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Bayern win ugly vs. Sevilla

Bayern Munich
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 By Mark Lovell

Sebastian Rode and Douglas Costa star in Bayern's cruise over Darmstadt

Bayern Munich kept up their flying start with another win, this time over Darmstadt, in the Bundesliga.

As Oktoberfest celebrations kicked off back home in Bavaria, Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory against Darmstadt in Hesse on Saturday.

Arturo Vidal's superb strike midway through the first half gave Bayern a half time lead against the previously unbeaten hosts.

Kingsley Coman doubled Bayern's lead just after 62 minutes and Sebastian Rode added the third against his former club a minute later to make it 22 wins in a row against promoted sides in the Bundesliga.

Here are the ratings as the champions made it five wins from five to assume their rightful position at the top of the table -- at least for now.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Manuel Neuer, 7 -- Calm and composed throughout. Neuer's fine save from Dominik Stroh-Engel kept Bayern's lead in tact midway through the first half. It proved a crucial save as the world's best goalkeeper was hardly tested after that.

DF Juan Bernat, 7 -- The underrated Spaniard was typically solid at the back on a quiet afternoon.

DF David Alaba, 6 -- In an unfamiliar position of central defence, the Austrian didn't look overly comfortable in the first half against the lanky Darmstadt striker Stroh-Engel. Alaba grew into his role in the second half, gaining confidence as the home side's threat subsided.

DF Jerome Boateng, 7 -- Bayern's defensive leader is always highly motivated against his former club and he managed to pick up a yellow card in the first 20 minutes. Untested at the back, Boateng had a rasping shot well saved as Bayern went on the rampage.

DF Rafinha, 6 -- Buoyed by his recall to the Brazil squad, Rafinha was steadiness personified on Bayern's right defensive flank. The twice-capped Brazilian has almost completely eradicated those sloppy errors that blighted his game during his early Bundesliga career.

MF Joshua Kimmich, 6 -- After a 60-second debut as a substitute last week, the German U21 international made his first ever Bundesliga start. A nervous Kimmich gave the ball away cheaply too many times in the first half but improved as Bayern strolled to victory.

MF Arturo Vidal, 7 -- Peach of a goal opened his Bundesliga account for Bayern. The combative Chilean enjoyed the battle before going off on 66 minutes with the job done.

MF Sebastian Rode, 8 -- Crowned his first start of the season with Bayern's third in a typically industrious all-action display. Rode will have especially enjoyed the goal against the club where he played youth football a decade ago.

MF Douglas Costa, 8 -- Continued his exceptional start to the season with another couple of assists to take his tally to seven for the Bundesliga season. Like Rafinha, Costa also made the Brazil squad for World Cup qualifiers and the livewire wide man's excellence has made the enforced absence of both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery a lot easier to stomach.

MF Kingsley Coman, 7 -- Another Bayern player to enjoy his first ever Bundesliga outing from the off. The Frenchman saw a lot of the ball on the left flank in the first half, often cutting back on to his favoured right foot, but to no avail. Things improved markedly in the second period and it was Coman who put the game to bed with a fine right-footed finish just after the hour mark.

FW Mario Gotze, 5 -- Leading the line, he had every opportunity to break his goal drought but a shot into the side netting after 55 minutes was as good as it got. Gotze seems to be bereft of confidence in a Bayern shirt and has failed to score in the Bundesliga since February -- a drought of 16 games.

Substitutes

MF Javi Martinez, 6 -- Limited to only 62 minutes of Bundesliga action last season, Martinez slotted in at the back after Boateng was removed from the fray.

MF Thomas Muller, 6 -- Shock, horror. After coming on for Costa at 3-0, Muller failed to score for the first time for club and country since the Super Cup defeat at Wolfsburg.

DF Xabi Alonso, N/R -- Replaced Boateng with the game in the bag and blazed a decent free-kick opportunity with 12 minutes to play.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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