Coutinho hattrick as Bayern hit Bremen for six

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich came from behind to hammer Werder Bremen 6-1 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Hans-Dieter Flick’s side had started the day down in seventh, seven points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach as a result of back-to-back defeats.

Things looked to be getting worse for the defending champions when they fell behind midway through the first half courtesy of Milot Rashica. The Kosovo international broke clear of the Bayern Munich backline before beating Manuel Neuer.

It wouldn’t be until the final minute of the first half that the hosts levelled. Joshua Kimmich played in Serge Gnabry for the German international to setup Philippe Coutinho for a tap in at the back-post.

There was still time for Bayern Munich to take the lead and they did so when the Brazilian international chipped a pin-point pass over the top of the Bremen defence for Robert Lewandowski to slot through the legs of goalkeeperJiří Pavlenka. It was the least the hosts deserved after a dominant first half.

Flick’s side were in complete control minutes after the restart when Coutinho chipped Pavlenka to make it 3-1.

Substitute Thomas Müller provided the assist for Lewandowski’s second goal before the former German international bagged the fifth. Coutinho had unselfishly assisted Müller’s goal before completing his hat-trick with a long-range effort 13 minutes from time.

Victory moves Bayern Munich up to fourth, five points behind leaders RB Leipzig, ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s trip to VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.