A ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 36 minutes on their way to an astonishing 7-1 Champions League win at Roma that left the home players and supporters stunned.
Arjen Robben scored twice and Mario GÃ¶tze, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas MÃ¼ller, from the penalty spot, also chipped in before half-time as the visitors exploited the many gaps left by the Roma defence in the Group E match.
Gervinho pulled one back for Roma after half-time only for further goals from substitute Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri to give Bayern their biggest away win in Europe, while Roma equalled their heaviest defeat.
It was Bayernâ€™s 12th match without defeat in all competitions and put them top of the group, with nine points from three games, five clear of Roma. Manchester City have two points and CSKA Moscow one.
â€œIt was a technical collapse, not a mental one,â€ said the Roma coach, Rudi Garcia, whose last match against Bayern ended in a 6-1 rout when he was coach of Lille two seasons ago.
â€œThe first person to make a mistake was myself. I got the strategy wrong. In the second half, we showed some pride and would have scored more goals if it hadnâ€™t been for their goalkeeper.â€
â€œIâ€™m upset for our fans,â€ added the midfielder Daniele De Rossi, whose side must visit Bayern in two weeksâ€™ time. â€œThe city had waited so long for this game.â€
The Bayern coach, Pep Guardiola, said: â€œThis game is an exception, an incident. Itâ€™s not the difference between the two teams, we will see that in two weeks.
â€œWe have a few things to improve and one of them is that we gave Roma too many chances at the start of the second half.â€
Robben opened the floodgates in the ninth minute when he collected the ball on the edge of the area, jinked inside Ashley Cole and effortlessly curled his shot past Morgan De Sanctis.
The Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stopped Gervinhoâ€™s shot two minutes later, preventing a goal that could have dramatically changed the course of the game, and from then on it was all Bayern.
GÃ¶tze exchanged passes with MÃ¼ller and wrong-footed De Sanctis from the edge of the area in the 23rd minute, then Lewandowksi, unmarked, headed in Juan Bernatâ€™s cross two minutes later, with the Roma coach, Rudi GarcÃa, in an apparent state of shock on the bench.
The goals kept coming as Robben got in behind Cole to fire the fourth on the half-hour and MÃ¼ller converted a penalty after a handball by Kostas Manolas five minutes later.
Roma were less submissive after half-time and Gervinho, having hit the post and been denied again by Neuer, finally pulled one back in the 66th minute.
Bayern, however, were irresistible and Ribery, soon after coming on, ran on to Robbenâ€™s through-ball and chipped De Sanctis before Shaqiri completed the scoring from close range. – The Guardian