco Fritz produced a straight red card for the second time this season. The game to that point had been fairly even, with a [INAUDIBLE] furious. Markus Gisdol's Hamburg responding well after early Bayern pressure. It was Jung's first ever sending off. The big talking point at half-time was naturally that red card decision.
Bayern started the second half with a man advantage and quickly made it tell. The up-to-this-point solid Hamburg defense centered around Kyriakos Papadopoulos made a mess of a straight forward clearance, allowing substitute Thomas Muller to poke the ball to Corentin Tolisso, who was able to grab his second of the season eight minutes before the hour.
With space opening up as the game drew on, Thiago had the chance to make it 2-0 on more than one occasion. His 71st minute header had keeper Christian Mathenia beaten all ends up, but the post denied the Spaniard. Bayern threw wave after wave of attacks forward and only resolute defending from the outstanding Papadopoulos kept them at bay.
The second goal for the visitors just didn't want to come, but it wasn't for lack of trying. With virtually the last kick of the game, Robert Lewandowski could have put the game to bed, but the man who'd scored in all but one game of the season put wide. Bayern were made to fight hard for all three points, but that just seemed to make the grin on Jupp Heynckes's face grow broader.