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Pre-Season Friendly: Hamburg 0 Bayern Munich 4

Bayern Munich’s fine start to life under Pep Guardiola continued with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hamburg on Saturday.

The reigning German champions had little trouble in seeing off the challenge of their Bundesliga rivals in a 60-minute contest for a place in the final of the Telekom Cup friendly tournament.

Goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Mandzukic, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller ensured Guardiola’s men will face Borussia Monchengladbach in Sunday’s showpiece, after they beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 earlier in the day.

Bayern have enjoyed an almost flawless opening to the former Barcelona boss’ reign, and any doubts over whether that run might be extended were extinguished early on against Hamburg.

Just 12 minutes had elapsed when, after Claudio Pizarro had somehow failed to beat the goalkeeper twice from close range, Boateng poked home to give his side the lead.

It would take until after half-time for Bayern to find another breakthrough but they soon had their rewards for almost complete domination of possession.

A Xherdan Shaqiri chip over the top forced Franck Ribery to turn his back on goal, but the Frenchman’s delightful first-time pass across goal left Mandzukic with a simple tap-in in the 41st minute.

And just three minutes later the European champions were in again, as Kroos’ shot from the edge of the box somehow slipped under the keeper.

The scoring was then completed not long before the final whistle by Mueller, as he powerfully nodded in at the back post to wrap up the win for Bayern.

Sat 20 July, 2013
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