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If the Germany national football team appears to be struggling at the moment, you can’t say the same for its biggest club representative, Bayern Munich.
Bayern were in free-scoring mode as they stuffed Werder Bremen 6-0 to maintain their unbeaten start to the defence of their Bundesliga title.
The Allianz Arena was sent into wild celebrations after just twenty minutes when Captain Philipp Lahm opened up the scoring and then seven minutes late Xabi Alonso doubled the lead with his first goal for the club.
A 43rd-minute penalty from Thomas Muller and Mario Goetze’s superb strike two minutes later effectively killed off the game before half-time.
Lahm bagged his second of the night on 79 minutes while Goetze followed suit seven minutes later as Pep Guardiola’s Bavarian giants moved to 20 points, four clear of second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who cruised past Hanover 3-0.
Up and Down
Lets now check out who has made out Up&Down from last week?
Making the up list is Sergio Agüero, who scored all four goals in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Tottenham.
With the four he becomes City’s all time premier league top scorer with 61.
On the down list is Referee Nicolas Rainville, who used his book almost as much as his whistle – he dished out three severe red cards in six minutes during the Lens-PSG match in the French topflight.
Also on the down list this week is football’s world governing body FIFA which has refused to fully make public a corruption report into the voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively. It’s just another stain on an already badly damaged reputation.
On this Day
On this day 38 years ago one of the most talented players to grace the pitch made his professional debut and at the same time entered football’s record books.
On 20 October 1976, a 15-year old Diego Maradona became the youngest player in Argentina’s Primera División history to make his professional debut:
He turned out for Argentinos Juniors in a home match against Talleres de Córdoba.
With Argentinos trailing 1-0, he came on as a 46th minute substitute, wearing the number 16 shirt.
Maradona was still 10 days away from his 16th birthday at the time.
Maradona’s record as the youngest player to appear in the Primera División lasted until 7 July 2003, when Sergio Agüero debuted for Independiente at the age of 15 years, 35 days.
We might be wrong
It’s that time again for us to have a crack at predicting three selected matches from across europe. Don’t foget to send us your predictions via social media using #TheCornerScores.
Louis Van Gaal’s new look Manchester United face their toughest test so far this season when they host Premier League leaders Chelsea.
We feel the Blue’s will be too strong and will win through 2-1
We predict that Real Madrid will beat Barcelona 3-2 in the first El Classico of the season while we believe Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke will draw one all in Germany.