6 Things We Learned from Bayern vs. Schalke

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6 Things We Learned from Bayern vs. Schalke
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It was another fantastic weekend for Bayern Munich and another game to forget for Schalke, as the German champions overcame their Royal Blue counterparts by five goals to one in their top of the table clash. 

It was a performance that quickly became a convincing re-enactment of Schalke's unfortunate Champions League clash with Real Madrid earlier in the week as Bayern too broke through Jens Keller's side with little effort. 

In fairness to Schalke, it was a deflected free-kick from David Alaba that broke the deadlock in only the third minute of the game before Arjen Robben made it two just 12 minutes later. Then came Mario Mandzukic on the 25th minute followed by the Dutch winger again to grab his brace. 

By half-time the Royal Blues were all but stumbling across the pitch and ready for the knockout blow, while Bayern gleefully awaited another 45 minutes of utter torment. 

Alas the second half didn't offer the same quantity of goals, as Schalke finally came to terms with their surroundings and found a way to tighten their defense before a Bayern team who in all honestly looked content with their achievements that day. 

Yet that's no to say Pep Guardiola's side didn't push for more. 

If one Schalke player did make it through such an affair with pass marks it was the in-form Ralf Fahrmann in goals who undoubtedly kept the scoreline below double figure. Bayern eventually got their fifth goal through a penalty awarded when Kyriakos Papadopoulos was perceived to have pushed Mandzukic to the ground. 

Robben stepped up and casually knocked the ball home for his hat-trick but not before Schalke were able to pull one back through the ill-guided own goal from former player Rafinha. The second half finished as somewhat of a draw allowing the visitors some small form of hope for the remainder of the season. 

 

Here's what else we took from today's game. 

 

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