Hannover 96 vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned

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Hannover 96 vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned
Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Bayern Munich returned to Bundesliga action on Sunday with an impressive 4-0 win over lively Hannover 96 at the Niedersachsenstadion. 

Bavarian coach Pep Guardiola opted for a complete change over from the side that overcame Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night with vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger coming into the side along with the likes of Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller. 

As such, it was Hannover that seemed to enjoy the bounce of the ball in the opening period of the first half, with half chances coming from Artjoms Rudnevs and Sebastien Pocognoli in the first 15 minutes. 

Alas, Bayern eventually found a way through when Mueller found Rafinha on the wing before galloping into the box to head the Brazilian's cross back into the Hannover box. It was a goal completely against the run of play but one that turned the complete nature of the game. 

The away side then struck again before half time when a cleared free-kick found a lingering Schweinsteiger 30 yards out and unmarked. The German international then floated the ball back into the Hannover box where an onrushing Thiago Alcantara coolly chested the ball down and casually knocked it past Ron-Robert Zieler in goal. 

Despite a bright start from the home side, it was Bayern that went in at the break with two clear goals to the good. 

The second half panned out in much the same manner as Hannover continued to do their best to exert themselves in the only way they know how when playing at home, yet it was Bayern again that eventually claimed all the goals. 

Throughout the game, Hannover actually had a number of decent chances, but it was Mueller again who stepped up and scored another impressive goal in the 59th minute to confirm all three points for Bayern on the day. Seven minutes later, a smart cross from Rafinha found the head of Mario Mandzukic to make it four. 

Bayern hadn't perhaps been at their best, but with four goals and a clean sheet to boot, it was another confident display from the current champions. 

Here's what we took from the game. 

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