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BAYERN MUNICH 5 WERDER BREMAN 2 BAYERN sent a warning Real Madrid's way with an emphatic win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.

Despite going behind twice to goals from Theodor Gebre Selassie and Aaron Hunt, cancelled out by Franck Ribery and Claudio Pizarro respectively, Bayern cruised to an easy victory as they warmed up in style for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal in midweek. Pizarro added Bayern's third before Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben completed the rout, with Bayern having put 12 goals past Bremen home and away this season.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, along with his players, paid respect to his former Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova, who died of throat cancer on Friday, by wearing black armbands and holding a minute's applause.

Bayern had rested Robben, Philipp Lahm and Mario Mandzukic after the 1-0 defeat in Madrid, in view of the second leg with the Spaniards on Tuesday.

Guardiola saw his team fall behind in the same way they conceded to Karim Benzema on Wednesday - on the counter-attack.

Cedrick Makiadi threaded the ball through to Gebre Selassie, who got his head down and beat Manuel Neuer with a powerful shot before David Alaba could get in a challenge.

Bayern's response came from Ribery, who was criticised for his performance in Spain but provided the answer from Pizarro's pass as he threaded the ball through the legs of Raphael Wolf.

Bremen then regained the lead when a sweeping ball from Franco Di Santo picked out Hunt, who stepped inside Jerome Boateng and slid his shot past Neuer, who did not seem too concerned to have conceded again.

Bayern levelled again in the 53rd minute with Pizarro scoring.

Pizarro then grabbed his 174th Bundesliga goal to put Bayern ahead, before Schweinsteiger made it 4-2 ahead of sub Robben's clincher.


TIRBUTE: Bayern players' minute's silence for Tito Vilanova
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Apr 27, 2014
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