Two goals in the second half fired Bayern Munich to victory in the Bavarian derby, as the Bundesliga celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Goals from Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben inside the final 20 minutes of action put the cherry on top of a dominant display against FC Nurnberg.
The three points maintains Bayern’s 100 per cent record in the Bundesliga thus far, and the victory represented their second consecutive clean sheet.
In truth, Bayern were in full control, with 81% possession, a 90% pass completion rate and 26 shots to Nurnberg's five.
Pep Guardiola handed a Bundesliga debut to Mario Goetze in the red of Bayern, with Thiago also making his home debut for the Bavarians. Javi Martinez was missing and not 100% fit for the encounter.
In the first half, Bayern racked up an incredible 82% of possession and 355 completed passes to Nurnberg’s 35.
But around the 18-yard box, there was little penetration from Guardiola’s side.
However, after 15 minutes, the game sparked into life when Daniel Ginczek collected the ball and smashed the underside of the crossbar with a superb 35-yard shot.
That was as close as it came in the first half, until a diagonal ball from Jerome Boateng on 24 minutes presented Mario Mandzukic with a chance to head the ball home, but Raphael Schafer had an easy save.
Seven minutes later, Bayern Munich were awarded a very soft penalty after Robben was up-ended inside the penalty area, only for David Alaba to thump the ball straight at the Nurnberg keeper.
Into the second half and Guardiola clearly encouraged his team to be more direct in their play.
Lahm moved back to right full-back with Robben hogging the touchline and the difference was remarkable.
On 55 minutes, Lahm crossed for Mandzukic, who headed into the ground and squandered a great chance to put the home side ahead.
Lahm to Mandzukic was a pretty common route to goal for Bayern, although the Croatian never had his shooting boots on.
The hungry Thomas Mueller arrived on the scene with 30 minutes remaining, replacing the ineffective Thiago.
Bayern's tempo went up a notch further and the goal was imminent with Mueller missing a chance just after his introduction.
The elusive goal came on 68 minutes with a low-cross from Alaba falling to Lahm on the opposite side and he picked out Ribery perfectly for the French winger to head in the opener.
He stormed away in celebration towards the dugout, removing his jersey in euphoria – and was shown a yellow card.
But despite Ribery’s excellence, the moment of the game came from Robben with a stunning second goal on 77 minutes.
The Dutchman came in off the right touchline, beating three Nurnberg players, inside and outside, before tucking the ball home into the far corner of the net.
The game was pretty much completed as a contest and the use of Hiroshi Kiyotake from the bench with 13 minutes to go was too little, too late for Nurnberg.
In the final minutes, Xherdan Shaqiri clipped the post from seven yards out, whilst Robben rippled the side-netting.
The final whistle was greeted with a mixture of relief and satisfaction for the champions, who were forced to grind out the 2-0 win against a defensively solid Nurnberg side.
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