Goals from Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman were enough for Bayern München to claim a comfortable 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
- Bayern München 2, Hertha Berlin 0
- Muller heads in his 13th goal of the season
- Coman adds a second just before halftime
- Bayern remain unbeaten
Bayern were their usual, dominant selves in the first half, and took the lead in the 34th when Mehdi Benatia's header from a corner seemed to be heading off-target before a well-placed Thomas Muller was able to cushion it in at the post.
Die Roten's second came just before halftime when Javi Martinez showed his ingenuity to flick on a ball played into the box, bamboozling the Hertha defence and setting up Kingsley Coman for an easy finish.
Although Bayern started the game well with some neat early possession, it was Hertha who earned themselves a promising free kick. They took it short and thus missed their chance to cause the hosts some trouble.
Bayern then had their first good chance, and could well have opened the scoring, when Phillip Lahm was set on his way down the left flank and picked out Robert Lewandowski, who beat the offside trap and the goalkeeper but saw his effort bounce off the post.
A few minutes later and Hertha were opened up again, this time when Arturo Vidal met Xabi Alonso's free-kick at the far post and headed it back across goal. But the danger dissipated when the linesman's flag went up to penalise the Chilean.
Bayern continued to have the better of the contest, but could have gone behind when a superb cross from Marvin Plattenhardt picked out Genki Haraguchi at the far post. Rafinha tracked back to put pressure on the Japan international and prevented him from getting his effort on target.
Lewandowski had another chance just before the half-hour mark when a Bayern counterattack put the Polish forward one-on-one with Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, but the offside flag shot up to stop him in his tracks.
Having come close on a couple of occasions, Bayern found the breakthrough in the 34th minute. Benatia had come forward for a corner and although his header was probably off-target, Muller was able to guide it in at the far post for his 13th goal of the season.
Having gotten off the mark Bayern upped the pressure to try to sweep their opposition away, and Rune Jarstein was called into action when Muller's cross found Vidal in the box, and the ‘keeper was forced to scramble at his back post to keep the ball out.
But with halftime approaching Bayern inevitably made the pressure count with another piece of creative football. This time it was Kingsley Coman who hit the net after Javi Martinez found him inside the box; setting up the young Parisian to double their lead at the end of the first half.
The second half got off the lively start, with Bayern quickly resuming their stranglehold on possession. They could have had their third less than 10 minutes after the restart when Martinez picked out Lewandowski at the far post, but the number nine dragged his shot wide.
A minute later and Lewandowski had yet another chance but Jarstein was quick off his line to smother the opportunity.
As the match passed the hour mark Hertha managed to get a bit more of the ball, although the next chance fell to Bayern's Sebastian Rode, a recent substitute for Jerome Boateng. Rhode found himself in the box to meet Muller's cross, but couldn't keep his header down.
Bayern continued to press forward, looking to kill the game off, but they just couldn't make it work. Hertha had their best opportunity of the match in the 88th minute when Salomon Kalou brought down a long ball over the top, cut back on the defender, and lifted his effort over the bar.
Both sides probably could have scored in the second half, but in the end those two first-half goals were enough for Die Roten to claim a comfortable, if not spectacular, victory.