Bayern sweep past St Pauli
Bayern Munich recorded a convincing 3-0 win over ten-man St Pauli at the Allianz Arena this afternoon to move up to fifth in the Bundesliga standings.
Hamit Altintop put the champions in front in the 16th minute and Philipp Lahm added the second from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after St Pauli goalkeeper Thomas Kessler was sent off. Franck Ribery completed the win with his first league goal of the season in the 79th minute.
It did not look like it was going to be such a clear victory for Bayern when Fin Bartels struck the first chance of the game over the crossbar in the second minute. However, Altintop put the home side ahead with their first shot of the game, giving Kessler no chance with a powerful 20-yard effort into the top-right corner.
St Pauli refused to lose without a fight and Marius Ebbers missed three good chances to bring them level, his best a volley over the crossbar in the 37th minute.
Second half supremacy
Thomas Muller passed up two good chances to double Bayern's lead early in the second half when he first hit the outside of the post and then dallied too long at the end of a good team move and his eventual shot was blocked.
It was Muller who earned Bayern a spot-kick in the 68th minute when he went down in the area after being fouled by Kessler, who was shown a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. It took Matthias Hain three minutes to get ready to come on and take his place in goal, but the wait did not unnerve Lahm, who sent him the wrong way from the spot.
Bartels almost gave St Pauli hope but his header was blocked on the line by Anatoliy Tymoschuk. Ribery then put the result beyond doubt in the 79th minute as he dribbled the ball around Hain before slotting it into an empty net.
Hain made a save from Altintop and Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the post with a header in the closing stages but the hosts had already done enough to secure the points.