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Bayern masterclass delights Lahm

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 8 Nov 2012

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Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm was in a buoyant mood after his side thumped Lille 6-1 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

A 15-minute hat-trick from Claudio Pizarro, the fourth fastest treble in the competition’s history, tallied with goals from Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos eliminated the hapless French side.

The result also strengthened Bayern’s chances of progressing from Group F, with the German club level on nine points alongside La Liga outfit Valencia with two fixtures remaining.

“We played a very aggressive style,” Lahm said. “Our goals came in the right moments.

“Even though there were two set pieces among the first three goals, it is important anyway.

“That’s proof for the team having enough quality to batter another team.”

Jupp Heynckes’ men showed no mercy toward their French opponents with five goals scored in the opening half.

Robben, who netted his side’s third goal after 23 minutes courtesy of a deflected free kick, was delighted with the performance.

“There were a couple of attacks in our game tonight that were really enjoyable,” the Dutchman said.

“It was nice for the fans as well as it was for us yet we may not forget that this win is the result of our hard work. It was fun.”

Next up for last season’s finalists is a trip to Valencia, who are unbeaten at home in nine league and cup games.

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