What We Learned from Bayern's 9-2 Thrashing of Hamburg

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What We Learned from Bayern's 9-2 Thrashing of Hamburg
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Bayern Munich edged closer to claiming the Bundesliga trophy on Saturday as they hammered Hamburg by a 9-2 margin.

The league leaders did everything they could to win the Bundesliga title this weekend, but because Dortmund beat Stuttgart, Die Roten will have to wait at least another week to seal the trophy.

Claudio Pizarro led the way for the hosts, scoring four goals. Arjen Robben added a brace, and each of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery found the net. HSV benefited from goals by Jeffrey Bruma and Heiko Westermann, but they were of little consolation.

Jupp Heynckes employed a rotation in his lineup for Saturday's match, and as a result, many fringe players were able to make appeals for more playing time. The match was also a great warmup ahead of the Bavarians' Champions League showdown with Juventus on Tuesday. Click "Begin Slideshow" for analysis of the major talking points from Saturday's match.

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