Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick and Robert Lewandowski added two more goals as Bayern Munich demolished Werder Bremen 6-1 to impressively bounce back from two straight defeats in Bundesliga.
Bayern’s Man-of-the-Match Coutinho, who also helped set up two more goals, delivered at just the right time as the Bavarians were struggling to find their rhythm under interim coach Hansi Flick. The Brazilian forward, brought in on loan from Barcelona this season, scored his first Bundesliga treble with Bayern playing a dominant second half.
“Everyone in the stadium enjoyed themselves,” a relieved Flick told reporters. “That was really good. We are delighted with the players’ performances and his (Coutinho’s). We showed character when we turned the game before the break.” However, Bayern fell behind in the 24th minute to a Milot Rashica goal after it missed golden chances.
But its wastefulness was not punished as goals from Coutinho in the 45th minute and Lewandowski in first half stoppage time turned the game for the host. Coutinho then chipped a superb David Alaba pass over Bremen keeper Jiri Pavlenka for its third goal in the 63rd minute as Bayern completely bossed the game following the break.
Poland forward Lewandowski added a fourth after 72 minutes to take his league total to 18 goals and Thomas Muller also scored. Coutinho later rounded off a fine performance with another goal to complete his hat-trick.