Bayern Munich produced a masterful performance to thrash Inter 4-1 in the 2016 International Champions Cup on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bundesliga champions were devastating in their approach, netting four goals in a completely one-sided first half in the pre-season friendly tournament.
Youngster Julian Green was the main protagonist, as the American netted a 35-minute hat-trick on home soil, with Franck Ribery adding his name to the scoresheet inside the opening stages. With one minute of normal time remaining, Mauro Icardi bagged a consolation for the despondent Italians, but any thoughts of a comeback were residual.
Carlo Ancelotti's side immediately found their groove against Inter, as they broke the deadlock after just seven minutes.
Green, 21, was on hand to divert a low strike into the bottom corner after receiving a sublime ball into the area from David Alaba. The Austria international moved ahead of Ribery down the left flank and supplied the perfect assist, enabling Green to continue his fine early-season form.
Baby Nats Abroad provided the footage as the Germans took an early advantage:
It wouldn't take long for Ancelotti's men to double their lead. With 13 minutes played, it was Ribery's turn to score, as he tapped into an unguarded net from eight yards out after some wonderful wide play on the right of the box.
Seventeen-year-old midfielder Fabian Benko was at the heart of the move and provided the cut-back to the experienced Frenchman, who the Inter defenders had somehow left unmarked.
Bayern Munich's official Twitter account praised the teenager for his involvement in the goal:
On the stroke of the half-hour mark, Bayern moved further ahead, much to the dismay of Roberto Mancini in the Inter dugout. Once again, the goal stemmed from some horrible defending from Inter. Danilo D'Ambrosio misjudged the flight of the ball, allowing Ribery to collect possession and play a perfectly weighted pass forward to Green.
The United States international was again precise with his finishing, tucking the ball into the far corner from the lip of the box.
Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright was less than impressed with Inter's showing at the back:
Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Doug McIntyre gave colour to the atmosphere inside the stadium:
The match was over as a contest five minutes later after Green netted his third goal of the game to make it 4-0. Unfathomably without any pressure on the edge of the 18-yard box, Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to stand on the ball and pick out the run of overlapping right-back Rafinha. The full-back burst down the touchline before drilling a low ball into the area for Green to tap in from close range.
Once again, the Inter defenders were all at sea and unable to contend with the minimal movement of the reigning German champions.
Free Bets offered the footage as the Bavarians began to run amok in the States:
Comfortable with his team's standing in the contest, Ancelotti made wholesale changes during the half-time interval, with a host of youth-team products entering the fray.
Bayern's dominant possession continued despite the alterations to the starting line-up, with the introduction of Xabi Alonso forcing a grimace to appear on the faces of the Inter midfielders. On the back of a penalty shoot-out defeat to Inter's neighbours AC Milan last time out, Bayern bounced back in magnificent fashion with a commanding display.
Inter's second-half showing offered supporters some crumbs of comfort, as their players began to show some enthusiasm; however, they were second-best in quality and confidence throughout.
Thiago Alcantara was supreme all match and was brimming with confidence as he began to introduce an array of tricks into his performance. Focused on maintaining possession and developing play, the Spaniard was near-untouchable in the central areas.
As was seen in the first half, both sets of players were brought off for a water break due to the humid playing conditions, per Bayern:
Bayern dropped several gears to see out the contest in the final 15 minutes and appeared to have wrapped up the tie in a professional manner. However, Alaba made an uncharacteristic error on the halfway line, passing a blind ball straight to the feet of the substitute Icardi, who made no mistake after charging toward goal and slipping his shot under Tom Starke.
After exploring the depths of his squad with a string of teenagers making a first-team cameo, Ancelotti will be buoyed by his options and strength. Up next for the prolific title winners is another ICC tie against Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In contrast, Inter have a lot of work to do in order to bridge the gap to their opponents. However, the incoming financial boost following the recent sale of the club to Chinese consortium Suning Commerce Group should aid Mancini's lofty ambitions, per BBC Sport.