Bayern Munich maintained their push for the Bundesliga title this year with a comanding 4-0 victory over Hertha BSC.
Franck Ribery came close to opening the scoring inside two minutes when he rounded former Bayern goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Roman Hubnik.
The home side did break the deadlock after 5 minutes though. Bastian Schweinsteiger stole the ball from Levan Kobiashvili to start a counter attack that resulted in Mario Gomez placing his shot from outside the penalty area before Kraft.
Two minutes later and the provider of the opening goal, Franck Ribery, had his name on the scoresheet with a close-range effort.
Unlucky number 13 was the minute when Hertha found themselves 3-0 down and well and truly out of the match. Schweinsteiger scored his first goal of the season with an effort low into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Franck Ribery providing another assist.
Mario Gomez on more than one occasion, Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller and even Jerome Boateng spurned opportunities in the first half but the home side and record league champions went in with a domineering 3-0 cushion.
Bayern Munich were denied on a few occasions by the former stopper in the second half, but they completed the scoring on 69 minutes when Mario Gomez converted from the penalty spot. Hubnik and Ribery tussled inside the box and the result was Gomez scoring his tenth goal of the season.
This 4-0 victory leaves Bayern Munich five points clear of the chasing pack, lead by Borussia Mönchengladbach.